Review: Amore Part 1 by Bella Jewel

Amore Part 1 CoverTitle: Amore Part 1 (Amore #1)
Author: Bella Jewel
Release Date: September 19th 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Rating: 5 stars

“It is not love that defines us, Julietta. It is love that destroys us.”

I’m just a normal girl.
Or so you would think.
I’ve never thought of myself as anything different.
Until I met him.

He doesn’t think I’m normal.
He thinks I’m special.
Special enough to be in his life.
Special enough to enter his world.
Special enough for his bed.

Rafael Lencioni. Dangerous. Beautiful. Terrifying.
My story is the one that’s never told.
I’m not the daughter.
I’m not the wife.
I’m not the forbidden lover.
I’m not a sister or a mother.
I’m not who you think I am.

So for me to fit into their world, I have to do something I never wanted in my life.
Something I would have frowned upon until I met him.

I have to change who I am.
I have to shut down my heart.
I have to accept my place.
My body belongs to him.
My heart isn’t permitted to.
Those are his rules.
But rules were made to be broken…right?

Amore has got to be one of the best mafia romance novel I have ever read!

First, let’s talk about the characters! Oh my god, I am literally just fangirling over them right now!

Meet Julietta. She is not your average badass and strong headed female protagonist in a mafia romance…actually, make that any other novel for that matter! She is one of the sassiest character I have ever read about, and I truly wish I could actually sit down and drink some tea with her!

To me, she is a very interesting character. Someone who literally does not care about what others think of her, do what she wants without caring too much about the consequences. Some might say she is impulsive, but this is what intrigues me! I mean, can you imagine making funny faces at a club owned by the mafia just for the sake of fun?!

Told you guys, Julietta is one amazing woman!

Rafael Lencioni. Hot. Sexy. Dangerous. Leader of the mafia.

You haven’t meet a dominant and powerful, hot-as-hell alpha who radiates power just from his presence till Rafael Lencioni. He can be the ultimate boss of all mafia if he wants to!

Rafael is an interesting man. Besides his obvious sexual prowess, his emotions are something else entirely. A man who marries to keep his position, like an arranged marriage, but he doesn’t treat his wife like an invisible person even if he had no romantic feelings towards her. In fact, he cherished her.

Weird right? One would expect a man such as Rafael to be completely cold towards his arranged wife, and be completely smitten with the true love of his like.

Which is true, he is completely intrigued and smitten with Julietta.

Then again, Amore is a very different mafia romance novel!

There is almost nothing that I don’t like about Amore. I love this novel so much and I do highly recommend lovers of mafia romance, and any other romance novel readers to read this!

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

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Review: Bella Vol. 6 by Kimberly Blalock

Bella Vol. 6Title: Bella Vol. 6 (Sagatori Family Saga #6)
Author: Kimberly Blalock
Release Date: July 25th 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Mafia Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 78
Rating: 4 stars

One by one the pieces to the puzzle fall into place, this epic tale of lies and deceit become clear and yet so blurred. The lines I cross are without the protection I know I’ll need or the strength to survive the destruction my past will leave me in the center of.

There is one thing that I am positively sure after reading six volumes of the Bella serial.

That is…if the pace of this serial gets any faster, and filled with more plot twists that it already has (oh and let’s not forget the cliffhangers!), I am going to need some serious braces to support my neck and some mental support please!

If you think it’s impossible for a serial, and one that is being broken down into twelve parts at that, to have plot twist in each volume, then you are in for the biggest surprise of your reader’s life!

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF KIMBERLY BLALOCK!

Where the pace of her stories will leave you feeling as if you have just run a marathon, and one that you are not able to stop until you reach the end!

Where her stories and plot twists will bring joy and pain to you, and leave you wanting more!

I guess this means life as an avid fan of Miss Kimberly’s stories isn’t easy!

In the sixth volume of Bella, Bella and Jax have a strained relationship but it still made them love each other even more. What I think they need, is marriage counselling. Sounds funny, yes? Unfortunately, it’s either that or Jax really have to work on their communicating skills!

Yeah, yeah, I know. Jax was trying to protect her, but what I do think is that, if Bella doesn’t know the truth, not only would she be unable to protect herself, the relationship would never move forward.

Of course, this story doesn’t just focus on that, but vol. 6 is a volume where the truth about Isabella Sagatori will be revealed and all the questions one has in the previous will have an answer.

By now, most of you must have realise the author loves to end each of her volume with another plot twist so heads up, this volume ends the same way!

Although in the end, I do have even more questions and I am currently trying my best to wait p-a-t-i-e-n-t-l-y for the next volume!

I am definitely grabbing the next part in this serial when it’s released!

Recommended for all mafia romance readers!

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

 

 

Review: Bella Vol. 5 by Kimberly Blalock

Bella Vol. 5 CoverTitle: Bella Vol. 5 (Sagatori Family Saga #5)
Author: Kimberly Blalock
Release Date: June 17th 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Mafia Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 80
Rating: 5 stars

I know Bella in every way you could possibly imagine, but she doesn’t know me, not as well as I want her to. I have a secret I couldn’t bare her finding out. This secret is hiding in the darkness of my past and it’s fueling a war with the Bratva. 

This is it. I am officially naming Miss Kimberly Blalock as the Queen of Plot Twists and Cliffhangers!

I am a huge fan of both Miss Kimberly’s stories and characters. Something about this author and her love for torturing both her characters and readers makes her story stands out! Sounds sadistic, I know, but it is the truth!

In this volume, what Bella and Jax needs, is to sit their butts down and communicate. Seriously, the way they flip their faces on each other, it’s faster than a person flipping the pages of a book!

Vol. 5 may very well be my favourite after the third volume because it shows more of Bella and Jax, especially Jax, and their feelings!

Bella Sagatori and Jax Moretti are one of the few characters in a novel that has such an emotional depth. Usually, a novel will most slightly have one that has a dark past, or feels strongly about certain things, but this feeling is always amplified in Kimberly’s stories.

One thing’s for sure, she loves leaving her readers wanting for more with each Bella serial!

Perhaps, some might lose interest in a particular series after each part takes too long, or maybe because there are too many parts to it, to be released. That is not the case for the Sagatori Family Saga series!

No, it leaves you wanting and begging for more!

What I can tell you is this, Bella vol. 5 ends with a cliffhanger but this time, it’s bomb-worthy cliffy!

What I will not tell you, IS THE CONTENT OF THE BOMB!

Dear readers, this may be the fifth volume in the serial, but the story between Bella, Jax, the Sagatoris and the Famiglia is just starting!

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

 

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Review: Bella Vol. 4 by Kimberly Blalock

Bella Vol. 4 CoverTitle: Bella Vol. 4 (Sagatori Family Saga #3)
Author: Kimberly Blalock
Release Date: April 19th 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Mafia Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 122
Rating: 4 stars

I hated him for the things he took from me. I hated him for the love he refused me. But after all of the hate and anger, I knew without a doubt that I was irrevocably in love with Jax Moretti. I’m a woman born into a man’s world. I’ve stood tall and held my own knowing the people that wanted my family in the ground, weren’t far behind and soon they’d be exactly where I want them to be. 

My name is Isabella Sagatori-Moretti. I will protect my family.

Bella Vol. 4 is a tale of how love can empowers one to be so strong, that no one can stop her from doing what she wants, even if the world she lived in does not allow women to take control.

Lots of things happens in this volume of Bella, and it is definitely one novel you will not want to miss!

Just a warning though, as a reader, you might want to brace yourself because this is a rollercoaster ride of feels!

Isabella Sagatori-Moretti is one woman you would definitely not want to piss off, or harm any of her family. She is caring, fearless, strong and cold when she needs to be. I do have to admit, she is kind of reckless though!

Jax Moretti…OH JAX MORETTI.

That is all I have to say until spoilers starts flying out!

Bella vol. 4 is going at such a fast pace, that I have trouble believing it when I finish the book! I mean, I read faster than I ever did with the previous volume which had less than 100 pages?!

Strange? I think not!

I prefer to think of this as one of Miss Kimberly’s amazing skills to write, amongst others!

I have to say this was a little rushed. While I understand that it is a part of a serial, I do feel that more things could have been elaborated, more emotions or words, or the story.

This author have a way of writing that will intrigue you and pull you into her stories!

This novel is definitely recommended for all mafia romance readers!

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

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Review: Bella Vol. 1 by Kimberly Blalock

Bella UPDATED CoverTitle: Bella Vol. 1 (Sagatori Family Saga #1)
Author: Kimberly Blalock
Release Date: November 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Mafia Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 120
Rating: 5 stars

My name is Isabella Sagatori. To my father I’m a princess, to others I’m an opportunity. They call me the mafia princess.

My life had been beautiful, I’d never wanted for anything. I took each day as it came and embraced it with Insight, laughter, and love. I chose not to live in the dark shadows, until now.

Skip ahead and here I am running for my life, for my father’s life, and for my freedom. Darkness lingered and my father offered my hand to the boss of the Chicago outfit to ensure my protection.

Jax Moretti came into my life as a hero and then claimed me as his own. He claimed he’d only wanted to protect me, but the dark shadows that lingered in his in eyes told a different story.

Nothing that belongs to this earth is ever free. Until I met Jax Moretti I couldn’t have known how true that could be. 

I have absolutely no idea why I waited for so long to actually start reading Bella!

The Sagatori Family Saga series is set in the mafia romance genre, one of the rarest genre I have ever read, yet this mafia romance novel has one of the best story out of all my reads, and I’m really excited to say that it was beyond amazing!

According to the author, Bella is a serial series set to be release every month. As the first volume of a serial, the length of this novel is just right and not too short, considering the fact that the entire series is set to be released in parts.

Although this is only the first part, and it might seem a tad too early to say this, but I actually think I’m might already be addicted to this serial!

I have read quite a few serials before, and usually, the pages do not go over 100, which kind of feels like someone just threw a bucket of ice water over my head whenever I finish a part of the serial.

Yet for Bella, it feels just nice. The story is neither too rush nor too slow, building at a steady pace and exploring the depths of the characters, especially Isabella Sagatori’s. Something rather unique, and one that I love, was the alternating point-of-view in the story.

I love how Bella Sagatori is being portrayed. A woman born into the mafia family, loyal to only her father and refused to be do what she is being told. She takes orders from no one! Though, there is just one thing that doesn’t quite sit well with me. How could her father not trust her?!

Jax Moretti is literally the most confusing character. One minute he’s protecting her, the other it seems as though he hates her?! Of course, he does seem to have redeeming qualities sometimes, but what I want to know is, whether Jax have any feelings for her.

I know he does, but from Bella’s point-of-view, it doesn’t seem that way! Guess I’ll be starting the second volume very, very soon!

I do think Kimberly Blalock is pretty awesome! Fitting in an amazing story, the depths of the characters, with action and romance into 120 pages is definitely not easy and if the first volume already looks this promising, I can’t wait to read the rest of the volumes in this serial!

Highly recommended for all romance readers, especially those who loves mafia romance novels and fans of Kimberly’s The Angel Trilogy!

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

 

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