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He’s Pink, the personal enforcer for the boss of the New York mafia. She’s Gigi Rey, a supermodel known across the globe.

They live two entirely different lives but before the mob and the fame, they were Lev Arsov and Gigi Parker. Two people struggling to make it—who met by chance—before life got in the way.

Five years have passed since the nights they shared together, but Fashion Week brings Gigi back to New York and straight into Lev’s path once more, when her work obligations tangles with the mafia’s business. In this world, that’s never a good thing.

They aren’t the same people now. He’s a single dad doing whatever he can for his daughter. Gigi can’t walk down the street without the world watching. A lot has changed. The one thing that didn’t? How they keep finding their way into each other’s heads … and beds.

If only it was that simple.
If only the tabloids didn’t back them into a wall.
If only they saw it coming.

If only they could go back to the time before he was … Pink.

If only.


Pink is a 112k standalone Mafia Romance set in Bethany-Kris’s Commission World.


First published May 8, 2020

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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 can find the time.

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949 reviews1,851 followers
May 8, 2020
3.5 Stars

I wanted to like this more. I wanted this to BE more. It had such a good beginning (the before part - the past). I even reviewed the novella that was released prior to this, which is basically the first 30% of the book. Find it here Before.

I won't say this was in any way bad, we got the story in typical BK fashion, the moody, atmospheric vibe was there. I liked the characters, both Lev and Gigi were great (although, I have to say I was always waiting to get more from Lev, more passion, more care, more proof that he is head over heels and nothing could change that. I guess it always felt as if he would just let the pieces fall where they may when it comes to having a relationship with Gigi. She was the main pursuer, in the past and present.)

I feel as if this story never reached that level where it touches you deeper than the surface. Sure, I cared about both Gigi and Lev but something was missing. I had plenty of emotions and opinions but I just wanted more out of it.

I was attracted to this story after reading the blurb. We have a mob enforcer falling for a supermodel (with whom he has a history, since before she was a model or him a criminal). It sounded fresh. There were so many variables to play with. Her constantly being in the public eye while he tries to keep a low profile, their history, a second chance, discussions about right place right time when it comes to making emotional connections (was touched on in the first part of the book). Most of those things were implied but not in a way to make me care or believe in it.

Overall, this was a solid, good story. I have my personal hangups in regard to it but at the same time, I can appreciate that there's nothing inherently wrong there. The writing was good, the storyline cohesive and the characters likable.
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1,894 reviews401 followers
May 18, 2020
This was definitely a book of two halves for me. 5+ stars for the first half, 3 for the second.

When I started this I could not put it down. I absolutely loved the whole Before and After thing, getting to know Pink as Lev and how he grew into the Pink persona. He's an awesome dad, broadsided with taking on his little baby with no hesitation or doubts at all. I especially LOVED seeing how his relationship with Andino grew into the epic friendship they had, and don't even get me started on just how much I adore Andino. Thank you BK for scratching the surface so we could see just how deep Andino loved and cared, his loyalty was truly phenomenal to witness. I took to Gigi right away too, loved the confidence she had in herself to achieve what she set out to, without cramping Lev's style in any way.

Then we get to the After and, IDK but something was just missing. I say time after time that I love the way this author's characters love, she has the genius knack of pulling me in to feast on the characters feels, but this time it just didn't hit the mark.

I felt the pacing was a bit off in the second half, things that shouldn't have been rushed - were. Then she went THERE , and I truly wish she hadn't, even though the event happened off page it just came out of nowhere and was totally unexpected and didn't sit well with me at all. I want to unread that and forget about it. What did surprise me though was that Lev's jail time worked for me, it gave Gigi the time she needed to heal but still, I really wish she hadn't needed to have that healing.

The last thing that put the kibosh on me upping my rating was that I wanted to see and feel the pain of one of the baddies getting their comeuppance instead of this also happening off page. I wanted that piece of shit to SUFFER, I wanted Andino to unleash holy hell and make them pay whilst suffering (I'm nice like that, ha!)

I'm going with 4 stars because although the second half wasn't what I'd hoped for, the first half was pure BK gold.
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813 reviews832 followers
May 8, 2020
4 “Love Mr Pink” Stars

Pink, the mysterious enforcer of Andino Marcello. We have heard about him but we didn’t know about him, until now. Lev Arson is a man that you can’t help but fall in love in for his loyalty and his commitment.

Pink’s story.......I loved him being him, I loved him being a father, I loved him finding his soulmate and I loved his relationship with Andino, his Boss. This story revealed so many sides of Pink that I couldn’t have possibly imagined.

Gigi Rey Parker and Lev had that connection from the first time they met. It took some time(5 years) but they were always a match suppose to be. Gigi Rey, now a supermodel, and her time back in NYC had her meeting up with Lev, now a mafia enforcer. It was their second chance but it wasn’t easy. There was Lev’s child, Arely, a mafia connection that Andino was not on board with and a wild card that took things to the extreme.

I loved the romance and the passion and the loyalty in the story. I always love when I’m transported into the Marcello world and also in this case, having some Canadian love hit the spot in the most wonderful of ways!!

*advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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3,886 reviews443 followers
May 9, 2020
I am seriously obsessed with Bethany-Kris’s style and voice. I always feel so alive when I read one of her books and I have not read enough of them. It’s quite the high! They have an edge to them that I can’t quite describe. I feel the book rather than just read it. I experience the story rather than just read it. They make me twitch in the most glorious of ways!

If you read Before, then you already know the history behind Pink and Gigi. Who they were before who they became who they are. Pink is basically the story of the two of them getting right or better yet, making sure they got what they should have had, right. The story was suspenseful and passionate, and I just couldn’t get enough of the grit behind it! These two were super hot! And again I have to say how refreshing it is to read a mafia romance that’s not quite dark but yet edgy enough because of the Mafia element!
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April 10, 2020
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He’s Pink, the personal enforcer for the boss of the New York mafia. She’s Gigi Rey, a supermodel known across the globe.

They live two entirely different lives but before the mob and the fame, they were Lev Arsov and Gigi Parker. Two people struggling to make it—who met by chance—before life got in the way.

Five years have passed since the nights they shared together, but Fashion Week brings Gigi back to New York and straight into Lev’s path once more, when her work obligations tangles with the mafia’s business. In this world, that’s never a good thing.

They aren’t the same people now. He’s a single dad doing whatever he can for his daughter. Gigi can’t walk down the street without the world watching. A lot has changed. The one thing that didn’t? How they keep finding their way into each other’s heads … and beds.

If only it was that simple.
If only the tabloids didn’t back them into a wall.
If only they saw it coming.

If only they could go back to the time before he was … Pink.

If only.


Pink is a 112k standalone Mafia Romance set in Bethany-Kris’s Commission World.
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2,732 reviews1,296 followers
May 9, 2020
GAH!! Pink was absolutely amazing! I dont think I took a breath once while reading. It was everything and more I could have wanted for the story of the man that we've seen standing behind Andino Marcello. Lev and Gigi were fantastic. This story had chemistry in spades but also was quite emotional. I loved it so so much!!

Forget everything you think you know about Lev Arasov, aka Pink, and get ready to be taken on a journey of a lifetime. This story was addicting and captivating and had dark, jaw dropping elements that left me gasping for air.

Overall, this was an amazing read and I seriously can't wait for more from this author! 5 stars! ~Ratula 
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107 reviews14 followers
December 17, 2020
Lev and Andino’s friendship *heart eyes!!* I may have to pick up his book again and actually finish it this time.
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1,177 reviews26 followers
May 8, 2020
4.25 Stars

I was immensely happy when I heard that Pink, the mysterious, silent man who always followed Andino would win his own story. His story is everything and a little more than I expected, a book that caught my attention from the beginning.

The beginning of the book shows how Lev became the so-known Pink, we see his destiny and Gigi cross over for a short period of time until life separates them. I loved seeing the beginning of everything, when everything was less complicated between them and where the attraction between them began.The book then changes to the present where the fate of these two crosses again only now is everything else complicated, they're not just Lev and Gigi just, he's now a single parent to the lovely Arely and is now involved in the mafia which has made him harder in the whole world.Only thing that hasn't changed was the attraction that they both felt. I liked the development of the book and seeing these two sailing their relationship in the middle of chaos and confusion that's installed.

What I can say is that this book is great: there's suspense, action, a charismatic couple, hot and sweet moments and there's the mafia involved what's always a positive spot. It usually has everything I look for in a story like this.

I Received an unreleased copy of this book
May 1, 2020
4 pink Stars

Lev & Gigi

Pink was such a roller coaster ride of emotions! It was so much more than what I expected. Bethany Kris didn't pull any punches here, its filled with angst and grit that was perfectly imperfect. There is no butterflies and rainbows, Lev is a man of few words and seemed to have zero fucks to give and only cared about one thing in his life. . . his daughter. Lev is a devoted father that will do right by Arely and give her the life he never had. Including signing a deal with Andino Marcello. Do what needs to be done, no questions asked.

Things get complicated when Gigi Parker waltzes back into his life.

“Don’t people tell you,” he praised. “So fucking perfect. You’re beautiful." That shy heat came back to her cheeks. He didn’t understand why. “Don’t people tell you how beautiful you are?” Gigi lifted one shoulder. “All the time.” “But you-" “Not like you do, though. Not like they mean it. Not like it means something more.”

Gigi Parker, the face of many magazines. Woman envy her success and men lust after her body. She is the perfect package that Lev wants to slowly unwrap. Lev is the epitome of sin and when her eyes meet his for the first time he is mesmerized. Through a moment of weakness they give into their desires and just feel. . . don't think. Give into the pleasure and forget about tomorrow. Knowing that what they have has to come to an end.

Years pass and they cross paths once more. This time they carry heavy burdens and the lines have been blurred. Their reunion that was long overdo they couldn't keep their hands off one another. What they least expect is the paparazzi to wreck havoc on their little reunion and the dangers they are put in because of it. You see Lev is in deep with the mob, and darkness is his only friend. Being with Gigi makes him feel whole but his role in the mob... and the socialite Gigi has become complicates things. Action, lies, and deceit are at the root of this story but Lev will do whatever it takes to make sure Gigi and Arely come out of this unscathed.

One word to describe this book is utterly addictive. Bethany Kris never disappoints! Pink is a story that was full of steamy chemistry, suspense, twist and turns! A solid four star rating.

“I love you, too.” She whispered against his lips as her fingertips grazed his cheekbone. “Before . . . after. Forever."
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889 reviews50 followers
May 11, 2020
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 STARS

Bethany-Kris is such a fantastic writer and it's so easy to devour her books. She manages to always find fresh ways to keep my interest while tearing me apart. The connection between Lev and Gigi is quite apparent from the start and their chemistry is intense. Pink by Bethany-Kris is a MUST read and will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ELITE!!!


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1,205 reviews24 followers
January 29, 2023
Another winner for me 😍

I had the opportunity to read the first 10 chapters of this book and fell in love with the back story of how Lev and Gigi’s first met. I was swept up in their passion as soon as they locked eyes on each other. They met before Gigi found fame on the runway and Lev became Pink, an infamous enforcer for a Mob Boss.

Gigi gained my respect by being true to herself and not getting caught up in the hype of her business. Her work was her life. From what she said to the food she ate and the way she styled her hair was all determined by her agency. Impressively, she implanted her personality in when she could by sending her fans a sincere peace gesture. What saddened me was her successful glamorous lifestyle was lacking friends.

Lev’s (aka Pink) devotion to Andino and his daughter never faltered. He always looked out for the people he loved and didn’t let the little things in life get to him. His life was work and home. Wash, rinse and repeat. He and Andino respected each other but their time together was strictly business. At the same time, Andino’s willingness to use up all his resources to help Pink when he desperately needed a miracle beautifully illustrated the solid brotherly love they shared.

There was something enthralling about a woman finding something she liked and then deciding she was going to take it.

Together Lev and Gigi were perfect for each other even considering professionally their relationship was problematic. The attention Gigi attracted played havoc with the protective cocoon Lev had created for his young daughter. I loved how all the relationships in this story that mattered were effortless. This is where I need to mention there is a rather dark patch in the story that may be a trigger for some readers. It was graphic enough to leave no doubt in my mind what was occurring but page wise it is only consumed a small percentage of the overall story.

I made the epic error of squeezing in 10 minutes of reading at work during lunchtime and unbeknownst to me I had happened upon the aforementioned dark twist in the story. Freaking out and feeling every ounce of fear for all the characters caught up in the drama, I quickly closed my Kindle. Thankfully, my fear was tempered when I opened my Kindle again and the arrival of familiar help was announced. I knew as soon as I saw the measures that had been put in place that the baddies’ time on this earth had become a rapid countdown.

Again, I was blown away by my growing love for Andino. He is the ultimate villain I despised in Catherine and Cross’ trilogy and yet here I am having warm feelings for the guy. I enjoyed the way other characters from BK’s Commission World were woven into the story. While this can easily be read as a standalone, I believe my appreciation for this book was enhanced by knowing the background story of the secondary characters that were called upon to help Lev and Gigi.

This story had the perfect mix of suspense, romance, witty characters and good times. Kudos to BK for keeping me reading when the proverbial shit hit the fan and turning the tables of justice just in time for me to not lose my book buzz. By the final chapter I was riding a book high that I was eager to sustain. A Mafia romance with the unusual twist of the main character who would never become a made man yet still delivered a well-paced story that kept my heart pounding. Thank you BK for another awesome read!
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1,771 reviews404 followers
May 3, 2020
May 2020 -- 5 Stars

This is going right on my favorites pile. I'll tell you why in a minute. First, I want to say, I found this author a little over a year ago. She has become a favorite, go-to, auto-buy author. She writes gripping, gritty, character driven stories. They are well thought out. They aren't outlandish and in the end, you were able to escape and become immersed in the characters and in THEIR story. She write a different story for each person. They aren't formulaic. Or, at least I've not found it yet.

Some people may disagree with me, but any time I read a book, with great characters and a story who happens to also have children and/or animals in them, I love it a little bit more. Some don't, but I sure do. This one had a little girl you just love immediately. Her dad is her hero and he quickly became mine too. This guy really came from nothing. He lost his parents and spent his last few years of his own childhood in the system. It made him a better person. More appreciative. He knew how to appreciate the hard-won things in life. He knew how to love and show it to the people who where important to him. This really is his story.

Andino is one of my favorite characters from other books by this author. I loved getting to revisit him a little bit. I like him even more now. He is such a Champion and good friend to a deserved "Pink."

Gigi -- she has an interesting story. She has a unique beauty. One of those "ugly duckling" that turns into something unique and beautiful as she matures. She is a confident, quirky person who never seems to lose herself to all the fame she eventually gains. Bad things can still happen to her, but she has a great support network to work through it all. She loves Len and his little girl.

This quarantine thing has had us all trying to find escape in quiet activities. Normally, this time of year I'm deep in the throes of softball and all that entails. I don't have that this year and am really missing it. So, I've been rereading books I know will provide me some pleasant escape. I've been rereading Cross's stories by Bethany, and then Pink dropped in, in the middle of my reread. I took some time to read it, before moving on to and Andino + Haven reread. Between Lauren Gilley and Bethany-Kris, I've been able to survive a spring of world change. Because, people, life as we knew it is forever changed. It is nice to know, we still have books written by true talents to take us away for a little while.

I enjoyed Pink. I'll read this story again and again. I highly recommend it. It is escapism at its' very best!

Happy Reading!

An advanced copy was provided by the author for an honest and impartial review. Thank you Bethany. I loved it from the Beginning to the End!
May 13, 2020
Gigi didn’t look at all pleased when he turned on her and asked, “Remember what you said to me here today.”
“About what?”
“Us. That it’s important. That even if you don’t know things and it scares you, it doesn’t matter. Remember it. It’s going to matter now, but it’ll be okay.”
A flash of fear replaced her anger. “Will it?”
It had to be.

4.5 ”Before. After. Forever.”Stars!

I loved this one. It felt a lot different from Kris’s previous works, the characters weren’t completely immersed in the Mafia mentality, bringing a different tone than previous books but still with Kris’s token wit and steam! I love how she brings her characters to life. Their passions, their struggles and their quirks!

A Russian bartender finds himself working as an enforcer for the Italian Mob. A famous Supermodel finds herself back in the arms of Lev Arsov, aka Pink. They met before he was Pink and before her face was on billboards. Their love story started off hot and kept on burning!

A second chance romance between two people worlds apart and definitely worth reading!

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1,498 reviews298 followers
August 26, 2020
2.5 stars

Anyone who is an avid fan of mafia romance knows there are several depths of intensity that exist in this genre. Some have little to none (with only implied off screen steam/mob violence), some have grey areas open to personal interpretation, and then there are the OTT undeniable, dark territories one can willfully or accidentally stumble into. While, again, the far end of this spectrum has such unredeemable dark characters/backdrop there is not even a glimmer of light shining in their miserable, torturous world. That’s why a well written synopsis is so very important, folks.

If you are lucky enough, you come across an author who seems to consistently nail the vincincity you always shoot for on that scale. As a huge Bethany-Kris fan, her The Chicago War and Filthy Marcellos fit that niche with me, along with several other books of hers. Pink had one grey element that quickly morphed into a very dark, unwelcome turn I try to avoid in all my reads. It all comes down to I just wish it hadn’t been thrown in. The situation was traumatic enough as it was. Yeah, it left the door open for better late than never heroics, bravery, and resilience, but I felt it came at the expense of something too horrific happening that wasn’t necessary. Gigi had endured enough. Unfortunately, I can’t overly describe it to you for fear of a massive spoiler you may or may not wish to know in advance. I’ll have to leave it at in the past this author has always protected her leading ladies from this, especially after being with the hero.

Though I enjoyed the parts of this storyline with Lev and Gigi when they were acting like a real couple (not just a booty call anymore) and Andino and other blink of an eye cameos of some other characters I’ve come to know and love, I can’t shake the lingering disappointment this hot button trigger was included. Again, she usually does not include this type of too tramatic heroine element, which has always set her apart in a very positive way in my eyes. My heart is numb and my eyes burn from implied, unseen images that were later confirmed at the very end. I expected her to protect her heroine better than that, folks.

Btw, was I the only person who noticed Lev mentally pushed Gigi to the curb the moment a big reveal was unleashed at the end of “Before”? The secret keeper obviously didn’t think much of him as a man to do something like that. He obviously did not miss that person either. Yet, he claimed to be fond of them. That set-up scenario had his man card taking a hit from me, as well.

I know I may just be picky about this. But I am what I am. It made me sad and ruined my overall enjoyment of the entire book.

Title: Pink, Author: Bethany-Kris, Pages: 350 (starts with the prequel “Before” which is 105 pages), five year l-o-n-g separation, very graphic/nothing left to the imagination smex scenes, no mention of OP during that time, can only assume they did not stay celibate, trigger:

(I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review. There is no relationship or affiliation between this reviewer and the author, publisher, or PR firm.)
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1,322 reviews17 followers
August 24, 2022
I was so looking forward to Pink's story as he had already become one of our favorite characters from previous books, and we have to say that the author did not disappoint us when writing his story because we absolutely loved it.

There are so many things that we could go on and on about with all the things that we loved most about this book but, we would be here forever, so I will list my 3 top reasons why. Once we loved how Pink was with his daughter Arley every moment they spent together was touching and heart melting, and you just felt that abundance of love that the family had for one another including Nessa. Heart melting.... Two we loved seeing "yet", again a whole other side of Andino Marcello the mob boss as her took us by surprise because that man is lethal and unbending and rigid and one cold-hearted son of a b but, with Pink he expresses all different kind of emotions when it comes to his relationship with him that others never see all the while still being all those things that make Andino one scary boss and man.I actually felt the man has a heart after all. Three Pink picked the one woman who would be absolutely perfect for him and Arley as she was beautiful and generous and kind and belongs to a whole world where everything is fake and rigid and unkind yet, she remains just Gigi who was fun and flirty and a lot of sexy and yet, still giving you that hometown kind of girl vibe.

Overall, this was one intriguing story that kept you glued to the pages the entire time and how a second chance meeting between two ex lovers who once again got a second chance to explore what was between them all those years ago. Now years later they live in two completely different worlds but, those worlds are about to collide and now they both have one enemy that they never saw coming which creates a lot of suspense and a lot of danger and a heck of a lot of heartache.

Corrado and Alessio we loved seeing you guys again we miss you guys, and we have to say that we are not even a little bit surprised that once you left us again that you left a trail of bodies behind in your wake.....

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235 reviews23 followers
May 27, 2020
Every book by Bethany Kris is a masterpiece for me. Each one is so full of love, hate, tumor that it catches me and I cannot stop until I finish them.
This one was not an exception. I loved it. I’ve wanted Pink so much and when I got it I was hooked.
Lev and Gigi are the best couple ever. Their development is so well written that I actually believe they are real people.
This book was a perfect read during my stay home and thank you Bethany for making it (my stay home) bearable.
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794 reviews90 followers
May 9, 2020
Bethany Kris truly possesses a special kind of talent. Every time I pick up one of her books I feel like I can connect to her characters so deeply, that her books just become so memorable. My favorite part of this book was just the shear amount of passion Pink’s character was written with. He really had a rough upbringing- he came from nothing and just still was such a compassionate person for those he loved through and through. His heroine, Gigi, completed him just perfectly.
Aside from the characters there was no shortage of suspense, violence and action. Everything that comes with the mafia-especially the mafia so well written, so true to history. This authors knowledge of everything just seeps through the pages.
This book was a solid five star read!
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1,837 reviews37 followers
May 21, 2020
3.5 stars

I loved it but then I hated it. I love this author and I hate to just leave a 3 star. I got upset with this book because I figured out what was going to happen and was upset that Andino couldn't figure it out and he owns this city. I think that was the part that made me lower my rating. If he was so big and important he would have know what was going to happen and he didn't, leaving Gigi to the wolves. I know he did everything to try and rescue her, but it just felt off to me and gave me another reason not to like him. I just couldn't comprehend the last 20% of the book. It didn't match the characters. I know bad things happen but when you talk on how big and powerful you are and some pissant outsmarts you, I got issues. Why would you put all your security in the same room when nothing would happen during the show? You wouldn't put the people at the exits and enterences to the place? Just not correct thinking for people who are in security or mafia protection. I loved Lev/Pink and I shed tears for him, but I am just angry about the rest.

So I have a mixed bag for this one. I am sure I am in the minority.
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268 reviews48 followers
May 13, 2020
Arc kindly provide for an honest review

I was super exited for Pink’s story! I thought it was kind of cute and I enjoyed it.

The whole Mafia plus fashion world story really intrigued me.

I just felt like something was missing, can’t put my finger on it. The chemistry was there and I enjoyed the moments with Pink’s girl plus how much he loved his daughter.

Overall it was a sweet story and I liked reading about previous characters.

3.5 stars 💕
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1,351 reviews53 followers
May 1, 2020
*** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. ***

3.5 stars

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282 reviews13 followers
January 27, 2022
Esta historia tiene dos partes: un antes y un después. El antes nos cuenta cuando la pareja se conoce y luego la vida de ambos da un giro de 180° cuando cada uno recibe una noticia que les hace tomar un camino distinto. En el después, 5 años más tarde, se vuelven a encontrar y parece que nada cambió entre ellos, sin embargo tienen algunos obtáculos que superar antes de tener tranquilidad.

"—¿Adivina qué? —preguntó.
Arqueó una ceja. —¿Qué?
—Mi cara va a salir en las revistas.
Eso lo hizo parpadear.
Pero sólo por un segundo.
—Deberías... eres la más hermosa que he visto.
No era una mentira.
Gigi se rió."

Gigi Parker es una supermodelo. La siguen a todos lados a donde va, está constantemente rodeada de gente y siempre tiene un lugar donde estar. Todo gracias a ese trabajo en París que le dio el impulso que necesitaba.

De regreso en Nueva York, Gigi está preparándose para la Semana de la Moda y para la pasarela que va a abrir y cerrar. Es entonces que vuelve a reencontrarse con Lev, el hombre del que no ha podida dejar de pensar en los últimos cinco años.

"¿La niña en sus brazos, sin embargo?
Ella se convirtió de repente en toda su vida en segundos y aunque él sólo la había sostenido durante minutos, y sabía de su existencia durante una hora, no quería recordar cómo era antes de saber que ella estaba allí."

Lev Arsov estaba sobreviviendo mientras trabajaba como barman y ocasionalmente se subía al ring. Cuando un Capo de la mafia lo ve, decide ofrecerle un puesto como su ejecutor personal y aunque al principio Lev quiere rechazarlo, una pequeña sorpresa en forma de una bebé de seis meses llega a su vida y termina por aceptar.

Los años pasan y Lev, ahora llamado Pink también, se dedica a hacer todo lo que Andino Marcello le pida (ganándose su confianza) y cuidar de su hija Arely. Hasta que su último trabajo lo pone frente a Gigi y la atracción vuelve a surgir entre ellos.

"—Eres mi hombre más leal, lo sabes, ¿verdad? Ni siquiera estás hecho... sólo lo eres. También eres mi amigo. Ya te lo he dicho antes. No tengo muchos de esos." Andino a Lev.

Y si antes Andino, en sus libros, no me caía bien, ahora me encantó. Me gustó ver que debajo de toda esa fachada fría y manipuladora es un tipo considerado, como demostró serlo con Pink desde el momento que aceptó trabajar para él. Con el tiempo llegó hasta considerarlo su amigo, uno de los pocos que tiene.

"—Ha pasado un tiempo, Pink.
—Podría haber sido un tiempo más.
—No seas así. Sabes que nos gusta tu estúpido trasero, ¿verdad?"
Alessio y Lev.

Y para mejorar aún más esto, Alessio Sorrento y Corrado Guzzi hacen una aparición para ayudar a Pink. Incluso aunque estos dos no se lleven bien ni con Pink ni con Andino.

"Los monstruos realmente existieron.
Llevaban trajes a medida, tenían demasiado dinero y sonreían como los humanos.
Eran reales."

La primera mitad de este libro se me hizo muy lento, pero entendí que nos tenían que introducir como se conocieron y que los llevó a tomar sus propios caminos hasta que se reencuentran.

Para la segunda mitad todo explota y siempre hay algo sucediendo. Los protagonistas están constantemente enfrentándose a algo: exposición pública, amenazas, trata de personas, secuestro, etc. Estuve siempre al borde leyendo porque ya casi no sabía que esperar y a su vez me encontraba deseando que ya todo acabara porque no aguantaba leer a Gigi a punto de tener un colpaso al no entender que estaba sucediendo.

Sin embargo, no se terminó de desarrollar el tema de la salud mental de Gigi. Si, estaba trabajando eso con Cara Guzzi, quien por cierto está en todas, pero creo que le faltó más de ese lado. Quizás me quede esperanfo algo como el desarrollo que tuvo Catherine Donati en sus libros (que fue uno de los mejores desarrollos y donde mejor se trató el tema de la salud mental).

Así que sí, me gustó. Bethany nos dio los que ya nos venía dando: mafia, acción, romance y un final feliz para todos.
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January 27, 2022
Lev y Gigi se conocen en un bar y la atracción que sienten es tan fuerte que no es ninguna sorpresa que ambos terminaran en la cama de ella al finalizar la noche.

Lev Arsov sólo está sobreviviendo, trabajando en un bar como barman/mesero y ocasionalmente peleando en el ring de lucha ilegal que suelen organizar en el lugar. Hasta que un conocido capo de la mafia pide por él para que pelee contra el luchador de un potencial socio.
Quedando satisfecho con la demostración de Lev, y después de perder a uno de sus ejecutores, este capo le ofrece reemplazar al hombre muerto por una suma de dinero que ninguno en su sano juicio rechazaría. Pero Lev quiere rechazarlo, no quiere saber nada sobre el mundo de la mafia.

Pero una sorpresa que cambia la vida de Lev para siempre lo obliga a acepar el trabajo.

Cinco años más tarde, todos le conocen como Pink, el ejecutor favorito del ahora Jefe de la Cosa Nostra Marcello, Andino.

Gigi Rey Parker es una de las mujeres más bellas de mundo con una belleza que a la sociedad le gusta llamar "rara".
Siguiendo los pasos de su madre, quien era modelo hasta que tuvo a su hija, Gigi aspira ser modelo y modelar para las grandes marcas.

Y lo logró.

Cinco años más tarde, Gigi Rey es una de las modelos más reconocidas del mundo y abrirá una de las pasarela más esperadas, tanto por ella como de los fanáticos.

Tras cinco años de su último encuentro, Lev y Gigi vuelven a encontrarse, y ya no son los mismos. Ahora tienen una vida diferente a la de aquella última vez en que se vieron. Sin embargo, la atracción sigue ahí. Y esa atracción da paso a algo más fuerte.

Al principio la historia avanza un poco lento, pues nos introduce a los personajes y como son sus respectivas vidas y como éstas cambian con una noticia. Luego, una vez que tenemos el salto temporal de cinco años, y que se reencuentran, la historia comienza a avanzar con un poco más de rapidez, de hecho, las vidas de los protagonistas da un giro de 180° después de que pasan la noche juntos para ponerse al día. Comienzan a suceder un montón de cosas juntas.

Para casi el final hay un plot twist tremendo que me dejó con la boca abierta. Menos mal que desde el principio me dije que no debía confiar en ciertas personas.

Además, éste libro toca temas como el abuso de drogas, trata de personas, abuso/violación y salud mental. Así como también se menciona ese lado del mundo del modelaje del que poco se habla, como la explotación y el abuso emocional.

Por último, el epílogo si bien no era lo que esperaba, me pareció bueno que la autora mostrara que los traumas no se superan de un día para el otro ni con el poder del amor. Que es algo que lleva trabajo y tiempo.

Mención especial para Arely Dawn Marks-Arsov, porque esa niña se ganó mi corazón. También quiero mencionar a Andino Marcello que, si ya lo amaba gracias a su libro, acá lo amé más. Es el mejor amigo que Lev podría tener, como pese a ser su jefe, Andino le cuidaba las espalda y ponía a gente para que cuidara de sus chicas.
Por último, esa breve aparición de Corrado Guzzi y Alessio Sorrento lo fue todo, simplemente ellos siendo... ellos.

"—Te amo.
—Siento no habértelo dicho antes.
—Yo también te amo. Antes... después. Para siempre." Lev y Gigi.
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439 reviews39 followers
May 13, 2020
3,5 pink stars

“I love you, too.” She whispered against his lips as her fingertips grazed his cheekbone. “Before . . . after. Forever.”

I'm sure you know by now that I’m a big fan of mafia romances and recently it’s not so easy to please me when it comes to this trope, but when I read the blurb for this book, I was excited and very intrigued. It was my first ever read from this author and even though I HATE reading books written in third POV, I still enjoyed the story.


Overall, Pink is a steamy, sexy, suspenseful, mafia romance filled with sweet moments, hot chemistry, and twists and turns. The writing is good, the plot is intriguing, but I somehow feel like something was missing.
I can't really explain it but that’s why I couldn't rate it higher. It’s sill a good book though, don’t let it deter you from reading it.


*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*
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665 reviews
May 28, 2020
4 Stars

After reading Before (which is the first 10 chapters of this book) I was really excited to read Pink to see where he and Gigi would end up.

I loved that Lev was such an awesome dad he loved his little girl right from the get go. Without even thinking about it he took on all the responsibility of being a single parent and did everything in his power to do right for her.
I adored the ever-evolving relationship between Andino and Lev, it started as work but grew into so much more. They have a strong bond that could never be broken and I loved Andino so much in this book. They became real friends and I LOVED that ♥
I really liked Gigi too she was confidant, strong and independent and I liked her for Lev.

Unfortunately, there were some parts of the book that I did not like hence only 4 stars

All in all I did enjoy the book and would recommend it ☺
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1,138 reviews1,360 followers
May 21, 2020

This was the first book of Bethany Kris that i have read and the story was quite simple for me. I mean it was a mafia read and i expected more. But still it was enjoyable for me as a one time read.
here we meet Gigi and Lev. Gigi is a struggling model where as Lev is still a waiter , they simply enjoy each others company and things go wrong in lev's life and they both part ways. years later they meet again however thus time lev is the enforcer in the mafia and is known by the name PINK and gigi is a very high profile model. From there the main story starts and how they overcome these differences.
The only odd thing that i found was the part where the heroine was traumatized and she just went on like nothing happened. That was a bit disturbing for me.
I would recommend this book for all the mafia romance lovers who like a slow burn romance.

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537 reviews53 followers
May 15, 2020
3.5 PINK Stars

Mafia romance is my favorite kind of dark romance, if you are a regular to this trope you would know that the characters are often multilayered with an abundance of violence, action and the cherry on top - angst

What started off innocently soon will be tangled in a complicated web of a mess, this book was a rollercoaster of emotions and you are in for a ride.

The electrifying chemistry between Lev (Pink) and Gigi was beyond palpable, I loved that the author created characters who are so opposite yet so well complemented each other. Like Yin and Yang, two parts who fit a whole. The entire world-building was fantastic and I enjoyed the author's writing style, the storyline was engaging and keep you at the edge of your seat.

However, as much as I loved the story, it was a little vanilla as compared to the other books I have read in the same genre. But if you are just starting out with mafia romance, this second chance romance comes highly recommended!

ARC received for an honest review

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1,344 reviews22 followers
May 27, 2020
I love this world of BK’s although I haven’t read Andino and Haven and now have some real motivation to read their story. The Gigi anD Lev early encounter was hot and full of bad timing. Especially after the cops knock on his door and change his life forever. What a man. He didn’t push his girl to the side or not want her he fell in love with his unexpected offspring right away.

The way he got his name Pink was funny. I would have liked him at some point in the story to have revealed that tidbit to her seeing it was a little bit to do with their encounter. They have five and a half years before the meet again and instantly end up back where they started only their lives are a lot more complicated now.

There are a couple of plot points that were convenient to twist up her circumstances that stopped this one being five stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it well into the early hours of the morning...which can be a bad thing for my functioning in the daytime!🙃
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8,919 reviews53 followers
May 10, 2020
Lev has overcome a difficult past and his life is focused on his daughter Arely and being the enforcer for the Marcello family. That was all he needed until fate brings Gig back into his life.
Gigi is a successful model with a high profile. Five years ago, she and Lev spent some time together before their life took them in different directions but when they find themselves in each other’s lives once again the chemistry and connection between them is stronger than ever.

Lev doesn’t want people to know who he is while everyone knows who Gigi is so even though they both know that being together is a recipe for disaster they can’t seem to stay away from each other. As the danger around them escalates Lev goes into protector mode but will they be able to uncover who is behind it before it is too late?

I really enjoyed both these characters as Lev is sweet when it comes to his daughter, sexy when it comes to Gigi and strong when it comes to anyone who threatens them while Gigi’s strength and resilience shines through. It is always fun to catch up with this family and this book is no exception.
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367 reviews14 followers
May 11, 2020
I feel like Bethanykris is in the Mafia! 😂 she does mafia romance so well... almost too well! And yes I know I've said this about her before but I'll never tire of saying it.
Pink is everything! Andino's enforcers life put into an amazing story of the guy behind the mafia mask he wears. Never would I have imagined Pink to be this amazing person with a whole life outside of the outfit. Even how he got his name Pink was amazing! I wont give that away so you're going to have to read it! Gigi is the perfect person for a guy like Pink. This story ends in a HEA and I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.
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272 reviews13 followers
May 9, 2020
I feel like I have wanted to know Pink’s story forever! I’m a huge fan of
Bethany-Kris, so I’ve already been introduced to Pink, Andino Marcello’s favorite enforcer. There have been small intriguing, interactions with Pink scattered throughout a few different books and they certainly kept me wanting more.
I wasn’t really sure what I was going to get when I picked this book up. I had no idea just how much I was going to love the stoic enforcer and the lonely supermodel. This book gave me All. The. Feels! Every, single last one! Pink and Gigi blew me away. There was so much emotion packed into this book from the very first chapter until the last sentence. I swooned and smiled, cringed and almost cried. A definite must read.
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