Chicago War – The Complete Series by Bethany-Kris

August 19, 2016 Book Review 0 ★★★★½

Chicago War – The Complete Series by Bethany-Kris four-half-stars
Chicago War: The Complete Series (The Chicago War, #1-4) by Bethany-Kris
Series: The Chicago War
Also in this series: Deathless & Divided
Published by Self-published on July 11th 2016
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 740
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The war began with the death of one person and would end with the killing of many more. Four families paint Chicago red as greed, hatred, secrets, and loyalties divide them to opposite ends of the city.
But in the midst of the fighting and bloodshed, there are those who struggle between love and famiglia.
They are the most dangerous of all.
They have everything to lose.
And no one will see them coming.
Chicago War: The Complete Series features the full-length novels, Deathless & Divided, Reckless & Ruined, Scarless & Sacred, and Breathless & Bloodstained.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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Reviewed LilyAnother great series from Bethany-Kris!

I love being able to devour a series from start to finish. The Chicago War has subtle references to the Volka Bratva Series which I thoroughly enjoyed! Each book in this collection features a couple and how they came to be. At the same time the opportunity for war becomes evident as everyone’s patience is tested. It was easy to lose myself in the good times but with incidents and family concerns continually surfacing there was no denying trouble was always close. A common thread throughout was the lack of stable family you would expect in this genre. Fortunately, the majority of the next generation were rising above the disconnect the previous generation had created.

This series consists of four full books. Each book finishes at a point that allows you to step aside if you chose to. For me, the temptation to keep going won and I only stopped to make notes at the end of each story. Here are my thoughts on each of the books within the collection:

Teaser 1Deathless & Divided #1, Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars

Orphaned siblings raised within the mob, take a stance in controlling what they can in their lives. Lily’s brothers realise they have to bring their sister home to give her the best chance at a happy life. The idea of returning to Chicago has Lily DeLuca filled with dread. The past few years she had anonymity which was about to disappear when she returned to the city who recognised her as a significant daughter from a well-known mafia family. Her time spent travelling in Europe has been fantastic, blissfully free of her relatives and the drama they bring. Trust, respect, honour and values are shallow opening up the possibility of war. A strategy comes into play as the uncertainty escalates among the families. For another take on Deathless & Divided check out Spice’s Review!


Reckless Teaser 4Reckless & Ruined #2, Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars 

Alessa was a strong, sensible character knowing when to show her cards at the same time as keeping her loved ones safe. In the beginning, Alessa’s options looked grim. Fortunately, the shit she has to deal with doesn’t slip the attention of a man who does all he can to change her destiny. True friends and love have victories along the way. It was evident by the end of Deathless & Divided that the war had begun, and the tragedies reminded me that no one remains unscathed in a war.



Scarless Teaser 1Scarless & Sacred #3, Lily’s Rating: 4.5 Stars

Theo’s story is about him learning how to exist within the family where he has little reason to trust anyone. Discovering who is responsible for the damage and carnage weighs heavily upon him.

As with the previous books in the series, the story of the war between the families continues. The violence hits epic proportions resulting in more funerals than weddings. I was left suspended with the way their ending panned out and certain we will hear more from Theo in the next book.


Breathless & Bloodstained TeaserBreathless & Bloodstained #4: Lily’s Rating:  5 Stars

Finally, we get to know the poster couple of the series, Abriella and Tommas, who were able to stay off the grid for over four years. None of what transpired would have been possible if the business had run with the expected respect and loyalty between families. Tommas was a hard to read character. He was true to his word yet how he planned on honouring it puzzled me. Abriella was the ballsiest princess out of all the girls. She lived on the edge, tempted fate and somehow managed to not get caught. When she did run out of luck, she was able to dust off the dictator within her family with style…most of the time!

Abriella and Tommas’ story ties in beautifully as the war draws to an end. The epilogue was a fitting tribute to all the struggles and losses suffered in the quest to return to their family values. What impressed me throughout the Chicago War was the hard fought battles and good times that sustained my book buzz, triumphing over the tragedies they endured!

What I struggled with:

  • The lack of family
  • Joel
  • Innocent deaths
  • Betrayal
  • The older generation

What I loved:

  • Siblings who become pseudo carers
  • Thinking beyond your own needs
  • The Marcellos’ cameo
  • The suspense surrounding each romance

Lily’s Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis: The war began with the death of one person and would end with the killing of many more. Four families paint Chicago red as greed, hatred, secrets, and loyalties divide them to opposite ends of the city.

But in the midst of the fighting and bloodshed, there are those who struggle between love and famiglia.

They are the most dangerous of all.

They have everything to lose.

And no one will see them coming.

Chicago War: The Complete Series features the full-length novels,Deathless & Divided, Reckless & Ruined, Scarless & Sacred, and Breathless & Bloodstained.

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#BLOODSTAINED

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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