Such a WONDERFUL read! Sometimes you need a time-out of life to relax. You'd think a suspense novel with the mob clashing one against the other would Such a WONDERFUL read! Sometimes you need a time-out of life to relax. You'd think a suspense novel with the mob clashing one against the other would do the opposite hehe It was THE BEST escape from life into a world I would NOT want to be a part of, though what Nikita and Lorenzo found in each other WAS beautiful and heartfelt which is exactly the kind of novels I love the most.
Nikita Ravenov has been working for the Bratva for the past ten years. This is not what he aspired to be growing up but he got mixed up with them when he was young and getting out simply isn't an option especially since he literally has NO ONE. No one to help him, no one to share his daily agony in the horrible world he was thrown into. His only coping mechanism is using drugs. My heart broke for him for most of the book, maybe even more after Lorenzo and him started to have a connection and he saw that with the right person beside him - loneliness and isolation can be replaced by compassion, trust and partnership.
Lorenzo Ferrari has a very specific and hopefully short mission dealing with the Bratva, his own people - La Cosa Nostra - might not always like him that much (being openly gay might is part of the reason) but they know he is good at his job and also - he is family. His first night on the job he takes his best friends' son out to a few gay bars. He is surprised he is watched but when he confronts the guy things get kinda out of hand. So when he sees "Nick" the next day on his meeting with the Bratva and later that day catches him thrown out of a car beaten badly it's even more of a WTF.
At first being taken to the hospital by Lorenzo freaks Nikita and going with him to his hotel room doesn't sound that promising either but somehow even though Lorenzo is CLEARLY not his friend he is also in a way "the enemy of his enemy" - the enemy being the one who got him beaten AGAIN - his douche ex - Yakov Stepanovich - the same guy who put him Lorenzo as surveillance, knowing that Nikita is just a tech guy.
On a vulnerable moment Nikita confesses more than he ever had and certainly more than he should and from there they form a sort of partnership even if both aren't sure if it's the best idea. Okay they KNOW it's a bad idea. Lorenzo is a stranger why would he care about him when literally no one does in this world. Nikita is a drug addict who is highly afraid of his ex (and his boss) not exactly the best guy to have as your backup though it turns out he does have a few sweet tricks out his sleeve..
Lorenzo is understanding. The more he sees Nikita he starts to truly care for him. Nikita is surprised by each of Lorenzo's moves. The smallest act of kindness throws him off. He doesn't know how to react but he sure wants more, wants to hope Lorenzo will keep him if they survive this hell. It was suppose to be just an easy bargain but Yakov has his own ideas which puts EVERYONE in danger.
I won't say more about the plot because the way this book had me on the edge of my seat was half of the fun. The other half (granted, the bigger one) was the romance buildup. ~sigh~ Cari and L.A. did an AMAZING job with these two. Two guys coming from different branches of the mob getting to know each other and learning to trust each other? This could take YEARS! yet they had maybe a week to get it right. Lorenzo might play the tough guy but he is such a sweet and caring guy. Ultimately once he realized Nikita's situation he had so much compassion for him. He saw a broken man who can't see any future and did his best to offer with his kindness a promise of hope. Nikita has lost all hope. Most days he wasn't sure why being alive is better than being dead. But Lorenzo was somehow mending his soul a small gesture at a time.
It wasn't always an 'easy' read. It was VERY stressful for me (I mean them hehe), it was heartbreaking but also hopeful in the smallest details. I loved both characters and honestly couldn't think of a better paring for them.
This was a surprise release. I only realized it's going to be released a few days before it did but naturally Cari is an auto-buy and instant-read so here we are :)
While Redemption (the previous installment) was one of my absolute FAVORITE books by Garrett and I HIGHLY recommend it, this one just wasn't foDNF 21%
While Redemption (the previous installment) was one of my absolute FAVORITE books by Garrett and I HIGHLY recommend it, this one just wasn't for me. I can't really complain about anything, I just didn't like the interaction between Benito and Mickey. If you like those kind of fighting for dominance more of aggressive sexual interactions this might really be for you. For me, it's a pass.
I thought about giving it a fair chance and continuing a bit more but as the synopsis suggests they start with a sexual relationship which slowly becomes more, I feel like I won't be able to connect to either of them until THAT happens.
Benito Martell got mixed up badly with a gang, he now needs to pay a lot of money he doesn't have while protecting his mother and mostly his little sister. When he stumbles upon Mickey he just wants a break.. Mickey Larwood works for Isha Hussain and Dominic Ramos - if the names sounds familiar it's because we've met them both in "Lucky" (1st and 3rd installment). It seems he has just started working for them and is doing his best to keep himself clean after recovering from a drug addiction. Meeting Benito at the bar seems too good to be true.
I kinda like each character on his own but even listening to their thoughts about themselves and each other when they were together was too much for me. Which is why I stopped at the 21% mark.
I'm a HUGE fan of Garrett, I've read most of her books, she has a very unique raw and angsty style which usually more than works for me. I explained my issue with this one, if it's not a problem for you I say give it a go, I'm sure it's going to be worth the ride.
I was in the mood for something fun and easy and this one gave me all the feels I wanted. Flynn and Jack are adorable together and though I kinda wishI was in the mood for something fun and easy and this one gave me all the feels I wanted. Flynn and Jack are adorable together and though I kinda wish we got Jack's POV as well, it made it in a way sweeter this way. It's obvious what Jack wants - he wants Flynn! But Flynn.. Sweet sweet Flynn is too scared to say out loud what he knew back in high-school - he is a fool for Jack Jenkins.
Flynn Reilly has been the owner of a flower shop for almost a year now and though he is struggling he is somehow making ends meet, especially from one wealthy costumer who is now offering him to play a little game with the coffee owner in front of his shop, same guy he has crashed on as a teen. Gifting Jack a Bouquet of flowers with a specialized flirting horoscope of the day is so much fun he almost forgets he is doing this for someone else. Jack from his end seems to be enjoying not only the flowers but the one gifting them, trying to build the trust he stupidly broken all those years ago. It starts with a friendship it ends with to much more (and don't be worried about Cynthia, she knows what she's doing!)
Lets end it here. Just grab it and enjoy it! It's free, it's fun and adoringly sweet.
~sigh~ This book was totally and absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to put down. I read till 3 am! I don't think I moved (more than changing positions) the whole t~sigh~ This book was totally and absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to put down. I read till 3 am! I don't think I moved (more than changing positions) the whole time. This book really touched me. I felt a deep connection with Cameron. Henry was SUCH a sweet heart, he had his own struggles, but even though we didn't get his POV it was obvious how much he wanted, no, craved having something real with Cameron. This is novel, like the previous installment, and like all the others to come, is based on one of Jane Austen's novel. This one being "Northanger Abbey".
Cameron Morland life is no garden of roses. He lives in his father's house while he is away - now needing to evict in a few weeks notice since his father decided to return (and where to?!). He works with his brother Brandon whom he loves dearly but his job isn't the one he truly wants. He wants to write screen plays not (as his father puts it) be his brother's secretary. His love life is non existent which is no wonder really with how shy and introverted he is. He feels truly uncomfortable in crowded places. He would rather spend time with the few friends he has like Lake and Knightly. Too bad these two are going on vacation and renting their house in the meantime to two siblings - Isabella and John - whom I wanted to MURDER on every appearance.
When Henry Tilney appears in Cameron's office guessing his life away he is more than intrigued. But he isn't sure how to go about his interest especially since Henry lives in a mansion he has been TERRIFIED of ever since he was a little kid. Being chased by a ghost would do that to right around anyone, right? Yet somehow in no time at all Cameron, Henry and his sister Georgie become great friends. Spending time together whenever the most horrible siblings - Isabella and John - aren't there to sabotage right around EVERYTHING. Isabella is obsessed with Brandon and John with Cameron and while his brother IS interested in Isabella he doesn't have ANY interest in John and I totally got why.. What a douche.. (I'm being polite).
Cameron and Henry does manage to build something special together. Henry's interest in novels also helps, building their own secret language, one he used to share only with his brother. Now with an encouraging hand from his new friends he starts to dream of the life he could have. Only problem is how to make it work with the deeply closeted Henry, being so afraid his father would reject him once he realizes Cameron hasn't been coming for Georgie but for him..
This book was a tender and sweet ride, but it was also VERY emotional for me. I had a very hard time dealing with how Isabella and John treated Cameron (and Brandon) and though I never experienced something AS horrible, there are some things I could relate with. I had people in my life who tried to manipulate me in a sense (again, noting as bad..) and I'm so happy these people are LONG gone and I'm NEVER allowing anyone to treat me this way ever again. Cameron (and Brandon) needed to learn their own lesson. It took time which was truly painful to read. But that's also growth which is a must in any hero :)
I loved how Cameron and Henry's life entwined together. They had so many things in common while being so different in other aspects. I was really touched by their first encounter and how it affected their lives.
My only semi issue with this book is the ending in a way was rushed. I mean I wanted a deeper resolve on a certain issue and Anyta somehow made it fade to black. I can only hope one day we'll get a glimpse into what happened.
In case I wasn't clear up until now - THIS IS A MUST READ! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Can't wait for the next ones. Hear they are all coming this year which is FABULOUS!