Violent Things by Callie Hart
Series: Chaos & Ruin #1
Published by Self-published on June 30th 2015
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You’re never really out until you’re dead. That’s what the mob bosses, gunrunners and car thieves of Seattle will tell you, anyway.
Zeth Mayfair, ex mafia enforcer, has other ideas. Since falling for Sloane, he’s managed to turn her life upside down. Now, he’s determined to give her a stable, happy and, most importantly, safe life. If that means he has to sleep with one eye open and one hand on a shotgun, then that’s what he’ll do.
Mason Reeves is just looking for a way to take care of his sick sister. Since their mother left, things have been hard, and they’re only getting harder. Prescription meds don’t come cheap, and working as an auto mechanic only pays so well. If he wants to give Millie the life she deserves, he’s going to have to earn it with his fists. And who better to teach him how to fight than the guy who took down the biggest gangster in Seattle?
You can try to get out…You can try to be good…You can steer clear of trouble…But it’s only a matter of time before trouble comes looking for you.
*** Zeth and Sloane are back alongside a cast of new characters in the new Chaos & Ruin series ***
Violent Things is Book 1 in this, the sister series to Blood & Roses.You can read this book if you haven't already read the Blood & Roses series! Upon delivery of the book, you will find an in-depth synopsis of the previous series, should you wish to jump straight into Violent Things but are yet to meet Zeth Mayfair and Sloane Romera.
Of course, Violent Things will be more enjoyable if you start their journey from the very beginning. If you choose to do so, the reading order for the Blood & Roses series is as follows: Deviant, Fracture, Burn, Fallen, Twisted, Collateral.
Zeth, who we met previously in the Blood & Roses Series, is lapping up the good life in Violent Things, running his gym, spending quality time with Sloane and enjoying being a regular couple in general. It felt surreal at the same time as it seemed right. I’ve enjoyed Zeth and Sloane’s easy days, well in comparison to the craziness they have endured in past books.
“I don’t work for other people, Theo.” I throw in the name just to let him know I’m aware of exactly who he is. I can almost feel the fucker squirming on the other end of the line.
What would drag Zeth back to his rightful role as his father’s successor? Someone wants to mess with the goodness in his life, so when that happens, it’s game on…well the warm up to the game at least. No one threatens what is his and he has vowed never to work for anyone again. At the moment it is Zeth and Michael, but a new kid Mason manages to get himself an unintended introduction with Zeth. Luckily for Mason, Zeth sees something in him and that intro ends up going a lot better than he expects.
Mason is doing it tough, caring for his little sister and doing what he can to make a better life for them both. Zeth sees something in Mason that stirs him and cuts him some slack. Michael questions this change of attitude from the cold-hearted operator Zeth once was. This could go either way…for Zeth and /or Mason.
Cities could burn and the world could be ending, crashing down around my ears, and I wouldn’t trade this feeling or this man to save a single soul. I just wouldn’t be able to.
Zeth can be controlling, sweet and unbelievably smooth. He’s everything Sloane never imagined she wanted and the antidote to her demanding life at the hospital as he entices her to drop her guard, allowing her stoic persona to melt.
The steam in this story is HOT. At one point, I imagined myself sitting back blowing smoke rings into the air and wondering what demi god / angel / supernatural being just put a smile on Sloane’s face. That was how to write a smoldering sex scene. Was it making love or being thoroughly fucked? Imagining that was the melding of both love and lust. Excuse the crudeness, gentle sentiments just don’t cut it when it comes to Zeth. Scenes written in such a way that are never tedious.
Reading the scenes between Sloane and her colleague Oliver on the rooftop of the hospital drummed up images of Grey’s Anatomy, not the characters, just the weather and the patients arriving by chopper. Probably could have cut that out of my review but I thought I’d share 🙂
“You look tired. You wanna call it quits?” Michael asks, and even as he says this he’s laughing. He knows what his words will do to me. “Tired?” I clench my hands into fists, lowering my cantering of gravity before putting my guard up and stalking forward. “I don’t get tired when it counts, Michael.”
Violent Things was remarkably smooth sailing for Zeth, Sloane and Michael after the hell they endured in the Blood and Roses series. Visions of a new era emerge, with Zeth and Michael proving to be a good team in and out of the gym. Meeting Mason, provided more depth. Hopefully there will be more of his goodness shared through his juggling of work, family, potential romance and staying on the right side of the law.
Zeth provided more badass goodness in Violent Things that was counterbalanced by Sloane and her cool, calm and chilled approach to work and play. But that ending. My eyes are still wide with disbelief. I can’t believe that Ms Hart left me him stranded after that cow detective uttered that ultimatum!
What I loved:
- When he calls Sloane Angry Girl
- Zeth’s text message and his antidote for a stressful day
- Mason being an awesome big brother to his little sister– even thinking about getting her a four poster bed with drapes made me fall for this guy!
- That Sloane is not oblivious to what’s around her, including Oliver
- The teaser chapters at the end. No scrap that, I may add this to my struggles list!
What I struggled with:
- Carlo’s ability to make numbers work for him – that was like trying to swindle money from a beggar!
- Detective Lowell. Argh, that woman gives a bad name to the Dudley Do Rights of law enforcement. I have a feeling that woman could turn a good person bad…
- The teaser chapters at the end. I’m torn between loving them and struggling because I don’t want to be teased with what I want now…
Rating: 5 Stars
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