Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Blog Tour & Review: Dirty Pool - Bethany-Kris

Publication Date: May 6, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime, Erotic Romance, Standalone
by Bethany-Kris
To get what he wants, he’ll have to play a game of dirty pool.
Michel Marcello never wanted to be a mafioso like every other man in his family—he wanted to be more. That doesn’t mean he’s unfamiliar with the life, or that he can’t hold his own against other made men.
They forgot where he came from …
His chance encounter with the fiery and beautiful daughter of Detroit’s most notorious Irish mob boss stokes flames beyond the ones that ignite between Michel and Gabbie Casey. Rivals shouldn’t mix, but these opposites have never been more attracted, either.
The lines between family loyalty, their duties, and responsibility begin to blur.
Love ruins all.
But these two aren’t the only ones playing this game, and it just became far more dangerous to get out alive.
Dirty Pool is a standalone romantic suspense.
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5 Stars
I've been taking a break from my organized crime reading and making quite a pile of TBR books because of that, but when I saw Bethany-Kris was giving us Michel Marcello I knew I had to push everything to the side for it. Michel has no desire to be a made man, he wants to be a trauma surgeon, he thrives under that sort of pressure. His spare time is spent supporting the Detroit family, but they question his allegiance as he falls for the pretty red head with the last name Casey. He's going to have show them just how patient, cunning, vicious he can be.

"Michel wasn't like them. He wasn't obvious. A silent sort of vicious."

Let's take a second to appreciate Bethany-Kris for doing what a lot of authors fail to do with organized crime novels, make the characters real. They aren't perfect heroes and heroines, they aren't all about their family's wants, some don't want that life, and some strike out on their own and fall in love with what could be perceived as wrong person. Sure, they're still beautiful and handsome and wealthy, but they aren't just replicas of their parents waiting to step into the role upon its availability. Both Michel and Gabbie are as real as it gets, their lives do not revolve around their parents roles as the Marcello don and the Irish Mob Boss, respectively. However, their life goals and dreams don't remove them from the family, they still have that same respect, and Dirty Pool is a story about what happens when two people, from opposing families, find one another and have to make a choice. Michel and Gabbie have insane chemistry, the lust between them is off the charts, and the natural way they just fit together is a dead giveaway that the are just meant to be. Sure, they're drawn together by the passion they share in the bedroom, but soon it's emotional and I loved watching that play out. Both know what they want, but of course family ties are binding and sometimes a Marcello must be a Marcello.

"It was an experience. It was her."

Rules, traditions, bloodshed, and romance are all found in the pages of Dirty Pool. Michel and Gabbie may have respect for their family, but the feelings they share outweigh it all. I loved the different story we got with this novel, the romance was as passionate as every Bethany-Kris novel, but the organized crime and character's life was new and gave us, the readers, a different perspective. It's a story about love and loyalty. Michel's story was an absolutely pleasure to read and I am so glad we got it. It is so easy to love these two, to love their love. 
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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