Cole by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Living the high life, mafia style!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: 😎☺️🙃😚🥰
The heroine: Addison Bowman – she moved to Chicago two years ago with her husband Liam who was a counsellor at the Haven Center. He is car was t-boned by a truck and he died right in front of Addison. Since then she has been struggling to enjoy anything. Her best friend Sia works in an art gallery and gives Addison a tip about an exclusive apartment buildings in Chicago that has a vacancy. Addison has been looking to move from the house she shared with Liam and all the memories and she had millions of dollars that Liam had left her so she decided to check it out.
The Hero: Cole Mauricio – the leader of the Mafia. We don’t find out much more about Cole until well into the audiobook. He is very secretive about everything in his life.
The Story: Addison moves in to the Mauricio building and finds that only 7 people live in the huge building, each person has their own floor and the mysterious building owner has the top 3 floors of the building. Nobody has ever seen the owner and it is quite a mystery. The first time Addison sees Cole he is surrounded by his men, but she could tell he was the boss and she was attracted to him despite herself.
The next time Addison sees Cole is when he and his men are in the elevator in her building. She is outside the elevator and he was standing close to another man, holding him up. Addison saw that one of his men had a gun and when she looked down she saw blood pooling at their feet. She sees him the next day running on the track in the gym and they start running together every day.
This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration, though the majority was told via Addison’s point of view. It was narrated by Stephen Dexter and Laura Darrell. Laura has a clear voice and sounds like a young woman, so matched Addison nicely. I have listened to Stephen Dexter many times before and I really like his narration.
I liked the story, the romance was good and a bit different for a mafia story since Addison didn’t know Cole was in the mafia until she was already well into the relationship. There was plenty of chemistry between Cole and Addison as well. The mafia storyline was great and I liked all the connections within the story. Tijan books always have terrific supporting characters and that was no different in this one.
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