June 5, 2017 Blitz, Book Review 1 ★★★★★

Unraveled by Bethany-Kris

five-stars
Unraveled by Bethany-Kris
Series: Guzzi Duet #1
Also in this series: Entangled
Published by Self-published on June 3, 2017
Genres: Suspense
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Cara Rossi’s life has been a mess ever since her identical twin was killed. She blames the mafia, its ways, and the people within the caustic culture for a painful reality that turned her world on its side. In an attempt to momentarily pause her misery, a night out puts her on a path with a man she shouldn’t get involved with simply because of his last name—Gian Guzzi.

He’s the kind of man that makes it hard to say no.

Gian Guzzi’s problems are piling up fast. A murdered grandfather, an unpredictable mafia, and a new boss that threatens both his family’s legacy and his life. As a Cosa Nostra underboss, Gian has a duty. First to la famiglia, and only then to himself. In the midst of the violent uncertainty that has become unrelenting in his days, Cara Rossi should only be a distraction for him to enjoy.

She’s a happiness that he was never allowed to choose before.

His lies.
This life.
Their love.

It all unravels eventually.

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.


Hello fans of mafia romances, gather round, and pull up a chair because I want to tell you about a story you’ll want to read – Unraveled by Bethany-Kris. This is the story of how Gian Guzzi, the smooth talking and well attired mobster meets Cara Rossi, the strong-willed redhead who wants nothing to do with ‘this life of theirs’!

They share one night, too many connections and unforgettable passion.  Cara is on to Gian’s charming ways and does her best to maintain a healthy distance. He’s a patient man and sees her barriers as the building blocks for a lot more than one night.

Maintaining indifference to defining whatever it is they are building becomes increasingly difficult as family matters play out around them. Gian’s natural charm works its magic on Cara. Having spent the last months grieving the loss of a loved one, Gian presents an opportunity to momentarily escape and forget, if only for a night.

Gian is a character who has the ability to knock all your other anti-heroes off their pedestals. What would be considered OTT traits in other men, were Gian’s attributes. The man speaks French, Italian, and English (thankfully for Cara and me as the reader!), he’s wealthy, dangerous and his talents are endless.

Gian’s cockiness is far from obnoxious. Normally I would have scrunched up my face from the smell of desperation but his style is of confidence, acceptance and genuine acknowledgement of who he is and how he operates. I for one considered myself charmed! Yes, short of providing stats, this man is perfection personified, except for a few niggly details.

Duty, legacy, and only then, love—always in that order. Always.”

The power he commands among his men, and the way this was conveyed through the dialog throughout the story, exemplified the talented storytelling of Bethany-Kris. His imperfections were nullified by his clarity of the big picture. He has a knack of making the impossible, possible. His charm and confidence bridging the gap of doubt hovering between the situation and solution.

There is one stand out secondary character I am compelled to acknowledge, Chris. This man has my nomination for employee of the month award. He defines loyalty, respect, redefining patience at the same time. I enjoyed catching up with familiar characters from Bethany-Kris previous series that are strategically placed in this story. If you haven’t read their books, it won’t impact the enjoyment of this duet. Reading the Filthy Marcello collection first though, will avoid encountering spoilers relating to the Rossi family.

Recently, I wrote a review for another favourite story where I agonised over not rating 5 stars. My rationale to hold back on my rating for that book was solidified as I had no hesitation allocating every star to this one. This is a story of upholding a legacy by putting the family above personal desires and the heartbreak it can cause. It deals with loss, love and detachment with all the intensity you would expect in a mafia romance.

Unraveled it the first part of the Guzzi Duet and naturally, the story doesn’t end with Unraveled. Needless to say, I can’t wait to read Entangled and see what’s next in store for Gian and Cara!

5 Tantalising Stars


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ABOUT 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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