Blog Tour/Review: Brutal Vows (Queens & Mortals, #4) by J.T. Geissinger

An Irish mobster with a brutal grudge.

An Italian mafia princess with a dark secret.

Brutal Vows, an all-new steamy and powerful dark enemies-to-lovers mafia standalone romance from international bestselling author J.T. Gessinger is available now!

An Irish mobster with a brutal grudge.

An Italian mafia princess with a dark secret.

Two enemy empires joined in sacred marriage vows.

Let the hating games begin.

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I get only a glimpse of the woman in the window before the curtains fall back into place and she disappears, but the image of her is seared onto my retinas. 

Dark hair, red lips, olive skin. 

A black, low-cut dress. 

Acres of cleavage. 

And eyes that glittered silver in the afternoon sun like the flash of coins at the bottom of a wishing well. 

She can’t be Liliana, the lass I’m here to meet. I’ve seen pictures of her. She has a sweet, innocent face. A shy, lovely smile. 

The woman in the window looks like she’d only smile if she were slitting your throat. 

Mindful of the armed guards, I say in Gaelic to Kieran, “I thought the lass’s mother died?”

Standing beside me, he follows my gaze and looks up at the blank window. 

“Aye. Why?”

“Who else lives here?”

He shrugs. “Dunno. From the size of the bloody place, probably a thousand people.”

She’s not a servant, that much I know. There wasn’t a hint of servitude in those flashing eyes. 

She looked more like a warlord about to lead an army of soldiers into battle. 

“This way,” says the guard nearest to me. He nods toward an arched opening in the brick wall that leads from the circular driveway into an interior courtyard. 

Dismissing the thought of the mystery woman, I button my suit jacket and follow behind the guard as he leads Kieran and me away from the car. The other guard walks behind us. We’re led through the lushly landscaped courtyard to a set of enormous carved oak doors, flanked on either side by towering marble columns. 

The main house looms over us, three sprawling stories of beige limestone with elaborate balustrades and scrolled iron balconies, topped by a line of Roman centurion statues gazing down at us from a ledge on the red-tiled roof. 

Inside the main foyer, the décor becomes even more ostentatious. 

Naked cherubs frolic with hairy satyrs and woodland nymphs in colorful frescoes on the walls. Instead of one drop-crystal chandelier overhead, there are three. The floor is black marble, the carved mahogany furniture is edged in gilt, and my eyes are starting to water from the kaleidoscope glare of stained-glass windows. 

Under his breath, Kieran says, “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Looks like Liberace hurled his lunch all over the bloody place.”

He’s right. It’s fucking awful. 

I have to force myself not to turn around and walk out. 

“Ah, Mr. Quinn!” 

I turn to my right. A man approaches with his hands spread open in greeting. 

He’s fit, of average height, and somewhere around forty. His dark hair is slicked back with pomade. Wearing a navy blue pinstripe suit I can tell is custom made, a powder blue tie with a diamond tie pin, a chunky diamond watch, and a gold pinky ring on each hand, he oozes wealth, privilege, and power. 

His cologne reaches me before he does. 

His smile is blinding. 

I hate him on sight. 

“Mr. Caruso, I presume.”

He grabs one of my hands in both of his and pumps it up and down like he’s a political candidate campaigning for my vote. 

“It’s a pleasure to finally meet you. Welcome to my home.”

“Thank you. It’s a pleasure to meet you as well.”

He hasn’t stopped grinning or shaking my hand. 

Ten more seconds of this shite, and I’ll break those Chiclet teeth of his. 

“This is my associate, Mr. Byrne.” I extract my hand from Caruso’s death grip and gesture to Kieran, who inclines his head respectfully. 


“Mr. Byrne, welcome. And please, both of you, call me Gianni. I prefer if we’re all on a first name basis, don’t you?”

I’d rather blind myself with acid, you wanker.

Kieran politely offers his name. I offer nothing. There’s an awkward pause while Caruso waits, but he gets the hint and suggests we retire to his study to speak in private. 

After what feels like a death march through miles of echoing corridors, we arrive at the study. It’s probably larger than the law library at Notre Dame. We sit across from Caruso in a pair of leather chairs so uncomfortable, they had to be designed by sadists. 

I haven’t been here ten minutes, and I’m already regretting the fuck out of this. 

Until she walks in the door. 

Dark hair, red lips, olive skin. 

A black, low-cut dress. 

Acres of cleavage. 

Not only cleavage, but long legs and an hourglass figure that would make any man stupid with lust. 

If he wasn’t too busy being turned to stone by the ice in her eyes, that is. I’ve never seen an attractive serial killer, but I bet this is exactly what she’d look like. 

About J.T. Geissinger

J.T. Geissinger is a #1 internationally bestselling author of twenty-seven novels. Ranging from funny, feisty rom coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold over five million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages.

She is a three-time nominee in both contemporary and paranormal romance for the RITA® Award, the highest distinction in romance fiction from the Romance Writers of America®. She is also a recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book and the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy.

She’s a Southern California native currently living in Nevada with her husband and rescue kitty, Zoe.

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My Review of Brutal Vows

Brutal Vows by J.T. Geissinger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Psychotic machismo!”

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚🖤💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😟😤😍🤬🥰

The heroine: Reyna (a.k.a. Viper) – she is furious when her brother tells her he is going to marry off her niece Liliana, to a member of the Irish Mob. Rey knows that all mafia princesses are good for as far as the men are concerned, is for making profitable matches through arranged marriages. But her niece has barely turned 18 and Reyna thought the girl would have more time.

The Hero: Quinn (a.k.a. Spider) – he is second only to the head of the Irish Mob, Declan from Carnal Urges and he is willing to do what his boss wants in order to make a good deal with the Italians, so he agrees to marry Lili. He plans to let her live her own life and thinks she is too young to have a real marriage, which isn’t what he wants anyway.

The Story: Rey is against the custom of arranged marriages in the mafia because she was married off to an abusive husband who made her life hell until his death. She hates Spider on site and isn’t afraid to show it. Spider is extremely attracted to Rey, but the last thing he wants is a wife whom he is attracted to. He wants to focus on other things and had a bad experience with love in the past.

I don’t want to give away anything so I won’t get into more than I already have which is all from the start of the book, but I will say that this book aligns perfectly with the rest of the series in both the steam and the characterizations. Reyna is totally fierce and an interesting person, she is not your standard abused heroine afraid of her own shadow. Spider is sexy and sinfully delicious. The two of them together are like vinegar and baking soda, the eruption is so fun to read about.

“Was that jab about egos directed at me?”
“Not everything is about you, Prince of Arrogance.”
“That’ll be King of Arrogance, if you please.”


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