Thin Lies by Bethany-Kris
Series: Donati Bloodlines #1
Also in this series: Thin Lines, Thin Lives (Donati Bloodlines Book 3)
Published by Self-published on May 2nd 2016
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She was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over.It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento.Not for Calisto.She was taken.She was claimed.She was not his.In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go. What good had saving her done?He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another.
Emma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile.At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face.He smirked.And winked.Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her.Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose.She had already lost once.Wasn’t it enough?
WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, and are not considered safe romance.
Thin Lies turned out to be a quick paced, page-turner I couldn’t stop reading. The chemistry that simmered between the main characters was that of a slow burn. They finally manage to ignite the sparks but their flame was extinguished far too soon…out of necessity.
Emma is a mafia princess, whose fate has been sealed by her parent’s decision to use her to bring together two families. She soon discovers her good times were short-lived. It is soon apparent she has been manipulated into her acceptance of a privileged lifestyle, poised to set her up for this moment all along. A well-practiced mask is all that stands between duty and the crushing anticipation of the impact of her arranged marriage.
There were moments I could see coming and others once they panned out, became obvious. I imagine a lot of what has occurred so far will come back to haunt Emma. I am surprised that what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas. For this information not to be used for gain by people sharing what they know highlighted the level of respect that should have been given to the most senior of the two men.
The mystery surrounding Calisto is hinted at but the reasons why he refuses Alfonso’s wishes are not discussed in depth. Calisto’s behaviour is bound to have consequences and something I am curious to see pan out. Despite Thin Lies being a book I couldn’t put down, I felt it needed fleshing out more. The ability to hide the drama from all, including her future family, was an aspect I found unbelievable. Both families were seriously lacking on being kept informed of current events that could impact on the reputations of their families.
The ending leaves you wondering about what will become of the main characters even though the story could quite easily end at this moment. This has the potential to be a great series and I am hoping what I was missing will be there in the next book!
What I struggled with:
- Her family
- The help sought
- Alfonso’s actions didn’t always reflect his reputation
- The cheapness of life
- Being more of a commodity than a person
What I loved:
- The pace
Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
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