- Series: Code Of Silence
- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; LRG edition (December 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1502455277
- ISBN-13: 978-1502455277
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,768,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shamrocks and Secrets (Code Of Silence) (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, December 17, 2014
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It has mystery, intrigue, romance, loving, angst, cat fights, family drama! It is about a Mafia family; but you just can’t help loving this family. They have their morals; things they will stay away from as a Mafia group (drugs, sex trafficking) ….in fact, you barely even realize they ARE a Mafia family! Other than a few flash backs, and mention of vague dealings that take place, the Mafia life is not truly the major portion of the story. It actually centers more around Christi’s job than Patrick’s for the most part. Now near the ending does get a bit ….. uhhmmm graphic/gory when they end up killing someone (who greatly deserves it mind you)…..I tend to stay away from graphic/gory things, but this did not really bother me…..again maybe because these individuals deserved it.
I love that Christi keeps Patrick on his toes, does not let him get away with anything …. he does wear the pants in the family, but she leads with love, honesty and a back bone. Sometimes, Christi’s thoughts don’t quite make sense at first; for example, she doesn’t quite believe Patrick is willing to date her, nor does she think she can actually fit in and deal with his “job”. Once Patrick does convince her and she listens to her heart, it is full steam ahead …… until above mentioned individuals take it into their heads to kidnap Christi!
It all ends well, and as Cayce is known for; a happy ever after ending occurs! You are then given a glimpse of their distant future (and a peek into her sequel).
I would strongly recommend this book. As I said, I have read it more than once; sometimes it’s my go-to book for when I need something familiar!
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Mafia/Mob/ Organized Crime romance, but this book is an absolute FAVORITE! I love Christi and her sass, the air that just surrounds Patrick as dominating and powerful, then there's the romance of the two, together. Christi and Patrick compliment each other so well, like a body and it's heart one doesn't function as well without the other. I recommend this book to those seeking romance, challenge, a "smidge" of darkness, and a dash of hot lovin'!
Shamrocks and Secrets is the story of Christi, a woman of Irish descent being pursued by and eventually falling in love with Patrick, a powerful Irish Mob boss. However, it's overly romanticized and underdeveloped, and it could have used a couple more editors before going to print.
Initially, Christi irritated me with her references to Patrick being in the Mafia instead of the Mob. Yes, Americans more familiar with the Gambinos than the Westies tend to apply Mafia to everything organized crime, but I would have expected a woman of Irish descent to differentiate — or at least for someone in Patrick's family to mention the favored terminology. And I believe Christi was meant to be strong and independent, generally unswayed by Patrick's wealth and power, but after a strong start, she began to lack depth and ended up being more of a two-dimensional representation of those traits. A few of her actions contradicted Patrick, but mostly she allowed herself to be controlled by him, such as when she attempted to leave their first date but ended up being driven back to his penthouse without so much as a grumble to the contrary. Her primary issue with him was her assumption that all men involved in organized crime are unfaithful, as if that's the most dangerous thing about becoming involved with a member of the Mob. Sure, she wasn't thrilled about the criminal side of things, either, but the frequency with which she brought up his apparent need to have numerous affairs made his illegal activity seem like an afterthought.
Patrick's character was just as thin and strangely stereotypical. Rather than work at getting to know her, he started in with expensive and over-the-top displays of his wealth and power immediately upon informally meeting her. While it was later explained that he had known about her for years and simply waited patiently until a time when she was more mature and less naive to begin pursuing her, his staking his claim on her and attempting to woo her with gifts was just too much and too soon to be believed. Christi rather weakly resisted for only a short while before putting aside her principles, and it felt like much of that development was skipped in order to get to the next scene more quickly.
I also quickly became annoyed with the editing issues. Terms of endearment and polite addresses were capitalized, as if Patrick had been knighted by the Queen herself, and for every properly placed semicolon, it seemed there was another sentence in which a comma was incorrectly used instead. To the author's credit, many of the mistakes I noticed were the kind that most people wouldn't catch, but any good editor would have noticed them right away. At the very least, someone with a few extra English classes under the belt would have saved that poor, abused apostrophe from pluralized surnames.
The general flow of the story was pretty inconsistent as well, and it was difficult to tell whether the time between scenes and events was just a few hours or as long as a few weeks. As a result, the plot felt rushed, as if much of getting to the relationship between Christi and Patrick had happened behind the scenes, and we readers were only getting the Cliff Notes version. The pace felt a lot more like a serial, much like single chapters are posted in fanfiction stories, rather than a standard novel, and I have to admit that as soon as Patrick's eyes and hair were described, I had visions of Twilight all-human fanfic. (EDIT: Just went to grab the cover from Goodreads, and the very first review said this one used to be fanfic. I need to start paying attention to these things before I buy. At least then I'd be able to narrow selections to only those authors whose work I know I previously enjoyed, rather than offend someone I probably know.)
I do think the story idea was good, and it had the potential to be very entertaining, even if it strayed from gritty realism. The cover certainly caught my eye, and the synopsis made it sound like a really fun read. But while it fell flat for me, I suspect with some generous substantive and copyediting, it could have been a wonderful story.