ARC Review: Broken Beginnings. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Broken Beginnings by J.L. Beck

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The night I saved her eight years ago I knew a choice had been made. 

Years later and I can’t manage to let her go. 

She’s barely eighteen, virginal, and kind. 

Touching her would be a sin, but letting another man have her would destroy me. 

Every time I close my eyes I see her, standing there, afraid, scared out of her mind because of that one fateful night. 

She doesn’t know the the lengths I’ve gone to protect her. 

The blood spilled, the words said. 

Nothing deters my obsession… it’s wrong, immoral, to follow her, and watch her at every turn but I can’t help myself. 

Her safety, her life. It’s the only thing of importance to me. 

When an enemy lurking in the shadows challenges that I’ll do whatever I can to protect her, even make a deal with a devil that knowing the only way out is death.

Broken beginnings

Over-protective enforcer!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚💙💜🧡❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📘📗📕📙
World building: 🌏🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂

The Hero(s): Lucca – a mob enforcer who loves his work. He is a hardened killer with dark desires. He met Claire when he was eighteen and she was ten and she lived next door to him. He feels protective of her and saved her from a dangerous situation.

The heroine: Claire – a sassy redhead with a crush on Lucca from the start. She is brave enough to go after what she wants no despite the fact that she is somewhat afraid of Lucca.

The Love Story: After saving Claire when she was young, Lucca became obsessive about protecting her. As she comes of age, be just gets plain obsessive and possessive about her. Though he still wants to protect her from everything, including himself.

Lucca is pretty stalkerific in this one, he is unashamedly crazy and he owns that, though he does some things that are conflicting and Claire has trouble getting a read on him from one minute to the next despite the growing attraction on both sides.

This book was more about the relationship between Claire and Lucca than the mafia storyline, that was definitely a side storyline that was just used to further the relationship story. Though sometimes I like that, where the story is just the relationship instead of a whole suspenseful thriller story that just happens to have a romance in it.

Also, I read the prequel Fragile Wings earlier because I didn’t think it was included in this book. Though it was, just not all of it was prequel. There were parts intermixed later in the story as flashbacks as well. So you don’t need to read that book first to understand this one.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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