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Endurance: A Sin Series Story

Endurance:  A Sin Series Story by Georgia Cates

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Overview by Amazon:

I’m a doctor. Mobster. Killer.
My hands are covered in filth. I don’t have the right to touch anything as clean and pure as Ellison MacAllister.

I distance myself … always remaining obscure, composed, restrained.
Careful to never allow my eyes to linger too long.
Careful to hide my interest.
Careful to keep my burning desire buried beneath the surface.

I do it for her—suffer in silence—because it’s what is best for the woman I love.
And she has no idea.

She’ll be initiated as a Fellowship member soon. One of my mafia brothers will go through endurance so he’ll earn the right to claim her.
Make her his wife.
Kill. Me. Slowly.

I’m running out of time. Only a month remains before she’s beyond my reach forever.
I want to taste her. Share sleepless nights. Ride out her storm.
I want to give her the kind of nights she will still feel between her legs the next morning.
I want us to share the kind of passion that forms on our skin and drips down to saturate the sheets.
Between the sweat and the moans and the messy hair, I want her to know how hard she’s been loved.

To have her is to taint her.
I should stay away. But I won’t. I can’t.
I’m a selfish bastard.
A selfish bastard in love.

I am deeply disappointed that I didn’t realize this book was out.  I have adored Georgia Cates’ writing and the Sin Series and was hoping for another book about the Scottish Mafia, The Fellowship.  I probably shouldn’t be to surprised that I missed this release as it came out November 11th, which was a few days after the US election and the whole world was reeling.

However, I found it and am grateful.  You don’t need to read the three books featuring Sin and Bleu before reading this book, but I highly recommend it.  The Sin Series features the story of Sinclair, the heir to the Fellowship mafia organization.  Bleu has infiltrated the organization with the mind to kill Sin’s father as retribution.  It’s a fascinating series set in modern day Scotland with lots of sex, violence and danger.

This story is about Jamie and Ellison.  Jamie is Sin’s best friend and the doctor for the Fellowship. This is how he has chosen to serve instead of being a fighter.  He’d rather save lives than take them.  He has met Ellison, as she is Bleu’s sister from America.  She has been hidden away from the Fellowship until Sin is ready to initiate her into the family.  A man, a brother, must step up and take responsibility for Ellison.  It sounds so old fashioned, but the rules of the Fellowship are fascinating.

Ellison is a nurse.  She has no family left and has moved to Scotland to be with Sin, Bleu and the babies.  If you have read the Sin Series, you will love spending more time with all the characters from the previous books.  Ellison is beyond frustrated with Jamie.  They make a great team, if only he could see it.

Jamie desperately wants Ellison, but he worries for her safety as he won’t always be around to protect her due to his role as doctor.  He has reason to worry as the women of the Fellowship are often targeted by their enemies.  Ellison doesn’t care and embarks on a month long fling with Jamie hoping that he will change his mind.

That is what makes this book so good.  We spend the month watching Jamie and Ellison work as a team in the Fellowship infirmary and also as lovers.  They are falling hard and fast, yet as the reader you have no idea how things will end up.  Georgia Cates is one of those great authors who isn’t afraid to take the plot to places you didn’t expect.

I really enjoyed this book and was beyond excited to find out that Jamie’s sister, Westlyn would be getting her own book very soon.  I have high hopes that Leith and Lorna will get their happily ever after as well.  This series and Endurance are must reads if you like contemporary romance novels and men with Scottish accents.

Nico

Nico:  A Mafia Romance (Ruin and Revenge Series) by Sarah Castille

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Overview by Publisher:

In Nico, the first book in the Ruin & Revenge series by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille, Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?

This was a really great book!  What I liked most about the story was the realistic portrayal of the mafia.  The author really researched the connections mafia families have, the inner working and the impact on lives within the families.  I was a casual watcher of the Sopranos, so I didn’t have a lot of knowledge of how the organizations worked, but after reading this book, I feel very informed.

The story has almost a Romeo and Juliet feeling to it – minus the tragic ending.  Nico and Mia are from enemy families.  She has been promised to his cousin in marriage to unite the families and end the feud.  The politics are complicated and intriguing.  The story is well written and engaging for the reader.  While there is violence (trigger warning) in the typical mafia fashion, there is also violence within Mia’s family that increased the tension and stakes in the story.

Nico and Mia have a complicated relationship.  The forbidden fruit aspect is a heady attraction between them.  Mia is a punk princess who balks at being the perfect mafia lady.  Underneath his suit, Nico is unconventional and paired well with Mia.  The passion sparks brightly and as they tease and circle each other, it is exciting to read.  Nico is the kind of lover that Mia has been longing for, but she didn’t expect to find it in a mafia boss.

This story blends an interesting love story with the power dynamics of a Mafia run town.  I found it to be a highly engaging story that kept me interested and excited to read more!  The next book looks really good too!  A great start to a new series!

 

His To Love

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His to Love by Stacey Lynn

Overview by Netgalley:

Tyson Blackwell never saw it coming when his Mafia princess girlfriend dumped him and disappeared at the age of eighteen. He never forgot her, either, even after what happened next: the killing of his father, a Detroit PD officer, at the hands of one of her father’s men. Tyson swore revenge, and now, ten years later, the kid who dreamed of a pro football career is a hard-nosed FBI agent, back in town to take down the Galecki crime family once and for all. But Tyson’s mission gets complicated fast—because going undercover means seducing the only woman he’s ever loved.

Gabriella “Blue” Galecki has been in hiding for a decade. She finally comes home to spend time with her terminally ill mother, only to receive a blast from the past when she runs into Tyson. His brooding eyes and electrifying touch still send chills down her spine. But as heir to the family empire, Blue has been promised to another. Caught in a web of deception, she is tempted to pull the trigger on the boldest risk she’s ever taken: trusting Tyson with her life, her body, and her heart.

I have been reading a lot of books lately that feature the mob.  I don’t know why that is, but it’s clear that this new sub genre of contemporary romance novels is really popular!  I think it has to do with the danger element along with the internal struggle characters’ face between family, justice and love.

This book features Tyson who is working for the FBI and is assigned to reunite with his high school love Blue.  Right around graduation, with star in their eyes and love for each other, she disappeared and it’s been ten long years since they have seen each other.  Blue comes from a mafia type family and Tyson is the son of a cop.  A more unlikely pair, along the lines of Romeo and Juliet, you would be hard pressed to find.

We come to understand that Blue’s father sent her away for her love affair with Tyson.  Living and working on her Aunt’s hippie farm in Colorado, Blue has found some measure of peace in her life.  Her mother is dying and she has been summoned home to Detroit.  Tyson intercepts Blue and the game of lies begins.

What isn’t a lie in this book is the reality of the situation. One, Tyson and Blue still have electric chemistry and their time together is just hotter and heavier than their teen years.  Two, Blue’s father is still deep in the underworld and is looking to make her the princess and heir to his kingdom.  Three, Tyson is not going to stop until he has Blue’s father in custody – especially since her father had his father killed for investigating him.

Whew!  With these truths, the story could be heavy and dark, but the light in the book is Blue.  She is so far from a mafia princess.  She wants to work, live on her own and fall in love with her choice of Mr. Right.  While she doesn’t know that Tyson is using her to get close to her father, she is reveling in the newness of their reunion.  It’s pretty sweet how quickly the heart and body remembers the first love.  I wanted it to be real between Tyson and Blue because they were so good together.

Of course there are complications and the truth always comes out.  I really enjoyed how the author unwound the knots the plot was tied up in.  She slowly and carefully revealed just enough pieces to keep the reader entertained and engaged.

This is a story that highlights the love and lust of reunited lovers, but also has a dark and dangerous side as well.  I really enjoyed the heightened sense of drama the law element brought to the plot, but I was a sucker for the great romance between Tyson and Blue.

The Wedding Pact

The Wedding Pact (The O’Malley’s Series) by Katee Robert

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Overview by Publisher:

Carrigan O’Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she’s ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1. 

Hallorans vs. O’Malleys-that’s how it’s always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family’s empire instead of how silky Carrigan’s skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he’ll be if he can’t get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.

I was dying to read this book!  Thankfully I was granted an ARC copy so I could continue to read this awesome series.  The first book, The Marriage Contract blew me away with the sinfully sexy scenes and the no-holds barred look at modern day mafia in Boston.

There are three gangs that control Boston – the O’Malleys, the Sheridans and the Hallorans.  This story features the eldest daughter of the O’Malley’s and the leader of the Hallorans.  The book picks up with a lot of plot from the first book.  I really recommend that reading the first book is essential to enjoying this story.

Carrigan lives in world that is so different.  Her family believes in arranged marriages.  Carrigan has been able to stall the future by feigning an interest in joining a convent, but her father calls her bluff and gives her a month to pick a name off his list.  Carrigan has a hidden side – one that wears tight dresses and slips off to hot nightclubs to dance the night away.

On one of those nights (featured in the previous book), she hooked up with a hot stranger.  After mind blowing sex in the supply closet, they find out they are enemies.  James Halloran then kidnaps her and fortunately allows her to escape certain death at the hands of his father.

This is a true Romeo and Juliet saga.  As Carrigan and James grow closer, the stakes get higher and higher.  To say that James is off limits to Carrigan is an understatement, but she can’t stop herself.  I totally enjoyed the sexy banter between the two.  Katee Robert really knows how to create sexual tension between characters.  Their phone conversations were so smoking hot that I had to fan myself.

What works really well in this book is the hopelessness of the situation.  Carrigan and James have harsh realities.  It was impossible to see the solution to their dilemma.  I loved that about this book because it kept me on the edge of my seat.  I found the politics of the families very interesting as well, but it just increased the tension for the romance leads.

James is forced to face the reality of the mess his father and brother left behind.  The subplot of his business dealings were helpful to assess the weight of his relationship with Carrigan.  As the leader of his family, and a recent one at that, he had to project power.  A relationship with Carrigan opens him up to weakness and challenges.  So, it isn’t just Carrigan that is struggling with how to proceed.  Katee Robert created a story with depth that just reinforced the drama and tension of the choices the characters were making.

This is a solid continuation of the O’Malley’s series.  I am looking forward to the next O’Malley story featuring Cillian.

 

Double Down

Double Down (Cassidy Jones) by Victoria Pratt

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Overview by Amazon:

She’s catching bad guys–one lap dance at a time…

Small-town-girl turned big-city-cop Cassidy Jones, is a fast-driving, sharp-shooting, man-loving ball buster with a loud laugh and boundary issues. She’s also really great at her job-a fact that is completely irrelevant to the good ol’ boys at the station.

When a local mobster ends up dead, Cassidy is on the case. Unfortunately, if she wants to catch the killer, she’s going to have to do it in a G-string and five-inch heels. Oh, and there’s the little problem that she’s fallen hard for the mobster’s brother, who might also be a murder suspect.

Cassidy has to save her man and her reputation or risk losing it all.

Cassidy Jones is the friend you wish you had.  She is not a perfect woman and I loved that about her.  She is probably one of the most real characters I have read a in a while.  Cassidy likes her drink, men and pizza.  In some respects, she reminded me of the comedienne Amy Schumer – smart, sassy and says what most of us are thinking.

Cassidy gets put undercover at a strip joint to find out who killed a mafia kingpin.  I really enjoyed how the author developed the story.  She created such a vivid picture of the town Cassidy lives in, the Indian Reservation, the strip club and her home.  When Cassidy visits the swimming hole, I could imagine the water’s edge just like I could almost feel the sun when she sunbathed in her backyard.  I felt like I was along for every adventure that Cassidy had.

The plot revolves around Cassidy’s investigation at the Double Down Strip Club.  I loved that she picked the name Brandi.  I adored that she invented an identity of a Canadian.  And I really loved that she introduces the favoured Canadian beverage Caesars, featuring Clamato juice.  I had to pour myself one while I feasted on the book.

Cassidy’s investigation was part humorous, sad and titillating.  She meets the dead Mafia boss’ brother Lorenzo while undercover and it’s instant attraction.  I liked the fact that Cassidy didn’t deny it to herself, nor berate herself for the hot animal lust that she feels.  The murder investigation was really interesting and had some great twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

The romance with Lorenzo was just icing on the cake.  There isn’t a lot of action between the two, but the flirting and dates were electrifying!  I really can’t wait to read the next one in the series because I liked the characters very much.  The plot was really well developed and the details made the story excellent.  I really recommend this book and series!