Monday, May 9, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review: Kingpin by W. S. Greer

An Italian Mafia Romance
by W.S. Greer
Release: May 2, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Mafia Romance

Alannah Sullivan met Dominic Collazo when she was only in the fifth grade.  She knew him when the other kids called him names and made fun of his over-sized facial features.  She knew him when he was a shy introvert with a quick temper.   She knew him when he was first introduced to the mob lifestyle by his father, a made man in the St. Louis mafia.

Alannah knew Dominic before anybody could see his potential, and she fell in love with him when she was just a teenager... just in time for her family to pack up and move away from the city and the boy she loved.

But, Alannah is back now, and after ten long years, Dominic Collazo is all grown up.  No longer the quiet loner, Dominic is larger than life, and every woman’s fantasy.  He’s a rich casino owner with the looks of a Greek god, and an alpha male persona to die for.  He’s also a captain in the notorious Giordano crime family.

When the two of them meet again in the lobby of Lumiere Place Casino & Hotel, Alannah has no idea that her second chance with Dominic will also be her biggest curse.  As drama immediately ensues and bullets start to fly, Alannah has to ask herself if Dominic is worth all the trouble that comes with him.

Would you risk everything to be with the love of your life, even if he’s the mafia’s newest KINGPIN?

Well, color me surprised that W. S. Greer is actually a male author. I totally had no idea. No wonder I feel that there isn't enough sex, hotness and fluff for me. Sorry, I'm shallow that way. 


Alannah Sullivan and Dominic Callazo met when they were both 5th grader. Alannah is the new girl in school, while Dominic is the school outcast. Somehow when Dominic saved her from a certain bully, they both formed a special bond throughout their years together. 


Almost 30% of the book is about their childhood friendship, which was sweet and we also get an insight into how Dominic gotten involved with the mafia at an early age due to his father's being a street soldier. 

When Alannah's military dad gotten a new job transfer, these two young lovers were forced to be apart for a decade, until Alannah is all grown up and got a job back at St. Louis, the place where she long to reunite with Dominic again. 


Since I am a romance reader at heart, I tend to be more critical in regards to the romance element in a book. I feel that in Kingpin, the author develop their bond through their teenage years, I can feel the friendship, but as young lovers, I feel it isn't sufficient. They simply didn't have enough time to be really together before the decade long time gap took place. 

Even when they were reunite back again, their reconciliation feel a tad too easy, is like no time had pass. For a couple who never been in contact with each other for so long, I'm expecting more challenges in that department. The only challenge I can see is Alannah's fear of Dominic's work. 

Regarding the fluff that I need, I mean the swoon moment in this book, so far, is quite limited. The scenes I liked most of obviously Dominic's confession. It seems like his heartfelt confessions are kryptonite to Alannah because poor girl can't think straight every time it happened. She knew he is bad for her well being, but she can't help herself.


Majority of the story was invested into Dominic's work within the Giodano's Family. From his teenage years, right up to him being the youngest Capo on the street during his mid twenties. I find myself enjoying some action scene that took place and wondering how will Dominic turned into a Kingpin. He is ruthless in his work, but when he is with Alannah, he seems to be a totally different person, so care-free and smitten with his girl.

Overall, is quite a neat mafia suspense story, but it lack a solid cast of supporting characters. There are a few men around Dominic, but not one of them actually stood out. Even with Alannah, she doesn't seem to have any close friend. It seems like Book 2 is inevitable and finger crossed that I will get more sex and maybe some interesting side characters.

WS Greer is a multi-genre author, and an active duty military member with the US Air Force.  He’s been serving his country since 2004, and has been an author since his debut novel, Frozen Secrets, was released in 2013.  

WS was born to military parents in San Antonio, Texas, and bounced around as a child, from Okinawa, Japan, to Florida, to New Mexico, where he met his high school sweetheart, who’d become his wife in 2003.  Together, the two of them have two wonderful children, and are currently living overseas on the tiny island of Guam.

WS has tackled different genres throughout his writing career.  From suspense with his debut novel Frozen Secrets, to erotic suspense with his bestselling Carter trilogy and Defending Her, and now contemporary romance with Worth Saving.  As a reader, WS usually prefers the drama of suspense, but as a writer, he’s branched out and is doing his best to reach a wide audience and a plethora of readers. 

WS loves connecting with his fans and readers, and does so whenever he gets the chance, and he would love to hear from you.  You can find him on his personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Stay tuned, there’s more great stories coming from WS Greer!