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One Step After Another

(The After Another Series #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  69 reviews
He finds the unfindable, but she’s terribly good at hiding …

Penny Dunsworth is dead.

Well, she should be—a piece of her certainly is. The broken girl she once was no longer exists. Now a trained assassin for The League, she’s turned into the worst nightmare for the monsters who once haunted her every waking moment. She has to be … it’s the only way to keep her past safe.
Paperback, 145 pages
Published September 14th 2020 by Bethany-Kris
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Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 “Finally” Stars

Wow.....this book touched me emotionally. It’s not an easy read due to the circumstances that the heroine has endured in her short 23 years of life. The barbarity of sex trafficking, especially the young, is vile, cruel and inhuman. Power, money and the dark web keep things quiet and secluded.

Penny, “the white ghost” is a survivor but the cost of surviving has taken a toll on her soul and her memories never go away. She is on a mission that has taken her away from people that tr
Jessica Alcazar

I hate reviewing these types of trilogies/duets. There, I said it. This is especially grueling when there is zero I can say to you about the book itself.

So, this is me, struggling for the better part of a week on how to review this book … … … *crickets*

Nevertheless, I have some thoughts I’d like to share. One is, if you think you can zip right thru this story, think again. I like my stories to be true to life so I’m well versed in all kinds of realities, and I couldn’t do it. I’ve been around t
As usual it was an excellent read!
I was hooked from the start.... despite the fact that this book struggles with very emotional matters!!
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Tanaka The Bibliophile
I am in book heaven right now!!!!!!

My heart is still pumping so hard. I need a drink. Actually I need two.

Bethany-Kris, you have outdid yourself. I am seriously in awe of you. Let me tell you, Bethany-Kris is one of the few authors who writes mafia romance well. She is one of the few authors who takes me on a wild ride with her explosive books that offer decadent storylines and stunning characters. I am always spellbound with her words. Her mesmerizing writing always captivates me. Her world is
Bookgasms Book Blog
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I am so obsessed with Bethany Kris and her stories. For that reason I could not jump on this story fast enough. Luca and Penny were absolutely delicious! Their story was addicting and had me on edge!

This story is a difficult one to review as everything must be kept a secret to ensure there are no spoilers. This story is an adrenaline rush from beginning to end. Please note though that One Step After Another takes place in the dark underbelly where triggering events happen. This story was sexy an
⏃ : ✦ villainous_vixen ⏃ : ✦
A cautionary tale that is deadly twisted.

One Step After Another by Bethany Kris is the first book in The After Another Series. Let me just say that I am having a massive book hanger after reading this book. I loved it. Period. The title and blurb says a lot already but I have to admit this is not some sweet, fluffy romance. It’s quite the opposite. It’s dark, deranged and unapologetic. Bethany-Kris is once again back at her roots and knows just how to gut punch her readers with a compulsive hear
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mafia, romance, adult, 2020
The first installment of this trilogy is quite dark. It portrays some atrocities that those in power and money buy even when inflicting pain, trauma and lifelong damage. There are some aspects which could be triggers to some readers.

Penny suffered traumatic experiences at a very young age. She has gone from a quiet young girl to a woman who has one goal in mind. A dangerous one at that. She wants nothing more than to punish those responsible and to protect those innocents.

Luca gave up a lot to
Athena D.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
☆☆☆☆☆ 5 STARS

Luca and Penny’s story was utterly compelling! I need to know what happens next. BK is one of my favourite authors and she delivered another Incredible book. One Step After Another by Bethany-Kris is an EPIC read that will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!
Ari Reavis
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been salivating for this book. To find out what became of Penny, where her demons led her. And this book certainly did not disappoint.
Penny was still tortured by the past, but now she was using that anger and pain to fuel her for her mission, for her purpose. And she wasn't going to let anyone stand in her way. Not even Luca.
He's been looking for a ghost for years, obsessed with finding her. He's as determined to find her as she is not to be found. But life has a funny way of being togeth
Wendy Livingstone
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st in a trilogy and what a fascinating beginning this is. Penny is a survivor against the odds, who is haunted by her past, but she has used her pain and anger to fuel her missions as a trained assassin. Luca is obsessed with finding the girl who disappeared without a trace, and when fate steps in and put them in each other’s paths, the chemistry between them is undeniable. This is a well written flawless story which is this talented author at her absolute best. This story is dark, ...more
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Step After Another by Bethany-Kris is a romantic suspense. This is the first book in The After Another Trilogy.

The book does come with a caution "The book discusses triggering topics that may be uncomfortable for some. Please be advised and read at your own discretion."

This is the second book of Bethany-Kris that I have read and it definitely won't be my last. I really enjoyed the relationship between Luca and Penny. I liked that we get both points of views throughout the book. It really b
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Wow! Just wow! Bethany just left me out of words. I was sure this books was going to be good but it was beyond my expectations. A story that shows the darkness of the game of power and money. I don’t want to give details about the plot because One Step After Another is the kind of story that you need to discover on your own to fully appreciate the greatness of it. Trust me! Penny and Luca had a chemistry that was so hard to denied. Both were the light and dark that they needed. Mystery, suspens ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been curious about Penny since we first met her and I'm glad BK has given her a book! It was raw and hit me in so much feels. I loved the strength of Penny's character and I was completely captivated. The author has dug deep and delivered an emotional, suspenseful and beautifully dark read! ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Very intriguing. Penny has been a ghost for years. Luca is the man chasing her ghost. Still figuring out if Luca's obsession with Penny is because chase for her or is it more. ...more
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We were so looking forward to Penny and Luca's story and as always the author did not disappoint. Before I go any further this story might have triggers so be warned as Penny's story is very dark and painful to hear but, she is a survivor and with her own determination and healing and the surrounding family who chose to love her, she is on the road to healing and being happier than she has ever been in her life.

This story was so emotional and it touches on the feelings and emotions of the reader
May 03, 2021 rated it liked it
⎯» Rating: 3.5 Stars
⎯» Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
⎯» POV: Dual—Third Person Limited

“It was him and her in that second. Two fucking humans with hearts and feelings and thoughts of their own.”

The Plot

Her past is made of nightmares and her body full of scars. It wasn’t until her late teenage years that our heroine Penny was welcomed into a safe home with people who loved her, only to leave it all behind when she turned eighteen, disappearing without a trace.

For five
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dark, dark, dark….

And oh so good! Bethany-Kris surely dreams ‘dark’ considering how well she paints it in her books. Her characters have incredibly complicated histories and lead exceptionally unusually lives but somehow are completely relatable. Sounds impossible, but with Luca and Penny’s story, she did it again…

Luca had been searching for Penny for years, ever since she left her guardians. The family business, his family, everything became secondary. Penny didn’t want to be found, mixed up in
A Klue
**It is hard for me to rate this book, folks. A solid 4.5 stars without the disturbing, dark trigger, interwoven theme which cannot be ignored. I sense it is inevitable it will continue in all the books at some level. It lowers my rating by at least 1 star, and likely should even more. So I'm settling on 3 - 3.5 stars for now. At only 173 pages, this was a blink of an eye read for me, but I know there is much more to come that will be spread out over the next two books.**

Oh, I
I was delighted to return to the underground world of BK, this time with Penny, who is related to Roz and Naz Donati (Cross Donati’s son, who along with Gian Guzzi is one of my favorites gangsters bosses in this world).
Penny has left her adoptive family behind without saying goodbye 5 years ago to join the ranks of the League ( organization to which Renzo also belongs, he is married to one of the Marcellos girls). Her mission is to hunt down the members of a pedophile organization that are still
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woohoo! Another generation of studs and beauties! Sensational start to a thrilling new series featuring the third generation of the Cosa Nostra family. Luca Puzza may be third generation but he’s not a made man like his father and grandfather. He’s reluctant to join la famiglia along with the king in waiting and his best friend, Nazio Donati. He’s dedicated his life to uncovering a mystery. That mystery is Penny and why she left the love and care of him and his family to disappear. Yeah, so his ...more
aparna yadav
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Recieved ARC two days back.

Even though I finished the book a day back. I wanted to collect my self before I gave a review. Yes because I was shattered.

Penny made a place in my heart. This book is as much emotional as much as it is wild. Luca and Penny have an age gap of 7 years and the chemistry between them is sizzling. Luca had struggle understanding Penny -present and always comparing her with the Penny in the past.

For him she was broken,soft, innocent, naive and damn SHY but she was exact op
My review applies to all three parts of the trilogy. This story probably features the most beta hero I've ever come upon in a Bethany-Kris novel. The plot line held a lot of potential but overall the trilogy just left me completely dissatisfied. The best part is the second instalment that goes back to the time when Penny, the heroine, comes into Naz' and Roz' family.

The ending is so open, there's no real closure after all the hoopla that went on. They never truly had a chance to settle down as a
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One Step After Another is from Bethany Kris’s newest trilogy. It is suspenseful, complex, and emotional. Luca is a man trying to track down a young girl from his past, but during those years, she’s become a woman. She’s not just any ordinary woman though, she’s the white ghost seeking vengeance on those who harm the innocent. This novel may deal with some mafia elements, but it is also a book about soul searching and finding yourself and your purpose in life. I loved Penny; I love how resilient, ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We all have that one thing, that one memory, that one person who plague our everything thoughts in minds. What would you do when that one person that you let into your life left their mark and suddenly disappears without a word or trace. Penny Dunsworth is that ghost for Luca Puzza.

Bethany-Kris first introduced Penny and Luca in a little mini series she did on her blog and from the moment they met; I could tell there will be something between them but I just didn’t know what it would be but I
Sep 14, 2020 added it
One Step After Another is the 1st book in Bethany-Kris's new series, The After Another Trilogy. It follows Luca, bff to Naz...Donati, and son to the bff of THE Donati. I can never get enough of that family and got to see Cross in small doses. However, Luca hasn't joined the family business, much to his father's disappointment, and it's detrimental to their relationship. We see the strain with each of their reactions and feel the hurt when Luca feels like he's a disappointment to dad. However, to ...more
Sharron Brown
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is not a story you can  rush. Digesting it is not easy. I don't think it is meant to be.

This is the story of a rightfully vengeful survivor still broken and scared but also fearless and driven. Trained by The League Penny is now a killer seeking out those who destroy childhood with their perverted behaviour using their wealth and means to do the unthinkable.

We know that child sexual exploitation exists, we know that there is human trafficking. We hear the shocking stories of predators and
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to start out by saying please be warned of triggers that the brilliant Bethany-Kris warned you about.  Trust me, I'm as dark as they come and I even felt uncomfortable a time or two, but I couldn't stop reading despite those feelings.  (Penny, oh Penny, you have been through more than anyone should go through in a lifetime, and I want to hug you so badly.)  She has a dark past which has led to her being a bada** assassin trying to protect the innocents in life in ways that had me standing ...more
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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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