Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: Salvatore by Cecy Robson

Title: Salvatore
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Book One in the In Too Far Series
Published: March 13, 2019
Genre: Contemporary
Source: ARC Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 3.5-4 Stars


Book Description:
Desperate men do desperate things . . .

Salvatore Romero is a dangerous man. If you’ve lived the life Sal has, rage is to be expected and maybe so is heart. After his father killed his mother in a jealous rage, Sal was left to raise his two younger brothers, becoming a parent long before he was ready.

Desperate for money to support his family, Sal sought help from his old friend, Vincent Maggiano, the son of New Jersey’s top crime boss being groomed to take over his ailing father’s empire.

Sal never planned to join the mob. He also never planned to fall for his brother's sweet and ultra conservative counselor, Adrianna Daniels.

Aedry isn’t the type of girl Sal is usually drawn to. Her skirts are longer, her hair is tamer, and her heels aren’t clear. But he can’t deny the attraction he feels. And Salvatore’s dark, sexy, and dangerous persona is the exact opposite of the clean-cut business men who usually catch Aedry’s attention.


Neither planned on a life of crime nor did they plan on love. But now, both are in too far.








I wanted to both love and hate this book and I think, at times, I really did both love and hate it.

I hated all the lies and even how Sal acted for a good chunk on the story and I will admit, I was even not rooting for him for part of it. And yet, my weird self couldn't help but like that this gruff dangerous, over aggressive, over alpha male did have a soft spot for Aedry and most of the time, even treated her right.

But did all of that make up for the bad? I honestly, still don't know. I have so many mixed feelings about this book. When Robson said it was dark, she wasn't lying. Nothing about this book except maybe Aedry's relationship with Sal's brothers, is light. Nothing about it is even really good except for the one little thing called love and all the redeeming power said love can have and how very much someone, even a gruff alpha male, will do for it.

So did I love the lies, the deceit, and all the secrets? No, I actually didn't. 

But yet, I did love the tender rare moments and the great change that overall, happened to them all along the way and the way that in the end, it did work out and it was a happily ever after. 

Did I trust that Cecy would be able to change my mind about what I didn't like into something I did by the time the last page was turned? Why yes, yes, I did. 

So while this wasn't a favorite of mine, it was still classic Cecy under all that darkness and deceit and I couldn't help but like the characters in the end and yes, was even rooting for them and that crazy alpha male. 







*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*

30 comments:

  1. It was an ok read for me but I still need to post my review. I think I tried a mafia romance not a long time ago and it was so good that it was a bit complicated for this one

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    1. I've tried one other as well and didn't like it. Maybe they just aren't for me?

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  2. Ooh this sounds like an intriguing read because of your reaction to it. It can always be challenging to read books that have villainous characters as heroes.

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    1. Yes definitely! And I don't think he was so much a villain as he was too possessive controlling maybe? Hard to explain. ;)

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  3. I love your review, and yes I agree there were redeeming qualities about him, and I trusted Cecy to get us there <3

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  4. Oh gosh, I just got this one today. I am hoping I will get through the dark parts and still come out loving it.

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  5. Sorry there were things you kind of hated about the book, but I'm glad it wasn't all bad!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It definitely wasn't all bad, just different from her norm I guess.

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  6. Hmm -- I don't think this one would work for me. I want to believe in the characters I'm reading about, or at least understand their choices. If I hate a character (that I'm not supposed to hate), then I'll likely not finish the book.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. I hear ya! It is hard to love a story when the characters aren't your favorite.

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  7. Oh I just got this one. I'm looking forward to reading it now even more. Sounds interesting.

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  8. I couldn't help but picture the Salvatore brothers from Vampire Diaries when I saw the title of this book. It's interesting to see you so conflicted about this book. I would have exited with all the secrets and lies. I just can't justify that especially in a romance.

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    1. Yeah it was hard at times and normally I would have as well but I trusted Cecy to have an ending I would love and understand by the time it was all done so I think that helped me continue the story despite all that I didn't love.

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  9. I love this review Kindlemom, wow what a conundrum for you but I loved the way you said it. I've read books like this but I only like them if I trust the author like you did. Fantastic! and i love Cecy too

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  10. I love that even though it wasn't one of your favorites, the author won you over.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I loved that as well, which is why I kept reading for sure. ;)

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  11. I see you had a love/hate relationship with this one. This one should be interesting.

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  12. Glad you could still enjoy this at least while not loving it!

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  13. It's hard to write a review when you have mixed feelings about a story. I hate lies and deceit in a story. Glad the author was able to make up for it, and you enjoyed the story overall. :)

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    1. It really is and thanks, I'm glad it worked out in the end as well.

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  14. Oh I've had that before where you're like oh I should not like you at all! lol I still need to try her :)

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    1. You would definitely like her romances Anna, lots of steam. ;)

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  15. Its always so hard when you are rooting for the couple but still kinda hate them at times. Glad in the end you were able to enjoy overall. Great review!

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    1. Thanks I'm glad I liked it by the end as well. :D

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