I’ve always been drawn to the bad boy. Not the whiny rebel bad boys, because they aren’t alpha enough, but the tough guy ones. I loved Danny from Grease. Exciting, reckless, dangerous…the bad boy captures our imagination as the representation of the naughtier side of life.
Sometimes there’s an element of danger to them, even though we, as the reader, know he would never hurt the heroine. The danger amps the heat level between the couple. I love the scenarios where the heroine doesn’t feel safe. I’m thinking of Belle, when she first meets her Beast, or Ann when she meets King Kong. I always thought it would be hot to be Bruce Banner’s girlfriend, because when in a temper, the Hulk is pure animal, beyond reason, yet still caring for his lady.
To me, mobsters have that bad boy appeal. Tough, alpha males who demand respect, they embody the heart of a dominant. And yet, we can’t see them as too amoral, or we write them off as a love match.
In Mob Mistress, Bobby Manghini isn’t wrapped up in anything violent or dastardly. A few bribes to get contracting jobs is all we see of his mafia side. And yet, Lexi, his “goomah” isn’t quite sure how safe he is, especially at first. Here’s a scene from their first night together:
He kissed Lexi, cupping the back of her head to hold her in place. She responded, her lips soft and supple. When they pulled apart he settled beside her, stroking his hand up and down the curve of her hip. “So, are you in some kind of trouble?”
She went still. “What do you mean?”
“I get the feeling you wouldn’t normally do something like this. Gina introduced us for a reason. I’m hoping it’s not because you’re an informer.” He grinned when her eyes rounded and she shook her head. “You need something from me. What is it?”
She opened her mouth but no words came out.
“Is it money? Are you running from someone? Do you need protection?”
She drew in a shaky breath. “No, not at all.”
He shook his head. “Don’t ever lie to me, Lexi. It irritates me.”
She blinked with wide eyes, but did not speak.
He prompted, “Try it again.”
Tears formed and he watched her struggle to keep them back. “I got evicted today,” she admitted, not quite meeting his eye.
He nodded, unsurprised. He knew something had to be going on, because she was definitely not your usual bar floozy out to sink her claws into a rich guy. She seemed like a smart, normal girl who had never done anything like this in her life. Which added to her appeal. “Is your stuff still there, at your apartment?”
He got up and fished his phone out of his trouser pocket on the floor. “What is the address?” he asked, his thumb poised over the keypad.
She lifted her eyebrows. “Why?”
“Because, I’m going to get it back for you,” he answered impatiently, then raised his eyebrows to prompt her.
“3650 E. Walnut, #254.”
“Landlord’s name and number?”
“Darrell Jones. I’ll get his number,” she said, rolling out of bed and padding back into the living room. When she returned with her phone, she looked nervous. “What are you going to do to him?”
He laughed. “What do you want me to do to him?”
“Nothing…I mean —”
He chuckled again. “I was just thinking along the lines of paying him enough to open up the place and let me move your stuff out.”
“Oh,” she said, looking embarrassed. “Sorry. I just…don’t know how all this works.”
“I’m just an ordinary guy, Lex. I work in real estate and new construction. I use family contacts to make deals, and I’m not above bending the law a bit to avoid paying Uncle Sam more than his fair share, but I’m not a criminal.”
Her face flushed. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend you.”
“Come here,” he said, tugging her hand so she crawled back up on the bed with him. He kissed her. “I’m not offended. I think you’re cute.”
Mob Mistress blurb
When hair stylist Lexi Tyler finds herself evicted from her apartment, her best friend sets her up with the mobster Bobby Manghini, knowing he likes to play sugar daddy. He offers her a luxury apartment overlooking the city and spending cash every time he sees her, but one thing is clear: he is the bossman.
Lexi soon discovers Bobby backs up his rules with firm, over the knee discipline, but he also takes responsibility for all her problems, giving her more support than she ever dreamed of having from a man
Mobster Bobby Manghini likes to be the man in control, particularly with women, which is why he prefers a mistress for sex, even though he’s no longer married. When he strikes a deal with Lexi to be at his beck and call, he finds in her the full package — a hot, intelligent woman who is turned on by his dominance and willing to submit to his punishment. But when she finds out he doesn’t have a wife, she is hurt by the deception and severs all ties.
Can he prove to her their relationship meant more than a business arrangement? Or will he lose the one woman willing to give him everything he ever desired?
Renee Rose / Darling Adams is a naughty author and kinkster who loves writing about hot alpha males, Dominance/submission and power exchanges. Named Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, her books are all centered around kink.
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