Captivated by Bethany-Kris
Published by Self-published on July 9, 2018
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A shadow meets the light …
When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing.
This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.
Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.
It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.
It takes one look … One dance …One word … One smile to captivate a man.
And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.
Not all monsters hide in the shadows. How are you supposed to see them coming?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Joe Rossi is a man who swept me up with his charm from the moment he appeared on the page. A man who knows his place and shows respect without a second thought at the same time as projecting a fearless persona to all he meets regardless of their place in the world.
What struck a chord for me when it came to Liliana was her closeness to her sister Cella. The time that is shared between the sisters in the book showed the depth of their friendship and how connected they were. Similarly Joe’s bond with his young brother came through just as strong, except the way they interacted was not via quality time at a day spa!
It’s not often I launch straight into what I thought about the main characters before I talk about what moved me within a story. What is leaping out at me as I write my review is Joe and Liliana’s relationship is what I loved most about Captivated. The plot was good but it didn’t surface instantly within the story.
I was caught off guard with the overall quietness of the story, while remaining conscious of the mystery surrounding why Joe was called in the first place. Being so captured by the romance meant the suspense that I missed didn’t impact on my enjoyment of the story. Some situations were just dealt with swiftly and left me craving more details.
Liliana’s career as a ballerina and Joe’s need to remain discreet and unseen placed them with limited opportunities for dating. The obstacles they encountered to being together were more about timing than that of a forbidden nature. Be prepared to be captivated by a romance set within the complicated world of organised crime that’s unhindered by the usual trappings of family drama.
3.5 Swoon worthy stars!
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