Pink by Bethany-Kris
Published by Self-published on May 8, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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He’s Pink, the personal enforcer for the boss of the New York mafia. She’s Gigi Rey, a supermodel known across the globe.
They live two entirely different lives but before the mob and the fame, they were Lev Arsov and Gigi Parker. Two people struggling to make it—who met by chance—before life got in the way.
Five years have passed since the nights they shared together, but Fashion Week brings Gigi back to New York and straight into Lev’s path once more, when her work obligations tangles with the mafia’s business. In this world, that’s never a good thing.
They aren’t the same people now. He’s a single dad doing whatever he can for his daughter. Gigi can’t walk down the street without the world watching. A lot has changed. The one thing that didn’t? How they keep finding their way into each other’s heads … and beds.
If only it was that simple.If only the tabloids didn’t back them into a wall.If only they saw it coming.
If only they could go back to the time before he was … Pink.
Pink is a 112k standalone Mafia Romance set in Bethany-Kris’s Commission World.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Romantic Suspense just the way I like it!
I had the opportunity to read the first 10 chapters of this book and fell in love with the backstory of how Lev and Gigi’s first met. I was swept up in their passion as soon as they locked eyes on each other. They met before Gigi found fame on the runway and Lev became Pink, an infamous enforcer for a Mob Boss.
Gigi gained my respect by being true to herself and not getting caught up in the hype of her business. Her work was her life. From what she said to the food she ate and the way she styled her hair was all determined by her agency. Impressively, she implanted her personality in when she could by sending her fans a sincere peace gesture. What saddened me was her successful glamorous lifestyle was lacking friends.
Lev’s (aka Pink) devotion to Andino and his daughter never faltered. He always looked out for the people he loved and didn’t let the little things in life get to him. His life was work and home. Wash, rinse and repeat. He and Andino respected each other but their time together was strictly business. At the same time, Andino’s willingness to use up all his resources to help Pink when he desperately needed a miracle beautifully illustrated the solid brotherly love they shared.
There was something enthralling about a woman finding something she liked and then deciding she was going to take it.
Together Lev and Gigi were perfect for each other even considering professionally their relationship was problematic. The attention Gigi attracted played havoc with the protective cocoon Lev had created for his young daughter. I loved how all the relationships in this story that mattered were effortless. This is where I need to mention there is a rather dark patch in the story that may be a trigger for some readers. View Spoiler »rape « Hide Spoiler It was graphic enough to leave no doubt in my mind what was occurring but page wise it is only consumed a small percentage of the overall story.
I made the epic error of squeezing in 10 minutes of reading at work during lunchtime and unbeknownst to me I had happened upon the aforementioned dark twist in the story. Freaking out and feeling every ounce of fear for all the characters caught up in the drama, I quickly closed my Kindle. Thankfully, my fear was tempered when I opened my Kindle again and the arrival of familiar help was announced. I knew as soon as I saw the measures that had been put in place that the baddies’ time on this earth had become a rapid countdown.
Again, I was blown away by my growing love for Andino. He is the ultimate villain I despised in Catherine and Cross’ trilogy and yet here I am having warm feelings for the guy. I enjoyed the way other characters from BK’s Commission World were woven into the story. While this can easily be read as a standalone, I believe my appreciation for this book was enhanced by knowing the background story of the secondary characters that were called upon to help Lev and Gigi.
This story had the perfect mix of suspense, romance, witty characters and good times. Kudos to BK for keeping me reading when the proverbial shit hit the fan and turning the tables of justice just in time for me to not lose my book buzz. By the final chapter I was riding a book high that I was eager to sustain. A Mafia romance with the unusual twist of the main character who would never become a made man yet still delivered a well-paced story that kept my heart pounding. Thank you BK for another awesome read!
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