Hell's Kitchen by Callie Hart, Lili St. Germain
Series: Hell's Kitchen #1
Published by Self-published on March 1, 2015
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From International Bestselling authors Callie Hart and Lili St. Germain comes a tale of two families co-existing in a melting pot of violence, murder and drugs in the seedy underbelly of New York City.
Theo and Sal Barbieri are brothers, tasked by their Mafioso father Roberto with a very clear purpose: kidnap Kaitlin McLaughlin. The beautiful daughter of Roberto’s Irish enemy. It’s high time Kaitlin was punished for her father’s sins—not to mention, her own.
And Operation: Kidnap Kaitlin is a roaring success… until it isn’t. When Kaitlin escapes into the busy streets of New York City, it’s a race against the clock to find her before Sal and Theo become the hunted.
Zeth Mayfair has traded his life as a hitman for a quieter existence, but it isn’t long before the past catches up with him in the form of Roberto Barbieri. Will he succumb to the lure of power that Roberto is offering? Or will he retaliate by killing every last Barbieri in New York to get them off his back?
Jason Ross is running. Woken in the night by a tip that the Gypsy Brothers are coming for him, he packs a bag and gets his girlfriend the hell out of dodge. Arriving in New York City in the midst of a heatwave is one thing, but being tailed by an entire drug cartel is another.
Worlds collide in Hell’s Kitchen as secrets come to light and sins are punished. Because we might be different in the light of day, but in the darkness, we’re all connected somehow.
Hell’s Kitchen is a serial comprising three volumes: Hell’s Kitchen, Tribeca and Bleecker Street
A complicated beginning to this spin-off series where you’ll find reading both the Gypsy and the Blood and Roses Series first will be best. The review ahead will contain spoilers for both those series.
First up you get to see the other side of the phone call Zeth receives from Sal and Theo that they made at the request of their father Roberto Barbieri. Listening to the brothers make that phone call gave me the impression I was in for a spaghetti western starring dumber and dumber aka Salvatore and Theo. Sal and Theo are both a disappointment to their father and they live up to his opinion with every step they take.
It goes beyond the phone call into another drama arising from the criminal organisations stories that have already been shared. Action packed with kidnappings, car chases, chases on foot, fighting, Houdini style escapes and well you get the picture, it’s full on. Everyone seems optimistic that they can come out on top. Well mostly and when they know they’re almost beat, they begin wrangling options to ease their demise.
Scarlet is a waitress trapped in her own personal hell. Going through the motions, she makes it to work and ends up facing more than she has the energy for. Ignoring the usual rhetoric of life in the restaurant, doing enough to get her through until fate throws a spanner into the works. All of a sudden, her day went from tedious to bad and looks like it will only get worse.
It’s a crowded list of players that go beyond cameo roles, everyone seems to be significant to the plot. The plot revolves around Roberto’s obsession with Kaitlin McLaughlin the head of the Irish’s daughter; and Gracie O’Connor, Kaitlin’s kick-ass security guard. Gracie is not one to be messed with, providing some awesome film worthy scenes in her line of duty. It’s an action-packed story with lots of familiar characters.
The writing of both Callie Hart and Lili St Germain flows effortlessly, the story a fusion of their characters and writing styles. There’s a dark dry humour prevalent throughout the story and this is probably why I looked upon the beginning being akin to an Italian-made cowboy movie a-la mafia / organised crime setting.
Hell’s Kitchen was a quick read, ending with a to-be-continued setting and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
Lily’s Rating: 4.5 stars
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