Friday, 24 June 2016

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway ~ Where the Sun Hides (Seasons of Betrayal #1) by Bethany-Kris and London Miller

Where the Sun Hides
by Bethany-Kris & London Miller
Seasons of Betrayal, #1
Publication Date: June 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Organized Crime

Book Description:

In places where the sun can hide, the darkest betrayals are made.

Violet Gallucci and Kazimir Markovic have grown up in the same city, but on opposite sides of the game they call life—Violet, an Italian principessa della mafia, and Kaz, a Russian Bratva heir. Lines have been drawn, and they know not to cross them.

Their paths crossed once, a long time ago, but when they meet again, the territory and rules set out by their families that have kept them separated seem to bleed away.

She’s more than her last name …

He’s more than a Russian …

But secrets from the past—and the people determined to keep them hidden—have other plans for Violet and Kaz.

Rival families.

One city.

Star-crossed lovers.

They should be enemies.

It could mean war.

This is just the beginning …

From authors Bethany-Kris (The Chicago War) and London Miller (Volkov Bratva) comes a thrilling, sexy new series—Seasons of Betrayal. Where the Russians and Italians clash in culture, mafia … and love.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“You should have kept those curtains closed, Kazimir.”

This is the story of two kids who met in a graveyard while their fathers shook on a treaty that would change the mafia world for the better, a deal between the Italian and Russian mob, a deal that would stop the war but would draw firm lines in the land. These two innocent kids were pawns, but together, for that brief moment in time they found friendship and it seems that short friendship is one that neither would forget.

Now as adults, their paths cross once again. Their families are bitter enemies, but for Kaz and Violet their heart beats for the other, but if found out…will their hearts beat at all?

“Once is a hook-up, but twice makes a lover.”

I love a good mafia romance, there is something about those alpha men who shoot straight from the hip that has me intrigued from the get go. I picture old black and white films, where Chicago was the hive of the Mafioso and the cops were in their pockets. Now, the mafia has evolved but the loyalties remain the same…family is family.

“Sacrifice…is at the heart of repentance. Without deeds, your apology is worthless.”

This was a forbidden romance with deadly implications, their worlds were polar opposites yet the heart wants who the heart wants and these two wanted each other. Violet and Kaz’s relationship was extremely dangerous, secretive, intense, passionate and fiery hot. The authors really delivered on that character connection and bringing to life the intense roller coaster of emotions that these two go through and that was ultimately passed on to me, the reader. I felt that hesitation and reticence, I felt anxiety for fear of them being caught, I had my heart in my mouth but most of all, I felt the passion and love between them. Both these two take such huge risks to be together, they know the consequences, yet that pull to one another was so strong, neither could resist. I wanted them to succeed, yet deep down I knew that was an impossibility.

“He might not have been able to claim her out there, but in his bedroom, where it was just the two of them, he made his ownership clear.”

Violet was the daughter of the Italian mob boss, Kaz the son of the Russian. Her life was restricted and she felt as if her wings had been clipped. She took one chance, one night out to a place where she knew she shouldn’t go but for her, this one night of freedom was worth the risk, she lived that one night, until it all went wrong. But that night bought Kaz back into her life, she should feel panic, but all she felt was calm, a connection. He wasn’t what her dad had led her to believe, the total opposite in fact. He was a man, whose heart beat the same as anyone else’s, he had feelings, he had emotions and while he kept them guarded, with Violet they just tumbled out. She weakened him emotionally and he liked it, in fact he loved it. That building chemistry, that tantalising feeling of the forbidden, heightened senses, heightened awareness, but a breathtakingly beautiful relationship that slowly unfolded through the pages. I adored these two.

“…it was too late. And even if she didn’t get to keep it – keep him – she knew now…Kaz was that one person. For her, he was that one soul meant for hers. And she wasn’t allowed to have him.”

This is the first book in a series and really sets the pace and dynamic for these two as a couple. The history between the families, their methods of retribution and the palpable fear on the pages all lead to an unputdownable read that had me engrossed from start to finish. I cannot wait for the next book, I desperately need it, such was the impact that Kaz and Violet left on me. What a start to what I see as being one fantastic series.


About the Authors:


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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With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.


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