Title: Little Boss
Author: Shawn Bailey
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Kasey Donovan, Nagi Takamori
Sub-Genre: Comedy, Crime (police/detectives/PI), Gay, Romance
Kasey Donovan makes a living as an exotic dancer in a prestigious host club in Tokyo. His life gets turned upside down when the son of a local Yakuza crime boss decides to make Kasey his lover.
Exotic dancer Kasey Donovan witnesses a crime and can identify one of the culprits after the guy holds a gun to Kasey’s head and uses him as a shield to escape the police. To top off the week, the man ends up becoming the new owner of Club Taurus, the host club where Kasey works.
Nagi Takamori, son of a Yakuza crime boss, runs into trouble when he tries to collect a debt for the organization. He gets out of the situation by using a blond-haired, blue-eyed stranger as his shield to escape. Nagi, also known as Little Boss, is raised to believe the best kind of witness is a dead one, but when he discovers his savior works in a newly acquired club, he comes up with a better alternative and makes Kasey his lover.
Little Boss may be 173 pages long, but it really reads more like a 60 page novella. It’s an easy to read, straight forward story that kept me turning the pages.
Unfortunately this is not as memorable story as it could be. As I write this review I’m struggling to remember the details of the storyline. The story moved along smoothly enough but it failed to get under my skin and make me live the story. I always felt as though I was surfing along the top of the story, never getting the full or deep picture. It was rather like reading a first draft that still needs fleshing out. Every situation including the sex scenes felt like it needed more depth, more description, more emotion, more everything. Something I couldn’t help being disappointed by.
I haven’t read many books aimed at young adults so can’t be sure, but I can’t help wondering whether that’s the audience that Little Boss is aimed at rather than a past middle aged reader like me.
Reviewed By: Smidgeson