Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Breathless & Bloodstained by Bethany-Kris



BREATHLESS & BLOODSTAINED
The Chicago War, #4
by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: March 7, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Mafia
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No war is won without a few bloodstains.

Tommas Rossi wants what belongs to him—he wants it bad. At thirty-years-old, he’s on course to become the youngest boss in the Chicago Outfit’s history. He just has to make it to the end alive. But being the boss of the Outfit means nothing to Tommas if a certain blue-eyed girl isn’t standing with him when the city finally crumbles. The crown is so close he can taste it. Blood paves his way. Every king needs a queen, but he doesn’t know how to get his anymore.

Abriella Trentini has always been the rebel. She’s quicker than most men, dangerous when she wants something, and more careful than anyone knows. Her relationship with Tommas Rossi has been a dangerous game she loved to play, but someone always has to lose. With choices to make, the kind that determines who will live and who will die, Abriella doesn’t know what to do. This should have been easy, but nothing ever is, and her time to choose is running out.

So much blood has spilled for this. The Outfit is in shambles, grieving and angry. The families just want peace. No one knows who will take the Chicago throne because too many men have a stake in this game. In wars like these, no one will let it go easily.

They’ll be bloodstained until the very bitter end.

And left breathless in the devastation of it all.

Has it been worth it?

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Please Note: Breathless is the fourth book in a series and should only be read after the first three books have also been read. It is NOT a standalone.





4.5 'mafioso' stars

First of all, I love the cover of each book in this series. I'm seriously tempted to get a paperback just because they are so pretty. For those who have not try this series yet, go check out Deathless & Divided. Although each book is about a different couple, the main story arc started from Book 1 and ended in this Book 4.

Breathless & Bloodstained is about our dear Tommas Rossi and Abriella Trentini, who we got a glimpse of their relationship in the previous. He is eight years older than sweet Abriella and the brand of sex that they engage in is so much more passionate. Maybe is the stolen moments and the sense of secrecy. I think one can't help but being swoon over by Tommas dedication to Abriella and he is willing to do anything just to be with her.

Honestly, I thought they are into BDSM lifestyle, what with her overreaction when her brother called her a whore. Apparently, that's not the case. They just like it rougher andharder. They have been hiding their relationship for four years and Tommas is getting impatient to claim his girl. The only roadblock now is Joel Trentini, the tyrannical brother.Can someone just shoot him, please?

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Although each of the couple in this mafia series make me feel as if they are the real life Romeos and Juliets, it was still refreshing to read and they did have their own unique personalities and overcame different challenges.

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In this final installment, the most anticipated scene would be Tommas vs Joel. Who will come out as the top dog? Is quite apparent isn't it, but I still nervous to see how it all pan out. There are more deaths to come and sometimes I did wonder is everything worth it? Is their happiness going to be overshadowed by so much death? Did someone keep a head count on how many died in this series alone? All I can say is, Bethany-Kris is one blood thirsty author and she is fast becoming my favorite mafioso writer.

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“Tommas, we should talk, old friend.” 
Tommas scowled at the voices of the detectives. Delog and Crown just wouldn’t get the damn hint. In no way would Tommas talk to police. Not about the bombing, not about the Outfit, and not for fun, either. 
They could go to hell. 
“Kind of busy today, boys,” Tommas said, slipping into the car. 
Detective Crown grabbed the car door before Tommas could close it. “Wait a sec, Tommy.” 
Tommas eyed the man with as much distain as he could manage. “Tommas. It’s Tommas.” 
“We don’t know one another well enough yet to be on a nickname basis?” Delog asked. 
“I would prefer if we weren’t on a first name basis, asshole.” 
“Ouch,” Crown said. “Nasty today, are we?” 
Tommas pulled on the door slightly, just enough to tell the man he wanted to close it. “As I said, I have a party to get to. My cousin’s baby shower. Nothing that you need or want is more important, I can assure you.” 
“Now, now,” Delog drawled, shaking his head. “You still haven’t come down to the station again for a follow up interview about the footprints at your restaurant or the other things we found. It’s been a month since the bombing happened.” 
“And in another month, you’ll be here demanding I go down to the station again. Talk to my lawyer, it’s what I pay him for,” Tommas growled. 
These damned investigators were seriously getting on his nerves. Tommas had noticed them following him more often, and they’d even question some of his employees at his businesses that had nothing to do with the club. 
It was getting out of hand. 
Tommas was going to have to handle these assholes at one point or another. 
“You’re actively impeding our investigation, Tommas. Just make it easy on everyone and tell us who was with you that night at the club,” Crown said. 
“As far as I can remember, no one was with me.” 
“That’s what your lawyer keeps saying, too,” Delog stated, cocking a brow. “Funny, we don’t believe either of you. See, the problem we have is that whoever it was cared enough about you to be directly beside you when you were bleeding on the ground. We found smudged handprints on the inside of the exit doorjamb, which means whoever she was had been inside the club. She was also carrying your bag.” 
“So maybe I hooked up with a girl that night and was going to take her home. It is a club, idiot. Beautiful, young women are a given. But, I can’t say for sure. I can’t remember. Ask the doctors.” 
“We know you paid the man off to say whatever you wanted.” 
Tommas smirked coldly. “Prove it.” 
Delog’s cheek twitched. 
Cops didn’t like being outwitted. 
“We’ll get the info one way or another, Tommas,” Crown said lowly. 
“I don’t see what difference it makes,” Tommas replied. “Other than the fact you two fools have been on my case for years, and you’re still trying to find something valuable enough to make me turn rat. Newsflash, boys, it isn’t going to happen.” 
Crown held tight to the door. “I guess the boss’s seat is looking pretty damn fine from where you’re standing, isn’t it?” 
Tommas’ shoulders stiffened. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” 
Delog waved two fingers at Tommas. “Have a good day, Tommas. Enjoy the party. See your people. We’ll be around, looking into things like always.” 


Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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