Beni by Bethany-Kris
Series: The Guzzi Legacy, #4
Also in this series: Corrado , Alessio, Chris
Published by Self-published on October 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Chicago has never been more fun, or dangerous …
That lesson can’t be taught, and it always comes too late.
Book 4 of The Guzzi Legacy - to be released October 7th, 2019
NOTE: Beni is a standalone novel within The Guzzi Legacy series. It can be read as such.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I drew a deep breath the moment I read the names of the youngest Guzzi twins, Beni and Bene. How on earth was I going to separate them in my mind? One vowel difference between them was doing my head in right from the start. What a stroke of brilliance to illustrate that on paper they were just as easy to think of as one rather than as individuals.
Beni and Bene were out of control. Acting out, ready to throw their weight around at the slightest slur to the Guzzi family name. They were immature, which landed them in my bad books right from the start LOL. I am the first to embrace a character who doesn’t come up smelling of roses in their day to day life but they were just two out of control privileged boys.
Fed up with their blatant disregard for their actions, their brother Marcus decided that they needed to spend time in Chicago and experience life without their father and brother to clean up their messes. This idea of uprooting to Chicago didn’t impress Beni or Bene. Beni had no idea that their extradition would be the best thing that ever happened to him.
After catching each other’s attention in a club, Beni found himself intrigued with August Rivera. August however was not looking for anything more than a fling. Their meeting was the moment where Beni displayed the Guzzi traits I expected of him. He went all out to convince her to think more of him. The trouble was August knew enough about his family business to know that he came with all the trappings of a life far from the one she had planned for herself.
Both Beni and August were at a crossroads in their lives for different reasons. She had some tough decisions to consider besides what might be between her and Beni. After a while, her indecisiveness frustrated me and tested poor Beni. Then there were the work dramas. Beni was on the outside in Chicago despite his strong connections. He walked into an unsettled crew and his job was to suss out why, and his solution left me unsettled. Choices for Beni were a matter of life and death but for August it was about taking a risk for gain way down the track. Though that didn’t stop them from road testing their compatibility which left you with no doubt that they had great chemistry.
What I enjoyed most was the multiple plot facets within Beni’s story. The twin factor added barriers to both his approach to work and his love life. Family was an important factor in their lives and living in separate cities played on Beni and August’s mind. I adored the welcome to the family scenes and the cameo appearances from the Guzzi’s. August’s friendship with her childhood friend Cam opened up the story to some fun meddling, all dished out with good intentions.
While the suspense didn’t kick in until halfway into the book, the angsty-hot romance made up for what I was craving. Fortunately, all it took to warm to Beni was for me to see him through August’s eyes. My perseverance in the early part of the book was rewarded with a fast-paced, emotion-packed story. Bene’s book is next and I am beyond curious to discover who will be the one to put a smile on his face.
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