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(Renzo + Lucia #3)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  113 reviews
How much is too much?

Five years—that was the deal. Renzo Zulla gave up five years of his life to repay a debt to an organization that only wanted to break him before they could make him. Their way, their rules. He doesn’t move without their okay, even if his latest job puts him right in front of her. But the five years are almost up, and he knows exactly where he’s going
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Published February 28th 2019 by Bethany-Kris
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✰ Liz ✰
"Time apart always seemed to bring them back together in the most brilliant of ways."

Contempt is the third and final book in the Renzo and Lucia Series. Five years have passed and Lucia Marcello is struggling to forgive her family for taking Renzo Zulla away from her. The pain and torment she feels linger through each and every moment. Meanwhile, Renzo has been forced into a secret society of assassins. After his contract is up, he will be free to reunite with his love once again. Howev
Ren and Lucia's road to happy was a long one ... 5 years long to be exact. It was hard fought, and had me tearing up a few times.

Before I go any further I must say how much I loved Lucian's "redemption". That man would have given Lucia the world to try and repair what had gone so badly wrong. He never gave up on her, and she made it so damn hard for him not to. It was absolutely perfect, even though the author sucker-punched me with that twist! Thank you, Bethany Kris, for giving me back my Luc
Feb 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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How much is too much?

Five years—that was the deal. Renzo Zulla gave up five years of his life to repay a debt to an organization that only wanted to break him before they could make him. Their way, their rules. He doesn’t move without their okay, even if his latest job puts him right in front of her. But the five years are almost up, and he knows exactly where he’s going first.

Love doesn’t follow rules …

Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 Epically Perfect Stars

This book was everything. The last book in the Renzo -Lucia trilogy and it was epically perfect. You definitely need to read the previous two books but I promise that this trilogy is one not to miss.

Lucia’s family is a big part of her and although she is so angry with her father, she loves him and it’s that love that brings her back to NY after living in California for the last 5 years. She can table her anger while dealing with a family emergency. Renzo and his associati
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Another great read.
This has turned out to be a fabulous series.

I absolutely adored Ren and I really wanted him to get his HEA. I have to admit he had me worried at times.

Lucia. Wow talk about holding a grudge. Five years and still going strong. If grudge holding was an Olympic event you’re looking at the gold medal winner.

And Lucian he won me over early on in this book. Everything after that was just icing on the cake.

A couple of reviews mentioned a twist. I completely missed it. It’s not the f
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
This trilogy was so heart-wrenching. I’m emotionally hungover. I cried for every book but atleast Contempt didn’t destroy me as much as the other two books did.

Renzo and Lucia have been through so much. At the end of Harbor this couple were separated yet again but this time it was going to be for 5 years. Those years have been full of heartache, pain, contempt and torment. Lucia was barely surviving. She was going through the motions and trying to get past her family’s betrayal but it was a chal
Ari Reavis
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mafia-mob, arcs
The perfect ending for this couple who had to go through hell to have each other.
I was glued to the pages from the first to the last, needing to see Lucia and Ren come back together, needing to get those moments back when they were just loving on each other. But before that, I had to go through the pain. The pain of their separation and the toll that had taken on them both, the toll it had taken on their relationships with their families. I had to go through the anger and well, contempt they bot
It's just me Shelly B
LOVED this series!!!!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

I was curious to read the third volume of the series to finally discover the end of the story of Lucia and Renzo.

Five years have passed. Five years during which Renzo hasn’t contacted Lucia once. Not because he didn’t want to, but because he couldn’t. Supervised, trained, reshaped to become another person, someone useful to the League, he finally found himself close to her after all this time. But here it is, he’s here to do a job, to watch a man, and he st
I have written and deleted this review so many times I don't even know what to say.
A 5 stars.... fucking addictive mafia romance! I LOVE Bethany Kris (surely is the Queen of mafia tales) writing and she NEVER disappoints me!!I loved it from the first page, it was an amazing tale that kept me on the edge!! Renzo and Lucia fought so long, so fucking hard to be finally together!! Both of them were so loyal to eachother!! This is a tale about strength....loyalty ..... of doing anything no matter th
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bethany-kris

This was one hell of a terrific conclusion to Lucia and Renzo’s story.

« Do you feel like this, too ? Alone all the time ? Empty, too ? That’s me without you. »

Gripping, spell-binding, beautiful, epically perfect.

« Abused dogs never forget where they come from. »

I’m emotionally hungover.

At 81% in the book I just stop breathing, hoping for a fucking miracle.

« Beep, beep, beep. Six seconds. Four to go. Renzo dropped to his knees… »

I loved it.
A Klue
Where do I even begin, my fellow mafia romance book loving friends? Renzo and Lucia have both been put through an emotional wringer these past five years. Somehow though they never severed their soulmate connection, despite time, distance, and hopelessness conspiring against them.

This book started off living up to its name. Ren’s contempt for his circumstances somehow made him stronger and more determined to defeat the odds against him. Lucia was a different story. The resentment she learned to
4 Stars

I really enjoyed the story of Renzo and Lucia, even more than I imagined and I was happy that after everything they spent in Contempt we can see these two characters conquering their happy end more than deserved.

Throughout the trilogy I could observe how these characters grew along the journey, holding the love they felt for each other more alive than ever.This story with the touch of Romeo and Juliet made me cheer for them and every obstacle that appeared in the way of them broke my hea
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Yes and we are back in the game. Ren and Lucia had one hell of a road to happiness and it sure was bumpy! I loved this book and all the way through their separation they never gave up on each other, their love for each other was never going to waver regardless of the obstacles thrown in their way. And believe me they had a few reasons to just give up…………those letters slayed me.

I loved Lucian in this book and he did redeem himself with knobs on………yay ♥
cupcakes and bookshelves
I hated this had to end, but what a way to go!! This was ONE HELL OF A BOOK! Bittersweet, my emotions were rattled all over the place and my brain just went BOOM! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS TRILOGY SO, SO MUCH. I'm going to miss Ren and Lucia so much.
4.5 Stars

*ARC kindly given in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much*
Alex ♈
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing series! I loved this so much All the drama they had to go through on previous books and this one... I’m so glad they finally got their happy ending. They both deserved it!
I would’ve liked to see a little further in the future though.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Five-years---that was the deal. Renzo Zulla gave up five years of his life to repay a dept to an organization that only wanted to break him before they could make him. Their way, their rules. He doesn't move without their okay, even if his latest job puts him right in front of her. But the five years are almost up, and he knows exactly where he's going first. Love doesn't follow rules....Heartbroken
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

It's been 5 long, lonely years since Renzo and Lucia were together. She's still so angry at her family, it's part of why she's lived in California. But the time has come for her to come home when an emergency arises.

Renzo's 5 years is almost up with The League. He's this close to being out, to being able to contact his love, Lucia, again. Surely he can wait til this one last job is up before he sees her again? He's spent the past 5 years training, hating, filled with anger, filled with CONTEMPT.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay where is the FIVE BILLION STARS this book deserves! OMG I just don't know where to start because this is one of those series that captures you right from the first page and has you reading late into the night until you finish reading it because you need to know what is going to happen to Renzo and Lucia and let me tell you this is one hell of a story.

There are so many twists and turns and so many ups and downs that I just did not think Renzo and Lucia where going to make it past the first
Becky Rendon
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably the most meaningful quote (and summary of the entire book)...“Hate and contempt are not the same, dolcezza. Hate is in your heart. The other, in your mind. Sometimes, they might feel like they are the same, but they aren’t. You cannot hate the things you love..."

Bethany-Kris still surprises me and I have no idea why! I should have learned by now- all the feels, epic hearrbreak, oh and serious bad@ssery! And yet, I thought this would be a sleepy curveball after Harbor. I thought after th
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emotional ending to a dark, complicated, mafia series…

Ren and Lucia’s story included all the drama and emotion it could possibly hold! The author didn’t shy away from the dark elements that she is known for but as always they were balanced by family and love that made it all worthwhile…

Emotional highs and lows, devotion, loyalty – everything was found in this story, and this series… Ren stayed true to his character, always ready with sarcastic rebellion but also to step up and protect his family
Judy Miracle
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mafia, top-reads, adult
I could not get enough of this series. Book 2 had me hooked, book 2 tore my heart out, and this final book had me on the edge of my seat praying they got their happy ending page after page.

Bethany-Kris no doubt knows how to give you a story that will have you engrossed page after page from the very beginning and this couple is no different.
Nurul Diyana
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
hmm im a little disappointed with this book.. i mean ive got high expectations because this series is a spinoff of filthy marcellos series. and i LOVE <3 the Filthy Marcellos series and also the first two parts of renzo and lucia. however , i cant pinpoint to what exactly this last part of the renzo and lucia book is lacking that made it a little is just a little below satisfaction, but overall a good ending .. nothing heartbreaking. kinda predictable .
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God I love mafia romances!

What an great ending to Renzo and Lucia’s story!

These two have jumped through just about every obstacle to be together and I felt their pain!
I want to find a love like theirs, the crazy, out of control, makes no sense but it works love.
That ending, had my heart pounding.
What a heart wrenching read!!

Go and check out this series today you won’t regret it!
Sara F.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and spell-binding conclusion to Lucia and Ren’s story. I laughed, I cried, I wish I could read it for the first time again. The last half the the book was a little cruel. My poor Renzo. It’s a heart breaking HEA.
TMI-Tammy Tammy Insoft
Love this book. if you like a great mafia stories this is a must read. Start with The Filthy Marcellos series.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars
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The author of too many novels to count, Bethany-Kris is a Canadian, lover of much, and mother to four sons, a glaring of cats, and a pack of 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, a snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a spouse calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she ca ...more

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