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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  69 reviews
My father was the leader of a protection racket; a criminal group that uses violence to ensure our clients won’t be harmed or robbed, and that their businesses will remain protected. What we do isn’t legal, but it’s the way we’ve lived for many years now. Memphis Reed—my father—was formidable. He was a man people both respected and feared. He taught me everything he knew, ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Isabel Lucero (first published March 2015)
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I loved Xavier. Without getting inside his head, he was the one shining, glistening, beautiful moment in this book. He was everything and any scene that didn't involve him didn't hold my attention. Just sayin'. The author did a fantastic job of bringing this bad boy to life and I only wanted more and more and more of him. I'm so greedy and I would have given just about anything to get his perspective.

I love strong and fierce female characters, especially when they're cast in roles mo
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC via Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

Maybe I’m in minority because I just couldn’t find the whole criminal aspect and organization part of the plot legit or realistic. I’m not speaking as if I know, or from personal experience, because I don’t…but, the story and even the characters did not feel practical or naturalistic. There was a huge disconnection basically, and particularly with, Chevelley and her crew that faltered the entirety of this book for me.

I co
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I started this one evening & ended up reading it right through my tv programmes. I couldn't put it down.

Chevelley is a strong female character. She takes over her fathers business when he dies. She was brought up in a lifestyle where she needed to be tough.
An obstacle stands in her way threatening to take over. That's in the shape of Roman. However it's his right hand man Xavier who Chevelley thinks is her main obstacle as he was her first love.

I found this to be an action packed story wi
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mobsters, bikers
3,75 "Ah, why-did-it-have-to-end-like-a-soapopera" stars

well, shit!!!
it started fantastic!
here we had opposed three racket organisations, dealing with guns, drugs, intermediation, "protection" of the clients and all other "bad stuff" and the fight for the territory was necessarily!
somewhere in there a love story is interwoven and we follow (through flashbacks) our badass anti-heroine Chewelley (aka Chelle/ aka C) and as equally badassy anti-hero Xavier (aka X)they fell for each othe
"We. Aren't. Going. Anywhere."
He glances down at my finger with a look that says he's not amused.
"Then you've just started a war."
Xavier looks me up and down before turning around and walking back to his car.

West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy meets The Notebook.

Yep… there’s a little bit of every intense subject in this book by Isabel Lucero. Shall we not mention the discrete age old battle of Chevy versus Ford? All of the characters in Chevelley’s crew drive a Chevy vehicle plus she’s named after a Chevy Classic! The enemy
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another hit from Isabel! I have been fan of hers from her first book and this one was so different, yet amazing!!

From the beginning you are hooked. Chevelley Reed (aka C) and Xavier Delgado (aka X) are characters you won't forget! The story draws you in from the beginning and you can't wait to see what happens next. C is the leader of a criminal group after her father dies and will do anything to bring her rival Roman Rios down. She wasn't one to mess with and I loved that about her! She didn't
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Isabel Lucero did it again. War was a great read.
I really enjoyed this side of her. I recommend this book to you all.
1. The characters were on point
2. The flow of the book was great. you don't get lost.
3. The love story was so cute.
4. The drama was good.
5. Isabel wasn't repetitive, which is because I get annoyed with that.
I loved it. It's one of my favorite. Once again Isabel got me.
I am always gonna be a fan of hers.
L Morales
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the very beginning this book captivated me and I couldn't put it down!Xavier and Chevelley have a powerful connection and great chemistry together.This book is filled with mystery, suspense,drama and love! I definitely recommend this book!!
Eye Candy Bookstore
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well, I devour anything this lady writes… and let me tell you WAR was no different. If you are looking for a new kind of romance with a bada$$ woman in charge, WAR is definitely the story for you.

Chevelley “C” Reed is probably one my favorite characters I have read about. She is the leader of a crime group (a hot group of guys) that is in the business of protection. Since her father’s death she has stepped up to the plate and taken care of business like a BOSS! When a rival leader Roman Rios is
Katja Novak
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Isabel Lucero's books for quite some time, I love her writing, her books... And WAR was no different! Well, it was different from her other books, but I LOVED IT!!! I read it in one sitting! :D
Story developed beautifully, it wasn't too slow or too fast, there was drama, and a few times I thought my heart won't handle it.
It's a great story about love, family, friends, loyalty.
I loved Chevelley and Xaviers story and I loved all of the other guys... and I really hope
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it

My star rating for WAR is: 4 out of 5 stars! :)

This was an entertaining story about protecting and fighting
for power and control. Chevelley is the main female character
and runs a protection business that was handed down to her after
her father is gone. The lifestyle they live brings violence,
enemies and a dark need to protect their own.
Some may die and some may be living a lie that can turn the whole
entire game around. There is a great mixture of suspense, ...more
Books Laid Bare
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5
Some people ask the question what exactly would you do to protect not only your future but also the legacy of your past but that is not the case with either Chevelley or Xavier, because with them both the question really needs to be “What wouldn’t you do?”

War is not exactly as you would anticipate from the title, it is so much more – it is as hostile and belligerent, almost as much as it is intense and nefarious, but ultimately it is emotionally thrilling.
Books Movies Fandoms
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-top-reads

My star rating for WAR is: 4 out of 5 stars. :)

My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading an ARC Copy of ‘WAR’(via:

This review is for the new novel simply titled “War” by author Isabel Lucero. “War” is not this author’s first novel but it is her first in this kind of storyline with darker elements to it. The story delves into the fascinating, dark and violent-criminal world where enemies will do anything to rule everything and everyone they can. Re/>
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Gifted for an honest review* 5 stars

I couldn’t really find any fault with this if I’m being honest and that is a breath of fresh air in my books. It’s not your usual gang/Mafia story but more two syndicates (one barely legal and the other highly illegal) finding themselves warring with one and other. There’s a long history covered in this book and whilst it does flit back and forth it is very readable and easy to get on board with. It has this wonderful flow to it that makes it effo
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-war
Chevelley Reed, also know has C and Chelle, was born into a crime family that ran a Protection Racket business. Dangerous: totally, murder: absolutely, revenge: all of the time. Trained by her father in all aspects of the business, Chevelley was a force to be reckoned with; she always carried at least one gun and knew how to use it. When her father was murdered she picked up right where he left off by heading up the business that was made up entirely of men. These guys were hard core murderers, ...more
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥

Every once in a while there will be a book that you get so very excited about after reading the synopsis, thinking I will love this book. Then you start reading it and it ends up not being everything you had hoped for. Sadly this happened with War for me. I will flat out say that I didn’t love it, not even close, but I did overall like it. I just couldn’t connect with Chevelley and I couldn’t come to terms that she ran a protection racket that was left to her by her father because there
Peggy Lee (Reading Keeps Me Sane)
I had enjoyed 'The Escort Series' by Isabel Lucero and I was very excited to read 'War'. Isabel Lucero did not disappoint. Chevelley Reed is the leader of a criminal group that had been started by her father. When another crew threatens to take over their territory, Chevelley confronts Xavier, her former love, and makes her decision loud and clear "We. Aren't. Going. Anywhere." Unfortunately the response she received "Then you've just started a war." was not good news.

Xavier was a very different person until
She Hearts Books
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
When one of the guys on Chevelley's crew draws his gun at an inopportune moment it causes a war. The guy on the other side of the gun was one of Roman's men and they are trying to take over her crew. Unfortunately someone she used to care about is on the wrong side of this war. Xavier is Roman's second in command. So Chevelley has to keep her guys safe and deal with X at the same time. He has secrets he kept from her and everyone else after his father was murdered that will change everything. ...more
Holly Michelle
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a fast paced book that keeps you wanting more? One that you can't put down because you need to know what happens!?!? If you love the chase of a thrilling novel then WAR is for you! In her latest novel Isabel has changed the direction her books usually go and set the bar high. I am giving it a high five stars.
The first thing about this novel that stands out is the main character. Chevelley is bold and powerful. I also find it refreshing to read a book where a women is th
Kelly Fletcher
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC via The Booktique in exchange for an honest review

This is my first read by Isabel Lucero and it did not disappoint. Gripping from the start, War grabs you and and does not stop until it reaches it's conclusion.

The chemistry between Chevelley and Xavier is palpable and if there was ever an example of two people who should be together it's them but will they find their happy ever after? It's not going to be an easy journey that's for sure.

Lots of suspense and dr
5 Stars

WAR is a very different book from Isabel Lucero.
I really had a great time beta reading this book and reading it once more today.
Cee and Xavier 's love story is not the typical romance or love story, theirs is more like a bad ass Romeo and Juliet type but very different.
This book is action-filled with a bad ass heroine. If you are looking for a different read or getting tired in a weak heroine personality here's a breath of fresh air.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm being generous with 3 stars..

hmm ok this book holds a lot of potential... to begin with it was really good, got hooked but in the middle it was predictable and the end I knew what was gonna happen.. the ending seemed rushed.. I don't know the story line is great but I wasn't feeling it towards the end.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
I had a hard time finishing this book. I was expecting a kick-ass h since she was the leader of this racketeering syndicate, but sadly she was NOT. The story itself is not really believable(?) with the things this group do.
Awesome Book...great read..smooth as silk and honey!!!
Xavier..we all want him!!!
This one will have your heart pumping for several reasons!!
WOOT..HEA..excellent book, well written!
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense & bad a$$ boss b

The main character was pretty amazing, yes she had a softer side but that made her character well rounded and believable. Loved the intensity between her and X.

Fast paced and action packed with a bit of steamy
Holly - Page To Page Reviews
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
(I received an ARC for an honest review - thanks Isabel! <3)

*cue hyperventilating*

OMG Wow! This book is one intense, thrill ride of drama, suspense and a whole lot of lust! This is my first book by Isabel Lucero but I doubt it'll be my last now!

Chevelley is the daughter of Memphis Reed the big boss of a feared illegal group who protect their client's and their businesses by any means possible. When Memphis goes missing and is presumed dead Chevelley takes h
Romance Readers Retreat
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5. Stars

I'll be honest with you, this book has some good things, but it also has some problems. I'm not exactly a crime lord, but even I can tell that the book does not depict the criminal life realistically. Terrible things happen in this book, but no cops are ever seen. People commit mass murder with no consequences whatsoever. 

However, that said, some of the characters are interesting, especially Xavier, the male lead. I kind of wish we got more of his story. He gave
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 5 Love and War Stars ~

I have to be honest...I was kind of nervous to read this book. But I am extremely glad I took a chance and had faith in Isabel.

This book was AMAZING!! I loved every second of it. This book kept me on my toes the whole way through. I was nervous about how graphic this book could get but don't worry it wasn't graphic at all. It was very tastefully written but also got the point acros
T, G & T's Indie Café
I am totally giving this book 3.5 STARS....everything is there that you need to be pulled into a story.

When reading the synopsis I said FINALLY a book I can totally get into with just a touch of lovey dovey crap. And it is true there really is not much to the lovey dovey crap which is awesome. BUT by chapter 2 I already figured out what was going to happen. I hate my brain sometimes. YET I am going to tell you the action is front and center. Everything you need in a story is there. T
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book start to finish in a couple of hours - I couldn't put it down. There wasn't a moment or scene that I thought - I can break here. The character's world kept enticing me to read more. To see what happens next. It was a plot that moved swiftly and I loved it.

War takes us to the criminal streets of West Philadelphia. It's the story of Xavier and Chevelley - two people who fell in love as young adults but were deeply entangled in their father's very dangerous lifestyles; making
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Isabel Lucero is a bestselling author, finding joy in giving readers books for every mood.

Born in a small town in New Mexico, Isabel was lucky enough to escape and travel the world thanks to her husband's career in the Air Force. Her and her husband have three kids and two dogs together, and currently reside in Delaware. When Isabel isn't on mommy duty or writing her next book, she can be found r
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