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"The story is dark at times, has lots of action, danger, drama, suspense and romance as well as palpable chemistry and moved along at a fast-pace holding my attention from beginning to end."
"The book is fast-paced and full of action and danger."
"This book is a page-turner and hard to put down. So prepare to lose a little sleep."
"I think this second book in the Kadia Club Nights series is even better than the 1st. Although it is a part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone."
"There is action, drama, danger, intrigue, passion and suspense galore, all wrapped up in a neat bundle."
"I loved this installment."
"This one has lots of violence and sexiness. Cameron is a rich girl who finds herself with a bouncer."
"Wonderful characters that kept me entertained and great storyline that was well written."
"This story is well written and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the other books in this series."
"A fantastic read with interesting and compelling characters in Cole and Cameron. A book that was totally gripping and thrilling."
- Publication date : October 14, 2020
- File size : 1977 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : BrixBaxter Publishing (October 14, 2020)
- ASIN : B08L8844M6
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Print length : 246 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #408,776 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This series is based in New York City. It follows the four book Secrets of the Night series which is about Erik Bertinelli’s rise to power as a mobster. Marcus appears in that series as well. He makes an alliance with Erik and NYC mogul Frederick Carrington, who had fallen on hard times and gotten himself mixed up with the mob. Erik, Frederick, and Marcus had joined forces against the slimy and cunning Adam Cooper. For those who have read that series, this opens up about one year after that alliance is made, when Thomas Adams had begun working for Erik. Kane is now gone.
Kadia Club is a renowned NYC club. It has three levels, and as patrons make their way further up, the atmosphere gets more promiscuous. The third floor hosts strippers on platforms and private rooms for rent. The draw is Zandra - a sex-infused drug that ensures a good time. Kadia was once Frederick Carrington’s club. Today Kadia belongs to the Castaletta Syndicate, which is run by the DeMarco brothers now. Marcus runs the club for the syndicate.
Several men work for Marcus at Kadia Club as well as for the syndicate. Zak Parence is his righthand man. He is a very large bearded Russian. Cole Matthenson is a bodyguard and ex-cop. Vance Harding is a chain-smoking bodyguard. And Dean Dunham is one of Kadia’s bartenders. Keesha is now a bartender as well.
From book one:
Marcus, probably in his thirties, is living a good life in New York. Still working for the Castaletta Syndicate, he runs the hugely successful Kadia Club. The popular venue and the private rooms on the third floor offer the perfect place for him to conduct business for the family. Adam Cooper had just made an appearance at the club, and it is no doubt a sign that the mobster is planning his next move. Drake DeMarco, the Don of the Castaletta Syndicate, and Demetri DeMarco, his brother and Marcus’s boss, have decided that Adam needs to be taken down. Marcus calls in his allies – Erik Bertinelli and Frederick Carrington – for a meeting. They come to an understanding. Marcus gets one shot to use the law to take Adam down unawares. Entrapment is their best case scenario.
Keesha Queen, a few years younger than Marcus, recently left New Orleans for New York. She is a single mom now, and living near her mother and brother Robert is a godsend. Having Beth was a wakeup call for her. Keesha wants to provide a better life for Beth. And although she isn’t ashamed of stripping – it has been her livelihood since she was a teen – she feels a responsibility to be a better example for Beth. Working at Kadia pays well. Saving her earnings will eventually allow her quit and still provide Beth a good life. But working for Marcus is a complication. She had been happy to see him again, though he had left her so many years ago in New Orleans. They were both young then. He had promised to watch over her and ensure her safety when she started at Kadia. They were just rekindling something when he suddenly turned on her, telling her she is nothing but another stripper to him. He treats her horribly now, but she isn’t one to back down.
Marcus and Keesha’s story is a slow burn. It is a story of mafia politics and a coordinated effort to bring down a vicious and powerful man. Keesha ends up getting pulled into the plot to take down Adam Cooper. She ends up being rescued, but Adam gets away.
Cole, an ex-cop who now works for Marcus, was pulled into the operation by Demetri himself. Cole has difficulty divorcing himself from his law enforcement mindset when they are faced with a crisis. He makes a near fatal mistake, almost ending Marcus’s life.
In this book:
Cole Matthenson had moved to New York to start over after losing everything. He had thought he was happily married until suddenly his wife wanted nothing to do with him. He was an ex-cop and had owned a security company back in California, but he eventually left the company to his brother Ian. He realized he needed real change. That change eventually brought him to Kadia Club. That was eight months ago.
Today Cole is tired of the heavy feelings that drag him down. He had begun to make a place for himself working for Marcus at Kadia Club. He enjoyed the company of a woman from time to time. But all that changed with one gunshot two weeks ago. His libido is dead and he spends his down time searching online for signs of Adam Cooper. He turns to underground fighting as an outlet for his anger and the men at Kadia are becoming concerned about him. Any progress Cole had made in terms of earning Marcus’s trust took a big hit as a result of the failed Adam Cooper takedown. Worse, Cole obsessively rethinks his mistakes, allowing for guilt to poison his thoughts. Working as a team should have been his priority, but instead Cole had thought he knew best and nearly got Marcus killed. That couldn’t happen again.
Cameron White, twenty-eight, has never worked a day in her life. She lives in her family estate with her parents in Irvington, NY. She happens to be the daughter of billionaire philanthropists Wayne and Margaret White, who are devoted to various children’s causes. The family money is old money – many generations old. Until six weeks ago Cameron hadn’t been inspired to follow in her parents’ footsteps, but she has finally found a cause to pursue. She is now in the preliminary research phase of opening a women’s shelter for battered women. It is important to her that her facility not just check a box, but that it truly serves the women it proclaims to help. Her research is stalled as she struggles to find acceptance by the community she hopes to one day serve. Apparently they don’t trust a rich woman. Cameron decides to follow her father’s advice and recalibrate, but in the meantime she wants to go dancing to blow some steam. Normally that means a VIP room somewhere, but her best friend Pauline suggests something a little more edgy.
When Cole sees Cameron enter the club, his libido immediately comes back to like. He tries to ignore his attraction to her – especially when he learns who she is. He is bad news and she has no business with the likes of him. When Cameron is saved from a drunken man’s attentions, her attention is drawn to the handsome bouncer that comes to her rescue. Something about him draws her to him – and she surprises herself with just how far she will go to get him. She isn’t used to rejection, and doesn’t want to take no for an answer. The couple begins a casual relationship, but eventually they cannot ignore their growing feelings for one another. They earn a happy ending. The end hints to Zak’s story and his mysterious past.
Cole’s broody bad boy persona is mysterious and intriguing. His clouded past pulls you into his fascinating story. His career path, though vague, is an unusual one which piques the imagination. He stews in self-loathing, so it is wonderful to see the beautiful heiress be swept away by him. As for Cameron, she seems grounded in some regards, but not others. She comes across as a little immature occasionally in the beginning, perhaps from being sheltered. She isn’t afraid to break out and do things on her own, though, which is nice to see. She is also very accepting and non-judgmental.
Cole and Cameron’s steamy story gives Cole a chance at redemption. There are a few issues with the editing – mostly some confusing pronouns. The story is a bit dry at times, but Cole and Cameron’s connection feels authentic. Mr. White’s character does not feel authentic toward the end of the story, and a few other things seem convenient or unnecessary. The plot is somewhat complex and it advances the Kadia Club series. References to the timeline are vague; later mentions appear to be in conflict with earlier ones – but it is easy enough to overlook. The story is written in third person. The POV alternates between Cole and Cameron. I rate this book 3.5 stars.
I received an advance copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I received a free copy of the book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not.
Cameron comes from a wealthy family and has decided to become a philanthropist and open a women's shelter. As she begins doing research for the shelter, she runs into a few issues that leave her feeling discouraged. A night out is what her bestie feels is in order to help Cameron burn off some stress. She sees Cole and sparks immediately fly!
The book is told in alternating persons to give you a better understanding of what both of the main characters are feeling and thinking. Although this book is a part of a series, it could be read as a standalone. However, I would highly recommend reading all of Nicole York's books!
The story is dark at times, has lots of action, danger, drama, suspense and romance as well as palpable chemistry and moved along at a fast-pace holding my attention from beginning to end. The characters are well fleshed out and have an amazing connection even though he feels he's not good enough for her.
I read an ARC of this book and am voluntarily writing my review.
I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author.