Friday, January 29, 2016

review || SCARLESS AND SACRED { blog tour } by Bethany-Kris

Scarless & Sacred Cover
Bethany-Kris | January 11, 2016 | Organized Crime Romance
Chicago War, book 3


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.

{ about bethany-kris } .

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. To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here:

{ review } .

The Outfit had cut too many scars into the people it called family, Theo included. Everyone had marks to show. 

No one in this life walked around scarless.

Yet again, this book overlaps bits of the previous two, and I. Just. Loved that. It's so fun to see certain scenes in other characters' eyes, especially when it comes to blood family thoughts versus mafia family thoughts.

This book goes back a little bit further than the others, though, showing Theo's earlier friendships as well as putting a huge light on Theo and Dino's headbutting. But more than that, it helps showcase just what family, in the biological sense, means to Theo.

Evelina is the type who likes to stay in the shadows. She'd rather not be noticed for multiple reasons, but one of the key driving factors in her choices is her distrust in the families. She may have grown up in the lifestyle, but it's not one she'd wish upon another. I love her worries for Adriano, her younger brother (I also loved watching as Adriano and Alessa prepare for the next stage in their life).

However, she certainly held her own where Theo was concerned, and I loved her strong moments the most -- especially because Theo knew what was up (always listen to your lady...).

"You," she said in a hiss.

Theo's smirk melted away. "What?"

"You are acting like a spoiled man-child that had his favorite toy taken away, Theo, and I've had enough of it..."

Theo had moments I loved, too, and where many of the men in the life treated their women one way, Theo knew better than to lie and withhold information, and I felt that was definitely a huge positive characteristic for him. He was alpha, sure, but he cared deeply about his sister and eventually Eve, and once you were in his circle, he was one of the most protective men around.

Evelina hadn't made a place in his life. She simply took the open spot that Theo hadn't known was missing someone until it was filled.

She just was.

As with the previous books, I enjoyed the familigia drama that intertwined with the regular family drama, as well as the hill that Theo and Eve had to climb to find their HEA (and Theo and Eve's isn't quite the typical HEA, either...). The drama, the intensity, the history, and then mix that with the chemistry... and this was another great addition to this series. Bethany-Kris has made up an incredible mafia world where the families fight with and against one another, and the next generation can't help but fall in love with one another. This series just keeps getting better and better, and knowing that the author's key couple in the series is next makes the next (and last!) book one that I'm super excited to get my hands on.

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RECKLESS & RUINED 5{ review }

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