There were always whispers about my roommate at Hillcrest Academy.
The wealthiest of the wealthy sent their kids to our boarding school, and Brooke Bennett had been at the top, though I never quite knew why. She was fun and outgoing, but she kept quiet about her family. The only things she showed me were photographs of her brothers.
I became fascinated with her second-oldest brother. Kai Bennett.
He was the most of them all. Smoldering. Hypnotic. Alluring.
Kai had eyes that pulled me in and a face that haunted my dreams.
Then I met him.
He came to our school with their father, and that’s when I learned what kind of family Brooke came from. They were mafia, and Brooke’s oldest brother was dead. Her father said accident, but Brooke said murder.
Three months later, her father died, and Kai became the head of the Bennett Family. Brooke left Hillcrest for good, and that was the last time I saw her.
Fourteen years later, I’m staring at her face on the television. Brooke is missing.
Two days later, Kai Bennett kidnaps me.
I finally got around to this book, since I first saw the cover I wanted it and it didn't disappoint, I loved it. What a roller-coaster ride, Kai is hypnotic, I couldn't get enough.
And finally, a Mafia romance that isn't teenage boys being the Big I am.
I love Tijan's previous books based in a high school setting, I love all her books don't get me wrong but the age of the characters is something I sometimes struggle with, I love Tijan's writing, her plots, the characters but the actions of the characters, it never feels real or believable to me when the bad guy is a teen, I end up having too many doubts due to the age of the characters, I spend most of the time questioning things, trying to reason with what I am reading, I try and forget about the age and picture older characters until I am reminded about the setting or their age, this isn't just this author I have read a few books were the bad guy is in high school, the head of the Mafia, or a gang leader. Anyway moving on...........
This book though, this felt more believable, Kai Bennett was danger, he was a brooding alpha, he was alluring and the head of the Mafia, he was also maturer, this was no teenager finding his feet, playing Mafia, Kai Bennett was the Mafia, hang on; just let me wipe away my dribble.
A slow burn romance with intense moments, there's danger, kidnappings, angst, hotness, twists and turns, damn this was good.
Another brilliant read from Tijan, my favourite yet.
I listened this in audio, it took a bit to get into, boy was the narrator hyped up, I spent the first few chapters tense and couldn't relax, its like she had had a bag of blue sweets or something before reading, she sure did put everything into it but in the angst moments her enthusiasm really brought it all to life.