Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Since his brother’s death, Benny Bianchi has been nursing his grudge against the woman he thinks led to his brother’s downfall. He does this to bury the feelings he has for Francesca Concetti, his brother’s girl. But when Frankie takes a bullet while on the run with Benny’s cousin’s woman, Benny has to face those feelings.
The problem is Frankie has decided she’s paid her penance. Penance she didn't deserve to pay. She’s done with Benny and the Bianchi family. She’s starting a new life away from Chicago and her heartbreaking history.
Benny has decided differently.
But Frankie has more demons she’s battling. Demons Benny wants to help her face. But life has landed so many hard knocks on Frankie she’s terrified of believing in the promise of Benny Bianchi and the good life he’s offering.
Frankie’s new life leads her to The ‘Burg, where Benny has ties, and she finds she not only hasn't succeeded in getting away, she’s doesn't want to.
This is not my favorite series of Kristen Ashley's, in fact I have been very critical of this series in the past because it is the most dry of her books. In the other series she writes it feels as if she is more excited about the characters and location. Indiana is just sort of humdrum. That being said, this was probably the best book in the series in my opinion. I like Joe & Vi's story, but this one was a bit better.
Frankie is a headcase. No joke. I have never seen any woman who is more twisted up than this girl. She has a fucked up family and a really tragic past. We start this story with her being in the hospital after she was shot, be sure to read Joe & Vi's story to see this. Her head is a mess and quite frankly, the fact that Benny would even want in there is staggering to me. Frankie wasn't my favorite character, but there were things about her I really appreciated. She is career driven and I totally dug that about her. Also, once she gets out of her own head, she is actually a really good person who gets walked on a lot by others, namely her family.
Benny is almost too sweet. He has a bit of an edge, but it isn't really explored. I don't know, I guess I like my KA men to be badasses with a devil may care attitude. That is not Benny. This guy screams commitment, family, & love. He is one of the quiet KA heroes. Not sure I love that, but it worked when pairing it with Frankie's craziness! All in all, they made a great pair.
Now I love Kristen Ashley. I always have. But I felt this book, and this series, was just a slower, older, and a bit boring version of the Colorado Mountain Series. I have decided that Indiana men are just not for me. =) But Colorado men.....
The book is sweet, gentle, and truth be told, a bit bland. But like I have said, this is par for the course in the 'Burg. A few bright spots, Mrs. Zambino is the shit & Gus is adorable! The epilogue was amazing, as is the KA way, but not sure I will be diving into Merry & Cheryl's story. It is going to be the last in the series so who knows.
I give this 3.5 lipsticks.