Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Where the Sun Hides - Bethany-Kris & London Miller

Where the Sun Hides (Seasons of Betrayal #1)
by Bethany-Kris & London Miller
Genre: Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
Published: May 31, 2016

In places where the sun can hide, the darkest betrayals are made.

Violet Gallucci and Kazimir Markovic have grown up in the same city, but on opposite sides of the game they call life—Violet, an Italian principessa della mafia, and Kaz, a Russian Bratva heir. Lines have been drawn, and they know not to cross them.

Their paths crossed once, a long time ago, but when they meet again, the territory and rules set out by their families that have kept them separated seem to bleed away.

She's more than her last name …

He’s more than a Russian …

But secrets from the past—and the people determined to keep them hidden—have other plans for Violet and Kaz.

Rival families.

One city.

Star-crossed lovers.

They should be enemies.

It could mean war.

This is just the beginning …

4.25 Stars

She still wasn't sure if it was going to end well for them. And that colored everything that should have been beautiful a little black.

Yes, another mafia romance, you all know how I love forbidden romance with a side of dangerous deals and dirty money. 'Where the Sun Hides' is book one in the "Seasons of Betrayal" series by Bethany-Kris and London Miller. Think Romeo and Juliet mixed with drugs, guns, and a whole lot of deceit and lies. From opposite sides of New York, Kazimir "Kaz" Markovic and Violet Gallucci should have only had one first meeting and never again should they have interacted, but an innocent childhood memory soon becomes an illicit affair. I don't know if I have a favorite between these two, they're both young, breaking the mold, and questioning why their families are at war when they so easily could grow attached to one another. Kaz is headstrong, bold, following in his father's Russian Bratva footsteps, but not without pushing the mold and breaking the rules. Violet has been hidden from her father's Italian mafia ties, though she understands who he is. She's been his princess since she was a child, even though she's bent the rules a time or two, but she goes too far this time. A chance encounter between the two alights their scorching chemistry and with every page turn it gets hotter and hotter. 'Where the Sun Hides' is told from their dual POVs and it is so easy to fall into their secret romance as they hide from their parents restrictive guidelines. It's passionate, dangerous, secretive, and forbidden, which makes their meetings just that much hotter.

She shouldn't want to know anything about the man at all. Not with who he was, the people he was affiliated with, never mind her father's very obvious dislike of the whole bunch.
Yet she did.
She still did.

I loved just how much mafia family involvement was tied into this book, I could not have asked for a better mafia type novel. It was so easy to picture the father's in their dominating, boss roles, the meaty men in their tight circles, and the wives and children drug unwillingly into the battle of the Russians versus the Italians. Every single secondary character was fully fleshed out, allowing readers to picture the setting, each character, their different mannerisms and voices, and how they interacted. I felt like I was watching a movie the entire time, my imagination creating the scenes from the descriptive words Bethany-Kris and London Miller write with. The dialogue in 'Where the Sun Hides' is frequent, the scenes playing out in words rather than all action. We see the families with their private battles, the arguments that lead to bloodshed, and finally the support and sweet words shared between Kaz and Violet behind closed doors. It all comes to life and I think it was the highlight of this novel. I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the secrets to spill out and with the ending that Bethany-Kris and London Miller hit us with we know the bloodshed has only just begun.

Violet was trusting him, believing that he would not only keep her safe, but ensure that no one would catch them together. Kaz wouldn't break that.

"Because the only thing that I'm really concerned with keeping hidden at the moment is standing just a few feet away from me."

"Seasons of Betrayal" is a series that cannot be missed and you'll find yourself sucked into the forbidden romance of Kaz and Violet, children born into a decades long war between the Russian and the Italian. I loved 'Where the Sun Hides' and the slight cliffhanger ending left me only more excited for the next release, 'Where the Snow Falls.' If you are looking for a mafia romance, this series is the perfect mixture of the two.

She thought he was beautiful like this-more so than any other time. A little raw, maybe. Wild even. Colored dark around his edges as he chased a high with her. So beautiful.

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