The Boss

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First book I’ve read by this author.   Thought the story started fairly slowly and took me a while to get properly into it.   It did pick up though and the more I read the more I liked it.  Good storyline with strong characters, and plenty of twists and turns with an unexpected end.  Did feel book was a little disjointed at times though, particularly when moving from present day to past events.  

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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If you enjoy Martina Cole you gonna love this! Who doesn't like a bad boy? When Grace is finally freed from the terror of her husband when he is sent to prison the criminal world opens up a whole new world of possibilities for her. But can it all continue to be fruitful or will the release of Nathan be the end of it all
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What a fantastic, gripping read by Caz Finlay! 
After serving 12 years in prison viscous thug and gangster Nathan is back on the streets!! He is looking to pick up his gangster life where he left off twelve years ago!!
He's also looking to pick up where he left off with his wife Grace who divorced him while he was in prison!! He's using a renewed relationship with their son as leverage! 
But little does he know Grace has taken over Nathan's street life and become head of his empire!
So begins a battle of life and death for the two and their friends!!
An amazing story and an amazing author! What a find!! Can't wait for the next one!
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this Arc.
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Good book. I like how there is a strong female lead. I would recommend this book and author. I like the way the main character is so smart yet manipulative. Would like to see more books with this character.
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I enjoyed this book was nice to read my favourite genre from a fresh new author, my only complaint was the switching between timelines, I can usually cope well with this however seemed s little jumbled in this book.
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Fantastic debut by Caz Finley. If you're a fan of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, and Mandasue Heller than this is the book for you.
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What a great debut from this author!
This had me gripped from the very first word. 
I particularly enjoyed how it went from present to past so I could understand more of Grace and Nathans relationship (both past and current). 
There were a lot of nail biting and unexpected twists along the way that kept me turning the pages endlessly until I reached the end. 
What an ending it was! An amazing ending to a fantastic book!
Most definitely recommend
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Get ready to fall in love with the gritty, sexy,  suspense novel readers will call "off-the-charts good"
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Great book with the twists and turns of an absolute page turner. Getting an insight to the underworld of the crime scene is always fascinating and very well written. Hoping this is going to turn into a series as it has left loads of avenues to be explored. 
Highly recommended
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A debut novel of an abusive marriage to an underworld gangster with the tables being turned and the wife raising up to take over the mob and seek revenge.

This is an enjoyable read with a good twist at the end.

Many thanks to the publishers and netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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A fantastic gritty gangland thriller.
When Graces violent ex husband returns home from prison she realises that in order to live her life in peace she must go to extreme lengths. A story full of colourful characters, a brilliant storyline with many twists and turns. I will deffinatly be recommending this book and will be looking out for the next in the series. 5 stars from me!
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I received an ARC of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  

Grace and Nathan's story is one of twisted obsession and vengeance. In order to escape her abusive marriage, Grace framed her husband. He ended up imprisoned and she assumed his mantle of crimelord in order to build a safe and secure life for their son. When Nathan is released from prison he is determined to gain back all of the ground he has lost and begins a reign of terror. 
It is up to Grace to ensure he is stopped.

I had several misgivings about this title that contributed to a lower rating: Grace's unwitting fascination with, and attraction for her brutal ex-husband was difficult to fathom. The secondary cast of characters lacked depth, and some of the plot twists were either too outlandish or too convenient.
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The Boss follows the life of the main character, Grace.  It goes back and forth between past and present.  The past tells of the time when she was married to Nathan, an up and coming crime boss.  She was his passive and often abused wife.  The present tells who she is now.  She, herself, became the crime boss when he went to jail.  Unfortunately, now he's out and he wants control back of "everything" - including Grace.  He has no idea that she has taken control of a portion of the criminal world. She manages it from behind the scenes and she is trying to keep her full reach a secret.  Together, they have a college age son, Jake.  He is the single most important thing to Grace and she will do absolutely anything to protect him.  Knowing that, Nathan often threatens Jake's well being in order to manipulate her.  However, Nathan would truly never do anything to hurt his son.  Through the past and present viewpoints, insight is given into why Nathan is as messed up as he is.  However, it doesn't excuse the callous way that he treats Grace and the horrendous things he does to her and to others.  It definitely helps you to understand why she felt the need to take charge of her life in the way that she did once he'd gone to prison.  She was determined to never be at anyone's mercy again.

The Boss is a gritty and realistic story that shows how one woman is empowered to take charge of her own destiny to protect herself and her son.  Grace is a brilliant woman who is strategic in her business dealings, surrounds herself with loyal people and treats them well.  

Caz Finlay is a name to watch!  Kudos to her for an engrossing storyline with some twists that I didn't see coming.  The Boss was an impressive debut!  

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.
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The Boss is a crime syndicate novel which has a good story, strong characters and pace. The development & unveiling of Grace’s character through the novel is especially good.

Grace falls for Nathan, who runs a gang which does drugs and has other businesses. He is good looking and a charmer. Once married, however, there is a violent streak to Nathan which terrifies Grace. She learns later that Nathan has had a difficult childhood – adopted and also faces abuse. There is very little she can do, but she also knows she cannot survive her marriage. Nathan goes to prison and Grace has her freedom for a few years. She uses the period to fortify her position – divorces Nathan, builds - mental strength, contacts, friends and a business. She also has her son Jake who provides her purpose and determination. As Nathan comes out of prison though, and continues to meet her regularly, she is not sure how she is going to cope. Nathan knows her weaknesses, and is ruthless.

The story shuffles between past and present and converges very well towards the end. The build-up and the ending are very good as well. The development of Grace’s character, and her determination to cope with her position makes for excellent reading.

My rating: 4.5 / 5.
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WOW! I love this book, Caz has excelled herslf with this, her debut novel within  one of my favourite genres. A gritty tale of family treachery, bonds and the love that lies side by side with cruelty too. It will have you on the edge of your chair till you reach the end. It is a fantastically gripping story and then there is the end! If you are like me and Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller are your go to authors for gritty crime then Caz Finlay should most definitely be your next stop! Congratulations Caz, cannot wait for your next one!
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There are good books and stories, there are great books and stories and there are amazing books and stories especially a debut one. Guess where this book fits? At least for me, this book was amazing, and the fact that is a debut it's even more alluring. 
Grace is The Boss now, running her own business after her husband was imprisoned for murder, she will do everything to keep her and her son's life safe and away from all the cruelties and dangerous life situations of her ex-husband as he is back in their life. Nathan wants to go back to his previous life, to earn his wife back, her trust and his family. 
Going back from the moments they met and how everything started in their life, Both Grace and Nathan are telling the story from their pov, and for me that is a big bonus because, although Nathan might be the villain in this story, it's a great thing to get into his head, with his thoughts and insecurities as well as his not so nice plans. 
There are so many twists and turns in this story that will keep you glued throughout the pages to find out what happened and what will happen next. The last chapters and especially the ending as definitely not what i was expecting and i am so glad i choose to read this book.

Looking forward to more books from the author as I'm sure it's going to be a great ride with her next stories.
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I am starting to love the books that turn between the past and the present; it makes the reader understand more fully the characters and the story.
This is the story of Grace and Nathan, their beginning and how the things start getting worse… till the present. They had something nice in the beginning, but Nathan is not a trustworthy man, and after serving his prison years, he is ready to win all of them over again; his gang, friends and of course Grace… But Grace hasn’t spend the last years waiting for him, she is ready to fight and has some hidden weapons to fight him, you simply have to wait and see!
I love the books where the main protagonist is a strong character that has no fear to protect her loved ones; the fire, the passion that was in their relation now is fire against each other, in a war that no one would love to be near!
This had been a twisted and addictive thriller, I don’t usually read about gangs, I feel like I don’t fully understand their motives or their way of acting, but this book has been different, it kept me glued on the story till the end. Original, well written and twisted, really what more can you want in a book?
I really can’t wait to read more about characters, fingers crossed we’ll know more about them soon!
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Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.” 
― André Malraux

I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but what a terrific debut novel this is!


Nathan Conlon was a notorious Liverpool gangster before he was put behind bars for 12 years. Now he’s out, and he intends to take up where he left off, and that includes trying to win back his ex wife Grace, who divorced him while he was inside. Grace however has other ideas, she’s not the cowering complicit wife that she once was, she’s been running her own successful empire without any help from Nathan, in fact she’s determined to take revenge on him for the way he treated her in the past. She’s the boss now - the head of the ‘firm’ and there can only be one boss! Grace doesn’t intend to suffer his psychological cruelty or the physical beatings ever again. And so begins the war between the two of them, where secrets and betrayals are all part of the game!

Raw and gritty, ‘The Boss’ is a real page turner, with some truly frightening gangland characters, the storyline was compelling, and there was a great twist to come! Highly recommended.
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Wow...what a brilliant debut from Caz Finlay.  This book gripped me right from the start.

The book has two main characters -  Nathan Conlon and Grace Sumner.  Nathan is a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.   Grace and Nathan used to be married but after suffering much abuse from Nathan and whilst he was serving a long stretch in prison for murder she persuaded him to divorce her.  Nathan is now out of jail and want's to win Grace back. However Grace has now made a life without him, she is a strong and independent woman.  Nathan is making her life a misery....just how far will Grace go to get him out of her life!

This is a gripping, fast paced story gangland story with an explosive ending that you will not see coming. 

If you are a fan of Kimberley Chambers,  Jessie Keane & Jacqui Rose then you will love this story.

A well deserved 5 star rating.
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5☆ A Gritty, Full of Twists, Spine Tingling Must Read!


WOW oh wow what a gripping start to a new Ganglit Series.
Right from the first chapter I was hooked and drawn in.
It's hard to believe this is Caz Finlay's Debut book!

Grace hasn't always been strong, she is the ex wife to Nathan a notorious gangster, manipulative and a Bully.
Nathan has just got out of prison and he's back on the scene wanting to have a better relationship with his Son Jake.
But Grace knows what Nathan is like and she has her guard up!

See Grace has changed alot since Nathan was inside!
She's become stronger and wiser with the help from a special friend!
Grace will stop at nothing to protect everything she has worked so hard to build, and she is determined to make sure Nathan doesn't lead their son astray or hurt him!

Wow I loved every minute of this Gritty, fast paced, dramatic, twisty Ganglit story.
It was everything you come to expect and more from this genre.
It had plenty of juicy twists, the characters were very well developed that evoked the right emotions for example I loved Grace but detested Nathan! Perfect!

I really appreciated the past and present storyline, as i really got to delve into why Grace was the way she was and I was rooting for her the whole way through.

There is enough suspense, tension, intrigue and drama to keep you turning the pages,
I for one devoured this book in just two days I was so caught up in the lives of Grace and Nathan!

So if you are looking for a gritty, fast paced, spine tingling, twisty Gangland Thriller then you need to read THE BOSS by Caz Finlay.

I am so excited to read more of this series, if this is just Caz's debut book.... then I am eager to see what's next! 
Caz Finley is definitely an Author to put on your Watch Out for List!

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side Tours for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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