Friday, November 13, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Reckless & Ruined (The Chicago War #2) by Bethany-Kris

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  Reckless & Ruined by Bethany-Kris The Chicago War #2 
Publication Date: November 9, 2015 
Also in this series: Deathless & Divided 
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Play dirty. It’s the only way to win in a war.

Alessa Trentini follows the rules, or so it seems on the outside. A certain Conti has always been able to sway her inner rebel and keep her out of trouble, but even Adriano won’t be able to get her out of her brother’s mess. In a war, no woman is safe if her hand in marriage can advance her family in the world of the mafia. But mistakes of the past have a way of slipping into the present and Alessa will soon learn that even the most shameful of secrets can get her everything she wants.

Adriano Conti’s loyalties are torn as he’s forced to stand at his father’s side while Riley uses his wife’s murder as a way to get higher. Blood comes first and then the Outfit. The one thing he doesn’t question in the war between the families is Alessa Trentini and even that doesn’t seem possible when he’s forced to watch Alessa be used as another man’s pawn. Adriano has his own role to play to get what he wants.

The families in the Outfit have never been more divided than they are now. Blood continues to spill as revenge takes center stage and more lives are lost. But every man in the family is fighting for something different and no one’s intentions can be trusted. Playing a dirty game might be the only way to stay alive.

Even if that means ruining it all.

**Please Note: Reckless should not be read before Deathless & Divided. This novel is NOT considered a standalone in the series.

Another outstanding story in this series! This has a great balance of romance and mob drama. And I mean drama with a capital drama. The romance between Alessa and Adriano has a Romeo and Juliet-ish feel to it, being that they got it bad for each other, and they're dedicated to each other in spite of the fact that their families are the mob equivalent of the Hatfields and the McCoys. What I like about this series is that while we do get a romance in each book (and each book features a different couple, but they need to be read in order),we also get up close and personal with the mafia side; now, you also need to know that there is a lot that is happening with the mafia side of the story. I mean A. LOT. You might need to keep notes so you can keep up lol.

I wish we had gotten the story on how Alessa and Adriano fell in love, because they're already together when book 1 starts; but even without that glimpse into the past, this is still a top-notch read and I cannot wait to read the next in the series, Theo's and Evelina's story.

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Deathless & Divided by Bethany-Kris The Chicago War #1 
Publication Date: September 7, 2015 
Also in this series: Reckless & Ruined 

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Lies and love. This is how a war starts.

A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.

Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a choice. Forced home to marry a man she doesn’t know and back into a life she’d rather forget, her world is full of half-truths, buried pain, and uncertainty. But Damian is nothing like she expects. His motives aren’t clear. Her beliefs are being tested.

When it comes to this world, no man can be trusted. Someone is ready to flip the Chicago Outfit on its side all for the promise of something better. But no one runs a clean game and these men play for keeps. When blood begins to paint Chicago red, four families will be divided by loyalty, hatred, and revenge. There is no hiding. There is no safety.

No one is deathless.

No one.
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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she can find the time. To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here:
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