SCARLESS & SACRED
The Chicago Wars #3
Publication Date: January 11, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Erotic,Adult, Organized Crime
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Synopsis: Secrets and wars leave the deepest scars.
Evelina Conti has always worn a mask. She is an Outfit principessa, respected and adored. She wasn’t allowed to be anything else. Her father went from a grieving husband to the Outfit boss, and now that Riley heads the family, Eve is more suffocated than ever. No matter how much she hates it, the Conti princess still has a role to play. A little attention from Theo DeLuca seems innocent enough, but nothing is when it comes to him. And certainly not when everyone believes that Theo is out to kill her.
Theo DeLuca has a target on his back. His biggest problem is figuring out who put it there when everyone is aiming at him. He doesn’t need a woman causing him issues, but the Conti princess keeps showing up at the worst times, and he’s the one left saving her. Between the men surrounding him that Theo can’t trust, and the past he can’t outrun, Evelina might be the one thing he doesn’t have to question. But when Riley decides to use Eve as his next move, even Theo might not be able to save her.
The war in Chicago is not even close to being over. This game is deadly. Each hand played cuts another mark into someone else. The Outfit boss is struggling while the men around him are rallying. As the body count continues to rise, the families keep losing.
Sacrifices are a part of war. No one will walk away from this without scars.
PLEASE NOTE:Scarless& Sacred is not intended to be read as a standalone in this series. It is the third book in the series and should be read after the first two books. Trigger Warning: Scarless features graphic violence and scenes of past abuse.
I received an ARC of this book from IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.
I have to admit that before deciding to join the blog tour for Scarless And Sacred, I have not read a single book from this series at all. I hear about it a lot, and I’ve always thought that the covers on them were amazing. When I got the chance to sign up for the blog, I immediately joined because the series has intrigued me ever since the first book came out. The Chicago War series is sort of a serial, but each book focuses on a different pair. However, you won’t gett the bigger picture if you don’t read the books in order. That’s why I binge-read all three books as soon as I received my copies.
The first book was pretty explosive and exciting. It introduced me to a world and people that existed in the Chicago outfit. The second book got me deeper into the lives of the four outfit families. This book, the third book, got me invested in the two main characters because I really liked them indiividually. Unfortunately, for people in the outfit, love, romance, gentleness, and purity have no room. No on is safe, No one can be trusted.
Bethany-Kris does a great job of hooking her readers in, giving them a taste of what life is for these characters. Her books sound very authentic, and while there’s still mainly a romantic focal point to everything, there’s still a lot of grit and pain and suffering within the book’s pages. I cannot wait to continue on with the fourth book. I am excited to know what the future looks like for the four families and also to find out who is really starting the war within them.
ALSO IN THE CHICAGO WAR SERIES…
DEATHLESS & DIVIDED
The Chicago War #1
Publication Date: September 7, 2015
Also in this series: Reckless & Ruined
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Suspense
Synopsis: Lies and love. This is how a war starts.
A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.
Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a choice. Forced home to marry a man she doesn’t know and back into a life she’d rather forget, her world is full of half-truths, buried pain, and uncertainty. But Damian is nothing like she expects. His motives aren’t clear. Her beliefs are being tested.
When it comes to this world, no man can be trusted. Someone is ready to flip the Chicago Outfit on its side all for the promise of something better. But no one runs a clean game and these men play for keeps. When blood begins to paint Chicago red, four families will be divided by loyalty, hatred, and revenge. There is no hiding. There is no safety.
No one is deathless.
RECKLESS & RUINED
The Chicago War #2
Publication Date: November 9, 2015
Also in this series: Deathless & Divided
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Organized Crime, Romance
Synopsis: Play dirty. It’s the only way to win in a war.
AlessaTrentini follows the rules, or so it seems on the outside. A certain Conti has always been able to sway her inner rebel and keep her out of trouble, but even Adriano won’t be able to get her out of her brother’s mess. In a war, no woman is safe if her hand in marriage can advance her family in the world of the mafia. But mistakes of the past have a way of slipping into the present and Alessa will soon learn that even the most shameful of secrets can get her everything she wants.
Adriano Conti’s loyalties are torn as he’s forced to stand at his father’s side while Riley uses his wife’s murder as a way to get higher. Blood comes first and then the Outfit. The one thing he doesn’t question in the war between the families is AlessaTrentini and even that doesn’t seem possible when he’s forced to watch Alessa be used as another man’s pawn. Adriano has his own role to play to get what he wants.
The families in the Outfit have never been more divided than they are now. Blood continues to spill as revenge takes center stage and more lives are lost. But every man in the family is fighting for something different and no one’s intentions can be trusted. Playing a dirty game might be the only way to stay alive.
Even if that means ruining it all.
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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