Friday, 26 February 2016

Deathless and Divided by Bethany Kris REVIEW

Deathless & Divided (The Chicago War, #1)
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Lies and love. This is how a war starts. A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.

Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a choice. Forced home to marry a man she doesn’t know and back into a life she’d rather forget, her world is full of half-truths, buried pain, and uncertainty. But Damian is nothing like she expects. His motives aren’t clear. Her beliefs are being tested.

When it comes to this world, no man can be trusted. Someone is ready to flip the Chicago Outfit on its side all for the promise of something better. But no one runs a clean game and these men play for keeps. When blood begins to paint Chicago red, four families will be divided by loyalty, hatred, and revenge. There is no hiding. There is no safety.

No one is deathless.

No one.

Review ahead!

As introductions into a series go, this was pretty great. If you'd read Bethany's previous series (Filthy Marcellos) then you might have had an idea this was going to happen. I didn't. A major mistake I might add, thankfully after reading the two books that had already been published in this series I rectified that mistake.

The Chicago Outfit is a lot different to the Marcello Crime Family, for starters they don't follow La Cosa Nostra so they are lot more divided than the NY family. Deathless & Divided introduces us to Lily, who has been allowed to stay in Europe and is now being forced back to the US by her brother, and to Damian who is known as the Ghost because no one ever hears or sees him coming. 

Lily and Damian are both halves of an arranged marriage that is out of their control proposed by Lily's brother, Dino, who means well. Dino actually becomes a really important part of the series and I think it's really important and interesting in series to see characters through other people's eyes before we get to see their own viewpoint. All of the major players are introduced in this book and having them introduced to us by Lily who has been away for a while and by Damian who sees a lot more because people forget he's there was honestly great because it shows us people who don't even realise how they're coming across as they barely know they're being watched.

This book serves as a perfect example of how to set up a series and also doesn't fall prey to a pet peeve of mine: one POV in the first book then dual POVs in the second book. For me this shows a potential lack of planning and it's just a tiny bit sad because you can never get that POV as it's not worth the author's time anymore if they've moved on.

Recommend to: fans of crime, fans of mafia books, fans of romance
Rating: 4 stars

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