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- Print Length: 263 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546962085
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- Publication Date: February 6, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N6ZH0WB
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After reading this book, I realized it could have been written in a couple of different ways. It could have been a very serious story with a despondent heroine who's lost all hope at having a decent life, and an aloof and dangerous man who rescues her. Ms. Mariano did not write that story.
Annabelle, the daughter or a dead mob boss, is stuck in a loveless and arranged marriage. She heads to the old junkyard her father used to own to pick apples and swing in the tree swing. On this occasion, the junkyard is no longer empty and a security man for her father's old associate, Raj, pins her to the tree, asking her all sorts of questions about why she's there. Per Raj, she is told to leave and never come back. But Raj is suspicious and has the strong security guy follow her.
There is an instant attraction between Liam, the security guy, and Annabelle. I don't really care for instalove so this part bugged me a little. But then I thought about it. Annabelle has nothing to look forward to. She's sort-of married to a guy(Paul)she can't stand because she was forced into it. To top it off, he's not even wealthy. You'd think if you marry a mob guy one of the perks would be whiling away your day at the mall or salon. But no, Paul doesn't have two dimes to rub together. So Annabelle lives in her small shack and has to beg Paul for the money for groceries. If I were in that situation I'd probably fall head over heels for anyone that could take me away from my wretched life too.
I really liked that Annabelle, although in a horrible situation, didn't feel sorry for herself. She didn't let Paul get away with anything. She used every opportunity to bring up his major flaws and tried to push him into his girlfriend's arms to keep him away from her. Even when he'd get angry and attack her, she would smile at him and smart-off. She was never able to leave Paul, but now she starts to have hope in the form of a handsome and strong security guy. She can't get her mind off of Liam.
Liam feels the same. The trouble is, he's not a good guy. I won't spoil it, but he has to do some pretty despicable things. The major thing he does at the end might have turned Annabelle away from him for good. But Annabelle has a very different take on it. I expected an HEA, but how we got to that point was very different than I ever would have imagined. After reading a few of Ms. Mariano's stories, I do know to expect the unexpected. In the introduction to the book, Ms. Mariano states that this is a different kind of mob story. I have to agree. Although there is a lot of underlying danger, the overall tone of the book is light-hearted and humorous. Highly recommended.
Is she an invincible super-girl? No. No, she is not. She is just a woman in a really, really rotten situation, and she’s coping, and still bucking it for all she’s worth, even when she knows she’s going to lose:
‘My stomach feels tight. Sick. I won’t have an attack in front of him. He’ll see it as weakness, and as far as he’s concerned, I’m [bleep] Sparta.
In my mind, at least.
I don’t really care what I look like in his.’
And??? What impressed me THE MOST? This is a mafia romance, you know that if you blurbed it, and as a mafia romance, bad things happen, right? And when bad things happen in (bad) movies and (bad) tv shows, the heroine sometimes (always) gets put in danger (or jumps into it – because she’s an idiot) and then she compounds it by doing STUPID things that you are screaming at your tv/kindle/spouse, telling the character “NO DON’T GO-“
and she does
and: “No don’t do-“
And she does.
But get this?? Annabelle ISN’T A STUPID TWIT!!! IT WAS SO REFRESHING.
I freaking clapped. I kid you not. I highlighted and noted all over this copy (which by the way, the author sent to me, and herebe my review) and said things like “BRILLIANT” and “THANK YOU FOR NOT DOING THAT” and “Whoa! Now that… was NOT EXPECTING…”
The dialogue was a treat, there are few things as sad as a fabulous plot but stagnant, unimaginative lines — thou shalt not suffer that pain here.
Back to Liam.
I am so happy when the hero is basically Thor AND saves battered women and when he realizes he’s desperately in love with the h and doesn’t want her to be afraid of him. (No worries, Liam. She’s sooo not.)
I am also happy when the hero has a hot brother.
A hot brother who does not have a woman yet.
And I haven’t been written into a book yet…
On strong recommendations I snapped up the Irreparable set to devour next. And it’s official. This author just shot to my “WHEN IS HER NEXT BOOK COMING OUT????!” list.