Monday, 7 March 2016

Breathless and Bloodstained by Bethany Kris REVIEW

Breathless & Bloodstained (The Chicago War, #4)OUT NOW
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No war is won without a few bloodstains. 
Tommas Rossi wants what belongs to him—he wants it bad. At thirty-years-old, he’s on course to become the youngest boss in the Chicago Outfit’s history. He just has to make it to the end alive. But being the boss of the Outfit means nothing to Tommas if a certain blue-eyed girl isn’t standing with him when the city finally crumbles. The crown is so close he can taste it. Blood paves his way. Every king needs a queen, but he doesn’t know how to get his anymore. 

Abriella Trentini has always been the rebel. She’s quicker than most men, dangerous when she wants something, and more careful than anyone knows. Her relationship with Tommas Rossi has been a dangerous game she loved to play, but someone always has to lose. With choices to make, the kind that determines who will live and who will die, Abriella doesn’t know what to do. This should have been easy, but nothing ever is, and her time to choose is running out. 

So much blood has spilled for this. The Outfit is in shambles, grieving and angry. The families just want peace. No one knows who will take the Chicago throne because too many men have a stake in this game. In wars like these, no one will let it go easily.

They’ll be bloodstained until the very bitter end. 

And left breathless in the devastation of it all. 

Has it been worth it? 


Please Note: Breathless is the fourth book in a series and should only be read after the first three books have also been read. It is NOT a standalone. 

Review after the jump!

This series has honestly just taken my breath away (no pun intended). When I first read Deathless and Divided I honestly just picked it because the cover was so colourful and different from most Mafia book covers, I thought it couldn't hurt.
I was correct on one hand, on the other this series hurt in the best way as the story unfolded. Tommas and Abriella's story has been teased since the first book in what can only be called the second worst kept secret of all time (looks at Arrow) so I knew I was in for a treat when we finally got to it.

My favourite aspects of this series are the details of the war and the relationships between all of the characters. The details of the war are honestly so well planned and it's just a delight to see how many chess pieces any one character has to move just to get a temporary win. Damian starts off the series from a Mafia perspective and he's honestly the heart of the last two books because the loyalty he shows for his family is unparalleled. From the girls' perspective they all get along so well and all the men were ruining this as if your family isn't talking to another family who cares how long these girls have been friends or if they've been planning to be in each other's weddings since forever right? Seriously, it's so nice to see a book that's so fully fleshed, it's able to cover all the important plot points without ever making it feel like it's all being crammed in out of nowhere.

When the issues of the Chicago Outfit became clear, I honestly had no idea who I wanted to take the seat. However, the further we got into the series it became clearer and clearer who shouldn't take it and how terrifying it would be when that happened. I think this series raises a very important point about erasing/fixing the issues of the previous generation - you have to understand that you need and want to be better than them and you need to surround yourself with people with the same core values.

I've finished this series very satisfied with the future of the Chicago Outfit and I'm honestly so thankful for judging a book by it's beautiful cover.

Recommend to: fans of crime novels, fan of the Ruthless People series
Rating: 5 stars

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