THIN LIES by Bethany-Kris
Donati Bloodlines, #1
Publication Date: May 2, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, Organized Crime
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She was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over. It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento. Not for Calisto. She was taken. She was claimed. She was not his. In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go. What good had saving her done? He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another. Emma Sorrento Emma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile. At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face. He smirked. And winked. Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her. Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose. She had already lost once. Wasn’t it enough? WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, and are not considered safe romance.
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I fell in love with Bethany-Kris and her Mafia heroes in The Chicago War series so when I saw that she was writing a Mafia trilogy, I was all over that. While this series is definitely different than the previous, it has everything I love about her writing: smoldering sexual tension, page flipping suspense and out-of-nowhere twists.
Emma Sorrento is a Mafia princess. She's been raised in the lap of luxury never really paying attention to anything happening around her or giving much care about where she's going. That all changes when she's finally called upon to play her part in The Family: marrying whomever her family demands so that they can create alliances. Meeting her future husband is not on her list of favorite things she's ever had to do especially since he has daughters not much younger than she is.
There is one bright spot, though, Calisto Donati. Calisto is the nephew of Emma's new fiancé. He was dispatched to watch over Emma during the month before the wedding. But as they spend time together, the realize that they have something but that something is impossible.
Emma and Calisto's story was slow building. It's clear that this first book is kind of building the foundation for the rest of the series because nothing "relationshipy" happens until well after the 50% mark. So while their slow burn continued to build, most of the story focuses on Emma's struggle to come to terms with the fact that she has to marry someone her father's age and Calisto's quiet struggle against his uncle. There are obviously things that we don't know yet about Calisto and Emma's reality seems bleak at best. I have no idea who anything good can come out of this. My stomach hurts thinking about the possibilities but I can't wait to read the next installment.
Reviewed by Paige
★★☆ 4 "Just the Beginning" Stars ☆★★
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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