The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 😟😣🙃🙂🥰
The heroine: Ashleigh (a.k.a. Ash) – Ash is the only daughter of the ultra wealthy Adamson family and since she finished college she is now expected to marry Stuart. A man she hardly knows and doesn’t like. But that is what happens in families like hers. The women aren’t good for anything but making deals and binding two wealthy families together.
The Hero(es): Giancarlo (a.k.a. Gian) – Gian is a Capo of the Valentino Crime family. The Healy family has been trying to encroach on his territory for a while now and an all out war between the two families seems imminent.
The Story: Ash and Gian meet at a retirement part after she finds out that her soon to be fiancé is not above using brute force to bend her to his will. Gian steps in and they go off together. Though Ash still plans to do what her family wants, she is not above spending one night doing what she wants.
When Ash find out she is pregnant she goes to Gian for help. Gian is more than willing to protect her. The story is a good one and I like most of it. Though it seems there are two ways a mafia story can go. One is where the mafia guy protects the woman and keeps her out of everything he does for the family and the other where he wants her to see exactly what she is getting into so involves her in the worst parts of his job.
This is the second type and as a woman, I guess I like the first type better. If my man was involved in illegal things, even knowing that he is in the mafia, I would rather stay out of those things so that I can’t get arrested with him if he ever does. Especially if I had kids to worry about. Not that the romance novel Hero’s would ever get arrested, but you know what I mean.
I don’t mind a strong woman and women that go into battle (whether in the military or on the streets), I just think before doing so, they should be fully trained, ready and willing to do so by their own choice. Anyway, despite this one thing, I think it was a good story and Ash obviously didn’t feel the same way about these things as I do, so it is all good.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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