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Brutal & Raw

(Beneventi Family #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  184 ratings  ·  102 reviews
He wanted everything. He could have my nothings too.

My whole life, I've been running, living just under the radar. The day I arrived on the East Coast, looking for a new start, I found an end instead. One careless night landed me in the hands of a dark mafia boss, who wanted nothing more than to render me a number—to eviscerate my identity with his brutal mind game.


Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 323 pages
Published January 23rd 2020
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Sonya Jesus Remember the scene in the bathroom, Wash-It-Off? That was a very important chapter and has lots of clues about Book 2.

There's going to be some twists…more
Remember the scene in the bathroom, Wash-It-Off? That was a very important chapter and has lots of clues about Book 2.

There's going to be some twists.

Sonya Jesus Hi Lisa!
This is not a stand-alone book. The prequel, 31 Kisses, can be read as stand-alone.
This book is an HFN (kind of), and the plot thickens and …more
Hi Lisa!
This is not a stand-alone book. The prequel, 31 Kisses, can be read as stand-alone.
This book is an HFN (kind of), and the plot thickens and continues on through the series. (less)
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KarenLou NorthandSouthBlog
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy SHIT!! If I could give thus book more than 5 stars I would!

Another outstanding dark read by Sonya Jesus. You know from the first page that you won’t be able to put it down.

You meet 327. Yes that’s a number not a name, she is on the run from the butcher. And from him. Breaker.
After having her life spiral out of control 327 finds herself in the worst place on Earth, a mafia farm. Where women are trafficked to satisfy the rich or the ones willing to turn a blind eye to it. But breaker seems di
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is some Gone Girl mixed with Black Swan and Queen of the South mixed in lol. When is the movie???

Deliciously dark and well-written. A chilling psychological thriller. There was no compromising characters or holding out on their true instincts. If you're expecting sweet, this isn't it. It's brutal on emotions and will rub your heart raw like nothing else you've ever read. At least for me. From the freakin prologue my heart was pounding and it didn't stop until the very last page.

Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

Not quite sure just how to rate this one, it was certainly different and unique with that whole farm concept but it was just really difficult to get my head around the whole shocking and dehumanising scenario.
I went into this fairly blind and if I'm honest if I'd know just quite what I was getting myself into with this I think it would have been a hard pass from me.
This was filled with things that stretched my boundaries way past what I was comfortable with.
So this is dark romance, not that I th
Fre06 Begum
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Get ready to meet the darkness that is Breaker Beneventi .
This story is so dark and delicious, it will have your heart racing and your skin crawling .

Breaker is what Costa Beneventi made him, cruel and unforgiving. When truths come to light we see how cruel and unforgiving he can be .

She is 327, she has a name , but on the farm she is 327 .
Even after her escape her sleep is full of nightmares, and her days are full of watching her back .

This book has so many twists and turns it will keep you on
What a story. A story that disgusted and terrified me, a story that shook me to my bones. A story that grabbed me and insisted that I devour every suspenseful and horrendous experience that 327 endured.

We get to meet the cruel darkness that is Breaker Beneventi. He’s frightening, confusing and scary in his unpredictability. And his weakness is 327
She doesn’t truly know her hold on Breaker. Even after her escape from the farm she still hasn’t slept properly, she has nightmares and her days are sp
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Wow!! This book certainly lives up to the title- Brutal & Raw!!! This latest offering from Sonya Jesus is a dark, gripping, and intense ride. The action starts right from the beginning, and drags you into the story kicking and screaming. So many times I wanted to shut the book and turn away from the bloody and violent details, but the story is so compelling I really needed to know how everything turns out.
The characters are fully realised individuals, with their own personalities, depth,
J. Ockenhouse
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BRUTAL AND RAW brings the definition of secrets and family drama to depths you can't even fathom.

It came full throttle right from the first sentence and took me on a white-knuckled ride. The twists, trust issues that will form, jaw-dropping moments and family drama are just some of what you will encounter.

327 has a bucket full of secrets and even though she tried to not, her connection to Breaker is not as simple as you think when you read the blurb. Breaker is evil but the questions are how an
Amanda M
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A mind blowing dark mafia story. An intense, gripping page turner that'll leave you wanting more. So twisted you won't see what's coming. A masterpiece in itself. You won't want to miss this book. I highly recommend reading. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read something this good, this well thought out, and this intense in awhile. Yeah, it was dark, but I LOVE DARK ROMANCE. The psychological aspect is so well researched and spot on! Damn i was impressed.

Breaker is badd ass! This is all about a new boss who is coming to terms with his new life and his new feelings. Breaker doesn't love, anyone. Or rather he thinks he doesn't. I loved his journey. I love when villains get a soul and having read this author's other books, i know this is th
Stephanie Anderson-cochran
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god this book will have you going crazy trying to figure out what happens next! Sonya is a mastermind with messing with emotions. I didnt know how I felt about Breaker, she made me hate him.... or did I? She made me crazy in the best way. I loved 327, I understood why she felt the way she did and why. This is such an amazing demented story, a must read for someone who likes dark twisted characters and the one strong enough to survive it!
Sonya Jesus
Jun 09, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Follow the progress and check in for some sneak peeks into this darker series.

Ps. If you love villains, you just might hate falling for Breaker Beneventi.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brutal & Raw: Mafia Romance & Psychological Thriller (Beneventi Family Book 1) by Sonya Jesus

5 ++++++++ Stars

Oh my word!! WOW!! Not sure where to start with this review….

This is my second book by this author and I’m completely blown away, like sitting here trying to figure out what I just read. I have to confess that when I was at the very beginning I was a bit worried because I was more than a little confused as to what was happening, but that lasted about 5 minutes and then I was so fully imm
Debra  (Dragon Nanny) Phiri
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Left me with a feeling of umm, what did I just read? Debra @ Janise’s Jivin’ Book Blog

How this book made me feel is complicated! As is the story in its darkness, tragedy, and complicated love.

Our characters are all “bad” in some way. It is not an easy story to read or even fully understand as you are filled with drama and not a full grasp of who these people are with, too and for each other. It is not a simple, cut and dried story.

One of the best things about it is you don’t have it easy. You
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know the kind of book you want to squeeze in reading at stop lights? This is that book. I didn’t of course because we have gone no where but I did read it like a fiend while walking up and down the road while my kids played outside. It’s action packed with twist and turns. I felt like biting my nails, crying, and screaming at this book. This is my first book by this author and I’m eager to get into more of her books. This was an amazingly engrossing book! I did receive an advance copy for fr ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brutal & Raw is book one in the Beneventi Family series by Sonya Jesus. Jesus spins a master tale about a woman horribly abused and yet drawn to her captor. This is a complex human tableau with psychological grit, nail-biting horror, and dark romance. A highly compelling story that pulls you in and holds you captive. I couldn’t put it down.
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story. It was well written and fast paced. The chemistry between the characters was sizzling hot. This book has everything you need to keep you turning pages hot sexy men, steamy scenes and some conflict thrown in. I cannot wait for what this author writes next.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Ingrid Vermeulen-Quakernaat
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Never read a book as heavily loaded as this book before. So intense and dark.
The kidnapping of 327, the choices she has to make and always goes for the less worse of the worst. But is it less worse when you fall in love with your kidnapper? Must face all the gory atrocities to save your own life? And then she is released, but is she also free? Frightful moments keep coming back in her head, not a day without panic attacks. And the realization that you can't forget the man who did all this to you
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I'm not even sure what I just read. It was more horror than romance. Yet, I couldn't look away. It reminded me how I felt watching the movie Hostel the first time. Even as it pushed my limits, I still have to give the author credit for creating a unique, alley disturbing, story.
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Ok... I don’t know how I feel about it.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very dark read and I loved every second of it. This is brilliant and has left me longing for book 2.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Trish B
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy Sh!t... I have just finished this beauty. My first by Sonya Jesus.

I remember reading the blurb and thinking GOT TO READ THIS! Read it I did... devoured is more like it.

‘BRUTAL & RAW’ is a DARK Mafia, psychological thriller. It IS brutal & raw but for a dark book I’d expect nothing less. This book is gripping. I’ve never read anything like it in storyline before.

Absolutely SUPERB!!!!
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The title of this book is so accurate! It’s brutal, raw, twisted, and very dark.

She hasn’t used her birth name in years. She hasn’t been an honest woman or the law-abiding citizen that one would think she is when looking at her. She looks so innocent and a woman that lives the straight and narrow, but she had to do what was needed to survive and it wasn’t always on the up and up. Now she finds herself in the most danger that she has ever been in and she is no longer called by a name but is
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-tbr
Definitely plays on the darker side of man's insanity
Holy Ch it!

I was not sure what I expected going in but it sure wasn't the yummy darkness I discovered.
I will never look at gourmet pet feed the same again, I just wanted to share that.
The overall story idea was ... Wow
The Farm was a new concept for me, in the romance genre anyway, and I must say it changed the overall topography and added a bit more to the story line
We go back and forth a bit from present to past as the author builds the wor
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brutal & Raw: (Beneventi Family Book 1) by Sonya Jesus
5 of 5 Stars
Wow, I was literally hooked from page one until I turned the last page of this psychological mafia romance thriller. This was a fast paced attention grabbing book by Sonya Jesus which I could not put down. The story centres around the Beneventi Family, a dark, powerful and dangerous mafia family. We are introduced to a female known only as 327, “327. That’s what he called me. That’s all I was to him”. Breaker Beneventi a handsome,
Erin Figueiredo
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

OMG! This is one gruesome, gritty and very dark story. Definitely not for the faint of heart! If you don't enjoy reading about very dark and depraved subjects - this book is not for you. This amazing author throws us down a rabbit hole made for the highly depraved and twisted. She takes us on a very intense and dark roller coaster ride that's not made for the weak! Buckle up this one gets twisty!

This story about 327 and Breaker had me mesmerized and utterl
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brutal and Raw is not a read for the meek.

‘Dark’ doesn’t even begin to describe this story. It’s gross and gory and evil and so twisted, I believed someone lied and there was no way this is a romance.

But I kept reading. (What does that say about me?)

Breaker Beneventi is the new head of his Mafia family. There may be crime families that deal in drugs, prostitution, and extortion… but this isn’t one of those families. His family’s enterprise is evil… and has a human cost. This is how “Lyla Vaughn”
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Brutal & Raw is the first book in the Beneventi family series by Sonya Jesus and boy is it a dark read. Told from the point of view of main characters Lyla Vaughn, also know as number 327 and Breaker Beneventi. Lyla is caught up in a trafficking ring and catches the eye of Breaker who starts to develop feelings for her, but this is definitely a game of cat and mouse and Breaker can’t be seen as having feelings or having a favourite. We see this story develop from Lyla’s escape from not only brea ...more
Michelle Austin
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brutal & Raw was a great very dark 5 star read and book one in the Beneventi Family.
All I can say is this title was perfect for this story, it was brutal and raw and I loved it! I was pulled in right from the beginning.

She was known as 327, they never called them by their names because they didn’t want to humanize them. But there was something about 327 that drew Breaker in, he spent time with her specifically and told her things about the family. Knowing that she was getting too close to him an
Karyn Taylor
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brutal & Raw is Book 1 in the Beneventi Series by Sonya Jesus. Jesus is a new author to me and if this book is anything to go by then I’m sure this series is going to be outstanding. I absolutely loved this book. I was instantly gripped from the very beginning and was not let go until the story ended. Even then, I think I was still enmeshed in this fantastically woven tale.
Lyla Vaughn has escaped from the clutches of mafia boos Breaker Beneventi and has no intention of ever being captured by hi
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