Publisher: Chicken House
Release Date: February 24th 2015
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.
This book was just wonderful. It was so easy to read, each sitting I just didn’t want to put it down (and this was during a bit of a reading slump so that’s impressive!) It felt very much like a modern day Romeo and Juliet – girl meets boy, boy and girl’s families are at war, chaos ensues. As a Shakespeare fan this works great for me: if you’re not then don’t be put off. It doesn’t follow the exact plot of the star-crossed lovers, plus it’s all very modern, full of mafia men, guns and danger.
Our narrator, Sophie, is a perfectly written protagonist – she’s smart and funny, vulnerable but able to look after herself, and just read like a real person. On reflection, I did see her getting ‘rescued’ by the male characters a little too often for my liking, but there were plenty of other times when she was busy standing on her own two feet just fine. I was worried there was a little hint of Twilight about the story, but even if there are similarities, it’s so well written and has such well rounded characters that it doesn’t really matter.
The idea of four young, sexy Italian men moving into the neighbourhood is probably enough to make most teens swoon (and some of us not-so-teens!) and the descriptions of the brothers were brilliant. They all had very distinct personalities and didn’t just feel like a bunch of eye candy. If one of them did, for me it was Nic, which is a shame as he is supposed to be our Romeo. I just found myself much more interested in the relationship between Sophie and Luca – I saw a lot more tension and sparks there.
The book moves quickly from action to action, building up to a climax that had me reading far too fast just so I could finish and see what happened (seriously, I should probably read the last few chapters again because I skim read it really fast). There were some funny moments, some very romantic moments and the whole thing was on enjoyable and exciting ride. I’m very much looking forward to the next installation, which is coming very soon!