The Boss’s Daughter by Jennifer Bates, is a romantic thriller about fighting to protect your friends and family, even if it means putting yourself in danger.
Renee Parnell grew up in a mob family, where loyalty is everything, and one misstep could end with her dead. When she meets a young man named Christopher Reynolds, he begins to show her that there is more to life than what she knew now, and the two subsequently fall in love. However, on the day of her wedding, Christopher tragically dies, leaving Renee to pick up the pieces.
Years later, a woman named Chloe Riggs is reunited with a friend, who shared the same, tragedy as she. When she meets a man named Hunter however, memories from that past pour themselves in front of her. She soon realizes that she can no longer hide, and with nowhere else to run, she has to fight back for what was once hers. In this distorted fairytale, Bates shows just how far arrogance will go for the sake of power, and that even so, you still have to fight for what is truly yours.
I loved Renee. She’s a strong, no-nonsense woman that can get whatever she wants just from her glare. Even when she was little, she was tough, doing whatever it took to survive the world she was forced into. It took a lot for her to leave that world behind, but even so, she wasn’t helpless. She wasn’t going to wait around for someone to save her. That’s the aspect I enjoyed most about her, simply because she had the choice either to wait for help and die, or run away and survive. What’s more, she even made sure her friends were able to get away safely. I really did wish she took over the mob, but I’ll have to admit that a normal life does suit her.
Alice and Sasha, on the other hand, weren’t as lucky. My heart broke after Alice and her son had died, as well as the horrifying details of what’d happened to Sasha. Then there was Matthew, who did everything he could to cling to his position. It didn’t matter who he had to trample on, whether it be loved ones, family members, even his own allies; he will do whatever it takes to make sure he stayed on top. He was ruthless, merciless, and arrogant, and it gave me some satisfaction to know how pitiful his end was. But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Both he and his daughter, after all, danced the “Danse Macabre”, all the way to the bitter edge. It’s only natural that he succumb to its melody.
Parnell delves into the theme of fighting for yourself, for the right to exist. Just because someone else says it’s wrong for you to live doesn’t mean a damn thing. Renee showed that she wasn’t bound to anyone’s rules. She wasn’t bound to societal norms, nor was she willing to play the part of a damsel in distress. She knew she couldn’t depend on anyone else, and because of the world she lived in, she had to get by on her intellect and charisma. I loved this, because though Mathew thought he had the entire world at his fingertips, that delusion came to an abrupt end. Like the many demons before him, his pride led to his downfall.
I did feel the romance in the book was a bit rushed. I was okay with Christopher and Renee, but Chloe and Hunter felt out of place. I was still lulling over the fact that Christopher had died, so a bit more development on their relationship would’ve been great. The investigation procedures were also hazy. To be honest, I didn’t like the way Hunter immediately recognize that the black rose tattoo on Renee was actually connected to the murders. Again, more development would’ve been nice.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book. From Renee’s character development, to the themes of determination and perseverance, Parnell paints a dark, yet heroic picture of a woman who will stop at nothing to get her happy end. There were some points in the plot could use more development, but the finer aspects of the book more than made up for it. As such, I would give this book a rating of a 4 out of 5 stars, and would recommend the book to fans of Betting on the Devil by Emma Mohr, and The Executioner by Ana Calin.
Guest review contributed by Black Magic Reviews. Black Magic Reviews is a book review blog for the dark, the enchanting, and the dead. Gothic, paranormal, and tragic romances are always welcome here.