Friday, 26 February 2016

Reckless and Ruined by Bethany Kris REVIEW

Reckless & Ruined (The Chicago War, #2)
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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.


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Oh Adriano and Alessa. What are we going to do with you? This is a series that needs to be read in the correct order but I guarantee it's worth it. 

Reckless and Ruined follows on from the events of the previous book and gives up an up close look at all the shenanigans that every one is trying to discreetly pull off. A great thing about this series is that all of the couples are from different families so we always get to see different sides of the war. Sadly it is now a war and Adriano and Alessa are in the middle of the crossfire.

This book is wonderful for expanding the universe and really and truly showing us the difference between the older generation who are definitely getting a lot of things wrong, and the younger generation who all grew up together and, with the exception of Joel who is a complete asshole, genuinely respect and want the best for each other, especially within the female friendships.

I loved that everyone had to start watching their backs and who they associated with in this book - it was honestly so easy to see how and where the relationships between the families were breaking down and who was stoking the fire to allow it to continue. Despite being on opposite sides of the war Adriano and Alessa just loved each other and all the sneaking around honestly raised my heart rate a couple of times!

With two more books to go, it's clear that the War has only really just begun.


Recommend to: fans of crime, fans of New Adult with a twist
Rating: 3.5 stars

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