Loyalty by Bethany-Kris
Published by Self-published on March 5th 2018
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Fresh out of prison after serving a three-year sentence, Johnathan Marcello wants to get back to normal business as a mafia capo. The rules set out for him are clear—keep out of trouble, maintain a low profile, and stay stable. But stability is a delicate balance for a man like John, and shaky ground is only a single step away.
A chance encounter with a blue-eyed woman might just change his whole world.
Siena Calabrese’s life revolves around cooking numbers, and scrubbing books clean. After all, a girl is only useful to men in the mafia, if she isn’t totally useless. As long as she does what they want, then she can maintain the illusion of freedom. But illusions are only delusions in the grand scheme of her life, and reality is far more dangerous.
A man with secrets might just be the one thing she didn’t know she needed.
In this life, family is everything. Or, that’s how it should be.
Mix it all together, and it makes for a volatile city.
A war is coming.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Powerful and Raw Emotion!
After having read a preview of Loyalty, I knew I needed to read John’s story. I was restless until it landed on my iPad. It was everything I didn’t know I was hoping for. Loyalty is part one of John and Siena’s story and it left me in a happy sated place, eager for more but in need of time to dwell on the story thus far.
Andino caught me off guard this time around. I have developed a cynical disdain for him after getting to know him in the Cross + Catherine’s books. Here, he showed his compassionate, patient side and I’m prepared to say I have a new healthy respect for the man. I may even go so far as to say I like him.
Gio’s connection with John gave me goosebumps and a resounding thought that every young man needs an uncle like Gio in their life. My jaw dropped when Gio’s age was revealed and it was warming to see him looking out for John. His maturity and neutrality bridged the gap between John’s understanding and the reality of his family’s loyalty to him.
Family and loyalty go hand in hand and it was no surprise the idea of a Marcello being romantically involved with a Calabrese was going to raise eyebrows. Trust was never an issue between John and Siena but their need for each other was another question. John was content when Siena was close, but it didn’t quell his inner struggles.
What caught me off guard were the interactions between Siena and her family. I never doubted Siena’s integrity but her family’s unknown doings had me constantly on edge. My distraction was John and his ongoing battle juggling his management of his headspace. His feelings of not being trusted were valid, but there was never any doubt about the Marcello’s loyalty towards each other.
Loyalty is a mixture between John’s intense personality and the support cautiously given and offered to him. It was as if anybody who could tried to steer him out of danger whenever possible. Unapologetic love carries the story to a Happy-For-Now break which I needed to come down from the story that had been told thus far.
There are still questions to be answered including whether this is a relationship that can endure the test of time. Wanting more had me torn between a 4 or 5 star rating. This is a compelling, addictive page-turner interwoven with powerful raw emotion and I can’t wait to read the next book disturbingly titled Disgraced. Where the disgrace will be angled is my only concern!
What I struggled with:
- Siena’s brothers
- Not knowing what the Calabrese’s plans for Siena were
- John’s questionable medical treatment – I had no idea if they were right or he was!
What I loved:
- Gio being there for John
- Eugene and Siena’s friendship
- Andino’s friendship with John
- Siena’s resilience
- John’s intuition as to his own need
A louder clang echoed from downstairs, and was followed by a loud cuss. John decided it was time to get up before Siena fucking hurt herself, or something. He
pulled on a pair of sleep pants to cover his lower half, but nothing was hiding the half-mast of his dick pushing against the cotton.
Soon enough, John was leaning in the entryway of the kitchen, and he watched as Siena balanced on a chair while she tried to pull a mixing bowl off the highest shelf in the pantry cupboard. Her wet hair hung in rivulets down her back, and he could see just a peek of her bare ass beneath the dress shirt she had thrown on.
It looked far better on her.
He didn’t even mind.
Those bare legs of hers—all soft lines, and sweet curves—looked damn good as she tried to balance on one foot and stretch to reach the bowl high above her head. He was so caught up in staring at her that he didn’t even mind she had seemed to tear his cupboards apart.
Anyone else, and John’s odd tendencies about his place and things being just how he wanted them might have come out to play in a not so nice way.
But this was her.
And he didn’t mind so much with her.
“Need some help?” he asked.
She must not have heard him coming downstairs because the shriek she let out damn near burst his eardrums. Not to mention, her body swayed on the chair, and she missed her step when she set her foot back down.
John bolted forward, and barely managed to catch Siena before she hit either the chair, the floor, or fucking both. Her brown hair created a curtain over her face, and she blew out a hard breath. A couple of strands puffed forward before Siena used a hand to push the hair back.
He’d caught her just a few inches from the floor. Lucky, really.
“Make some noise,” she told him, glowering. “I almost killed myself.”
“Thank you, John,” he mocked, “for not letting that happen.”
Siena pursed her lips. “And that, too!”
She grabbed his jaw with one hand, pulled him in close, and gave him a kiss that made his dick go from half-mast to all the way hard. Damn. All it took was her teasing little tongue flicking against his lips, and then the promise of a taste of her, and there he was … ready to go again.
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four 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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