Read between: 17th- 22nd April
Number of pages: 352
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: February 24th, 2015
Synopsis: When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.
When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.
Review: It all starts with a jar of honey.
Then in Falcone brothers move into an abandoned mansion in Cedar Hill and Sophie’s life changes, by falling for Nic, she becomes involved in mystery, drama, and family secrets.
I really like Sophie- apart from her background, she was a really relatable character. Normal job, normal best friend- she’s the average teenage girl. If we forget the fact her father is in prison for murder and she’s basically running her uncle’s diner whilst he’s out of town!
Okay, so, there is a bit of insta-love, sort of- the moment she sees Nic properly she develops a crush on him that turns into a romance pretty quickly. However, it isn’t done badly and I was really involved with their secret meetings and steamy kisses. It just worked.
As it turns out, Sophie’s family, the Gracewell’s, have a connection to the Falcone’s which ends up leading to all kinds of trouble. Is there romance really that dangerous? Can they forget the feud and stay together?
Nic is keeping secrets. Unfortunately, he isn’t exactly what he seems- and he’s not the only one.
I’ve heard this book described as Romeo and Juliet meets the Godfather and to be honest, it’s an apt description. Imagine the Capulets and the Montague’s are in the mafia and you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
I really enjoyed this book, it started off slow but once I got into the story I was sucked in and I couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait to see what happens when I continue with the series and will be picking up the second book immediately.
Will Sophie and Nic ever be together? Can she forgive him?
It was a brilliant book and I’d highly recommend it because it had something for everyone. It also includes a character in a wheelchair, so it was nice to see the representation of disability in there too.
Thanks for reading!