Thin Lines by Bethany-Kris
Series: Donati Bloodlines #2
Also in this series: Thin Lives (Donati Bloodlines Book 3)
Published by Self-published on June 20, 2016
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Calisto had never been a fan of pain, but he found it provided a certain relief. It was a high that couldn’t compete with anything else he experienced. That was why he fought bare-knuckled, why he drove fast, despite knowing he might crash, and why he still enjoyed looking at Emma Donati—no matter her current status. Pain felt good. He might have been a fool for doing so, but as long as he got what he wanted from it, he didn’t really care. When he fought, he was given release. When he drove, he was given freedom. When he looked at Emma, he was given memories. All of them brought a certain level of pain. All three might kill him someday. Calisto glanced at Emma, taking her in again when she didn’t know he was looking. He realized then that only one might actually be worth dying for.
Emma kept her gaze on the book in her lap, pretending like there wasn’t an argument going on across the room. She had become terribly good at acting like she didn’t hear. Calisto watched her out of the corner of his eye while he argued on with Affonso. She was too focused on Calisto to care about their fight. His anger. The tightness of his jaw. Searing soul-black eyes. The two men were not the same. They might have shared blood, but their hearts were entirely different. One man never let her out of his sight when he was nearby. The other acted like she didn’t exist. This was what it was like, she realized, to be in love with someone she couldn’t have. Calisto Donati would never be hers. This wasn’t a fairy tale that would end happily. They weren’t star-crossed. They were impossible.
There is a warning that this book would end on a cliffhanger but I had no idea it would be as it was! All but one twist took me by surprise and the one that I worked out I’m sure most readers would have guessed after reading the first book. Knowing that particular fact wouldn’t have made any of the other events any less of a shock. After reading Thin Lies, the first book in this series, I hoped for more and I wasn’t disappointed. Although there is more of the story to be told, what was shared in Lines went further than I anticipated.
“You should be mindful of your affections, your care, and how far you let it go. Do not walk on lines so thin that they’ll break under your weight, Calisto. He will always forgive you, but it is earthly men who will not offer mercy as easily.”
Calisto and Emily are both trapped by their heritage, unable to live the life they want, both being born into the life of the mafia. Opportunities present themselves that seem to taunt them of what can’t be. At no time did any of the scenarios come across as far-fetched. The suspense was pulsating, at any moment their world could implode and take them out. Yet, to me, it felt as if the answer to their problems was so simple. My thoughts wereView Spoiler » if Affonso was disposed of, there would be no reason they couldn’t be together « Hide Spoiler obviously not an option or otherwise clearly Calisto could have arranged it. All throughout this book and more than in Thin Lies, the fated lovers are skating on thin ice. I hung on to the hope the ice wouldn’t crack and that they could somehow make it out alive together. Which is more than they both expected.
“The law believes differently.” Affonso barked out a short laugh. “Sweetheart, in my world, I am the law.”
Put aside the story, in the Donati family, you wonder why anyone would pledge their life to a man such as Affonso. Family life hung by a thread, with respect for tradition all that tied them together, that and wanting to continue to stay alive. The underhanded behaviour of some of the characters now is my focus and I wonder how and if their dealings will be revealed before more carnage is carried out.
There is so much at stake but the next book in this series is due out this year. Even if I had known the nature of the cliffy, I would have still jumped at the chance to read this book. The book buzz I got while reading Thin Lines was totally worth it! Biggest drama is to pick my next book wisely so I can continue to ride this wave!
What I struggled with:
• Not going with my idea of a simple solution (obviously no one heard me!)
• Indifference to personal pain
• Those who treat others as assets or disposable pawns in life
• Affonso in general
What I loved:
• Calisto, the man, his patience, how he nurtured family
• The Christmas Gift
• Stolen Moments
• Father’s Day and the sanctuary he offered
• The rosary beads
• The rose petals
• My hope never waned throughout the impossible future they faced
Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars
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