Thursday, August 9, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Dishonored - Bethany-Kris

Publication Date: August 6, 2018
Genres: Adult, Organized Crime, Mafia, Romantic Suspense
by Bethany-Kris

Sex is his weapon. 
Power is her drug.
Caesar Accardo is gasoline. Mostly harmless while stable, but Aria holds the match to set the dishonored Cosa Nostra prince on fire in more ways than one. And if he burns down everything in his path because of it—so be it.
The problem is … she just wasn’t prepared for all of him.
Aria De Rose is a hurricane. Amazing from afar, but destructive up close. Caesar keeps getting pulled into the Camorra queen’s plans in her effort to gain power, but he’s a better player than she knows.
The thing is … women like her are the reason why rules are meant to be broken.
Philadelphia isn’t ready for game these two are playing—the sacrifices they make might not be worth it in the end, and someone will always lose in a war.
They’re broken, so very vicious, and they are not the good guys. But for every villain in the world, there’s a monster at his back who made him that way.
And monsters like those hide in plain sight.
Note: This is a standalone romance with content that some might find triggering. Be warned, and read with caution.

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Caesar enjoys watching others suffer, making them feel the helpless anger he's felt for years. He's got no desires to be a made man for his father, he poses no real threat to the outside, at least he didn't until Aria de Rose steals his attention. She's a Queen and she'd stake him with her heels if the game they were playing wasn't so entertaining and getting her exactly what she wanted. The two start a high stakes battle, filled with sexual secret meetings and power-driven bloodshed.

"Vicious, violent, and vehement. And she would bow to no one. Not again."

I am not even going to sugarcoat this, I did not expect Dishonored to be a 5 star read and right now I'm sitting here shocked that it absolutely was for me. The characters aren't my usual taste and some of the storyline in the novel is heavy, but ultimately both of those things are what drew me in. Caesar Accardo is haughty and has an attitude about everything (heeven wears rings on every finger!), plus he likes to ruin things. Knowing Bethany-Kris' writing I knew there was a backstory to this, but nothing prepared me for what it really was. He's an angry person, with a past fueling the fire that keeps his hatred alight. Aria de Rose is a beautiful, kept women with a desire for power and the right sort of ambition. They're enemies, at least they're supposed to be, but these two gorgeous people can't deny lust or games. 

"And he found heaven. Or good God ... Maybe she was hell."

Dishonored follows Caesar and Aria as they each go after control, the very thing each has, at one point, had none of. They're beautiful on the outside, but bruised and beaten on the inside, bringing out there very worst selves. We're treated to a lot of blood shed, crude dialogue, and heated smut, with the two blurring the lines between hate and love. There's a lot of family dynamics to this novel, with Bethany-Kris showing us a darker side to the underground world of crime. Things aren't always guns, money, drugs, and women, sometimes there isn't a parent helping their child succeed. By the end of the novel I could picture the two perfectly with their impeccable hair and clothing, their smirks, their journey to the top, and the chemistry sparking between them constantly. 

""Like sin, and hell, and the hate in her heart."

There's no gilded gold throne for these two, but both have their sights set on a bloody one, one they can make with the bodies they leave behind as the game grows more dangerous. Of course, there's a romance mixed in, a good one at that. Both Caesar and Aria have no idea what it really means to be cared for, so while they care for one another in a different way than is typical it is right for them. They learn to accept themselves, accept the flaws of others, and to use their pain in a way that suits them. Each is broken, but together they're a perfect fit. I highly recommend Dishonored, it's a memorable read that has some fantastic character development. If romance and syndicated crime is your thing, Bethany-Kris should be a go to author for you.

ARC provided.

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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