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Top Customer Reviews
This is Christine Besze’s first new adult book and also my first book that I read by this author.
This book is about Tori who is just about to turn 18 when she finds out her whole life that she thought is knew has been lie and when the truth is exposed what follows is a whole lots of trouble for Tori. I can’t really say too much about the plot without giving it away. All I will say is that there was lots of twists and turns and I was kept hooked throughout the story. Not only is it a romance story but also there is plenty of drama and action thrown.
I loved Tori’s character throughout, she was strong and feisty and I loved the chemistry between Tori and Theo. However I did think that Tori at times was a little acceptable of what Theo was telling her in the second half of the book. I would have thought she would have had more questions and wanted answers. As well as lots of action scenes there was plenty of hot and steamy moments between Tori and Theo and as I said some of the banter and chemistry between them was great.
The story is very well written and flows really well. Once I started it I wanted keep reading to see what happened next. The secondary characters were also great as Tori’s and Theo’s friends and I was pleased to see that the author had included a snippet of Dani and Jeromy’s story which I look forward to reading.
Overall a hot, sexy action packed read.
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Theo is new to their school and Tori loses all train of thought when he's around. Soon, things start to get heated between the two of them and she feels it's only fitting to introduce Theo to her father at her birthday dinner.
The night of the dinner everything goes to hell in handbasket with a pretty red bow. Nothing is as it seems anymore. Not her parents, Theo, even the bullies at school. Although it suddenly makes sense why her parents taught her how to fight and to use a gun. Now, it's time for the truth, leaving Tori more confused than ever.
Loved this book! At first I wondered why the prologue was about characters that weren't in the book. It didn't make sense to me. Then, the more I read, the more it made sense! LOL! I thought the book started out a little slow, but otherwise the author had me flipping the pages wanting more. I needed to figure out what the heck was going on with Tori. What craziness was going to happen next? Once the story gets going and events reveal themselves, you can pretty much put every character in their place. A felt like a couple of the supporting characters needed a bit more background to them, but other than that it was very well written. However, a few things nagged at me that needed answers.
A couple things confused me in the end. If Theo knew of Carmine's family, why didn't he recognize Gia? I would think in that life, you what your enemies look like. Why were Dani & Shelby dragged into that house and how did they get out? Only a small explanation is given for how they got there, not why. I'm also still confused on how Kevin and Landon tie into the whole thing and what they were supposed to get out of it. That wasn't really explained at all. And why, was Kevin want Tori so much??
Dani's book is next, so maybe we'll get a few answers there. All in all, it was a great book!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Published: July 24, 2105
Read: February 26, 2107
My Rating: 5
POV: Told in first-person; primarily from heroine.
Series: Fire and Water: #1 Leo Rising; #2 Aries Fire (more coming)
Genres: Romance, New Adult
How is it I never read anything by this author before?! I could not finish this book fast enough! From the very first page, I was intrigued. Leo Rising is a fantastic novel and I can't wait to read more in this series. There was romance, of course, but so, so much more. The suspense and mystery aspect sucked me right in. I really hated the couple of times I had to put my Kindle down. Darn 'life' getting in the way! ;)
Usually when I'm browsing for what to read, I try to read as many reviews as possible. I don't like cliffhangers and don't read them if I can help it. But I will if I have the the whole series in front of me if I am a loyal fan of the author. That said, this book had no cliffhangers but the series will go on with different characters.
Organized crime, mob etc. are not usually my first choices either. But after reading Christine Besze's Leo Rising, I need to change my selection process so I don't miss out on great novels like her's.
Another fact I loved about this novel?.....
Perche` io sano Italiano me stesso, ho apprezzato il fatto che molti dei personaggi parlavano la lingua spesso. Because I am Italian myself, I appreciated the fact that many of the characters spoke the language often.
Tori/Sophie and Theo.....
Tori grew up in Texas with the best parents. (So she thought) Her 'parents' not only cherished and cared for her, they taught Tori how to defend herself. We're talking guns, knives, and martial arts! That's right...Tori is a bada**! At the same time, she is a loving, caring, respectful daughter as well as a loyal friend.
Tori had a perfect life.
Or so she thought. Apparently the one value her parents didn't give her was honesty. The truth. When that truth was revealed, it blew up in their faces. Literally. And Tori's house along with it!
Theo.....Theo had one job. Protect Sophie/Tori and bring her home unharmed. I want to explain more about Theo's role in this story, however giving the smallest details will ruin the suspense for you. Trust me on this. Though I will say the author takes us on a roller coaster of mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance, some violence and the epitome of evil and immoral bad guys. My emotions were all over the place. There is so much going on in this book. There are so many characters that play some role in the plot. I loved everything that was going on! Sophie's friends were just awesome and I can't wait to read their books. Theo and his boys were sexy, alphas that you don't want to mess with. Unless of course it's between the sheets. ;)
~A great New Adult romantic suspense.
~Talented and well-though out storytelling.
~Characters that you will love and even some you will love to hate. I wanted to kick some butt myself.
~Appropriately placed humor.
~Sexual tension well and truly felt.
~Intimacy was erotic and written perfectly considering Sophie was just 18 to Theo's 22.
Theo was so considerate of Sophie when they were intimate the first times. He was an amazing and passionate lover/hero. Book boyfriend for sure! That boy had me swooning. Where were the Theo's of the world when I was in high school?
The next book in this series is Aries Fire that will feature Dani and Jeremy.
If I had one wish for this book that would have made me loved it even more, it would have been to have an equal amount of POV from Theo.
Me e` piaciuto molto questo libro!
I absolutely loved this book!
*I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this novel given to me by the author. My opinions are honest and unbiased.*
This book was well put together and an extremely good read for me!! 'Tori' has been leading a pretty normal life, but that normalcy can hide many secrets. When the very hot Theo walks into school things seem to change for her. He's hot and cold all the time! When 'Tori' brings Theo to meet the 'parents' things more or less blow up in her face. She's been lied to ever since she can remember. She doesn't know who she is anymore. When Theo and 'Tori' narrowly escape is it in vain? Can there be a future for such a volatile relationship? First thing's first, this book has some pretty amazing kick-butt action scenes!! Those are particularly entertaining! I love a female character that can stand up for herself and be independent! I LOVED Shelby and Dani!! They were amazing friends and could kick-butt with the rest of them. Theo was definitely in his own league. He was very interesting. The only thing I would change about him is his hot-headed temper he got sometimes. I am most definitely going to continue this series after reading this!!! I absolutely fell in love with these characters and their stories!!