Monday, May 9, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Kingpin (An Italian Mafia Romance) by W.S. Greer

Title: Kingpin
Series: An Italian Mafia Romance
Author: W.S. Greer
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Alannah Sullivan met Dominic Collazo when she was only in the fifth grade. She knew him when the other kids called him names and made fun of his over-sized facial features. She knew him when he was a shy introvert with a quick temper. She knew him when he was first introduced to the mob lifestyle by his father, a made man in the St. Louis mafia. 

Alannah knew Dominic before anybody could see his potential, and she fell in love with him when she was just a teenager... just in time for her family to pack up and move away from the city and the boy she loved.

But, Alannah is back now, and after ten long years, Dominic Collazo is all grown up. No longer the quiet loner, Dominic is larger than life, and every woman’s fantasy. He’s a rich casino owner with the looks of a Greek god, and an alpha male persona to die for. He’s also a captain in the notorious Giordano crime family.

When the two of them meet again in the lobby of Lumiere Place Casino & Hotel, Alannah has no idea that her second chance with Dominic will also be her biggest curse. As drama immediately ensues and bullets start to fly, Alannah has to ask herself if Dominic is worth all the trouble that comes with him.

Would you risk everything to be with the love of your life, even if he’s the mafia’s newest KINGPIN?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This story is told in dual POV, starting when both Alannah and Dominic are just 11 years old, at the beginning of their friendship. We also get to see Dominic's life when he's with his father and some of the "excursions" they do, not really of the legal variety. We also get to experience the heartbreak that happened when they were 15, starting with Alannah having to relocate for her father's job, and the tragedy that Dominic suffered.

Now they're both 25 and Alannah has made her way back to St. Louis, ostensibly for a job, but the bigger factor is Dominic, since she has no clue whether he's even alive or not. Her first hour back and she does indeed discover that Dominic is still alive, and the chemistry between them hasn't changed. But there's much more to Dominic's world than Alannah is ready to deal with, as evidenced by their dinner date that's rudely interrupted by gunfire (they didn't even get to enjoy appetizers!)

I was impressed with the writing style, it's not easy for a member of the opposite sex to write in a voice they're not familiar with, but Mr. Greer managed to do well with Alannah's voice. And let me say a big THANK YOU to Mr. Greer for making Alannah's father a member of the Air Force. I feel like the Air Force community doesn't get into books as much as the Army or Marines (I'm a proud USAF veteran).

This book does play out the way you think it would, especially once the head of the Family goes on an extended vacation at the request of the Feds. But what was most shocking to me was the epilogue, and now I can't wait until the next book is released so I can find out how the plan and ensuing drama will all play out.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

“This novel had an authenticity to it that I really enjoyed, and I like that the author didn't write an over-glamorized view of the mafia lifestyle.” - Goodreads Reviewer
“ I seriously can't wait for the next book, this is an amazing start to the series, wish I could give it more than 5*” - Sweet and Spicy Reads
“This book has it all action, humor, sexual chemistry and one sexy alpha!!” - Alpha Book Club
WS Greer is a multi-genre author, and an active duty military member with the US Air Force. He’s been serving his country since 2004, and has been an author since his debut novel, Frozen Secrets, was released in 2013. 

WS was born to military parents in San Antonio, Texas, and bounced around as a child, from Okinawa, Japan, to Florida, to New Mexico, where he met his high school sweetheart, who’d become his wife in 2003. Together, the two of them have two wonderful children, and are currently living overseas on the tiny island of Guam. WS has tackled different genres throughout his writing career. From suspense with his debut novel Frozen Secrets, to erotic suspense with his bestselling Carter trilogy and Defending Her, and now contemporary romance with Worth Saving. As a reader, WS usually prefers the drama of suspense, but as a writer, he’s branched out and is doing his best to reach a wide audience and a plethora of readers. WS loves connecting with his fans and readers, and does so whenever he gets the chance, and he would love to hear from you. You can find him on his personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay tuned, there’s more great stories coming from WS Greer!  

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