Dishonored by Bethany-Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

DISHONORED

by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: August 6, 2018
Genres: Adult, Organized Crime, Mafia, Romantic Suspense

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SYNOPSIS

Sex is his weapon. 
Power is her drug. 

Caesar Accardo is gasoline. Mostly harmless while stable, but Aria holds the match to set the dishonored Cosa Nostra prince on fire in more ways than one. And if he burns down everything in his path because of it—so be it. 

The problem is … she just wasn’t prepared for all of him. 

Aria De Rose is a hurricane. Amazing from afar, but destructive up close. Caesar keeps getting pulled into the Camorra queen’s plans in her effort to gain power, but he’s a better player than she knows. 

The thing is … women like her are the reason why rules are meant to be broken. 

Philadelphia isn’t ready for game these two are playing—the sacrifices they make might not be worth it in the end, and someone will always lose in a war. 

They’re broken, so very vicious, and they are not the good guys. But for every villain in the world, there’s a monster at his back who made him that way. 

And monsters like those hide in plain sight. 

Note: This is a standalone romance with content that some might find triggering. Be warned, and read with caution.

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two 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, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Review:

Bethany-Kris is on a roll this 2018! I literally love all her releases this year and I’m also highly anticipating EVERY SINGLE BOOK that she is set to release this year. I’ve been waiting for Dishonored for a year now and it absolutely blew me away! It defied all my expectations of what a standalone novel should be and believe me, my expectations were really high as I’ve been a fan of the Seasons of Betrayal universe since it came out.

I was skeptical at first by the spin-off from the Seasons series since the expectations vs reality thing will always be present in this kind of novel. But, wow. Dishonored’s character plot line is so intricately written that you find yourself so invested with each character’s trials and tribulations. Believe me, the first chapter will really get you so hooked that you’ll find yourself loving and hating how the story unfolds as you read it.

What stands out the most in this book is that both the hero and heroine are nothing like you’ve ever seen before. They are both irreverent, unapologetic, and cunning in their own way. Aria De Rose has her own personal agenda and a power struggle within the Camorra organization that she is trying to win at all cost no matter what the consequences.

I love Aria because she is the epitome of what a strong independent female character should be. She has channeled all her pain and hardship into a relentless driving force that will make her come out on top and be the last woman standing.

And of course, we have Ceasar Accardo on the other end of the spectrum. His “I-don’t-give-a-fuck” attitude instantly endeared me from the get-go. Some may find his character hard to like at first but what lies beneath his asshole attitude is a person who was forced to grow up too soon from the abuse and neglect of his household.

These two didn’t lead perfect lives. They are scarred and flawed. They struggled and fought to get what they want. But despite all the odds against their favor, they still found a way to choose to be with each other. They didn’t get to live “normal” lives and finally get to live happily ever after in the end. They have managed to find a compromise that works for them because of their mutual love and respect for each other. And that is something what I think is the most enthralling part of this book.

Rating: 5/5

Revere by Bethany-Kris Book Tour and ARC Review

REVERE, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris

Cross + Catherine, #2

Publication Date: November 6, 2017

Genres: Adult, Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mafia

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SYNOPSIS:

A Legacy Novel

She was once his liar.

He was once her savior. 

Cross Donati fills his days with the mafia, family, and responsibility. The wild boy is a distant memory. A waiting prince now sits in his place. An old debt puts the gunrunner right back into the path of his past, but he only sees his future. 

Every king needs a queen. 

Catherine Marcello learned how to stand on her own, and she no longer needs saving. The sly girl is far more dangerous now. A broken promise taught her how to live again. One conversation puts the hustler face to face with her first love, but she only sees heartache. 

Every God needs a prayer. 

The scars of their history runs deep. Every lie told, and each secret spilled hurts a little bit more. 

Love does not care. 

Love will not wait. 

So, why does life keep standing in the way? 

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Revere is A Legacy Novel. While it can be read as a follow up to Always, it can also be read as a standalone novel.

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ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris

Cross + Catherine, #1

Publication Date: October 2, 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia

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A Legacy Novel

A wild boy.

A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.

Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.

She chases bad things.

He never learned to be good.

They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.

They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.

Love is killing for someone.

Love is living for someone.

Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.

Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.

Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.

This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia.

This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.

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Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two 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, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Review:

The continuation of Cross and Catherine’s story in Revere has set a nostalgic atmosphere between the two characters. Even after seven years of separation, their love still remained constant that it almost feels like it was just yesterday. This kind of reminiscent tone throughout the whole book has left me feeling even more invested in the story that I literally couldn’t put the book down the moment I finally got my copy!

I love how Bethany-Kris perfectly showed how Cross and Catherine have matured and became comfortable in their own skin. For Cross, he finally learned how to control his hot-headed temper to better prepare him for inheriting the boss’ seat of the Donati family. But what’s more remarkable was Catherine’s transformation. She has finally found her place in the world of organized crime and she was not apologetic for it, since she is still a Marcello after all.

I am absolutely thrilled about the way Bethany-Kris told their love story and how they grew into their own person. Following The Legacy Series is like watching your nieces and nephews grow up before your eyes. And seeing your favorite characters get the happily ever after they deserve is really the best thing about reading a romance novel.

Cross’ marriage proposal was probably one of the sweetest things I’ve read in all of romance novel history. It was a perfect nod to their entire romantic love story and their promise of Always. The memories that they shared growing up is something that they both cherished and after all that’s happened between them, they also used those shared memories to find a way back to each other. As cliche as it sounds, for Cross and Catherine, first love really never dies.

Unruly can’t come soon enough. I am so excited to see the life that these two built together. The principe and principessa all grown up and ruling their own kingdom. Need I say more?

Rating: 5/5

Secrets at Seaside by Addison Cole Blog Tour and Review

Secrets at Seaside

by Addison Cole
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, #5
Publication Date: October 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone, Sweet Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

In SECRETS at SEASIDE…
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed–at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past–and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

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ABOUT ADDISON COLE

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Oh, the trials of first loves and finding your way back to it.

This book has kept me on edge with the “will they or won’t they” dynamic of Tony and Amy. Some might find it tedious that these two are always going on opposite directions and resisting how they feel about one another. But as the story unravels, there’s actually more to what I thought was just puppy love all throughout their teenage years. What they had was real and that’s why they’ll always find their way back to each other.

I love how Tony’s free spirit surfer personality complements that of Amy’s resilient and driven self. It’s amazing that even after seven years, they are still in each other’s lives. First loves are hard to forget for sure but having that constant person for most of your life is another thing altogether. Even though their careers have pushed them towards opposite directions, it’s reassuring that their summer holidays still remain as the one strong factor that bounds them to reconnect.

So I guess readers like me would probably exclaim, “Finally!” when Tony and Amy finally got back together for the last time. It took a lot of growing up for the both of them until they realized that they do belong together, even after all these years. It was so heartbreaking to find out Amy’a miscarriage that ended their relationship all those years ago. To be able to bounce back to that and then risk her heart to fall in love with Tony again and give themselves another chance is what makes this book one hell of a good read.

On a side note, I really enjoyed the dynamics of friendship that Amy has built with her girl squad. Their naughty antics are just too hilarious to read! Kudos to the author for creating a storyline that builds on a friendship of women who support each other. And can I just say that it was absolutely sneaky of Amy to hide her relationship with Tony to her friends all those years ago. I don’t know how she pulled that off!

Rating: 3/5

Always by Bethany Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris
Cross + Catherine, #1
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia

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SYNOPSIS:

A Legacy Novel

A wild boy.
A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.

Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.

She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.

They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.
They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.

Love is killing for someone.
Love is living for someone.

Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.
Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.
Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.

This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia.
This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.

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Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two 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, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Book Quote Bethany-Kris Always

Cross x Catherine.
True love written in mafia blood.
This is not your typical coming of age love story. Always showed how the tribulations and heartaches of first loves are told amidst the world of the Mafia. It is absolutely wonderful and so brilliantly written that I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book already!

I have always been a fan of the novels of Bethany-Kris and each release is always marked in my calendar. But Cross and Catherine’s series are probably the one I anticipated most this year. My interest in Cross and Catherine was piqued way back when the Legacy Prequel Novella was published. The convergence of the Mafia world in this series is absolutely amazing and I’ve always admired the story continuity in all of Bethany-Kris’ works. You will see your favorite characters from the Filthy Marcellos and Donati Bloodlines series, but at the same time, the story cleverly unfolds in a way that you don’t have to read the previous series to get immersed in Bethany-Kris’ mafia world.  Let me tell you though, once you get your hands on one book, you’ll probably crave reading the other series as well.

I was so lucky to receive the ARC copy of this one and I started reading it right away. I probably re-read the novels five times by now and for every single re-read, I have always found something to bookmark and highlight in the novel. Because yes, it is THAT GOOD!

Up until my third re-read, I was convinced that Cross and Catherine met too soon. If they have met a little later and have matured on their own, maybe they would have handled their relationship better. Especially for Catherine, whose fear of being a disappointment to her parents became a huge factor growing up. I thought that they had become so dependent on each other at such a very young age. And that made it difficult for them to mature and forge their way to the world on their own.

But after reading it for the fifth time, I scratched that thought entirely. Because I realized that when it comes to Cross x Catherine, they are each other’s ALWAYS. It’s not a case of “if it’s meant to be, it will be” kind of love story because at the end of the day, this couple will ALWAYS be meant to be.

Cross always had a sort of hero complex when it comes to Catherine. Their sweet yet peculiar meet-cute is probably a testament of that. With his dark eyes, bruised knuckles and bloody mouth, Cross instantly made a mark to Catherine and since then, their love was inevitable. All throughout their teenage years, Cross has always been Catherine’s knight in shining armor.

That’s why it was so heartbreaking to see the moment towards the end of the novel when Cross finally realized that he is unable to save Catherine from herself, no matter how much he loves her. What’s reassuring though is the fact that despite everything that they’ve been through, it was their love for each other that remained constant. I cannot wait to see the older and more mature versions of Cross and Catherine in the next book, Revere! November 6th can’t come soon enough!

Rating: 5/5

Perfect Love by Amanda Cowen Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Perfect Love
Amanda Cowen
Publication date: February 27th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

The story that started with PERFECT SENSE continues…

Cash Brooks held a secret from Quinn that destroyed any chance they had at a happy ending.

Everything she believed their relationship to be was a lie.

Quinn left heartbroken for Harvard, unable to stop loving him even though she knew his past ruined any chance they had at a future.

Now, she’s in Boston completing her MBA and learning to move on without the only man she ever loved. Starting over isn’t easy… especially when an unlikely circumstance pulls her into Cash’s world once again. The truth will come out, hearts will be broken, and Cash will have to battle the mistakes from his past and fight for a second chance to be with the woman he loves.

Their love isn’t perfect, but will it be enough for Quinn to learn to trust him again? Or will the burden and mistakes from his past keep them apart forever?

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Author Bio:

Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories and delighting her imagination. She has been writing since the ripe age of twelve about ponies and princesses in brightly colored duo-tangs with metallic pens. Thankfully, she now has a Mac with a keyboard where she can write about love, sex and relationships. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

Her next Contemporary Romance/New Adult Fiction novel TAINTED (The Wyatt Series #1) will be available in Summer 2014.

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Perfect Love is a culmination of one great love story. I love how the author depicted Quinn as a strong and independent young woman who knows what she wants. I love how driven she is with her career and getting her Harvard MBA. And of course, despite all that, her love for Cash still lingered even after all the months that they spent apart.

The story picks up right after Book 1, Perfect Sense. The couple were both dealing with the fallout of their breakups. With Cash back at the Sta. Anna Tornadoes, he might seem to be at the top of his game. But he’s still grieving for having lost Quinn. While Quinn might enjoy her new life at Harvard, she was still torn up about Cash and finds it hard to move on. Until one not-so fortunate incident brought them back together.

It was great seeing them back again but the couple still had to deal with their own demons, especially Cash. It was interesting to see how the author depicted the unraveling of Cash’s alcohol addiction. He was spiralling out of control when they broke up and when got back together with Quinn, he was still struggling. It was amazing to see how much Quinn loves Cash so much that she stood by his side as he battled his addictions. And in the end, it brought them closer than before.

While the romantic relationship of both Cash and Quinn is the focus of the story, I also love Quinn’s interaction with her family, especially with her sister Lyndsey. The epilogue of the story was great. It was a great happily ever after for Quinn and Cash with a baby on the way and for Lyndsey getting married to Louis.

Rating: 4.5/5