COUNTING STARS: A Donnelley Brother’s Novel (Donnelley Brothers #1) by ALANNAH CARBONNEAU

SYNOPSIS 

Counting Stars is an emotionally charged romance about love and loss – and learning to live after everything you’ve lived for has died.

I was with him for six years. Derek was my life, my future, and my dream come true. We had it all – the house, the cars, rings on our fingers, and we were even discussing a baby. Derek was my high school sweetheart, my lover, and my best friend.

Derek is dead.

At only twenty-two years old I am a widow. I’ve spent the last year of my life filtering through self-help books – searching for a way to heal the remnants of my heart.

I am broken.

It is my incessant searching that leads me to booking a month long trip with The Donnelley’s Wild Land Tour’s. I was supposed to tour with Gracie – but she is incapacitated and she’s left me in Logan’s care. If I could, I would turn and walk away from this tour. But I can’t. This is my last chance at learning to live again.

Logan doesn’t know I’m broken. When he looks at me, I feel strong again. I feel alive. He pushes me to learn new things, to experience new ways, and to fight. Logan, in all his bluntness has taught me to fight for what I want and what I believe in. I don’t know how it happened, but Logan picked up the pieces of my heart and helped me to rebuild it. In him, I’ve found acceptance in the hardest thing I had to face.

We all have a path, and for me, my path has been beautifully painful. I was fated; both blessed and cursed, to love two men with the entirety of my heart. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a day, because the pain of the lost life I had with Derek led me to the beautiful present I cherish with Logan.

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever

What a book! If I could have given it ten stars, I would have. Don’t you feel there are times when a good story touches you deeply? Well, that’s the case with this book. It is a beautiful read from start to finish.

Derek and Reese were each other’s first. They were school sweethearts, got married, and were happy. Until that fateful day when it was all taken from her. Derek left her in a way which only left Reese with a constant feeling of pain and guilt. Now she is trying to find her way through her agony, trying to cope with her loss. She comes across an article; The Donnelley’s Wild Land Tours. Not only is it just what she needs, but she also strikes up an email friendship with Gracie. They discuss what she needs on the tour, and Gracie agrees to be her guide for a month while living together out in the wild. However, Reese arrives to find Gracie unable to take her, and this is where Logan, Gracie’s son, steps in. Faced with a month alone, with a man she doesn’t know, or the option to go home, means she has to make a decision.

Logan loves the country. He is quiet, moody; doesn’t like to talk much and listens less! His tolerance level for city people is zilch, so when he first meets Reese, he is rude and arrogant. Despite carrying his own hurt, he sees something else in her. He has no idea what Reese is going through but knows she is running from something. Sparks fly! The attraction and banter between them is nothing less than brilliant.

Reese eventually opens up to Logan telling him about her life. They give into their feelings for each other, and their relationship moves forward. Logan realises he wants more than friendship with Reese. He wants her —all of her. Slowly but surely, they are both healing each other. She’s discovering new sentiments; Logan is on her mind and creeping into her heart. Can she overcome her guilt and fear of the past? Can he tackle his problems? And above all, what will happen when the tour comes to an end —will loss prevail?

I’m not going to say any more about this story as it will give far too much away. I will say that this is a highly emotional read told to perfection by an extremely sensitive author. She has done an amazing job by pulling you into Reese and Logan’s world. I really connected to both protagonists; their pain, their joy, their heartache. Despair and being totally lost but finding someone who makes you want to live again. The love scenes between them are beautifully written. Sometimes sweet and tender, other times hot and passionate. There’s also some great supporting characters. Kat, Reese’s bestie, Logan’s parents, Gracie and John, and his brothers are all fantastic. I’m sure Logan’s brothers each have a story to tell which I can’t wait for! I have to admit that I shed a few tears while reading Alannah. You have written such moving and heartfelt words making me instantly connect with Reese. The prologue was truly moving and the wording so real had me crying before I got going with the rest of the book! Looking forward to the follow-up.

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I live in Alberta, Canada, where the weather is forever changing (without warning). I am engaged to be married in August 2015 to my high school sweetheart and love of my life. There are no children in my life as of right now, but we do have a handful of rambunctious cats (four) and a testy, rescued Shepard/Husky, who take up a lot of my time.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve adored the written word. English was always my favorite class and that may be biased because I can’t count to save my life, so math was a horror! I remember the very first novel I ever read, Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler. It was the most interesting of the covers on my mom’s bookshelf (probably because it was pink) and I was way too young to be reading that novel. But I fell in love. From there, I read almost everything from V.C. Andrews.

My writing started out as poetry, which then evolved to songs, and later into novels. I was never one for the short stories as I found it too difficult to pack everything I imagined into something so small. I now have fourteen novels published independently. I write both novels for young adults and novels for adults – all romance.

Despite my favorite younger reading material, I now adore writing and reading all things romance.

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AN ENRAPTURING ATTRACTION (The Attraction Series #3) by A J Walters: COVER REVEAL

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Book Title: An Enrapturing Attraction

Author: A J Walters

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: Jan 2015

Synopsis:

A hot and suspenseful story of a bad boy who is wanting to make good with a chance meeting between him and one strong, independent woman.

Christian Wilson reformed bad boy is released early from the Boston correctional facility, due to flaws in the original court case. Re-entering the big, wide world is not only a shock to the system, but he also realises he isn’t the man he was. Tough decisions need to be made and temptations to revert back to how he was need to be resisted. It’s not only he who is thinking this, so when his step-father Edward Sanders intervenes, Christian’s life is turned upside down. Being the ‘Black Sheep’ of the Sanders dynasty he has to prove to them and himself, he’s a changed man. Coming second best to his step-brother Marc Sanders, Professor of Medicine, gives him enough determination to want to succeed.

Having moved to the US from the UK, Hannah Marshall has shown and proven what a strong, independent woman she is and she’s not had to rely on any man. However, family comes first and therefore Hannah takes the big decision to return home to Cambridge in England. Accepting a new job in The Met Police and leaving close friends behind, she begins what is a new life not without it’s ups, downs and surprises!

With Christian and Hannah not everything is as black and white as they seem, but when the two meet sparks fly!

Will secrets and lies come between them? Will the temptations in life become too strong? What the future holds for these two passionate and strong willed people, nobody knows.

From Amazon Number One Best Seller A J Walters, let An Enrapturing Attraction take you on an emotion filled journey of scintillating passion and mystery. A contemporary romance not without it’s laughs!

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“Your forfeit for you losing Miss Marshall is that you are to kiss, no snog the face off the next man who comes through those pub doors.” Every single one of our party, including me, turn to face the dreaded doors. The feeling of expectation has just trebled and shot through the roof.

“You’re joking, right? What if it’s an eighteen year-old student? My job would be on the line or even worse, I’d be classed as a cougar!” My voice ends on a shrill as the realisation of what I’ve got to do sinks in.

“Come on Marshall, I’m sure your forfeit for me had I lost would have been far worse.” Actually he’s probably not wrong there. Having him rub a red-hot chili over his hands and then telling him to wank himself sounds more and more appealing. Next time Rushton, next time.

I rest my head in my hands dreading every second of this and as to who will be the next male to walk in here. Please don’t let it be some old geezer either. I groan through my fingers. The silence is deadly as the wait begins. I wish someone would bloody talk to break the drought of conversation, it may just lead to a distraction and then me not having to do it, or at least them remembering when a hot looking Professor walks in.

Actually scratch that thought, as the image of Marc Sanders is now firmly imprinted on my brain. I can hear the laughs from Isabel now, as she most probably would have read my mind. I look up when I hear an over exaggerated intake of breath come from Melissa and once again all eyes are fixed on the doorway.

“You’ve got to be fucking kidding me!” The words are out of mouth before I can even put my brain into first gear.

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A J Walters is a contemporary romance author and an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Women’s Fiction. Having interests in history, romance and elements of erotica, she has brought all of these together in her debut publications; The Attraction Series.

Wanting to break the trend of size 12 virgins in books, A J Walters has introduced a new real woman in Isabel Chambers. She’s a size 18-20, working single mother who now feels is it her time to start living her life again. At the ripe young age of 39 (at time of writing 1st book), A J Walters also wanted to show that you can experience everything that a twenty-something would.

“I saw that a 39 year old isn’t quite at retirement age for fun, sex and finding love again. There are so many women out there that can be represented in books as well as the slim, innocent and beautiful types. Don’t get me wrong I love reading books with them in, but there is so many of them around now I felt is was time for something different. I’d like to think I brought my sense of humour across in it as well. I am ditsy, I suffer from ‘foot in mouth’ syndrome, but I can also be serious and sentimental. From the feedback I’ve had, apparently it makes for a great writing voice.”

A J Walters has since gone on to publish 2 books in The Attraction Series; An Acute Attraction and A Constant Attraction. There is a 3rd book in the pipeline, which is expected to be published in January 2015.

As well as writing this series of books, she has also written a short story for a summer anthology and is now an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Women’s Fiction for her publication of Lust, Love, Dreams and Heartache: A book of romantic and erotic poetry.

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NO REGRETS (Firebird Trilogy #2) by JANI KAY

TITLE: No Regrets (Firebird Trilogy #2)
AUTHOR: Jani Kay 
RELEASE DATE: October 27th 2014
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Rebecca’s journey continues as she leaves Paris and goes to Munich, Germany. Giving up on love, she just wants to work on her career and enjoy her time in Europe with her sister Lily who comes to visit from Australia to celebrate Rebecca’s 30th birthday. Things go horribly wrong . . . Could Rebecca have prevented what happens to Lily? Is she to blame?
 
Maxwell Grant has had enough of cat and mouse games. He wants Rebecca more than ever and goes all out to capture the woman who keeps running from him. Cocky, arrogant and sexy as hell, the CEO of Grant Industries has secrets . . . if he wants Rebecca he will have to tell the world what he’s been hiding.  
 
Possessive and sexy as sin Frenchman, Alain, quickly discovers what a fool he’s been to let Rebecca go. He’s willing to give his heritage up for Rebecca. Will she take him back?
 
Two men want her. Rebecca must make choices that will change the course of not only her life, but everyone else’s too. What will she do? Will she follow her heart to find the man who is just right for her?

Above everything, Rebecca wants . . . No Regrets.
 
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Lost. The one thing I’ve wanted above everything else was taken from me in one night. My dreams were shattered forever because of one irreversible mistake.

There was nothing I could do about it.

I’d lost everything.

So I did what I always do. I ran.

To another continent.

To France.

To start over.

God knows, I needed a new beginning; a new job, a new life.

To find what I truly wanted…needed…craved.

A man of my own.

My French man found me. He was perfect.

Or…was he. Alain du Bois had a secret. One that could destroy us before we even had a chance to find love.

And why was my new boss, Maxwell Grant, the arrogant and demanding CEO of Grant Global, fixated on me?

Would I find myself in France?

Would I get what I desperately wanted?

Or was I jumping from one hotter than hell fire into another?

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Jani
loves ice cream, the color red and the ocean. She also loves sexy alpha males
with a soft center and a big heart. Her heroines are real women, sassy and
smart and they stand up for what they believe in, even if it sometimes takes
them a while to work it all out.
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Jani isn’t writing, she can be found reading, hanging out with her family and
friends, or off on some travel adventure to discover new places and cultures.
Jani also loves sitting in a corner at a coffee shop, with her laptop, spying
covertly on the behavior of the people around her. You just never know when you
may land up in one of her novels – lol.
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to characters that live in her imagination. He hasn’t committed her to the
looney bin – yet. Jani’s two kids know that they are loved and cherished by
their crazy mother who is now out to exact revenge for all the embarrassment
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NO REGRETS (FIREBIRD TRILOGY BOOK 2) by JANI KAY

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Reviewed By Donna Elsegood on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

NO REGRETS COVERThis is the long awaited second book of The Firebird series and I for one, was very pleased to receive a copy to review one of my favourite author’s work. The story follows on from book one with Rebecca nursing a broken heart. Rebecca is an Australian who works for Maxwell Grant. She was working in France where she had a love affair with Frenchman Alain which ended abruptly. Now Rebecca is working in Germany, and seems to be on a self-destruct mission going from bar to bar drinking herself into oblivion. It is in one of these bars where she befriends barman, Kurt. Studying to become a doctor, there is a connection between them but not a romantic one.

Maxwell is an astute businessman. Even though he wants Rebecca, he has his own set of complications which does not bode well with her. However, she has an attraction towards him. Max summons her to New York for a charity event. She stays at his house where he makes it clear how much he wants to be with her. But Rebecca is in a dilemma! Why she is reluctant is something that I cannot reveal in the review since it would give away what we have learned about Max in Lost In France. Rebecca does what she does best and runs straight backs to Germany. She also hands in her notice as she cannot work for Max with this constant attraction and his baggage. She feels it is an impossible situation and the only way to resist the temptation is to get as far away as possible.

Alain is still in France, still wants to Rebecca, but something of utmost importance has been brought to his attention by his father. If he had known this before, a heart-breaking split-up could have been avoided. So with this in mind, he decides to go to Germany to claim the only woman he has ever really loved. Rebecca is the object of two men wanting her at the same time and makes life very difficult. Max stays away from her so he can resolve his personal issues, and in the meantime, Rebecca is happy to find out that her baby sister, Lily, is coming to Germany to celebrate Rebecca’s impending 30th birthday.

We are introduced to some new characters I’d eventually like to see side stories of. Lily, Rebecca’s baby sister, and her other younger sister, the flighty Chloe who certainly intrigued me. Not forgetting the handsome German Dr Kurt.

There a lot of twists and turns in this brilliant book which obviously I’m not going to spoil for you. It involves love lost, love found, and a tragically violent event that shapes the story. Rebecca’s world is spinning out of control, only making me more than impatient to read the next instalment. I have no idea what will happen, or if this incredible story will end how I would like it to. I do know as a reviewer, I have to be impartial; as a reader I confess that my loyalty lies with Max. Very well done Jani! You have offered your readers a really enjoyable read.

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ANGUISH (Jokers’ Wrath MC #3) by BELLA JEWEL

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Reviewed by Claire Rose on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

81-bTzP97uL._SL1500_Wow! Let me start by saying I have read all books from this author, and was excited when I was asked to review this book as I adore all her books. When I finish her books, I am always more than satisfied with where her stories have taken me and their endings.

This is the third book in the series. Even though I loved the first two books, this is without a doubt, my favourite one. Anguish is the type of novel that you can re-read and you’ll never get tired of reading it. This novel had me laughing out loud with some of the situations the characters find themselves in, and I have to say that I loved all characters in this book; not just the main ones.

The prologue starts us off with Jaylah in a complicated situation that she can’t get out of, and all because of her ex. Jaylah! Oh my, what a strong, sassy woman and very loving, too. She applies for a job she thinks will get her out of her the state of affairs she’s in, only to find herself worse off than ever. She knows nothing about her looking after a baby, can hardly get her act together, so how can she possibly make this work? And to top the lot, her self-confidence isn’t high up on the scale when she meets her new boss either.

Mack. A brown-eyed, moody bad boy biker who is struggling with life, has the shock of his life when a woman turns up at his door and hands him her sister’s baby and informs him that he is the father. She ups and leaves him with the baby he wants nothing to do with, so he hands over the baby to Jaylah.

Throughout this novel you see family stick together throughout. However, there is more than the baby; event after event occurs. The sexual tension which builds up between boss and his employee, is nothing less than outstanding. You will smile, laugh out loud, and if you are like me, you will say, “Go girl, go!” Jaylah’s inner-strength won’t back down to this bad-humoured and pushy man who you can’t help but fall in love with. You’ll also wish you could take away his pain. Can they overcome everything that life is throwing at them, or is it time for Jaylah to work somewhere else with her heart in pieces?

I can’t wait for the next book in this series and to meet all new and old characters again. I rate this book five stars and look forward to reading more from this author.

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Title: ANGUISH (Jokers’ Wrath MC, #3)

Author: Bella Jewel

Release Date: October 27, 2014

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There are a lot of things in this world that are easy to escape from. Having a son you didn’t ask for isn’t one of them.

Mack is a nomad. He likes his own space and he struggles with emotion. His past is grey and his future looks about the same. That is until his ex-girlfriend dies and his son is handed over to him. A two month old baby he didn’t know existed. Until now.

His world comes crashing down around him.

Desperate, he hires a nanny.

Jaylah has gotten herself into some serious trouble, so when she sees the job opening for a nanny pop up, she jumps on it. Of course she’s not a nanny, but she figures she can pull it off. I mean, how hard can it be?

She’s thrown into a world of diapers, hourly feedings and a whole lot of laundry. She’s also introduced to the most rugged, gorgeous man she’s ever had the pleasure of meeting.

The best part, he’s the baby’s father.

The worst part, he’s a biker.

Their sexual tension is huge, but he’s a hard nut to crack. She’ll get in, though. She makes it her mission to break through the wall Mack has built so high around himself.

Her world is about to spiral out of control, and she’s taking Mack along for the ride.

 

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“You stole my fuckin’ drugs.”

The foot at my throat presses me further into the cold, scratchy pavement. I gasp, my fingers clawing at fleshy ankles. His skin doesn’t budge; my nails are too short to break the flesh that I’m so desperately scraping at. It does nothing to move him, or send him on his way. Instead, he pushes harder, cutting off more of my air supply.

“That’s not exactly how it went down,” I croak, struggling.

“You were meant to deliver them; instead you fuckin’ sold them, and ran with the money.”

He’s right about that. I did take the drugs and sell them. I had good reason—my boyfriend was in trouble, and I was doing anything I could to get him out of trouble. I didn’t think ahead. I didn’t realize that I’d then owe a very unhappy drug dealer money. Not my finest moment, that’s for damned sure.

“I had no choice . . . I was helping someone I care about.”

He presses his boot down further into my throat, and my air supply narrows down to a dangerous level. My head pounds as the blood and oxygen are cut from my brain.

“I bet that person ain’t here helpin’ you tonight, now, are they?”

No, he’s right about that. Samuel is probably sleeping with someone else. The moment his debt was cleared, he left me. The dirty, cheap fucker left me. Now I’m dealing with the backlash. A furious drug dealer who wants his money.

Money I don’t have.

“Don’t I get,” I gasp, “one chance to get your money?”

He glares down at me through angry grey eyes. I squirm again as my vision starts flittering in and out. Shit, I’m going to pass out and he’s probably going to kill me, or worse, drag my helpless body away to do God knows what with.

“I have m-m-m-money,” I croak.

“If you had money, you wouldn’t have stolen my drugs.”

“I . . .” God, I’m on the edge. “I can get it. I s-s-s-swear.”

He stares at me, and for each second he does, my vision swims. Then, much to my relief, he lifts his boot off and reaches down, hurling my weak body up. He pulls me close, so close that our noses touch. My knees wobble and I have to push all my focus into not falling flat on my face and giving him another chance to take me.

“Listen, and listen fuckin’ good. You’ve got two weeks, and trust me, that’s me bein’ fuckin’ generous. Get my money, or I come for you.”

Shit.

I nod.

“Don’t try and run. You do, I’ll fuckin’ find you.”

I close my eyes, take a deep, burning breath and nod again.

“Two weeks.”

Then he’s gone.

And I know . . . I just know . . . I’m in deep, deep shit.

 

 

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Bella Jewel

Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She’s crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell’s Knights was released in August 2013.

 

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MADE: A Sempre Novel by J.M. Darhower

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Corrado Moretti.
The world knows the notorious Kevlar Killer, but few have ever seen what lies beneath his armor. The abused child. The neglected teenager. The broken man. He always did whatever he had to do in order to survive.

It’s kill or be killed.

Throughout his life, he has been there in the shadows, a witness to everything from beginning to end. Bound by loyalty and honor, there’s only one thing he would sacrifice it all for: family.

Never get close. Never get attached. It’s a lesson that has been brutally pounded into him since childhood, but they’re words the DeMarcos make it difficult for him to follow. Through them he finds love and grieves loss, realizing the world isn’t quite as black and white as it’s made out to be.

Made.

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MADE COVERoMADE! This word takes on a new meaning in this angst-ridden story overflowing with hate and revenge. And above all, total obedience to the boss, Antonio DeMarco who runs La Cosa Nostra in Chicago, is never questioned. However, this is not his story; it is Corrado Moretti’s. Saying that, every minute detail regarding the author’s extremely well-developed characters has a justification in a strong storyline interwoven with fear. I felt this fear from the first chapter of a read which is so well structured and fast flowing, only to leave me utterly spent right up until the last word.

Corrado never had a chance to have a normal childhood. Circumstances mould his personality, make him grow up quickly. His father, Vito, is far too busy making a name for himself in the hierarchy of the Mafia. His mother, Erika, not only abuses him, she deliberately takes away the only anchor he had. Katrina, his twin sister, feeding on her mother’s hate, does everything in her power to make her brother’s life more intolerable.

“The more she hates you, the more she likes me!”

Corrado learns quickly. To be seen but not heard, to obey and to honour his father, and more importantly, never to question becomes his motto. When problems arise in the ‘business’, these two young siblings are sent away for the summer. Reprieve from the chaos at home show Corrado how the other half live. He meets Celia and Vincent. Two normal kids who are loved unconditionally.

“I like you, Corrado.” Those words surprised him. “I thought I was weird.” “You are,” she said. “But I still like you.”

Vito has ideas for his son. It’s irrelevant whether he is still of school age, he wants him by his side; show him the ropes in Las Vegas—slowly. Corrado is eager to demonstrate to Vito that he is a Moretti. Being sucked up into the world of violence and blackmail makes him grow older and wiser beyond his years. More than aware that once he’s in, means there’s no turning back. He does what is expected of him and does it well. Furthermore, he has no inkling that someone had been keeping an eye on his progress. That person will have a huge influence on his life.

“We all got someone we answer to.” “Who does he answer to?” “I don’t know, kid. God, maybe?”

Against all odds, the father of the woman he has loved since his capability of comprehension, gives him his blessing. His unconditional love for Celia is so strong, so utterly innocent in his world of corruption, helps him to keep sane. I fell in love with her with her generosity. She tries hard not to pressurize him, has the patience of a saint; gives him a reason to live.

“I didn’t want her to soften you. I didn’t want her to tame that beast. Because that beast? I need him a hell of a lot more than she needs the rest of you.”

I am a huge fan of the God Father by Mario Puzo. Even though MADE is about the Mafia, this book is on completely different lines. At not one instance did I doubt the comparable quality. The word epic is an understatement and certainly worthy of a movie. Such explicitly descriptive scenes come alive, and to say that they distressed me is putting it mildly. This book’s characters overwhelmed, drew me into their lives, and the man I should have hated, I adored, suffered and literally sobbed my heart out for. Calculatingly cold and seemly distant from everything that revolves around him, made me ask myself over and over again whether this man would able to he conquer his nemesis. My heart went out for his wife, her brother, for all his loved ones.

I am writing this review with tears streaming down my face. Corrado’s story didn’t weevil its way under my skin. It touched my medulla. Ms. Darhower, you are a storyteller par excellence. Bravo!

TEASERS

 

MADE_o