Good morning. Some of you may be waking up to snow, sleet, or rain, but here we have wind, the perfect backdrop for a review about Mafia action in the windy city. Reckless and Ruined, The Chicago War Book 2, has everything a lover of the genre could want and more.
Play dirty. It’s the only way to win in a war.
Alessa Trentini follows the rules, or so it seems on the outside. A certain Conti has always been able to sway her inner rebel and keep her out of trouble, but even Adriano won’t be able to get her out of her brother’s mess. In a war, no woman is safe if her hand in marriage can advance her family in the world of the mafia. But mistakes of the past have a way of slipping into the present and Alessa will soon learn that even the most shameful of secrets can get her everything she wants.
Adriano Conti’s loyalties are torn as he’s forced to stand at his father’s side while Riley uses his wife’s murder as a way to get higher. Blood comes first and then the Outfit. The one thing he doesn’t question in the war between the families is Alessa Trentini and even that doesn’t seem possible when he’s forced to watch Alessa be used as another man’s pawn. Adriano has his own role to play to get what he wants.
The families in the Outfit have never been more divided than they are now. Blood continues to spill as revenge takes center stage and more lives are lost. But every man in the family is fighting for something different and no one’s intentions can be trusted. Playing a dirty game might be the only way to stay alive.
Even if that means ruining it all.
**Please Note: Reckless should not be read before Deathless & Divided. This novel is NOT considered a standalone in the series as part of the timeline runs concurrent with the first book in the series, Deathless & Divided.
Reckless and Ruined is an outstanding example of how a mafia family series should be written–murder, mayhem, backstabbing, manipulation, curelty, and in the end survival or death–balanced by love that will not surrender, will not give up, and will thrive despite all the obstacles tossed at it.
As a woman, Alessa Trentini is a pawn in her family’s violent world, a woman to be used to cement an alliance, even if her heart belongs to another. As a member of a warring family, fighting got top spot, Adriano Conti must side with his father–even when he doubts the man’s honesty, sincerity, and motivation. What he can’t do is stay away from Alessa, the woman he loves.
While their are charcters to love in this story, there are also those to despise, and belive me Dean, Joel, and Riley topped my list.
Within the first few pages, I was struck by the Romeo and Juliet aspect of the story–fighting and feuding on the streets, car bombs, drive bys–and if you saw the 1996 Leonardo Di Caprio version, you’ll get where I’m coming from. The good news is that despite everything standing in their way–and belive me they face A LOT of chanllenges–instead of wimping out and giving in to despair and dying, this Romeo and Juliet watch the bodies drop around them as they move slowly and steadily walking over the corpses on their way to a HFN, which I hope witll be a HEA in the next books.
Bethany Kris’ ability as a writer is to be commended as she crafts a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Well done!
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