November 29, 2018 Blitz, Book Review 0 ★★★★

Review, Giveaway & Audio Excerpt: Captivated by Bethany-Kris' Audible Audiobook

Captivated Audible Audiobook by Bethany-Kris
Published by Audible on October 25, 2018
Genres: Suspense
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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?

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.

By Lily

Loved it!

Listening to an audiobook can be hit or miss for me. The benefit of listening to a book is you can multitask. It has to be a good narrator telling an equally good story. Thankfully Captivated was a hit, to the extent I enjoyed it more than when i read the book. Daniel James Lewis brings Joseph and Liliana to life in a way that resonated with the way I had “heard” the characters when I read the book. He has a clear diction which initially sounded too polished. I even tried listening to him at a faster speed but it didn’t take long at all to adjust to his style.

For readers who haven’t read Captivated yet, it is the story of two mafia families drawn together out of need. In town to provide assistance to the Marcello family, Joe meets up with Liliana Marcello. She is Lucian’s ballerina daughter who captivates the attention of the man known as the Ghost. Circumstances demands Joe keep his relationship with Liliana at a respectable distance. Of course love knows no boundaries in romance novels!

I thought the narrator was fantastic overall except for the way he pronounced the names Marcello and Rossi. Minor differences, but having grown up with a mother who corrected any attempts I had at referring to Italian names or words, my eyes almost popped out of my head. Maybe that’s just the dialect we are familiar with and it is a variation born out of local influences.

Apart from that, the narrator brought every character to life, moving between changes of dialog with ease. Even his feminine voices were believable. Rich came across as whiny, which suited his character. Fortunately he’s a minor character and as such you barely have to listen to him!

Listening to Joe and Liliana’s story kept me on the edge of my seat. When I read the book I found the story to be on the quiet side, but having it read to me I experienced a fast paced, captivating story that I found every excuse to tune into. Whether that was listening while I went for a walk, tending to housework or cooking a meal, every possible moment to wear my headphones was embraced!

I adored Joe’s respect for Liliana and observing the protocol for asking permission to take their relationship to the next level. A wonderful testament to the quality of writing from an author who keeps my reading and listening addiction well fed!

4 Suspenseful Dreamy Stars




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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An Angel with the devil inside… a Good Girl that can be bad or a Bad Girl trying to be good…who knows!

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