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The Beautiful Years I

(The Beautiful Years Series #1)

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If you knew love could kill you, would you still fall?
Love never felt dangerous to me. He did.


The moment Brando Piero Fausti appeared in the snow-filled night, he made the blood hum in my veins, tethering my life to his with an irrevocable bond.

I became the light to his darkness, illuminating the face of an avenging angel. His intense dark eyes should’ve warned me away,
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Published October 2nd 2018
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Hi, Sammyll!

As of right now, The Beautiful Years does not have an 'official' release schedule. I'm working on that right now. :) But Book II releases…more


Hi, Sammyll!

As of right now, The Beautiful Years does not have an 'official' release schedule. I'm working on that right now. :) But Book II releases November 15, 2018, and Book III, I'm hoping, will release in February. I should have something more solid in regards to the 'official' release dates by then!

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Irene
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am really not sure where to begin without giving things away.
It is beautifully written, the story wasn't in a hurry to end. Matter of fact it leaves you hanging, wanting more that very next minute.
Scarlett and Brando have this connection that you can't really place! It's like they can read each others thoughts and answer them on the same note.
Love is a crazy thing, makes you do crazy things. That saying "If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they
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Lashell Collins
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brando Fausti. Brando Fausti. Brando Fausti! Handsome as sin, protective and possessive. The way he watches over Scarlett and claims her as his, all but daring any other male to go near her, hints at something a little darker to come. You definitely get the sense that this book is only scratching the surface where he’s concerned. The connection between Brando and Scarlett is real. You feel it from the moment they meet in the snow, and it grows with every page. He becomes her courage, and she bec ...more
Lisa Reynolds
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always, always, always!

If you knew love could kill you, would you still fall? That question still haunts me. It's like an eerie feeling you have when something unexpected is coming. Brando Piero Fausti and Scarlett Rose Poesy souls are connected in a way we wouldn't be able to explain really. They have this uncanny ability to sense the other when they are near. Their feelings, thoughts and so forth. It's kind of scary, but also romantic that they are so entwined this way to each other. So in re
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Lynn Reynolds
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-reading
The author has written a letter to her readers. Please do the courtesy of reading. She tells you a little of the process to writing this saga. It’s not long and it won’t interrupt your reading time.

Someone has caught Brando Fausti’s attention. At times, he seemed to be like a puppeteer – moving people about as he moves the strings attached. As I got to know him, I felt as if he held some things close to his chest. He doesn’t want to reveal anything too quickly – he’s patiently waiting. Scarlett
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Pam Schaeffer
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Welch's I have read and it most certainly won't be my last! Welch's writing is like poetry in motion. I just can't get enough of it. There is absolutely nothing that I didn't love about The Beautiful Years Part 1. Well, that is a small fib. I have to wait until November to find out what happens next!! Typically I wouldn't read the first book until the last book is out, but I agreed to read this book for an honest review. My husband says that it gives me something to loo ...more
Stephanie
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow!! I am not even sure where to start! This is book one of a seven part saga and if the first book is any indication of the kind of ride the reader will be taken on, fasten your seat belts! Be sure to read the author's letter to the reader in the beginning!

Scarlett and Brando have a connection one night outside of her dance studio in the snow....and it's over-powering! So many interesting and complex characters, Violet, Maggie Beautiful, Mitch and Mick! I really loved them all.

And this
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Elizabeth Horbaczek
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars


I want to forwarn that this book will have another book so be prepared for that.  So if you are looking for a tragic love story I got one for you.  These two characters were so connected through this book that it was incredible.  I love this.  When two main characters can connect on a level that gets me, the reader, more involved in their lives I think the author has done its job.  


The story is told by Brando and Scarlett which gives you a sense of both sides.  There is so much of a story
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Deb
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult Fans of Fiction
Hold onto your hats and get ready for an emotional roller coaster ride that will grab you and lock you in! Just make sure you set aside plenty of time to read ;) coz I was glued to my seat not wanting to stop whenever my real life got in the way :o “The Beautiful Years-1” is a fresh and unique storyline, with multi-layered. well defined characters that practically jump off the pages! I'm not sure if I've ever read a Mafia Romance book before, but I can say I am hooked now, at least by this autho ...more
Nikki Cook
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? Probably, I should be honest. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I do. I have a favorite author for the mafia genre, and I just went into this feeling as though it could never measure up. I may have been wrong. I was dragged into this world without realizing it. I started reading and was lost in the words, in the characters' lives. I am addicted, and I need more. Soon. I feel a little like going Annie Wilkes on Annie Welch so I can have it all NOW (only joking, I ...more
Sammyll
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Discovering a new author is like a child on Christmas morning! This book has left me reeling, wanting more from this amazing story that is unraveling over seven parts, in one way I’m glad I started this series so soon but on the other hand I’m left reeling now waiting for the next book to be published, which is only next wk BUT then I have to wait until next year for the rest of the series! Gimme Gimme now....NOW. Pick up this book you won’t regret it, it has everything you could possibly want i ...more
Shanna D
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Beautiful Years -Part 1 by Annie Rose Welch. Holy Cow! I just finished this book and I have to say I am seriously impressed with the quality of writing that went into creating this incredible and tragic love story. I can’t wait to find out what happens next with all the characters involved. I enjoyed learning about the main characters and the struggle each one is facing and how they are tied together. Although, I would have liked to hear more from Brando’s POV; I am hoping to see that in the ...more
Neelam
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My verdict: 4.5

This book was stunning.

I am pretty excited for this series. Brando and Scarlett have something that feels real to a reader, their story isn’t rushed.

I adore a book with a dark possessive hero and Brando definitely ticks the boxes. Personally I hate a wimpy heroine, you know the ones who mellow in their sorrow and loss and that’s the only layer of personality they have, in terms of Scarlett, yes she’s had her share of loss but that’s not the only thing that defines her, she is so
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Sarah Battistella
Thrilling romance and story that's hard to put down

This story has a great plot. The characters are so detailed in this story i feel like i know them and can imagine what they look like. A good story and a great romance in twined. Overall, I couldn't wait to pick up where I left off the night before. I can't wait to reader # 2. The writer seemed to set a great story with phenomenal characters. Her lines flow just as well as her chapters to keep me reading more and more. This book WILL NOT disappo
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Jodia-Ann
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Epic, Epic, Epic and even more Epic. I literally devoured every single word and emotions in this book in a few hours. My partner got ignored, my son couldn't enter my room because I was so dazed by Brando and Scarlett's outstanding love story. This book was a religious moment for me and it transcended space and time. I'm am so honour I got to be a part of this journey of brilliance. This author as pushed and kicked everyone of my top five list and sat herself down like the graceful Queen she is.
United Indie Book Blog
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I will say I think this book could have been shorter. There's a lot I think could have shorten up. It did take me a bit for me to get into it. Scarlett and Brando have a strong connection, that's shown very well. This author definitely knows how to tell a story. I just believe this isn't for me. I didn't feel connected and just got bored at times. I'm sorry, I thought I would like it.

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Amy  Crull
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I will say I think this book could have been shorter. There's a lot I think could have shorten up. It did take me a bit for me to get into it. Scarlett and Brando have a strong connection, thats shown very well. This author definitely knows how to tell a story. I just believe this isnt for me. I didn't feel connected and just got bored at times. I'm sorry, I thought I would like it.
Nancy
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the series then I can’t wait for more and this was an absolutely brilliant read. I love reading mafia romance. These two meet one night outside a club and have a great connection that’s very over powering. Great characters. I lik the book is written from both sides but he is still a mystery so I hope in the next installment we get about him

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Tanya
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She fell for him as soon as she saw him. She would be his light to his darkness. He was a beast underneath and he would fight for what he wants. He wants her and he intends to get it all. How is this going to go? Will she be safe? How will she deal with this new way of life? See what will happen between them

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Theresa Doherty
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cried over this book so emotionally draining, I didn't know where I was, except to say I know i loved it. Brando the hero the lover the protector, the perfect foil to Scarlett's beautiful ballerina girl who merchants him, he was her brothers best friend, then Elliott died, and life changed for everyone.

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Amy
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my heart is still clenched with sorrow and my eyes are tired from the tears. This story of beauty and sacrifice are so incredibly powerful and riveting. The sense of being and belonging are in all of us. It is just a matter of to what degree.

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Miss
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this story. Scarlet and Brando share an strong connection. Their love is intense and they just fit perfectly. Until they don’t and things start to go on a different direction. I’m looking forward to reading more the next book in this series.

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Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett and Brando will have you on an emotional storm as you read about their journey to love. Their connection is a true love match that cannot be denied and Ms. Welch who is a master story teller weaves a story that is so poignant it leaves you panting for the next in the series!

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Brittlynn
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scary and hot it was a confusing mix but an enjoyable one one minute I wanted to toss it in the closet the next I couldn't put it down I can't wait to see what happens next

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Crissy Terrio
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ahh, where to begin? I never write reviews because I am not a writer...at all. But this book deserves one. It was perfect! Annie has such a way with words. They suck you in as much as the characters do. It leaves you wanting more and more. I am anxiously awaiting the release of part 2 now.
Dorothy Morris
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a mafia romance story, it was suspenseful, romance, and dramatic. The charaters were strong and intriguing well developed. I loved reading this book.

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Michelle
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars... Really good book. Loved how it drew a picture from the very beginning. Hate that it's a seven part saga (I'm an impatient reader). I don't like to wait. I will be waiting and reading the books to come.
Deb
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great start to a new series, I loved this book. The author has set the scene for a great set of books by creating memorable characters and delivering on the premise in the blurb. I cannot wait for the next book.
Ewa
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love and suspence.
Beautiful book that grab your attention from the first page. It was definitely page turner.

It’s first book for me from this author and for sure not the last.

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Kimberly
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is a good romance read. The characters are good. The story is fast paced read with a lot of twists and turns. The story is suspense, drama, emotion, and romance read.

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Tammy
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow great start to a new saga. This read grabs you from beginning to end and is filled with suspense, drama and lots of emotion. Scarlett and Brandon are amazing characters, the story is fast-paced with plenty of twists and turns. I loved it!
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Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her passion for writing began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniac ...more

Other books in the series

The Beautiful Years Series (3 books)
  • The Beautiful Years II (Mafia Romance Saga, #2)
  • The Beautiful Years III: A Mafia Romance Saga