Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Blog tour & Review: Revere - Bethany-Kris

REVERE, A Legacy Novel
by Bethany-Kris Cross + Catherine, #2 
Publication Date: November 6, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mafia

Revere is A Legacy Novel. While it can be read as a follow up to Always, it can also be read as a standalone novel.

She was once his liar. He was once her savior.
Cross Donati fills his days with the mafia, family, and responsibility. The wild boy is a distant memory. A waiting prince now sits in his place. An old debt puts the gunrunner right back into the path of his past, but he only sees his future.
Every king needs a queen.
Catherine Marcello learned how to stand on her own, and she no longer needs saving. The sly girl is far more dangerous now. A broken promise taught her how to live again. One conversation puts the hustler face to face with her first love, but she only sees heartache.
Every God needs a prayer.
The scars of their history runs deep. Every lie told, and each secret spilled hurts a little bit more.
Love does not care. Love will not wait.
So, why does life keep standing in the way?


5 Stars
Revere follows Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello several years after Always. Though they've always felt that draw to one another they've spent the last several years apart, leading separate lives within their respective family's syndicate. They're brought together again by chance and an affair seems like the solution, at least for a time. As they rehash the time spent apart it is obvious they have grown and yet, they still fit together like two puzzle pieces. Two mafia children don't just get together though, there must be blood shed, favors, lies, and promises, and even then the love will need strength to survive. Cross and Catherine take on the battle of proving that the love they share really is for always.

"So much. Too much. Promises. Always."

Cross and Catherine are easily my favorite book couple of 2017. There is no such thing as easy romance between these two, but that's sort of why I like them. They have fights, they run and hide, they have mafia drama between their families, and they always have fiery passion and fierce love. Their romance and their lives as individuals feel realistic, for children born into mafia families that is. Revere, the second installment in the Cross + Catherine series by Bethany-Kris, is predominantly focused on the lives that Cross and Catherine lead separately after their separation at the end of Always. Time has passed and we are offered glimpses of what has happened in each character's life as they moved forward on their own. Nothing can keep these two apart though and when they come together again sparks fly just as they did when they were younger.

"Like crushed velvet and liquid gold. Silky, hot, and expensive. A cost she didn't know if she could afford. A cost like her heart."

Bethany-Kris shows off her versatility with this series, writing from the perspective of teenagers in the first release and then aging the writing style with the characters now in their mid twenties. Cross is as arrogant as ever, as he so likes to remind everyone, but he also shows his maturity through much of the novel. He is a made man, through and through, but he keeps his promises with a strength few characters ever have. Catherine, on the other hand, has changed drastically. She's independent, she's stubborn and show's strength she didn't previously have, but she's also still a scared young woman. Her life is marked by highs with Cross and lows without him, so it is no surprise that taking him on again presents a lot of confusion and trepidation for her. Revere is all about her growth, her embracing that the changes she has made have made her better able to take on a relationship with Cross again. Cross, though he still holds a large part of the story line, is in more a supportive role, proving to Catherine that when he said Always he meant it. I loved his scenes, there is so much action in this book that really gives it even more of the Mafia Romance vibes, but it is obvious he is focused on winning Catherine back from start to finish.

"Seven years was a long time to wait. She was ready to go home."

I really could say so much about the journey Revere takes you on, but as a reader you really should find out on your own. Bethany-Kris easily is my favorite organized crime/mafia genre author, she knows how to tell a story and bring it to life, bringing you into the character's world and spitting you out only when the story is complete. Revere was entertaining, action-packed, filled with drama, and has probably my favorite ending ever. Seriously, I looked at my boyfriend and told him to take notes as I read it out loud. 

ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel
by Bethany-Kris Cross + Catherine, #1 Publication Date: October 2, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia
Amazon: (#FREE with #KindleUnlimited)
A Legacy Novel
A wild boy. A sly girl.
Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.
Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.
She chases bad things. He never learned to be good.
They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life. They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.
Love is killing for someone. Love is living for someone.
Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too. Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself. Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.
This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia. This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.
Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.
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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