Where the Sun Hides by Bethany-Kris, London Miller
Series: Seasons of Betrayal #1
Also in this series: Where the Snow Falls, Where the Wind Whispers
on June 6, 2016
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In places where the sun can hide, the darkest betrayals are made.
Violet Gallucci and Kazimir Markovic have grown up in the same city, but on opposite sides of the game they call life—Violet, an Italian principessa della mafia, and Kaz, a Russian Bratva heir. Lines have been drawn, and they know not to cross them.
Their paths crossed once, a long time ago, but when they meet again, the territory and rules set out by their families that have kept them separated seem to bleed away.
She's more than her last name …
He’s more than a Russian …
But secrets from the past—and the people determined to keep them hidden—have other plans for Violet and Kaz.
They should be enemies.
It could mean war.
This is just the beginning …
From authors Bethany-Kris (The Chicago War) and London Miller (Volkov Bratva) comes a thrilling, sexy new series—Seasons of Betrayal. Where the Russians and Italians clash in culture, mafia … and love.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Bethany-Kris has become an author who, when she announces she has a book releasing soon, I pay attention. What impresses me to no end, is when she co-authors a book the result is a flawless combination of talent. Each author Bethany-Kris works with has been impressive, including London Miller!
Children weren’t like adults. They didn’t understand the boundaries between cultures, and surely not ones as difficult as Cosa Nostra and Bratva.
In essence, this is a story of forbidden attraction between two opposing mafia families from different cultures. The book portrays through the main characters the Russian Bratva and the Mafia. Kaz and Violet briefly met as children in what can only be described as a surreal meeting between their fathers. Why they were there makes no sense to them and when they meet again as adults, they again connect but with the knowledge that any sort of a relationship would be forbidden. Whether it was the undeniable attraction they had for each other or they had formed a bond before the influence of family prejudices kicked in is something to ponder on. Whatever the reason, it is obvious they were meant for each other.
“Unlike you, I don’t get on my knees for anyone.”
There was something about Kazimir Markovic or Kaz as he preferred. He’s an antihero and you could totally understand why Violet made the decisions she did where he was concerned. He was no angel but there was always an underpinning goodness about him, he is a man destined for all he should be in his world. His ability to see justice, without backing away from the matters requiring his attention, gained him his respect amongst his peers. Instilling fear in those he wants to use, he had a calm, considered and determined approach that any clear-headed person would do all they could to avoid.
Violet Gallucci has been shielded from the family ‘business’ to the extent she is not ignorant to what her family heritage entails but soon realises she has no idea the lengths they go to uphold their pride. Through being in the wrong places, she discovers the brutality and unforgiving coldness that has been hidden from her. Her choices are limited, her actions not always wise but understandable.
There was no mob boss’s daughter here.
No Italiano principessa.
She was just another face in the crowd.
No one could possibly understand how precious that was for her.
Together they were living a dream, one that was doomed to turn into a nightmare but as long as it could last it was worth the risk…or so they thought. It’s not until they find each other that they see the missing beauty in their lives. This, in turn, sheds light on the people who surround them, highlighting the collective goodness and cold indifference. There are expectations for all in their world, their destiny potentially set in stone yet there was always hope that change could be possible. Short of a forced change of power, I have no idea how they can ever be.
For two people who knew better, their actions could either be the beginning of the end or vice versa. The ending left both the characters still breathing, which was a miracle I was grateful for! The secondary characters kept me fascinated and I am keen to know more about them, especially their siblings. Everyone’s behaviour was distinctively influenced by their upbringing and it was evident their motives were driven by self-preservation. Both families had me shaking my head at their parenting decisions. It was obvious they were of another era but still I struggled to understand how they so readily accepted what they did.
As a reader, I nervously start new series, wondering how on earth I can juggle another one, but I am pretty excited to make room for this one. I must have counted at least 6 stars on Kaz alone ;). Where the Sun Hides has secured a place on my 2016 Favourite shelf and I am eagerly and nervously awaiting the next book in the Seasons of Betrayal series.
What I struggled with:
- The value of a heart, gifts…
- Family time
What I loved:
- The explanation of what Kaz’s tattoos signified
- The passion
- That love is indiscriminate
- Free time
- The use of Russian and Italian, it added authenticity and layers not possible in English
Lily’s Rating: 5+ Stars
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