- Print Length: 251 pages
- Publisher: LoveLight Press (September 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 25, 2016
- Rating: 3 Star
I was in the mood for a mafia story so I searched on Amazon and this was one of the selections. This didn’t turn out to be the typical mafioso story I was looking for but it turned out good never the less.
As far as I can tell this is the Author’s debut novel and I think she did a good job, so don’t think that the 3 star rating I gave this book as bad. There were many aspects of the book that I like and some no so much. I think she did a really good job with the character development and giving me an original story that I really appreciated. I feel that it is important to for an author to tell me what the characters appearance is and I like details, the author did a very good job of doing this without giving me an info dump. I really like the basis of the story, for me it felt fresh and original in this context. I also really enjoyed the interaction between Nero and Cori, especially Cori’s snarkiness when directed at Nero, it brought a smile to my face.
Now for the no so much. A couple of things bothered me, firstly it felt like the setting was dystopian rather than contemporary. I just couldn’t lay my finger on the time and place that the story was taking place even though there was a mention of L.A. There was a disconnect from some sort of reality and the location and time that the characters were living through. I also didn’t feel a connection to the characters which in turn didn’t leave me with the feeling of how the characters felt towards each other. I read it, the words made sense, but I didn’t feel any emotional ties to anyone nor did I feel the emotional tie between Cori and Nero.
Like I said in the beginning I thought the book was good and I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for the next chapter in this book if the Author continues with it, because the ending did leave an opening.
“No one knows the real Cori Archontis. All anyone ever cares about is that I’m the lead singer from that band.”
Five years have passed since Cori Archontis traded dirty money for fame and skyrocketed his band, Love & Deceptions, into stardom—five years spent drowning his past in narcotics, dating women to stay publicly closeted, and running from his mistakes. But Cori’s time is up. The Hollywood based crime syndicate who pushed him to the top of the charts is done waiting for him to pay back his debt.
And they’ve sent the most handsome man Cori’s ever seen to collect what Cori owes them—his life.
“No matter what, I’ll never let myself be like my father.”
The job is simple. Get in, put a bullet through the kid’s skull, and get out. Nero’s done it before. He’s been a member of crime syndicate The Mad Royals for twenty years, and as crime lord Caligula’s right hand man, he’s as unsympathetic as he is ruthless.
And it’s cocky, gorgeous, arrogant flirts like Cori that Nero hates most of all.
But there’s a vibrancy in Cori’s voice and a sincerity in his song that makes Nero’s finger pause before he pulls the trigger—and it fills him with dread. He’s been sworn off men for longer than he’s been a Royal, and there’s no way he’d ever stoop so low as to go down the path hefollowed.
“I’m ready to give it all up—for you.”
But fate has other plans.
When two troubled pasts collide and expose a threat far more urgent than a simple debt, Cori and Nero’s lives are thrust onto parallel tracks. Forced to trust one another over the course of a single night while the world unravels at their feet and old scars open fresh, if they want to survive, they’ll have to learn to conquer their differences and find middle ground.
Or maybe somewhere even closer than that.
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I couldn’t find the book anywhere on the LoveLight Press website so I don’t have a link there for purchase.