John + Siena, #1
Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance
Fresh out of prison after serving a three-year sentence, Johnathan Marcello wants to get back to normal business as a mafia capo. The rules set out for him are clear—keep out of trouble, maintain a low profile, and stay stable. But stability is a delicate balance for a man like John, and shaky ground is only a single step away.
A chance encounter with a blue-eyed woman might just change his whole world.
Siena Calabrese’s life revolves around cooking numbers and scrubbing books clean. After all, a girl is only useful to men in the mafia, if she isn’t totally useless. As long as she does what they want, then she can maintain the illusion of freedom. But illusions are only delusions in the grand scheme of her life, and reality is far more dangerous.
A man with secrets might just be the one thing she didn’t know she needed.
In this life, family is everything. Or, that’s how it should be.
Mix it all together, and it makes for a volatile city.
A war is coming.
I fell in love with Bethany-Kris’ writing the end of last year when I was introduced to this organized crime/mafia world with the Cross and Catherine series. Least to say I was addicted. But that too is putting it lightly.
Ever since then, I have been intrigued and am eager to dive into each and every one of the character’s lives individually. While I haven’t gone that far, I was eager to read about John and Siena.
Here’s the thing about this duet. Aside from the fact that it is set in a world that I already love a lot, the author talks about a serious mental health issue that I haven’t read much about before. Even if I have, those were lightly scratching the surface. I loved that Bethany-Kris made a plunge into this particular topic, and she did it effortlessly.
Other than that, when it comes to emotions, especially the ones in a mafia romance, she nailed all of them. Like all her previous works that I have read, Loyalty does not fall short when it comes to love, lust, betrayal, and greed. It was perfect, to say the least.
Her beautiful writing only helped to hook me more into their story. She has a way of developing the characters that make you helplessly fall in love with them with each chapter. Having said that, I will admit that I didn’t quite connect to these particular characters as much as I did with Cross and Catherine, but that is just me being woefully biased. Sheepish grin
Nonetheless, John’s story needs to be heard, and that is exactly why I recommend you read this.
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.**
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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