by Bethany-Kris Donati Bloodlines #3
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Mafia Romance, Contemporary, Romance
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Some days, it felt like Emma had just imagined it all. Like maybe everything she had been with Calisto was just a dream. Emma knew it was crazy—it was impossible to forget what she had shared with Calisto Donati. All their love, the stolen moments, their foulness together, and the beauty underneath it all were real. They were real. But he didn’t know. He didn’t know any of it. And little by little, with every day that passed her by, Emma found she was losing those pieces that reminded her they had existed once. Just like the rosary. All too soon, Emma knew … there would be nothing left.
Emma hadn’t given him a choice. Her, not him. Yeah, that’s what Calisto was going to keep telling himself. He refused to feed into the strange curiosity he had about Emma Donati. It had been building from the moment he’d first seen her face after he’d awakened. He wouldn’t admit that for longer than he cared to admit, he thought there was more behind her false smile, polite words, and the distance she put between her and him—that there might be more to them. He couldn’t. Except … he was feeding into it. Calisto just wasn’t sure what it was. But tonight he was going to find out. Whether she wanted to tell him or not.
He knew he was missing something. More than memories. More than passing days and months. More than conversations, family and burials and business. Something important was missing.
The Donati Bloodlines series pulled me into its grasps and never let me go. They're the kind of books you read in one sitting, in order, just to get the full effect of the story. Thin Lives is no different, the story is just as gripping, especially after the cliffhanger we're left with at the end of Thin Lines. Best read in order, Thin Lives brings us back into the action-packed, suspense fueled world of Emma and Calisto, two star crossed lovers at the wrong end of the mafia's attention. The stakes are upped in Thin Lives, the drama kicked up a notch, the anxiety layered on thick, and the unknowns piling up. I knew this was going to be the closure I needed in the series, but I didn't know what to expect. Bethany-Kris did not let me down. From accidents to "accidents," the reader is in the midst of every twist and turn, left with only the ability to root for Calisto and Emma as they fight against the world they'd accepted for so long. There's nothing easy about these two, their relationship is just as impossible in this final book as it has been in the past, but the fight is real and the steps they take to make the impossible possible made me turn every page just that much faster.
If something feels wrong to you, it probably is. If it doesn't seem right, then it isn't. Dont trust based on loyalty and blind faith. He is not who you think he is.
Like the previous two novels, I was swept right back into the story, in love with Bethany-Kris' ability to write such distinctly unique characters with different thoughts and dialogue styles. The characters came to life for me, the bloodshed seemed to happen before my very eyes, and as things got tense I scooted right to the edge of my seat, prepared for anything. This conclusion takes everything the previous two novels built upon and provides readers with the ending they desired from the very beginning, only with a lot more depth and action than your usual HEA. Bethany-Kris also delivers with a detailed epilogue, that wasn't necessarily my style, but did answer all the reader's burning questions. It also allowed us to see the future, the next books to come from the always incredible storyteller of mafia romance.
I know you're what I'm missing...
The Donati Bloodlines are an absolute favorite of mine; I love Emmy, and I have a little dark spot in my heart for Cal. If you are a fan of mafia romance and looking for an author who tells the story right, Bethany-Kris is it for you.
CALISTO AND EMMA AREN'T STAR-CROSSED. THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE. READ WHERE IT ALL STARTED IN THE FIRST 2 BOOKS IN THE DONATI BLOODLINES SERIES!
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Synopsis: Calisto Donati She was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over. It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento. Not for Calisto. She was taken. She was claimed. She was not his. In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go. What good had saving her done? He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another. Emma Sorrento Emma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile. At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face. He smirked. And winked. Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her. Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose. She had already lost once. Wasn’t it enough? WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, the third is a HEA.
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Synopsis: Calisto Donati Calisto had never been a fan of pain, but he found it provided a certain relief. It was a high that couldn’t compete with anything else he experienced. That was why he fought bare-knuckled, why he drove fast, despite knowing he might crash, and why he still enjoyed looking at Emma Donati—no matter her current status. Pain felt good. He might have been a fool for doing so, but as long as he got what he wanted from it, he didn’t really care. When he fought, he was given release. When he drove, he was given freedom. When he looked at Emma, he was given memories. All of them brought a certain level of pain. All three might kill him someday. Calisto glanced at Emma, taking her in again when she didn’t know he was looking. He realized then that only one might actually be worth dying for. Emma Donati Emma kept her gaze on the book in her lap, pretending like there wasn’t an argument going on across the room. She had become terribly good at acting like she didn’t hear. Calisto watched her out of the corner of his eye while he argued on with Affonso. She was too focused on Calisto to care about their fight. His anger. The tightness of his jaw. Searing soul-black eyes. The two men were not the same. They might have shared blood, but their hearts were entirely different. One man never let her out of his sight when he was nearby. The other acted like she didn’t exist. This was what it was like, she realized, to be in love with someone she couldn’t have. Calisto Donati would never be hers. This wasn’t a fairy tale that would end happily. They weren’t star-crossed. They were impossible.