The Complete Irreparable Boxed Set: Irreparable #1-2 by Sam Mariano
Series: Irreparable #1 , #2
Published by Self-published on October 21st 2016
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He was never supposed to be hers.
He should never have been her first anything.
Now she's the match setting the fire.
The flames licking away at his life.
And the last person who wants to hurt him.
*** Willow and Ethan's complete story, includes both Irreparable Damage and Irreparable Lives. ***
Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a Chicago Mafioso, Willow Kensington hasn't exactly lived the life of a gangster's progeny-she hardly ever speaks to her father. Instead, she leads a nice, quiet existence at home with her family, surrounded by friends and a steady boyfriend. Her biggest problem is having to pick which college to attend. Until the day after her 18th birthday, when Willow is abducted by a group of sex-traffickers.
Private investigator Ethan Wilde has too many responsibilities to put his life on the line for a paycheck, but when his latest job has him infiltrating a sex-trafficking ring to rescue a missing girl, he ends up doing just that. Before he can safely extract himself from the violent band of criminals, his loyalties are put to the test, and Ethan ends up getting in much deeper than he ever wanted to. Despite the heinous acts he's witnessed and partaken in, Ethan knows their only means of escape is playing out his original scenario-even if a pair of accusing gray eyes might be haunting him for the rest of his life. Even if he's not so sure he's one of the good guys anymore. Even if she makes sure everyone knows he isn't.
Her salvation could be his downfall.
He's determined to save her anyway.
** Mature/sensitive themes and content, only intended for readers 18+ **
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Wow! I am in a book buzz. Now for the challenge in sharing why I enjoyed Ethan and Willow’s story without using any spoilers. There is a dark element that consumes the first two chapters, but the story heads in another direction after that. I must say, although the drama was full on in the beginning, if you read dark books, you shouldn’t have an issue with what happens unless you have triggers View Spoiler » rape and infidelity « Hide Spoiler you need to avoid. It’s important to note that both situations are pivotal to the story. Once you get past how their lives become entwined, a unique journey of healing unfolds. They battle others who are unable to see beyond the facts because they think they know better than the victims.
I connected with all the characters in this story while not always siding with the opinions they shared. Willow’s parents were unsurprisingly overly protective of her. Interestingly, though, her father, being connected with the Mafia, was a distant parent for the majority of the story. Just like stories that have a guy who rides a Motorcycle, it doesn’t necessarily mean they fall into the MC/Biker genre. As such, neither would I put this series in the Mafia/Organised Crime genre because it was a secondary aspect to the plot. The drama is more on the dark side of contemporary/forbidden with a healthy dollop of suspense!
For a story that starts off with a frightening and dismal scenario, there is a remarkable level of steamy moments and great banter shared. The chemistry between Ethan and Willow was off the charts. Every scene that fogged up my Kindle did so because it moved the plot along. When the banter kicked up a notch, it was there to ease the tension and lighten the weight of a lot of the delicate situations brilliantly.
There is a slow build to the relationships evolving. The term bandied about was “it was complicated”. Complicated was an understatement, yet whatever situation Ethan and Willow found themselves immersed in wasn’t added to create angst. The struggle they were experiencing impacted to a degree on the people close to them as well. Sometimes situations are beyond repair. What the future held for anyone who was affected by the trauma was not clear up until the final chapter.
For a series that began so strong, I was ecstatic it remained a 5 star read from beginning to end. The Complete Irreparable Boxed Set has been added to my GR 2016 Favourites shelf, and it’s a front runner to be included in my Top 10 Must Read Books for 2016!
5 Book-Buzzed Stars!
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