Sunday, January 10, 2016

REVIEW: Scarless and Sacred (The Chicago War #3) by Bethany-Kris

Secrets and wars leave the deepest scars.
Evelina Conti has always worn a mask. She is an Outfit principessa, respected and adored. She wasn’t allowed to be anything else. Her father went from a grieving husband to the Outfit boss, and now that Riley heads the family, Eve is more suffocated than ever. No matter how much she hates it, the Conti princess still has a role to play. A little attention from Theo DeLuca seems innocent enough, but nothing is when it comes to him. And certainly not when everyone believes that Theo is out to kill her.

Theo DeLuca has a target on his back. His biggest problem is figuring out who put it there when everyone is aiming at him. He doesn’t need a woman causing him issues, but the Conti princess keeps showing up at the worst times, and he’s the one left saving her. Between the men surrounding him that Theo can’t trust, and the past he can’t outrun, Evelina might be the one thing he doesn’t have to question. But when Riley decides to use Eve as his next move, even Theo might not be able to save her.

The war in Chicago is not even close to being over. This game is deadly. Each hand played cuts another mark into someone else. The Outfit boss is struggling while the men around him are rallying. As the body count continues to rise, the families keep losing.

Sacrifices are a part of war. No one will walk away from this without scars.

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PLEASE NOTE: Scarless & Sacred is not intended to be read as a standalone in this series. It is the third book in the series and should be read after the first two books. Trigger Warning: Scarless features graphic violence and scenes of past abuse. 



5+++ “Madness Most Discreet” STARS

This entire series is one big power play and I love it! The third book in this series is Theo DeLuca and Evelina Conti’s story. While all is quiet and it appears as though things are settling down within the Chicago Outfit, it’s really the calm before the storm. The war is not over and the power struggle for the big boss man’s seat is still very much in play as jealousy, greed and violence continues to breed and fester among the ranks.
If I had to sum this book up, I could easily do it in one word – THEO! I never thought I’d say this but Theo DeLuca has given Dante Marcello a run for his money, IMHO.
This man was all Alpha, the stark truth, vulnerable in a real subtle way and sex-on-a-fuckin’-stick.
“Because I like my coffee how I like my sex. Harsh, hot, and with a little bite of pain lingering behind.”
Everything about Theo had me weak in my knees and clamouring for more!!! Thank you, Bethany for such a hauntingly handsome, alpha male!!

This tale was layer upon layer of scheming. I just love how it was like peeling an onion. Bethany slowly reveals the plots and plans of the numerous players in the Chicago Outfit and sometimes it caused a bite, a sting and a few tears.

“The Outfit had cut too many scars into the people it called family, Theo included. Everyone had marks to show. No one in this life walked around scarless.”

Evelina Conti is the daughter of the current boss and as far as impressions go, she's every bit the Italian principessa. Always the good girl although she’s hating every minute of it. On her 18th birthday she catches Theo’s eye and then these two circle around each other in one way or another.

“Evelina was a beautiful young woman. Theo would need to be stupid, blind and an idiot not to see it. She was also ten shades of trouble…”
Both Evelina and Theo are pawns in other people’s games and yet people under estimate them. They see much more than most give them credit for. As these two get to know each other better, the mafia war picks up and violence, secrets and lies envelope them.
Eve and Theo together were off the charts HOT. Every encounter between Eve and Theo was explosive. I desperately wanted to be Eve; she's one damn lucky girl!
And as the danger picks up, Theo and Eve realize they are so much more to each other than a fiercely insane sexual attraction, or the guy that uses the girl and the girl that lets him so she can get what she wants.

“I would rather love a man entirely. Hidden monsters, scars, secrets and all. Enough isn’t just good enough for me. The whole point of giving your heart to someone is getting theirs in return. I don’t want a piece of some man’s heart. I want his whole heart, even if that means holding the pieces of it together.”

My freakin’ favourite quote and the only reason you need as to why I just LOVED Theo:

“Have you ever begged for it, Eve? Ever found a man that made you so fucking wet, got your blood hot and your muscles aching without even touching you that you just wanted to beg him to fuck you? Has a man ever put you on your knees and made you ask for it? Have you found a man that made you want to get on your knees and ask for it? Tell me you’ve had the pleasure of looking up at a man and asking for him, Eve, begging to suck his cock or to be fucked good and hard because you wanted him that badly. Tell me.”

In my opinion, this was the best book yet in this series! I’m more and more invested in this Chicago family and was over the moon to have the Marcellos get a cameo in this one! I highly recommend this series. You must read books 1 and 2 first to understand all that’s going on. Can’t wait for Tommas and Abriella’s book. In true Bethany fashion, she left cryptic crumbs as to the depths and complexity of their relationship and now I'm seriously intrigued.

One last thing, all I gotta say is THEO is...


*An ARC was generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*





Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three very 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, a snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she can find the time. 

"Put your pen to paper and bleed ..." 

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