Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Deep ( Pagano Family #4 ) by Susan Fanetti

Deep by Susan Fanetti

Nick Pagano is a leader in the Pagano Brothers organization. As their head enforcer, it has been his responsibility to mete out justice, to seek retaliation, to uncover the secrets of Pagano enemies by any means necessary, and to sink deep the evidence of those means. It is work that requires keen vision and perfect control. It is work at which Nick excels. It is work that has made him dark.

As the Paganos fight a war against an enemy determined to destroy them and change the landscape of the New English underworld, the boundaries between work and family that Nick’s father and uncle long ago made sacrosanct are crossed, and Nick’s work becomes personal.

Beverly Maddox lives across the hall from Nick. She’s living a life she’s worked hard to build, with a job she likes and friends she loves, content in her surroundings and in her own skin. She thinks the best of people and offers them her trust and friendship without reservation. Though her life hasn’t always been kind, she has not let the troubles of her past weigh her down. Her outlook is light, in both senses of the word.

It’s her light that catches Nick’s eye, and his attention inadvertently causes Beverly to be swept up into his dark world. Thrust together by circumstance, Nick comes to see that Beverly’s light eases his dark soul. But will his darkness douse her light instead?




I finally blast through the Pagano Family series, except Book 3 Rooted, which featured Carmene Pagano. My favorite of the series is still Luca Pagano in Touch. I think Book 4 Deep left a lot to be desire. The main reason might be due to the too bland heroine. I don't even know what to say about Beverly because she basically did nothing beside surviving an attack by Nick's enemy.

Beverly is a waitress cum yoga instructor, who happened to be Nick's neighbor for years. Her life is pretty norm, until she hooked up with Nick Pagano.

Nick is the mafia underboss, basically a ruthless killer. He dates but never married. I don't even understand the reason he felt so differently towards Beverly all of a sudden. Is not like she did anything out of the ordinary or special to caught his attention. From a man who felt nothing to all his previous mistresses, he seems to change his way pretty fast.

As for Beverly, she basically got bomb on their first night out. And then she got attack just because she got associated with this dangerous man she hardly know. Why isn't she running for the hills, I had no idea. When her best friend, Chris pointed out that she had a bad boy fetish and never learn from her experience, I felt like banging my head on the wall. 

But anyway, after I let go of my prior annoyance, I started to enjoy their relationship progression after they are together. Nick's position make everyone around him is susceptible to danger, especially Beverly.

Let me get into the creativity of Susan Fanetti in regards to her torture scene. I keep telling myself "I'm not gonna throw up. I'm not gonna throw up". I felt like she had master the art of medieval torture. "Yucks. Eww. Whatever". Make sure you are not eating while reading.

The aftermath is one of the pivotal moment in Nick and Beverly's relationship. I felt they had come so far, from strangers who were attracted to each other, to a couple who formed a strong trusting bond. 

After my experience with Susan Fanetti's Signal Bend series, which I loved whole-heartedly, the Pagano Family series felt short to me. The couples and their love story here are never as epic and unforgettable compare to Isaac/Lilli, Showdown/Shannon and Havoc/Corrinne.

Rating 3.5/5