The Bogeyman's Woman by Sam Crescent

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Ruin needs to kill a woman.
A beautiful woman with blue eyes and raven hair.
And he has no idea why.

He is the one they call when they need to clean up a mess. He's the bogeyman.
But Callie Lawson is one target he doesn’t think he can handle. Why would a mafia capo want her dead? She's a woman who has nothing and no one—a mundane existence that involves knitting. That's all. He has to find everything out about her. He can't get Callie out of his mind. And he can’t kill her.

Before losing her parents years ago, Callie promised her mother she would try to live her life. For the longest time she avoided it all, but not anymore. When a mysterious man sits with her and asks for her help knitting, Callie is struck by the handsome stranger.

Callie has never fallen in love but when it comes to Ruin, he makes her feel everything. He makes her want to live.
What will happen when the truth comes out? Will Ruin be able to save Callie from the monsters, or will he end up being the one to kill her?



It didn’t take Ruin long to get the bolts installed. He’d put the screwdrivers in his car and all the equipment he’d needed to get her apartment safe, not that a few bolts would truly protect her, but it was a start. Once he finished, he checked to make sure they all worked, and was happy with it. He stood up, picked up the empty bags, and turned toward her. She had gone and made him a second cup of coffee and she held it for him.

“You didn’t need to do that.”

Ruin took the coffee from her and placed the empty bags in her hands. She left and he followed her to the kitchen. She tossed the bags into a trash bin. He also spotted she had a recycle bin as well.

“You couldn’t install them, and what kind of a gentleman would I be if I left you here at risk?”

She frowned. “I’ve been living here for years and I’ve been fine.”

“Luck runs out, Callie.”

Her lips opened and closed. He wanted them around his cock, sucking him in deep.

“Oh, er, how much do I owe you for the tools?”

He put the coffee on the counter and stepped toward her. She moved back and he got in close so that he stood right in front of her. “How about a kiss?”

“A kiss? You had to kiss for the tools?”

He chuckled. “No, I paid money for the tools, but trust me, I’d be getting a better deal.”

“You would?”


“How?” she asked.

He reached out and stroked some of the hair behind her ear. “Because I know how good those lips taste and I want another one, Callie.” Ruin cupped her cheek and ran his thumb across her lips. “They are so tempting. They’re designed to be kissed.” He released a little groan. “Didn’t you like our kiss last night?”

He had a feeling she did, judging by how red her cheeks were.

“Yes. I did.”

“So what is wrong with me kissing you?”

“Nothing, but I don’t want you to be out of pocket for the tools.”

“I won’t be. All I want is a kiss.” He leaned in close, giving her a chance to tell him no. He wouldn’t force her. He would never take what she wasn’t willing to give.

Callie’s gaze was on him and he could feel her breath. Sinking his fingers into her hair, he pulled her in close and slammed his lips down on hers. Her lips were like heaven.

Her hands went to his shoulders, gripping him tightly.

With his other hand, he grabbed her ass, pulling her against him, not wanting to let her go. Loving the feel of her next to his body. Why did she have to change out of the negligee? It would have been so easy to strip her naked, to fuck her, to take what he wanted. He couldn’t wait to see her tits, to spread her thighs open, taste her cunt, lick every single inch of her. Ruin wanted to hear her scream his name, beg him not to stop. He wanted so fucking much from her.

Breaking the kiss, he stared into her eyes. They were closed to start with, but she opened them. “Is that so wrong?” he asked. “To have a kiss?”

She shook her head.



“I want to touch you.”


He took hold of her wrist and slid it from his shoulder moving down his chest, and even further still. He paused when her palm was at the top of his jeans.

“And I want you to touch me as well.”

Her teeth sank into her lip, and he saw the nerves playing out across her face. Callie was so open, so expressive. Her cheeks were a deep shade of red. She was a little panicked but he saw the flash of excitement in her eyes.

She wanted this.

He wanted this.

Moving her hand down, he placed her palm flat on his rock-hard cock. She gasped and he cupped her tit in his palm. Her eyes went wide as he stroked his thumb back and forth across her hard nipple. She wasn’t wearing a padded bra. He imagined something lacy, something sexy.

“Do you like that?”

She jerked her head in a yes.

“Good.” Her palm remained still against his cock. “You can move your hand. You can touch me.”

“I don’t know what I’m doing.”

Her virginity turned him on again.

“Then do whatever you like. I’m a big boy, I can handle it.”

“No part of you is a boy,” she said.

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Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 18 ratings)
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Another amazing book by this author!!
Written by Andrea R on 12th Jan 2023

Simply put--AMAZING!! I love this authors writing and she never ever ceases to amaze me how well she writes! I just think her ability to tell such great stories is so outstanding. This book his so good full of suspense and loaded with lots of steamy parts. I truly love the dark romance trope and this is definitely one and it is so good!

Saving the bogeyman
Written by Bookbunny on 12th Jan 2023

What happens when a man like Ruin is contracted to kill a woman? For one, he wants to know her. Why does the Capo want her dead? Callie Lawson keeps to herself. Knits little things for children and babies even dogs. She has a kind heart. What would be the reason to eliminate her? Callie was an invisible woman, but what was the reason for Dante Morelli wanting her dead? Ruin does find out but he was in no rush. Callie had captured his heart and he didn’t even expect that. Now he was protecting her and would remove anyone trying to take her from him. You have to love a bad guy turning good. Yeah, Ruin still is a killer but he does have a conscious. Although keeping it from Callie is costly. She is a sweetheart. I know some will see her as a push over but she is a woman that works hard and causes no problems. She just was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They are a great couple.

Great read.
Written by Mary S on 12th Jan 2023

The Bogeyman’s Woman was a great read,short that it was it had it’s moments that were heartbroken. Callie and Ruin deserves their happy ever after.

The Bogeyman's Woman
Written by mysticbaby1991 on 12th Jan 2023

Man Sam is coming out swinging when it comes to book for the new year. She's not playing any games! Callie Lawson lives her life slowly fading away. After losing her parents 9 years prior she's never made another connection to a person and in many cases if asked about her people would say "Callie who?" So what is it that she could've done to warrant a capo to send the Bogeyman to kill her? This is what Ruin has to figure out. But to do so he must break all his rules and actualy get to know his mark. However, things backfire when he gets to know Callie and becomes even more confused on what this sweet woman has done and why he's suddenly feeling very protective of her. When all the secrets Ruin's kept hidden from Callie come out will she be able to forgive him? Or has Ruin overestimated Callie's forgiving nature? I absolutely loved Callie and Ruin. Both of these characters live in the shadows in their own way. While Callie's living like this of her own doing, it's necessary for Ruin and his business to be in the shadows.

Review of The Bogeyman's Woman by Sam Crescent
Written by The Dragon Den Book Blog on 12th Jan 2023

Things get deadly hot in this erotic romance and things get wonderfully complicated! Ruin was supposed to kill her. A woman with no family, no friends, no coworkers who would have cared if she didn't turn up to work, not even a nosy neighbour to stick his nose into her business. A woman who was completely invisible to the world even if she was sitting right next to them. It should have been a simple job. Now he's sitting next to her...on a park her knitting club. The dark haired, blue-eyed beauty had captured him. He was falling for her kind heart, her beauty...and craving her curves. Callie was not a woman who seized the moment. It was rare for her to even try and be social willingly. It scares her when suddenly the tall, built, tattooed hunk in her knitting class was talking to her. Not only that. Asking her out on a date? He makes her crave for more. She's twenty-nine and a virgin. She's not experienced in the field of flirting, but it's clear Ruin wants her and she's quite happy to fall for him. However, the contractor is pushing for her death. Callie knows some. Has stolen something. Has crossed a line. Now she was in danger. Ruin had to save her...even if her finding out the truth would have her hate him forever. A wonderfully delicious creation yet again by Sam Crescent. I really enjoyed Callie's character, as she was truly almost invisible. Not just a girl who shut herself away and thought she was not seen by anyone. She really was just in the bakground unnoticed by many. Ruin's backstory was sad and fantastic, building to his grown character and the new roles he takes. Plus I could totally see him kill a man with knitting needles. Just for shticks and giggles.

The story is great
Written by Cynthia G on 12th Jan 2023

Thank you netgalley for the eARC. I will also stop what i am doing to read Sam Crecent . This book was no exception. I love everything that comes out of this author’s fingertips. The story is great. The love scenes are great and the ending was even better

Ruin and Callie
Written by POmoto on 12th Jan 2023

It was a very sweet! Ruin was contracted to murder Callie but once he started following her, he realized he couldn't do it and had started a relationship with her. Both of them are people living on the fringes of society and had hidden themselves away from the world. It was a very sweet how they brought out themselves out for one another. Very enjoyable.

Ruin and Callie
Written by Eve S. on 12th Jan 2023

Ruin the most feared Boogeyman assassin strikes fear in both men and women. Callie is his new Target marked for death. Ruin sees that she is not what Dante has told him about her and decides to investigate further. Ruin takes one look at Callie’s black hair and blue eyes and falls hard. Full complete story with courtship, angst, sadness and love. Throughly enjoyed this book.

The Bogeyman's Woman
Written by Maureen C on 12th Jan 2023

I really enjoyed this book. But then I always enjoy the books written by Sam Crescent. The characters drew me in and did not let go till the end.

Good story
Written by Amy T on 12th Jan 2023

I love Sam Crescent and all her stories. I loved how Callie made Ruin work for it. Little bit of a twist at the end. Good story

Ruin and Callie
Written by Bobcat on 12th Jan 2023

The Bogeyman's Woman is the story of Ruin, a hitman, and Callie, the hit. Only Ruin couldn't hurt this sweet innocent knitting woman. I laughed when he kept saying he'd kill her next time after spending time with her. I loved both characters and greatly enjoyed the epilogues.

A nice hot and quick romance
Written by Allison R on 12th Jan 2023

Ruin is a “problem solver” ( aka hit man) for the mafia. A man so feared by others that he achieved the nickname the “Bogeyman,” however his newest target has him stumped. Callie seems to leave a boring and solitary life so why would she be up for “termination?” Ruin is also amazed by the fact that her picture alone seems to have upended his normal routine, and after meeting her, well let’s say he doesn’t want their time to end, which is a total turnaround from his normal . I’ll admit Ruin was not who I was expecting based on his moniker. I mean he was learning how to knit to meet up with Callie, and while he justified it by saying he was learning her patterns, Ruin seems to care for Callie right off the bat. Yes he’s quite the alpha male but he does have a soft side too. But fear not, this is no weak man, and Callie for all her shy and retiring ways is strong all on her own. Those of you who have read other books by this author will not be disappointed by the steamy hot romance with the two leads, I just wish it was a little longer. Still a nice hot and quick romance with strong alpha male vibes, tender moments, humor (did you not hear me say he was trying to learn to knit?), and in my opinion a great epilogue. 4.5 stars . I voluntarily read and reviewed an arc copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Good story
Written by RhondaVB on 12th Jan 2023

Sam Crescent's books are usually a quick but hot read. I love her "mafia" style and her MC books. Ruin was a good character and I loved him just as I loved Callie. These two were made to be together. Full is twists and turn, this kept me turning the pages to read their story and I enjoyed it!

Enjoyed this
Written by JRush on 12th Jan 2023

What a great read. I don't really go for books outside my normal genre of MC, but I decided to give this a go. I'm so pleased I did. Great storyline and great characters. The pace of the story was in point and as a while a really enjoyable read.

Bogeyman loves deep
Written by BecM on 7th Jan 2023

Ruin just melts your heart. A no nonsense hit man whose world is Calli. You can understand Calli's anger but love it when she finally sees the truth. Did it get hot in the bedroom or what!!!

So good
Written by Michele77 on 7th Jan 2023

Ruin is the Bogeyman, a ghost, a killer. He becomes so much more when he sees Callie. Two lonely people coming together and fulfilling what each other need. This is a fantastic read, with such emotional depth.

Great story
Written by PHOENIX96 on 7th Jan 2023

Ruin is the man they call to end things, and his next target is Callie. But when Ruin sees Callie things don't add up, why would anyone want her dead. Callie lives a quite and uneventful life, until Ruin comes along, but can she trust him? Well written steamy, hitman, possesive, stalker romance.

So recommend this authors books
Written by tracy r on 7th Jan 2023

I love this authors books pulls you in to the story from page one. they call him the Bogeyman he is an asasin to hire and his own boss some would love him to fully work for them in the mafia world. Dante has a job for Ruin he wants him to kill Callie Lawson but what he does not understand is why she a loner but a very beautiful woman so he gets close to her but he knows that something is not right why kill her so while he is enjoying her company he digs deeper not going to say anymore but so recommend this authors books