As my Goodreads addiction continued to fuel and this blog happening, I signed up for Netgalley in the hopes of having access to ARCs (Advanced Reading Copy), or in other words, more books, pre-release or not, that I can read and review. I figure, the $0.99 or $3.99 here and there do pile up whether I admit it or not, so why not hope to get some complimentary copies here and there as well (apparently, I don't get enough freebies on Amazon, Kobo, etc, that I have to increase my options even more O.o). Hey, I think it's a win-win for all anyway. I get a complimentary copy and they get a review. Now whether the review is good or not, that's all part and parcel, right?...
RATING: 5 napkins
Mafia capo, Antonio Spinelli blew through my orderly life like a cyclone.
Gorgeous and passionate, with a breathtaking brutality, he put me under his spell the moment he touched me, drawing me into his underworld of risk, violence and betrayal.
And I found, just as this sophisticated savage didn't trust me, I didn't trust myself. Something happened to me. Some alchemy from the heat between us.
I discovered I was a savage, too.
(Originally posted on Goodreads)
First off, I just wanna say again that I could not have squee'd any harder or longer when I got the email notification that I've been approved for an ARC by the publisher via Netgalley. It was my first approved one (and I'm not talking the 'read-now' option which is pretty much a blanket approval), and to also say that it's a book by one of my most fave authors, I don't know how much more special that could have been. Just saying...
Secondly, I fell in love with CDR's writing from her SoS series, and to say that I'm a huge CDR fan is an understatement. So going into this one, I already know that I would love Theresa & Spin's story even before I read it. In other words, just letting you know that this review may be more biased than usual.
Just like Monica in the SoS series, here's another strong CDR h in Theresa. Quiet and understated her strength may be, it radiates in her thoughts and actions throughout the book IMO. Smart, passionate, has a good handle on her emotions, a good friend and sister.
And just like Jonathan in the SoS series who will always have one of the top spots in my book bf list, I realize I also have to make room for Spin now too*g* Spin is another CDR swoon-alicious H. Only this time, on the other side of the law, putting it mildly. Can't get any more bada$$ than that, right? He's ruthless and passionate at the same time, talk about an explosive combo! No emotional pansy there, that's for sure.
At the risk of sounding repetitive, both H&h are equally strong in their own rights which makes for such an interesting dynamic, and layer that with their backgrounds that cannot be any more opposite; therefore, you get quite an engaging read. Add of course, the heat b/w the 2 is just palpable!!! Love the fierceness of their interaction. It's feisty and just oozes with passion...
With CDR's writing, I always get the like feeling of being in a movie; like I'm right there next to the characters, seeing what they're seeing but with the added bonus of being in their heads as well... So if I were to describe this book like a movie, I'd say this one has action, drama, laughter, suspense and passion... (actually, I think I can pretty much say that with any of CDR's books, again, just saying...)
Cannot. Cannot. Wait. Long enough for the next one in this series!
(PS. I also have a purchased copy, so call me crazy but that's how enamored I am of CDR's work)