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Book 1 of 3 in the Downey Trilogy Series

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"I can't believe I almost missed this jewel of a story. I am absolutely in love with First, I Love You...the author does a wonderful job of telling six character POVs in their own chapter. It is a unique change that I found especially refreshing. The criminal activity in the background story is raw and exciting, and I hope more will continue in the next installment." -- Literati Literature Reviews

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Dear Reader,

There's nothing I enjoy more than the dialogue between two warring philosophies. I've always been drawn to the concept of love versus rationality. Add that to my love of the sweeping romance story and you have First, I Love You. It's not a crime novel, it's not about the Mob, it is a story about love in all of its forms -- family, friendship, romantic -- and of course the choices and consequences therein.

In this trilogy, while the overarching story centers around a detective and a gangster, in each of the novels there are other journeys of love and loyalty both romantic and platonic that stem from this complicated father/son relationship. I hope you will enjoy getting to know Tommy Gates and his father Mickey Downey as well as James, Kiki, Mary and Ginny, as much as I have enjoyed telling their story.

The second book in The Downey Trilogy, Second of All, is out now in digital and paperback form.

Happy Reading,
Genevieve Dewey
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Product Details

  • Series: Downey Trilogy
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147939324X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479393244
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,221,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Show me a story with multi-layered characters that branch out to diverse audiences and I'll show you the template of a great series. Genevieve Dewey has managed to do in the first installment of the Downey Trilogy what many veteran novelists are never able to achieve: She has introduced rich, interesting characters that the reader wants to continue discovering. Each chapter focuses on the thoughts of a different character, and by the end of the book the reader knows a lot about the characters...but not quite everything. Dewey does a fine job of leaving the reader with the aftertaste of suspense -- for as much as we learn about each character throughout the novel, one can't help but feel that there is still much more to each character. Dewey uses flashbacks very well throughout the story to fill in the blanks and help expose the reader to the history of the characters as well as what makes them tick. Being that the characters are so diverse, each reader will have their own favorites. I was personally taken to the Agent James Hoffman character as well as the Mickey Downey character. Each character is enhanced by the use of strong dialogue -- which is one of the bigger strengths of the novel.

First, I Love You features the conflicted relationship between Detective Tommy Gates and his retired mob boss father, Mickey Downey. There are many storylines in the book, as each character has more than one thing going on at the same time. The themes of the novel are so varied that to categorize this book as one type of novel would be asinine. This is a series of crime investigation, mob action, romance, and of course -- family. This "gangstamance" reads like a cross between Pulp Fiction and General Hospital, with strong dialogue, good quotes, humor, action and drama. They say that the sequel is rarely as good as the original, but I have a hunch that much like the career of this promising new author: the Downey Trilogy will only get better.
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Excellent book well written and a delight to read!! Buy this book and there is more to follow since it is a trilogy worth reading.
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Can not wait for the next edition! Very entertaining, loved the character development. I would highly recommend reading this book.
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The tense relationship between Detective Tommy Gates and his retired mob boss father makes this book an interesting read in itself. Throw in a cast that includes a devoted mother, a spoiled younger sister, an egocentric fellow officer, and a possible love interest, and you have a story that's as diverse in dialogue as it is in substance. Although each chapter is told from a different character's viewpoint, the pace of the storyline maintains its momentum right up to the end where it leaves us wanting to know more. Looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy to provide those answers!
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First, I Love You centrals around Omaha Detective Tommy Gates, working his first federal case in Chicago, and his 'retired' mobster father Mickey Downey, who happens to live there. As Tommy works on his case, he also tries to figure out if he has anything in comon with his dad, and whether or not he should let him into his life.

Tommy's mother Mary, his half-sister Kiki, and the two agents he works most closely with, figure prominently into the storyline and I love that they each get to tell their story. It adds such depth to the characters and really makes them come alive. Relationships develop and trust must be earned. Of course dealing with organized crime is never easy and the story does take an unexpected turn I didn't see coming, which is great!

I very much enjoyed reading this book and getting to know these characters. I'm excited for the second installment to be released!
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Although the story starts a bit slow, with the introduction of various characters in a brief period of time, the true action begins with the first meeting between Tommy, a police officer, and his father, an allegedly retired wiseguy. The name of the book comes from the father's salutation in letters to his seldom-seen son. From their first encounter, the story goes into high gear.

These two characters, and the others that are intertwined in their lives, are what make this novel. Each new chapter represents a specific character's point of view: Mary, Tommy's mother; Kiki, Tommy's half-sister; James, his friend and fellow officer; Ginny, another law enforcement officer and possible love interest. The reader is allowed into their hearts and minds, and we learn what motivates them, who they love and what their fears are. This approach promotes the reader's ability to identify with these people, a must for making a good, readable book. One in which a reader is totally invested, and one they want more of. Luckily, this is the first book in a trilogy.

We learn about each character's involvement, whether willingly or unwillingly, in the life of a career criminal, Mickey Downey, and it is told mostly in conversations among the various individuals, all of whom are interconnected in some way. There are numerous misunderstandings among them, mostly motivated by the desire to save the others from harm, but which often end up having the opposite effect. Although the conversational technique is effective in conveying information and helping the reader understand their motivations, at times, I couldn't help but wish for less conversation and more action. Some of the dialog could have been edited without ill effect, or an activity could have replaced the discussion to convey an idea.
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