Sunday, January 31, 2016

Diane's Review ~ Deathless & Divided by Bethany-Kris

Deathless & Divided (The Chicago War, #1)Deathless & Divided by Bethany-Kris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Where family is not always safe…

This story is the first in a series about the Chicago Outfit. The Mob. Mafia. Those words alone conjure up so many images of movies that depict what this world may actually be like. This glimpse is another very personal peek into ‘family’ life and all its complicated simplicity… Hold onto your hats… it’s going to get very bumpy indeed!

Lily DeLuca had thought she escaped the bonds she was born into but it seems she only delayed the inevitable. Damian Rossi was to be her husband, the man she pledges her life to. If only she could trust him…

I’m still trying to catch my breath and update my scorecard because this book was a whirlwind of shocking events, criminal intrigue and high emotion. Lily is young but she’s had to grow up fast in a world where mistakes are met with deadly consequences. Considering the life she has led, she still seemed surprised she was drawn back into a world she wanted no part of. She was getting married to a man she did not know. Or did she? Damian had been on the periphery of much of her life and their circumstances were not that different. As the two spent more time together the differences seemed to fade as they found common ground. Lily seemed a bit easier to read as Damian certainly lived up to his “Ghost” reputation though even he had his moments.

“He decided in that moment, right then and f**king there, Lily DeLuca was his and she was d**n well going to know it, too.”

They were two very complex characters, in a crowd of many, living very complicated lives. I wouldn’t say they gave me the warm and fuzzies, they held themselves aloof from so many and I include myself in that group. They certainly were able to open up to each other though and that gave me the opportunity to feel some of the many conflicting emotions they both were going through. To call their story entertaining would be true though uncomfortably entertaining would be closer to the mark. Fast-paced and twisted, an explosive start to a series I can’t wait to read more of.

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