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This Life I

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Finnegan O’Shea

The Sons of Munster have been living this life for generations. We have our own protocol, our own traditions, dating back to when two families merged and created our syndicate in Ireland. Now, we have our strongholds in Philly and Chicago, and the wrong man holds the highest position. The day my uncle decided to betray us, he signed his own death warrant,
Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published April 10th 2018
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Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars!

When a mafia man is romanticized, the author is taking a risk with me. He can't be too much of a monster, and he can't be an unrealistic, he's-really-such-a-good-person either. There's a sweet spot that works for me, and Cara Dee found it.

Finnegan O'Shea is a murderer. And a liar. And a thief. And he's propping himself up to be the next boss of the Sons of Munster syndicate. THAT will take some bloodshed.

Emilia Porter is just a pawn in his plan. He tells her that from the beginning,
4.5 Stars

Loved this. I might try to put together a review later. Depends on how much I get done today. Can't wait for book 2, though!

I know i should put 3 stars up there as i do with most of my romance books that i like, but i am biased and dont care, because this is Cara Dee, one of my favorites authors ever. And me finding out she has another M/F book went something like this..

and then like this when i found out its mafia, arranged marriage..

...with virgin hero...

I mean whats not to love right?

Okay, there were few things, the pace in the beginning felt somehow very fast and i actually checked if i have the right edit

★5 AMAZING Stars★

I was very skeptical about this book because the cover looks too sweet for my kind of books I like to read...But I was so wrong...OMG, I loved everything about this book.

Finnegan or Finn is an Irish mobster. He is sexy as hell, rich and very faithful in his traditions and family. He wants to become the Head, the Boss like he was supposed to, after his grandfather retired, only his uncle had other plans. To gain trust from his uncle, he has to get married. So now he is in se
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need the next one now!😩
JoAnna G
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
*~*~4.5 Whistler Stars~*~*

This is part one in the This Life series and I am on edge waiting for the next installment.
This book….just wow. I loved every word written. It has everything that the reader is looking for. Good times and bad along with laughs and seriousness.The author was flawless getting her point across. I have been following Cara Dee for a very long time. She sucks you in and doesn’t let you out. Even when the book is over it's still lingering there with you. This book comes with
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Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I’m a big Cara Dee fan, so I always get excited when she has a new release out. This Life I is the first book in a new series about the Mob and the two main characters, Finn and Emilia have stolen my heart. Finn is a man on a mission. After getting out of jail he is ready to get revenge against his uncle who betrayed his family. He plans to take everything away from him, but to succeed he needs to get close to him. He plans to convince his uncle he is nothing more than a family man who
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story was a favorite as a fan fiction, so I couldn't wait to read the published version! This first book, of what will be a trilogy, takes us from when Finn first sees Emilia as a sixteen year old in a picture as one of several possible candidates for an arranged marriage to come. Finn has just gotten out of prison after spending 5 years there after his bust as an 18 y/o participant in a family car theft ring. He's looking to become more legitimate in his family business and for that he wil ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Positive suprise, I’m glad I picked it up. This is the introduction to some epic shit going down in the next ones. I really hope we’ll stick to Emilia and Finnegan as main characters.
I would like to state that I love the first part of Godfather. And in some ways this novel is like that, looking at the establishment of a new boss and all. Although this is a love story too. I really love the dynamic between out newlyweds and I am very much looking forward to seeing Emilia grow into her role as not
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Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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It’s not often that I read a MF book, but once in a while I take a chance. I’m a big fan of the Cara Dee MM books so it was a small step to her MF book especially one with good ratings. And boy, did she deliver! Great story about Irish-American mobsters.
Ever heard of a bad boy who’s still a virgin? Nah I don’t think so, but Cara Dee brought him to life. Finnegan, 25 and .... virgin. Not because he’s shy (because a shy bad boy would be weird 😜), no because he’s old school.
If you’re thinking ‘na
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only part 1

OMG, Cara has done it again. I need part 2 pronto. Finn and Emilia didn't have a traditional boy meets girl, girl and boy fall head over heels in love, blah blah blah. Emilia keeps Finn on his toes from start to finish. Will warn now it's light, funny, and sexual tension from the start. But those last few chapters that changes and we start to get into who Finn will become.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whoaaaaa!! What a freaking ride. My heart is still pounding, and I may have to put my kindle in the freezer for a while. Just my goodness, this book was good!
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book really took me by surprise. I loved the slow burn, unique characters and fresh take on the mobster romance.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cara-dee
A fantastic introduction to the This Life trilogy!

It’s no secret that Cara Dee is one of my favourite authors. I would read anything she puts out and This Life was no exception, I was hooked from the beginning. The characters suck you in from the very first page. Emilia has no chance of resisting the funny, sweet and extremely charming Finnegan however much she wants to.

I seriously couldn’t recommend this book anymore. It’s my favourite read of the year so far! Cara just keeps getting better and
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, adult, mafia
I’d learned three things in prison. Patience, focus, and perseverance.

I don’t know how Cara Dee does it. I swear I love each and every character. It doesn’t matter how long they appear in the story. I love them all. I’m amazed each and every time I read one of her books at how fully developed and memorable each character is. That has to be hard, right?

This Life is about Finnigan and Emelia. Finn is the up and coming mafia boss who needs a wife. He just needs a docile little thing to make him lo
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Are you objectifying me?"
"Like whoa."
With some meat on his bones and those muscles that rippled when he worked out, he was a perfect sandwich. I mean combo.

This book was so damn great! All of the stars to it. Don't miss out on this book, you guys. You're gonna regret not reading it. In words of Emilia #MobstersArePeopleToo

Ever heard of a religious mobster?

Finnegan O'Shea is this guy who puts his family, honesty, and loyalty above all else and just wants his syndicate to be put back into orde
Kristian Erdmann
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing journey of deceit love & taking what'srightfully yours. I love Finn and Emilia each in their own ways.  Finn is in an impossible situation he can't take what is rightfully his until certain things are put in place. That is how we meet Miss Emelia in order for him to take what's his he has to find a wife and Emilia seems perfect for the job... except for maybe she's not exactly what he thought she was. He thought he was getting a girl that would be in the situation of ju ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
what can I say, I have been a fan of Cara Dee’s work for a while now and I have a passion for Mafia guys and this story has both. It is set up with a perfect end for the second book still to come.

Though Finn and Emilia met in unconventional ways being that their marriage was to be a business arrangement for 3 years you can see the two falling in love and accepting each other no matter what or who they are. This is a rare kind of love that not everyone finds in their life time.

Cara is able to dra
Maria Passia
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finnegan is a member of a powerful syndicate and he has his future planned out. All he needs is a sweet and obedient wife so he can look like a family man. Emilia has struggled all her life to survive and she has learned the hard way that the only person she can rely on is herself. Then Finnegan shows up and makes her a proposal he thinks she can't refuse: marriage and her future secured. What he doesn't expect is her refusal and the attraction and admiration he starts to feel for her. This Life ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cara Dee This Life is exciting to read. Cara has always said “There's a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly”. Ms. Dee has always stood by her word. You can always tell that Ms. Dee has spent a great amount of time researching her books because even though they are fiction you feel like you are in a place with your characters because they all seem so real. Her books make you fall in love with all her characters over and over again. ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
If I could give this 10 stars I would. I feel in love with this story as a fanfic wip many years ago. It was always my go to reread story when I was in a book funk. When I saw it was going to be publish I was so excited to see what changes would be made. Let me tell you had I not know I would have never guess this is the same story. It is still just as amazing as its counterpart but so many things have been added and changed that this story has taken me on a new journey and I love it. The end of ...more
Ann-Maree Howarth
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow is all I can say the minute I finished this book!!! I was very unsure sure when I first started to read my first Cara Dee novel if I was going to enjoy it as I found the flashback at the start to be hard to follow. The positioning of the flashback and font had me losing my understanding of the story. Thankfully this only lasted for a few chapters and by this time I was hooked on the story and the characters and could not put it down. I received an ARC copy of this book and this is my honest ...more
Mary Burtch
Jul 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Where is the rest???

While I did like this book, I think the author forgot she wrote it. It's been well over a year since I read this book and still no sequel. What gives? Maybe Cara Dee retired? I hate when authors leave the readers hanging like this. Don't start something you can't finish. It makes me lose respect for you as a writer and interest in reading anything else you write.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one really kicked me in the teeth. But in the bestest of ways. Emilia and Finnegan are a perfect match for what happens throughout this book. The only hard part about reading this was knowing I’d have to wait for book 2 and 3. Ugh.

I laughed a lot, I teared up a couple times, and may have even cursed the author for the feels, but I’ll do it all over again. 20 stars from me. If you don’t read this book, you’re missing out.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the descriptions of the world Finn and Emilia lived in. The depictions of the characters, the rules they lived by, and Finn and Emilia's resilience and courage to follow their hearts. It was amusing and beautiful, yet Finn and Emilia are so explosive together. Fantastic story with wonderful and engaging people.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Draws you right in

This is one of my favorites. I couldn’t put it down and read it straight through. These characters pull you in and I’m left wanting more. Omg. I even cried at thenbemd screaming whyyyyyyy no whyyyyyyy. Hope part 2 comes out soon.
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