Together, she and her brother Michael are unbeatable: the Queen and King of organised crime, they run the pu ...more
I have a handful of go to authors who I know wont disappoint me and Martina Cole is one of those authors. This is my eighth Cole novel and her first. I loved it just as much as everything else I've read by her.
Cole gets right into the heart of London West End, the gangs, the drugs, the family ties, the values. The violence, the love, the loss and it brutally raw.
This novel runs a tried and tested formula of Cole's, one family, four d ...more
Well Martina Cole would have smelled even better if I were still 17. I think I will never forget Jennifer Parker from Sheldon's 'Ra ...more
Back Cover Blurb:
No one thinks a seventeen year old girl can take on the hard men of London's gangland, but its a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she's tough, clever and beautiful - and she's determined that nothing will stand in her way.
Together, she and her brother Michael are unbeatable: the Queen and King of organised crime. But notoriety has its price. The police are determined to put away Maura once and for all - and not everyone in ...more
This was my first ever read of Martina Cole, but it so won't be the last. I'm looking forward to reading all of her books now. ...more
Sadly all the other of Cole's books I've read since, maybe 2 0r 3 of them, have been pretty much identical, full of cold-hearted vicious thugs with no redeeming features so I don't read them anymore. ...more
A very good read. One of my favourites of Martina’s. Maura is an interesting character (and one of my preferred female leads of recent reads). I look forward to reading the sequel!
I am looking forward to reading the sequel and I have also downloaded four other Cole novels which ...more
An ok read if you like MC, again very much like most of her other novels; the Irish Catholic IRA connection, the young man wanting to be a face, the sexual element and the strong female lead.
The moral of the story is even though you might be related there is always someone jealous and w ...more
Martina Cole is a name we have grown up with in our house. My mum has read Martina Cole's books for as long as I can remember and every Christmas my Dad has bought her Cole's new release as a gift. Since getting back into reading in my late teens she has tried relentlessly to get me to read her books. After me and my Boyfriend watched Tom Hardy's film Legend, centred around the notorious Kray twins I fancied a crime/ gangster novel so thought...more
So I give it 4 stars (it's really 4.5...wish we could do half stars on this site). I'll start with what I didn't like that kept it from getting that last half star. There are huge gaps in time in ...more
“𝘋𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘥. 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯” - Ryan
“In a fight between good and bad, it doesn’t have to be always the bad to suffer. The bad is not always bad as you see. It could be either way. But the bad can’t be good. It can be very bad which is bad for good.” 👈This pretty much sums up the whole story😜
First of all, this one is a finest page turner. The plot just goes with the flow. Reading a thriller is just like watching a movie. You need that suspense building, breaking it a ...more
Cole walks us through the lives of the Ryans, from the birth of Maura to her climb to being the biggest badass name in London and beyond. Maura blasts through glass ceilings at a time when women were expected to stay home and have babies in a world dominated by men. But she does so through her work, her cleverness, and her getting stuck right in.
We also get to ...more
After a heart breaking few months at seventeen, Maura begs Mickey to let her join the family firm, which he reluctantly agrees to.
Maura starts by running the hot dog stalls and makes them a success. She then starts moving up through the firm and runs the clubs with Mickey. Their other brothers run some of the Ryan ...more
No one thinks a seventeen-year-pld girl can take on the hard men of London's gangland, but it's a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she's tough, clever and beautiful - and she's determined that nothing will stand in her way. Which makes her one very dangerous lady.
Together, she and her brother Michael are unbeatable: the Queen and ki ...more
Over the last few years I have started so many books and given up on them because th ...more
I find it really annoying the way the personality of her characters completely changes every couple of chapters, one second someone is a good loving mother, then the next they're over protective and manipulative and everyone hat ...more