Thursday, June 7, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Cozen - Bethany-Kris

by Bethany-Kris 
Publication Date: June 4, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime, Erotic, Heist Romance

coz-en (kuz-uhn) verb 1. trick or deceive. • obtain by deception.
She was named most appropriately.
Cozen Taylor has more than earned her place as one of North America’s most successful thieves. Her name is whispered amongst criminal elite as the go-to thief when someone needs a heist.
She has never failed.
A call from the Miami-based Astor family could change all that with a job that seems almost impossible to complete. The mark should be simple—a stolen family heirloom, the man who has kept it hidden for over twenty years, and six months to return the piece to its rightful owners.
Nothing is ever that easy.
Three-hundred million for a successful heist. No smart thief would turn the offer down. Cozen didn’t expect a complication like him to put a kink in her plans, though. Sargon Makri—tall, dark, gorgeous, and entirely dangerous. For her life, her heart, and for the success of the heist.
The last thing Cozen needs to be thinking about is Sargon, and how she can get him into her bed … especially when he just happens to be her mark’s bodyguard. The thrill of the job has never been more addicting to Cozen, and she will risk everything to make the heist a success.
But at what cost?
From author Bethany-Kris comes a whole new world. A North American network full of criminals battling to stay on top, and painting the streets red in war as they dabble in the game of betrayal. Malicious, cunning, forbidden, and violent—welcome to The Empires and Badlands.
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5 Stars
I am obsessed with Cozen, in fact I've already read it twice. Okay, I really read it twice due to that ending...that ending that I never saw coming! That's right, Bethany-Kris has given us an unpredictable crime romance that's entirely unique. The heroine is an incredibly successful thief, except this heist is proving to be most difficult. Cozen's name is so clever that even those she is swindling do not realize it is she and beyond those in her inner circle, no one is aware of the numerous heists she has pulled off. This job though, it's for the Astors, a family you don't want to be up against and six months may not be enough time to pull it off, especially with a distraction like Sargon around. He's her mark's bodyguard, he's just another part of the job, except he's not, he's what is really filling her mind and her bed.

"All dark, and sinful. Like his eyes. Like his taste. Like him."

Clever, sassy, and beautiful are the words an outside would think of when first meeting Cozen. While she's smiling at them she's also analyzing them, pulling information from them and judging when the most opportune time will be to take from them. She's sneaky and deceitful, wielding her charm and beauty like a weapon, her bank account growing with each heist she pulls off. She's an incredibly interesting character and her perspective is one of my favorites, and I've loved every book and character Bethany-Kris has ever given us. Then there's Sargon, a handsome, equally as clever man who sees everything and never settles in one place too long. He's her marks bodyguard, but his real threat is the power he has over her when it comes to her emotions. These two have epic chemistry, their push and pull affair so lust-driven that it makes them forget what they are each there for.

"She was a siren. Her song sung just for him."

Cozen in a less action packed crime novel from Bethany-Kris and I actually really enjoyed that for once it wasn't all guns and blood, but rather mind games, lying, and sneaking around. We aren't given a lot of background on this underground world of crime and money, but I can sure tell you I am interested in knowing more now. Cozen is just one of many thieves, though she is the only one we meet. The Astor family and their distrustful ways just amped the tension up even higher, making Cozen act out of character and making me sincerely worry that she wouldn't succeed in getting the job done. The crime itself isn't a sizeable one, but it's the nature of the crime that makes this novel suspenseful. Nothing about Cozen is a traditional crime or romance novel and that made it even more engaging for me. I loved the fresh story and of course, I loved that it is a Bethany-Kris novel. Cozen is a standalone and comes highly recommended from me!

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four 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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