ZETA CARTEL

Songbird (Zeta Cartel, #2)
by A.J. Adams

These books are really unusual for mafia romances but also very intriguing and captivating.

So far I’ve read read Jorge’s book (Twisted, #5) and then this. Whilst the characters, and timeline, overlap slightly I’ve not found it difficult to pick up the story and read it as a stand alone. The stories are cleverly written to avoid (too many) spoilers for other books. It barely took any time to be drawn into Songbird and I soon find myself totally engaged by both the unpredictable plot and the fantastic characters.

Whilst there are some very dark events in the book they never feel too gruesome, with either much of the detail skimmed over or the specifics given in retrospect. This always felt like a mafia story, but one that very much breaks the mould, giving the genre a whole new perspective and feel. And definitely in a good way. It definitely has moments of a ‘British’ feel to it, but not overly so, at least to my mind. Though as a Brit I’m not sure if I’m the best judge of that or not.

I adore how the inner thoughts of the main characters often had an air of narration about them. Not only did it lend a wonderful humour to the story but made both Arturo and Solitaire into very engaging, likeable and warm characters. The plot ducks, dives and weaves it’s way along whilst providing ample opportunity for Arturo and Solitaire to fall for each other, along with plenty of reasons for us, the reader, to fall for them too.

This author just writes in a way that speaks to my heart and soul and I very much recommend this book to all romance readers.


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EXCERPT

“You’re the big boss.” She looked up at me and smiled. She was dressed in a cheap cotton shirt and jeans that should be on the burn pile, but that smile was pure gold. This girl had guts.
“I told José he was a fool to try and cheat you,” she said. “I wasn’t part of it, and I don’t work for you. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
She’d heard about our policy protecting bystanders. Of course it doesn’t apply to anyone whose eyewitness testimony can put me in a courtroom. Well, try to put me in a courtroom. In Mexico nobody would dare accuse me, and I’ve enough resources in England to guarantee a police investigation would come to nothing, but it’s not my style to take chances. Solitaire would be going into the ground along with Escamilla.
“Mr Vazquez,” Solitaire gave me her best smile. “I don’t expect something for nothing.” She dropped her voice. “You’d like me,” she whispered. “I’ve heard about you. We’re the same.”
“Are we?”
“Yes, I can make you very happy.” She brushed my hand over her cheek and then kissed my palm. “I’m a very good girl,” she said quietly. “Unless you prefer a naughty one?”
She sucked my thumb, and I was instantly rock hard.

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SYNOPSIS

When cartel boss Arturo Vazquez discovers his girlfriend Gina is a DEA rat and his deputy Escamilla is staging a take-over, Arturo fixes his problems by killing everyone – except for Solitaire, Escamilla’s unwilling mistress. Solitaire is intelligent, tough, and shares Arturo’s interest in BDSM. Arturo falls head over heels but someone is leaking information – and the evidence point at Solitaire.

Songbird is a complete and self standing novel in the Zeta series. Warning: This bad boy dark romance contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and strong language. It is for adults only.

REDEMPTION

REDEMPTION (Russo Saga #4) by Nicolina Martin

4.5 STARS

Wow this book is really good, REALLY good.

I read the first Russo Saga book and it’s clear that the author has grown and improved massively since then. Which means I need to go back and read the other 2 books I’ve missed! It took a few chapters for me to really get into the story, though that may have just been more where my head was at than anything else.  At that point though I was gripped and unable to put this down until I’d read every single word of it.

And oh my word how this story battered my emotions again, and again, and again. Goodness knows WHAT Christian will do to earn Kerry’s forgiveness in part two, but he’s going to have to pull out all the stops! This pair have such great chemistry but Christian made the biggest of mistakes, a mistake so bad that coming back from it is almost impossible. A mistake that is costing him again and again. A mistake that took the innocent, bubbly, gentle Kerry and destroyed her, leaving behind a barely function shell of a woman.

Christian is all things bad, yet somehow through his unrelenting misery and pain, the author gives us a glimpse of who he could be. She allows us to begin to forgive the monster who made the wrong choice and begin to love the man who will do anything for those he loves. Kerry is strong even when she is weak, her need to protect the innocent so powerful that she will go to almost any length to do it.

There is going to be a part two, and I’m already chomping at the bit waiting for it. Thankfully the author didn’t leave us on a ‘soap opera’ style cliff-hanger, choosing instead to end at a natural break point. I always find this makes it much easier to pick up the story, since you aren’t at the adrenaline fuelled emotional high the previous book left you at.

If you love your romance to have darker edges, if you love enemies-to-lovers then this is a duet to read.

Redemption: Part one in the Savage duet.

Killing her wasn’t supposed to be complicated.

Drug Kerry Jackson and get rid of her, that was his simple task, but he screwed everything up. Unable to resist the enticing young woman, Christian seduced her – and fell hard. Then it all went to hell. She beat him at his own game and disappeared without a trace.

No one crosses a Russo and gets away with it.

Night after night, their steamy encounters melted Kerry’s will and twisted her mind. Then Christian Russo turned out to be her worst enemy. He robbed her of her innocence, stole her trust, and made her life a living nightmare.

A second encounter would be fatal… for one of them. And Kerry was determined that it wasn’t going to be her.

Redemption is the first part in the Savage duet that will be concluded with Absolution. Redemption ends with a cliff-hanger, but Absolution has a guaranteed HEA. The duet can be enjoyed as a standalone, but the experience will be much more exciting if you have read the previous books in the Russo saga; it also contains a few small spoilers for Shame.


AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VCMNK2T/
AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VCMNK2T/r
GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46731304-redemption