First off, I’m a HUGE Mafia romance fan and I’ve been obsessed with the Made Men series since I first picked up Nero way back when. I’ve been DYING for this book for what feels like forever. Why you might ask? Because I’ve always been and always will be #TeamAmo Now, I know I’m in the minority here, people love Lucca and yes he’s all scary, mysterious and deliciously violent, usually everything I love in a mob underboss, and I do love him. However, Amo with his primal protective instincts and fierce loyalty will always have my heart and that’s just the way it is. Not to mention hubba hubba, I love me a big ol’ hunk of a man with a soft side, case in point:
“When you’re sitting in California, and I’m missing you, I’ll regret that I didn’t get to dance with you once.”
I mean how can you not fall in love with that?????
Okay back to the story, I one-clicked the shit out of this book when it came out and I wasn’t disappointed. Brianne paints a vivid picture of a tortured girl grasping onto the frayed strings of her sanity. She pulls you in with flashbacks woven into the present and really makes you feel Chloe’s suffering. I was on the edge of my seat–literally– as I read this book. I had what I’ve dubbed book-xiety, anxiety directly attributed to the emotional torment an author inflicts on their reader. In short I was a fucking mess. But I loved every minute of it.
“Her gray eyes held the story behind the scar, a story of sadness, grief, and torture. It was like staring at a perfect porcelain doll that had been dropped one too many times. Others would see a flaw in the cracked doll, making her no longer perfect, but he saw only beauty. She was the most beautiful creature he had ever seen.”
I found myself screaming at Chloe on multiple occasions, more out of panic than anything. It’s well known that in this book Chloe would make her choice between Amo and Lucca, but damn if Brianne didn’t torture the shit out of us on the journey to get there.
“She didn’t know why she looked at Lucca when he did that, but she could feel him wanting to slowly kill Amo.”
This book and the feelings it invoked in me as a reader is the definition of romantic suspense. Bravo Ms. Brianne, you’ve done it again. You’ve woven a twisted and tortured tale that leaves you breathless and wanting more.
If you haven’t read the Made Men series, what the ever loving fuck are you waiting for? Go get them, trust me, you won’t be able to stop.
Made Men Series: