Genre: Mob

Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly

Posted July 3, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly

This was one of the books I picked up after putting a list together of mob romances. This one has a very young girl getting married as a part of an arranged marriage between two big mob families. I don’t know how I feel about arranged marriages, but then again, most authors right it pretty well, so I’m always willing to give it a go. So since this is an arranged marriage, it’s not like the two people involved are in love with each other. And without a doubt its obvious that these two people don’t have any feelings for each other they don’t know each other so how could they even like each other. The book is told from Aria’s POV, and man oh man was I feeling bad for her in the beginning of the book. There are more than one uncomfortable scene once the ball starts to get rolling on the marriage. Also, the groom, Luca, his family has some very kind of creepy traditions about seeing the bedsheets the morning after. I mean the way they all kind of rallied around in the living areas to see the sheets, was just super gross. I mean seriously. I felt so bad for Aria. But Luca managed not to be the monster that Aria was expecting. I liked that he didn’t force himself on Aria (that’s a super weird sentence to type btw), and in general he is actually a lot more kind and patient with Aria then […]

Ivan by Roxie Rivera

Posted July 1, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Ivan by Roxie Rivera

A while back I was super into mafia romances, and I made this huge list of mafia book series, and then I went and bought the first book in each of the series, this book was apart of that list. I don’t know why but I think Russian Mob actually appeals to me on some level more than all the other kinds of mobs, maybe its the language, it just sounds rough like it goes along with the subject matter. This is one of those books that starts with a dramatic occurrence and ends with one too. So Erin is a pretty nice girl, she has good friends, a job, she’s smart, and she’s a really good sister. Her sister on the other hand has fallen in with the wrong crowd, turned to drugs, and has gotten herself into more trouble then she really knows what to do with. And when her sister goes missing, well it’s not like anyone could be surprised about it. Erin is determined to make sure she finds her sister in one piece and gets her the help she needs. All Erin knows is who her sister has been hanging out with, and with that knowledge she knows she can only go to Ivan for help. Ivan I think is impressed with Erin’s just fearlessness to walk into his gym and ask him for help. I think he finds her innocence and determination appealing, in a way he was not exactly expecting. I’m not 100% […]

Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

Posted June 7, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review / 1 Comment
Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

I came into this series not having read any of the other books in the series, but I have been on a serious mafia kick lately so I was really looking forward to reading this book, plus I recognized the authors name so I figured why not, let’s give this book a go. This is one of those books that was actually really hard for me to give a rating to, because for me the book felt like two very different distinct ratings. The beginning of the book lagged for me, big time, I wanted to just give it a pass. But I stuck with it and I was ultimately really glad that I did stick with it, because somewhere around the middle the book picked up and it started working for me. Obviously, this being a mafia book, this two people did not have ordinary upbringings. Clara and Gio start this book off when they are younger, when Clara wants to get close to Gio while at the same time wants to run from the violent life that awaits her and her sister. In the beginning I honestly found there dynamic between them a little blah, maybe it’s because they were young, who knows, but that’s how I felt. But I also understood why it was so important for the girls to get away from the life that awaited them. When the book picks up 8 years later, I was way more interested. Clara is basically living the life […]

Stardust Destiny by Nazarea Andrews

Posted February 10, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Giveaway, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Stardust Destiny by Nazarea Andrews

I love books that reimagine old stories, I’m the girl who likes fairytales retold, or modern day retellings of Shakespeare. But this book super intrigued me because I’ve never read a retelling Helen of Troy, so I was really excited about this book. I have to say if you don’t read anymore of the review, just know that I really loved it, and my biggest complaint is having to wait for book two to come out in few months. So Ileana is our heroine, and man before this book even starts she has had a hard life. She’s the daughter of a big time mob family, and when she was young, in an effort to support peace between the families, it was decided that she would basically be given the head of another mob family to marry, essentially a royal merging. I have to say, she makes me sad during so much of this book. She is resigned to doing the right thing for her family, and going through with this marriage, despite the fact that she’s basically never had any freedom or ability to do anything she’s really ever wanted to do. And her relationship with her family is not the best, there is some interesting family drama as well as some family trauma going on to cause this, but it’s sad that she really has no one to trust or turn to when she just wants to talk. So right before the wedding Ileana decides to have just […]

In The Company of Wolves by Paige Tyler

Posted January 27, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
In The Company of Wolves by Paige Tyler

Werewolf cops, it should be the recipe for some awesomeness. This book is a stand alone in a book series about SWAT cops who just happen to be all made up of werewolves. I went into this book expecting a lot of action, and probably some sort of suspenseful plot that was going to keep me guessing. There was definitely a lot of action in this book, and some of it I enjoyed, and there was a pretty major mob plot, which definitely made things interesting, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. So when the book starts we kind of are slammed into this intense raid by our SWAT wolves, one in particular, Eric, and who should he find on this outing, why Jayna, our heroine. Jayna is on the wrong side of the law, but something about her keeps Eric from taking her in, so instead he hides her. Jayna clearly captivates him so he tracks her down to try and figure out what kind of situation she is mixed up in. Eric made this book for me, I liked him the most in this book. He’s a stand up guy, and kind of a baby wolf too. I was really surprised how little these werewolves know about being werewolves. I mean it’s not just one or two of them that don’t have all the information, it’s pretty much all of the wolves who are missing out on all the intricacies on what being a wolf […]

Fearless by Michelle St. James

Posted December 30, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Fearless by Michelle St. James

Without a doubt this book is in no way shape a standalone, you just won’t appreciate it without all the backstory involved in it. So I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series, I think maybe I am a sucker for a mob story. And (spoiler) I was super bummed with the first book ended with Nico and Angel going their separate ways because of how her father died. But hey there was a sequel, therefore there must be a chance for them right? So sign me up, I am all for finding out what happens with Nico and Angel. Angel’s whole world has pretty much turns completely upside down before this book started. I mean she went from being an average girl with a rich jerk of a father, to being kidnapped and finding out that her father is a mob boss in the middle of a big time feud with another mob family, the one who kidnapped her. Of course then she goes and falls for the guy (swoon, they are so cute together), and then he goes and kills her dad to save her life. Enter the end of the relationship. I felt so bad for Angel, I mean she just wants to be normal, but she can’t forget Nico and how much she fell for him in the short time they were together. And then of course, something brings him back into her life. Trouble is brewing for Nico’s family, and Angel can’t help […]

Code of Honor by Missy Johnson

Posted August 31, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Code of Honor by Missy Johnson

I love mafia books, I really have no idea why, I mean little girls don’t dream about meeting your perfect criminal and living happily ever after, but hey I like me a good mafia guy, don’t judge. I really don’t like giving books anything less then three stars because I know what works for me may not work for other people and vice versa. But this book was hard for me to get through, so I can’t help but give it an honest review. I think my number one issue with the book is pacing. During the first 25% of the book, I kept thinking “when is something going to happen?” I mean pretty much nothing happens for the first part of the book. Let me sum it up for you. Pietro’s parents died and he had to move in Giovanni, who has a daughter Lucia. Flash 8 years forward, Lucia and Pietro are like secretly in love with each other, but Giovanni is over protective and wouldn’t approve so they never say anything about it to each other. Lucia moves to NYC and Pietro follows her to watch her secretly under orders for her father. That’s it. What was funny to me is that the book felt like it was dragging on, but there were also these moments where I felt like this were happening way to fast. Like Pietro and Lucia finally get together, he kisses her and then two seconds later they are having sex and apparently it’s like […]

Ruthless by Michelle St. James

Posted August 5, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Ruthless by Michelle St. James

I love mob books! Which is so weird, since I’m not generally a fan of mob movies, but in books they just work for me. I have to admit though I was a little worried about this one because I knew it started off with basically a kidnapping by our hero on this story, for me sometimes I really hate kidnappings, unless they are written extremely well or there isn’t a lot of violence associated with it. Thankfully, the kidnapping aspect of the book didn’t bother me at all, and I seriously enjoyed the book. So our heroine in the story is Angelica, who I really liked throughout the book, and oh man did I feel for her during the course of events. Her whole life changes so much from beginning to end. When the book begins she’s just a regular girl who has a degree in philosophy and works at a coffee shop, she’s pretty much estranged from her rich father, but has a good relationship with her brother. And then one night when she is locking up she is taken. Of course she thinks that she is being held for ransom, but oh is she so wrong. I liked that Nico isn’t violent with her, and when the creeper Dante tries to be, he seriously puts him down and hard. I understand how shocking the situation was for Angelica, but she handles everything so well, she has such fire and I love that about her. So Nico is […]