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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Determined to avoid the violence that claimed her family and friends, Carissa Elliott flees her hometown with a dangerous plan. She has proof that Calum DeMateo killed her father—now she just has to catch him. To do so, she’ll have to transform herself from small-town ingénue to New York crime boss.

When her path crosses with Alec McLean, the sexy stranger with whom she on
ebook, 176 pages
Published March 6th 2017 by Crimson Romance
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Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Can I say that again, yeah?

This book is a freaking DEBUT.

And it is awesome. More people need to read this book. READ THIS BOOK.

We all know I don't read in my genre for ~reasons. Well, for ~reasons, I picked up Boss.

Carissa Elliott is already running from one criminal boss when she runs into another. Alec McLean then spends the next two years of his life remembering the girl he shared a single kiss with in the club that night. Fast forward to when these two meet again, and th
Apr 24, 2018 marked it as nope
So, Franny-Panny and I are just going to pretend this never happened and are now going to transition smoothly to our next buddy read.

DNF at around 10%. Killed by the absolutely horrible writing. Super choppy, with ridiculous time jumps that make it impossible to connect with the characters since we don’t get to see how they get to a certain point in their lives. We just jump from end result to end result so everything that would make them who they are is just glossed over. What a disappointment
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story is definitely a cross between a Harlequin romance and YA novel. It's very important to approach this story with those genres in mind.

I am a bit confused on the Mafia angle. I didn't find any signs of actual Mafia life. The plot and characters are choppy and underdeveloped. I felt as if I missed a huge chunk of the story. The first 30% read as if the story resumed from a previous story. Additionally Carissa goes from mourning to traumatized to victimized to a knife wielding Boss in fi
Francesca ❆
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, how-about-no
Buddy Read with Bubbles

➰ ・゜゜・ ➿.・゜゜・ ➰

DNF at 15%

No. Just nope.
The plot had potential, but the writing felt too choppy (the transitions between scenes was so abrupt I thought I was reading a script instead of a novel) & jarring; the characters were so two dimensional they didn’t even appear like people but a bunch of words strung together, it made it impossible to care about them or establish a connection (thanks also to the fact we literally don’t know a thing about these people...the auth
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Boss 4.5 Stars'Boss' by J.L. Lora is Book One in the 'Trinity' Series.  This is the story of Carissa and Alec.  Carissa is on the run from Calum DeMateo who killed her father. But she is finding it hard to hide safely.  Carissa meets Alec when his younger brother is dancing with her friends.  There is a instant attraction for them both.  But they are interrupted when guns start firing and Carissa knows that he must be part of the mob...or at the very least someone she should run from.  This stor ...more
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe


I am quite out of words and don't know how to start this review. I mean, there are a lot of jumbled thoughts in my head but I really don't know how to organize them.

I think I'll start with: I took this book because I've read Bethany-Kris' review and we have discussed the book. Like ohmygosh! lol I think it is an integral part of understanding this book not that it matters to me because when there's blood and guns I'm all in. Anyway, she distinguished the difference of this being a mafia r

Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Well written and intriguing storyline. I loved the characters. They were complex and strong, the story flowed well, but a couple spots felt rushed in comparison to the story as a whole. I would love to read more about these characters, keeping fingers crossed for more.
Nancy Weeks
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! J.L. Lora knocked it out of the park with her debut novel, Boss. I loved Boss, reading it almost straight through in one sitting. J.L. Lora's voice is exciting, you feel every emotion. This is my first mob romance so I may have been surprise how the story turned, but that didn't keep me from enjoying it to the end. Carissa Elliott is a strong character and well written.This woman has guts, and she never backs down. The scenes with Carissa and sexy Alec McLean were fun, and yes, I may have h ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been a very interesting read. Fast paced and with a good flow. Well written and edited. The crime aspects of the story were creating a very interesting setting for the characters to develop their traits. Carissa's and Alec's story was incredibly sexy and sweet and dangerous and funny and layered. They had explosive chemistry. Their connection and their journey made the reader definitely root for them despite their criminal records. This was definitely an interesting start for the Trinit ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

This book was a pleasant surprise. There was a level and depth I wasn't expecting. My issues with the book were in the time jumps and with how many characters were involved. It made it hard to keep all of the information in order. There were a couple of other discrepancies too but I won't mention those in order to not spoil anything.

I hope the suspense and intrigue keeps on in the next book.
Valerie Roberson
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
This book was not what I expected, but better. The Mob and romance together I usually do not care for. But this was done in a way that it wasn't over done. The author caught me right away and I couldn't put the book down. The story line is fabulous and done with very good taste. I really liked this book and hope there is a book 2 to go with it.
A women can't be a Mob Boss, why not? Carissa was the head of the Trinity, which was made up of all girls. She became very powerful and well known. One
Apr 01, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: mob-boss
I'm rather disappointed because I thought this was a mafia romance book. This was not a mafia romance book. I think I was confused for the most part. I'm not the audience for this one. I had to put it down because it didn't hold my attention.

*ARC provided to me via netgalley for honest review*
Becky Hutchison
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I was prepared for a kick-ass book when I read the first few chapters of BOSS, by J.L. Lora. Who couldn't pull for innocent women getting caught in the crosshairs of competing factions? I rallied behind Carissa and her friends Mel and Gia, hoping they were safe and far away from the warring families. The scenes were action packed, and I couldn't read fast enough. Then it's two years later, and turns out, the women aren't quite so innocent after all.

You see, Carissa (the lead female in this firs
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mafia
I am fortunate to have received a copy of this book from Victory Editing. As a lover of mafia books, at first this didn't stand out as anything special, but I ended up really falling for the characters and their struggles.
For a while, the pacing of the relationship between Carissa and Alec seemed very off, but after the second time jump I felt that this was mostly resolved. Also, I loved the relationship between the Trinity. It isn't common in a majority of mafia books for women to have a strong
Trish Watson
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. I hope there is more to come after this. Very well written.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark romance delight

Fast paced and full of characters who are, frankly, bad people. Yet, you can't help but root for them. Their loyalty to one another, their protectiveness, the vulnerability they show make you forget they're in organized crime. (side note: this is not a mafia story) I also love that the heroine isn't weak, and that she and her friends rescue each other more than turning to any of the men in the story. Full of danger and intrigue, Boss isn't your typical romantic suspense. No d
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
When the time came for me to review this title, I was not sure what I would say that could adequately justify my feelings towards this book. Anyway, let me begin by saying that the story did not bowl me over.

When I chose to read this book, I had high expectations, which was based on the cover and the blurb. Intrigued by the concept of a female crime boss I could not wait to peel away the layers of what promised to be an exciting and riveting read. Unfortunately, however, the story did not delive
Kristen Johnson
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Boss sucked me right into the action from the start, a desperate woman on the run from one criminal who finds herself right in the path of another.
First, I want to say something - when I sat down with this book, based on the blurb, I expected your usual mafia type book - that is NOT this book. Though the term "made man" is used - in both the synopsis and book - it's not exactly the same as with other mafia books. Which gave me my first clue that this book was going to be something different.
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Boss was the first book written by J.L. Lora, and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE of it She blew me away with her talented writing style, and I can honestly say that she's already firmly added to my list of addictions. And with such off the charts levels of suspense, I'm going to try and break it down generally so I don't give anything away. Carissa Elliot was caught up in a violent world when she was a young girl, but since growing up, she's doing everything in her power to stay away from that world at al ...more
Kirstie Ibrahim
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: miscellaneous
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

I will start by saying that I really enjoyed this BUT.......its not what I would call a Mafia romance. Maybe more suspense romance?

Mafia - besides the mention of drugs, thugs and some guns there really wasn't any crime happening within the storyline. Carissa was running from a crime boss but it never said she had personally been involved with crime or running drugs herself. She becomes a crime boss by aligning herself with another crime figure and ends up running a night
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book from J L Lora. Carissa Elliott has escaped from mob boss Calum DeMateo who has had designs on her since she was a child. Carissa came home one day to find her best friend Braeden murdered in the flat that they shared. Carissa, along with her best friends Mel and Gia, all strong, no nonsense women known as the Trilogy fled to start a new life away from Calum's clutches...could they ever escape Calum's clutches ?

Enter crime boss Alec McClean who also has issues with Calum and
L Fife
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Boss is the first book in The Trinity series, it is a romantic suspense with a happily for now ending. There are no cliffhangers in this first installation of the series by J.L Lora.  Boss is a multi-dimensional book with complex characters each with their own demons and motivation. The story is initially centered around Clarissa and Alex but as the story progresses one gets glimpses into the lives of the people who love and protect them.

The setting of each place was immaculately constructed to
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
* I received an ebook from the author but that in no way influenced my review or opinion. *

This review is a 3.5 stars so I rounded up.

This is my first book by author J.L. Lora. I really wanted to give it 5 stars, but there were a few things that it was missing for me...I was intrigued by the concept of the book and was slightly disappointed that it didn't follow the path that I had expected. I felt like some of the Mafia stuff wasn't there....what was Alec the head of? What made it mafia? I felt
PAD.My.Bookshelf Blog
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's been awhile since I have read a book with a strong female character that runs her own organization. This book surprised me by how much I liked it and was thoroughly impressed.

Carissa slowly makes a name for herself through this book after losing important people in her life one after another. She must make a choice to be predator or prey which will lead her down a path she never saw coming. She has a no care attitude and won’t take any smack from anyone!

Alec sees Carissa in a club one nigh
Amber Jones
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderfully written novel about mobsters and a life of crime with a romantic twist to it.

It is a book full of serious life issues, trauma, heartache, heartbreak, love , lotsa of action and fun and full of humor. The ending is completely hilarious.

Carissa and the trinity are amazing. They gone through so much being stuck around different mob personalities in their life. But finally Carissa takes a stand not willing to put up with these violent men anymore and she becomes the one bad g
Nicole Jyllian
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! I was only planning on reading the first three chapters, but I ended up putting it down only after I've finished reading everything (which was three hours past my bedtime on a weeknight).

As a mafia/mob romance book, I liked that she wrote it in a way that the female characters are not all damsels in distress. I liked the idea of women being in power and outsmarting those who underestimate their capabilities.

As for Carissa and Alec's love story, I think it was well written to
Pamela Mitchell
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is wow! What an absolutely amazing book that was fast-paced, well-written with complex characters, danger, loyalty, extortion, manipulation, traitors, kidnapping, drama, suspense, plots twists, undeniable chemistry, and so much more - everything you want in organized crime fiction! I was immediately captivated and couldn't put the book down until I read the last word. It is a perfect start to the Trinity Series by new-to-me author J.L. Lora and I can't wait to see what happens next ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book via in exchange for my honest review.

Where to start? Carissa and Alec's story is one that will take you on a rollercoaster ride. You will laugh, smile, cry, and scream.

At the beginning I thought one thing of Carissa and then I changed my mind and then changed it again. While I knew who Alec was and what he stood for he also grew during the story and my views on him changed and became stronger.

At first I thought Carissa was running away from the business. But
Reckless Readers
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Debut novel for this author is amazingly easy to enjoy. Mafia romances are exceptionally well enthralling but this takes the cake with the woman being a BOSS.
A chance encounter for Alec and Carissa come off hot an heavy with the first kiss. However, when bullets fly, it's time for Carissa to hit the road.
"She was running from one mobster already, no way in hell was she about to tangle with another."
Years later with her best friends, the Trinity is formed. Not expecting to see Alec again, Cariss
H.B. Jasick
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story was suggested to me, and I am very glad it was. It was entertaining and suspenseful. C and A is a story worth investing your time on, because it’s a the perfect edition to the mob story range world. It’s got everything you need to keep you reading, but leave you wanting more. Strongly suggest this book to anyone wanting an addictive read with promise of an never more addictive books to come!

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J. L. Lora is a Dominican-American author of contemporary and romantic suspense. Her stories explore the dark side of good characters—people living in the gray areas of life—playing the cards life has dealt them. Her stories manifest her love for badass alpha heroines and take-your-breath-away alpha men.

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