I’m here today with USA Today bestselling author Renee Rose. Renee has hit #1 on Amazon in the Erotic Paranormal and Sci-fi categories in the U.S. and U.K., is often found on the list of Amazon’s Top 100 Erotic Authors and is a regular columnist for the website write sex right.com
. Her most recent book, The Don’s Daughter, rose to the top of multiple Amazon charts and is a Reader’s Choice award nominee at The Romance Reviews.
This week the first book in this mafia romance series, The Bossman, is on sale for only $.99. It’s a great way to take a peek into her bad boy series and the delicious world of hot, dominant heroes.
Lee Savino: You’ve written over 25 erotic titles. What inspires you to write such steamy stories?
Renee Rose: I’m a real-life submissive–I get turned on by power exchange, dominance and punishment, so writing books is just a way for me to explore all my crazy fantasies.
Lee Savino: Stop me if this is TMI, but do you draw from your real life to write the sexy scenes?
Renee Rose: I’m all about TMI! I think authors draw from all aspects of their lives for stories. I definitely incorporate pieces of my sex life, my fantasies, my friends’ stories, and a large part of just what my over-active imagination produces!
Lee Savino: So I’m a strong, independent woman who loves reading dominant heroes. What is it about a man taking control that turns me on? And how can be okay with it?
Renee Rose: I think there’s a genuine freedom in having control taken away. You can’t be “wrong”. Particularly in the bedroom, it can ease the pressure or performance anxiety. I’ve heard lots of women say the first time they ever orgasmed was when they were tied up–because they didn’t have to “do” anything. They couldn’t be “wrong” in any way.
Lee Savino: I also like the mafia alpha males, like the one in Bossman. What is it about the “made man” that’s so hot? ?
Renee Rose: One of the attractions of the bad boy hero, particularly one from the mafia, is the old-fashioned and, shall we say “hands on” aspect of the culture of the Family. I love to play with dub-con, but it’s hard to make it fit in a contemporary setting realistically. With the mafia, you have men who make their own rules, who act with passion, and who are a little old-fashioned when it comes to protecting (and dominating) their women. At least that’s true in the world I set up for the Bossman Series.
Lee Savino: In The Don’s Daughter (Book 3 of The Bossman Series) you go pretty deep into power exchange, with sexy mob man Carlo dominating and disciplining the girl of his dreams. I remember one scene where Carlo tells Summer to “crawl to the bedroom.” And she does, and it’s hot. I didn’t want to think it was hot, but I did. How can I reconcile my feminism with being turned on by something like that?
Renee Rose: I struggled at first with reconciling feminism with submission. I found as I accepted and acted out my desires in the bedroom, the line between sex and politics became clearer. Just because I find something hot in an erotic context does not mean it translates to my values about gender equality. Actually, I became more assertive with men and the world at large as I became self-actualized in my kink. (For those who want a better explanation of this, sign up for my newsletter. You’ll get a free book, too!)
The Bossman, the first book in the series is on sale this week for only $.99. Here’s the scoop:
From USA TODAY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE…
The Don’s brother.
The girl who swore off all mafia ties.
Sophie steered clear of the mafia after her father’s involvement ended with his murder. Fifteen years later, Joey La Torre, the Don’s brother himself, shows up unannounced at her massage studio and wheedles his way into a date. She has no interest in aggressive, macho men like Joey, or so she tries to tell herself, but her body just doesn’t get the message. When Joey takes her in hand with a firm bare-bottomed spanking, she ought to be furious, instead, she’s aroused. As she explores her physical desires to be dominated, she tries to keep Joey at arm’s length emotionally.
Joey knows he wants Sophie for keeps from the moment he walks into her life. She is hot, classy and full of fire, even though submission turns her on. But his involvement in the mafia is a hard limit for her, bringing to conflict his own dedication to the Family, the code of silence and his relationship with his older brother. Can he reconcile his duty to the organization and his growing need for Sophie to remain in his life permanently?
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“The Bossman combines a bad boy hero, a sympathetic heroine and spanking for a sizzling, fun read. Nobody writes a bad boy hero like Renee Rose.” ~ Cara Bristol, USA Today Bestselling Author
“The Bossman has it all – sassy, independent heroine and an alpha hero to melt your kindle. Put the fire service on alert and have fresh panties handy. This is one not to be missed.” –USA Today Bestselling BDSM Author Ashe Barker