Duty by Bethany-Kris
Series: Andino + Haven #1
Published by Self-published on October 8, 2018
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They say heavy is the head that wears the crown …
Andino Marcello’s world is turned upside down when he becomes the next heir apparent to the Marcello empire. He was comfortable in his place as a Capo, but comfort is for the weak in the world of mafioso. The boss’s seat is waiting. It takes meeting a tattooed beauty who has no idea who Andino is or the criminal legacy he now carries beneath his three-piece suits, and charming smile for him to finally bend the rules set out for him. That doesn’t mean he can keep her.
They say things that never challenge you won’t change you …
Haven Murphy is doing her own thing, and she does it well. The owner of a successful Brooklyn strip club, she makes it her only goal to never fail. She’s just trying to live her life when a morning jog puts her face to face with a man that will change the direction of her life with a single conversation. She knows there’s a dark side to him beyond his good looks, and three-piece suits, but it’s hard for her to care when she wants him. That doesn’t mean he can be hers.
He’s going to break her heart; she’s going to keep his.
Because duty waits on no one.
Duty is part one of a two-part Duet following the same couple.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Duty signifies a responsibility ranging from the mundane to a life changing commitment. Andino’s duty fell into the latter. I didn’t have a lot of time for Andino until I read Loyalty where we saw the caring side of the man. In Duty, we see another facet of him as a loving partner and watch him come to the realisation that work does not always come first!
The woman who turns his work/life priorities around is Haven. Now for some strange reason I had Haven pictured as a totally different woman in my head. While she didn’t turn out to be the woman I was expecting, I wasn’t disappointed. The family never misses an opportunity to remind Andino that Haven is not a suitable wife for him, except for John. In Andino’s eyes Haven is perfection, calming his soul and providing a brief respite from his duty.
Haven is a success story in her own right, working long hard hours to keep her business running. Her strip club is literally a Safe Haven for her patrons. While it isn’t a ma and pa business, the demands it puts on her are similar to the workload Andino experiences. For some reason despite her line of business she doesn’t recognise Andino or the level of notoriety he exudes. When she finally does understand who exactly Andino is, it comes after knowing him for the man he is rather than his standing within his family business.
It was lovely to see snippets of John and Andino’s friendship again. Such a contrast to the relationship Andino has with his other cousin, Catherine. With her he is cutthroat, but with John he is brotherly. When Andino has his business hat on, he is cut and dry. Everything is focused on getting the job done no matter what. His indifference is met squarely with outrage and shows why he doesn’t divulge details unless he is forced to when the proverbial hits the fan. I enjoyed seeing the more pleasant side of the man!
Andino’s indifference and impatience to deal when he is about to be chastised was entertaining. A funny man he is not. His wit and bravado when his options ran out had a tempering effect on those around him. It is as if trouble miraculously evaporates once it reaches a saturation point with Andino. Although his carefree dry humour impressed his uncle a lot more than Dante. Family familiarity flew out the door when business was being discussed. The boss firmly put him in line and demanded he respond with the respect expected from him.
With Duty being the first part of Andino’s story, be prepared for an abrupt ending, but thankfully Bethany-Kris never makes readers wait long between book releases. While this ends on a suspenseful note, the story up until this point was well paced and as such the final words just left me eager for the next book.
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