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Sofia (A Bittersweet Cartel Romance Book 4) by [Jane, Melissa]
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4.5 Stars

WARNING: If you've not read the other books in the Bittersweet Familia series then this review may contain spoilers. These books cannot be read as standalones and must be read in order.

This is Sofia's story who we first met in Little Doll. You may remember her as the woman at Hector's mansion who was in charge of getting the girls ready for the nights they were to be paraded in front of potential buyers. Now, she didn't come off particularly well in Little Doll in her dealings with Laila but this book really helps you to understand what she was going through and how the things she did she did only to survive. Some parts of this book are hard to read, Sofia went through so much that you can only admire her strength and durability.
You get to find out how Sofia to came to be at the hell on earth that is Hector's mansion and it gives you a great understanding of her character. The events of this story occurred in Little Doll and Crimson Desert but obviously we see it from Sofia's point of view. I did find at around 70% in that because I knew what was coming my interest wasn't as piqued as it could have been but reading from Sofia's POV was giving me a different enough view point that I still enjoyed the story. 
I was very pleased with the ending and overall I have immensely enjoyed this series. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to pick up more of this authors work.
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Ahhhh, Melissa Jane has struck again!! This author can write no wrong and Sofia is no exception. The only thing I disliked about this book was that it is the last of the Bittersweet Familia series, and that made me so sad. This author delivered a pull no punches set of interconnected novels that just took my breath away from start to finish and garnered emotions I have seldom felt when reading. Kindle throwing, gushing, crying….you name it, I absolutely felt it. In every single book.
Sofia goes back a bit in the series. The stern, apparently unemotional woman we meet at Hector’s gets to tell all, and it’s a story that needs to be told in order to tie those loose ends. There is reference to other characters in here and I would strongly suggest that you read the three previous books so that you get the whole picture. Sofia also contains spoilers for those previous books so please be aware of that. It’s a no brainer really, as all these books are brilliant and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you started at the end.
“It took a breath.
A blink of an eye before it was all over.
A heartbeat to shatter two lives.”
Written in true Melissa Jane style this book captivates you from the beginning to end, and she really doesn’t take long before she throws you in at the deep end and drags you into that dark, gritty experience that I now recognize all too well in her writing. She does it so well; she wrings out the emotion in such a harrowing fashion that it is so difficult to put the book down. I love a dark read, and I particularly like one that holds nothing back. And that’s what you get in Sofia, just like the other three.
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4.5* read.
This is the fourth book in the series and in my opinion you really need to read the first three books before this one to fully appreciate this book otherwise you wont get this book at all. Its hard to give a review without giving to much away so I'll keep this short and sweet and. this is a gripping, intense, dark suspenseful book that takes you on a compete emotional ride throughout and I loved every minute of it. It is a dark read and there could be some triggers for some readers.
I was gripped from the first chapter with this book and is full of surprises. I'm not usually a dark book type of girl ( I admit I'm more of a soft center) but this book is so well wrote and its such a gripping series that the dark side of it just added to it for me and I loved getting out of my comfort zone.
Well done Melissa on an amazingly gripping series that worked well on my dark side. Cant wait to see what else you write.
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HASH(0x92e2c870) out of 5 stars Great conclusion to a good series 15 Sept. 2015
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is book 4 and the conclusion of the Bittersweet series. You need to read the previous books because not only are there spoilers, but the other books tie into this final one and you'll miss important details and not know the characters as you should at this point. This is Sofia's (Marcela's) story about how she came to be Hector's possession and about the years she lived in the Florez mansion.

Sofia's real name is Marcela and her sister was Sofia. They take a trip on a super yacht with Sofia's boyfriend Alex and his friend Xavier. For several days the group lounges around, swims and enjoys their time together. On several occasions, Marcela feels as though the others are hiding secrets from her, but she decides to ignore it and concentrate on having fun. This all comes to a tragic end when the yacht is boarded by unwanted visitors. There are deaths, drugs, Marcela loses her name/identity and her nightmare of becoming a cartel leader's slave begins.

I felt so sorry for Marcela. She was a wonderful character and even though anyone else would be broken by what she endured, Marcela never gave up on the hope that one day she would leave and have her freedom. Just like in Laughing Eyes, we are able to gain an entirely different perspective of books 1-2 by seeing the events from Marcela's eyes. She is not the cold uncaring slave you think she is and we now have a better understanding of her actions and attitude. Marcela lived through years of many unthinkable events and is treated horribly over and over again. Hector and Juan really are monsters. Once again I fell in love with Aiden and his protective and caring nature.

I won't give away specific spoilers, but I will tell you that this story continues after the scene where Hector and Juan are killed. (That's not a spoiler since we witnessed their deaths in an earlier book.) There is a beautiful ending, one that I could not have dreamed up to be better. Great conclusion to a good series.
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HASH(0x92a44b1c) out of 5 stars An incredible ending to a fantastically dark and twisty series. 6 Jan. 2016
By Louise Seraphim Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so excited to get this book, like stupidly excited. I have absolutely loved every book in this series so far, and just knew Sofia would be no different.
Little Doll & Crimson Desert were the first 2 books in the series, and followed the story of Laila and Aiden, which was a powerful and addictive story. Then Laughing Eyes was different characters, it was a character who had shown up in the previous books, but now got his own story, Danny. That was also an incredibly intense story, which had me holding my breath pretty much throughout. It was dark, gritty and shocking, but most of all it was incredibly sad. So as much as I was excited for Sofia, I was really nervous and hoping there would be fantastic ending in store for all the characters.

Sofia follows the journey of another character who had shown up in the first 2 books. We didn't get to see a lot of her, but enough to wonder what had happened to her, and what her story was. Which is why it's incredibly important, for you to read the other books before this one. Each story links up in some way or another, and if you skip one, you will miss a chunk of an overall big picture. Plus, you seriously wouldn't want to skip any, they are all incredible.

So anyway, the story starts with 2 gorgeous sisters. So different from each other, yet very close. The youngest invites her older sister to come on a yacht trip, with her and her boyfriend, Alex. Although dubious, quiet and smart Marcela decides to go along.
So on this huge, gorgeous yacht for the w/end, is where they meet another friend of her sister's boyfriend, Xavier. He is stunning, and mysterious. Obviously keeping a lot of secrets, but he likes Marcela and they seem to be quite attracted to each other.
So the next couple of days are relaxing, chilled out, and full of chemistry and tension. What they didn't know, is that everything they thought they knew, is about to change. Their lives will never be the same. And not everybody will get off that yacht.

The story takes a serious change from then, and we are following just Marcela's story now. She is taken captive, and held as a sex slave to Mexico's leading Cartel Boss Hector Florez. We soon learn he is evil, twisted, and has literally no heart. Which is how he has made it so far up the Cartel food chain.

We follow Marcela through 4 years of captivity, and how she is treated and what she has to deal with, some of the people she meets, and how she survives in this Mexican mansion/prison.

What I found that I loved about all this series, what they had in common, was the sheer strength of the women in each story. Marcela was no different. They survive on sheer will and determination, even though they have no reason to want to. They have had things done to them, you couldn't possibly imagine, and it's enough to turn them in to an empty shell. Yet, they keep going.
I thought Marcela was incredible, and read each page shocked, and glued to the pages, yet hoping that she would get her HEA, and her retribution in some way.

The last 30% ish of this story, is where it coincides with Little Doll, and Crimson Desert. And no you don't have to have read those books first, but believe me, you want to!! We learn what happened from a different perspective, and because it had been some time since I read them, I had forgotten the outcome of Marcela, and was desperately hoping everything would turn out good for her.

I was not disappointed with the ending. It was perfect, and I was so happy with how it all turned out. Just when you think things are going to go south pretty quick, it picks back up and is finished epically!!

Of course this whole series is incredible, because of the captivating writing style of Melissa Jane. She tells a dark and heartbreaking story, and doesn't leave any nasty bits out. We get the full picture, and are left to live it along with the characters. I always end up crying with these books, because I end up so attached to the characters, and want them to get their HEA, or justice. But another thing she does so well, is world build to perfection. I mean the detail that goes into this world of dangerous, twisted, Cartel criminals is scary real. Cartel storylines have become a bit of an addiction for me over the last year, and I would say The Bittersweet series, is one of the best that I have read. It's brutal, raw and dark, but it's completely addictive!!

If you like dark, gritty stories, that don't blow glitter over the ugly realities. Then Sofia (and the rest of the Bittersweet series) is an absolute must read!!

I wanted to be strong.
I wanted to defeat him.

STAR RATINGS:

Plot = 5/5
Characters = 5/5
Heat = 5/5
Writing Style = 5/5
Overall Rating = 5/5

**A copy of this book was provided, in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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HASH(0x92d6be58) out of 5 stars Great dark read, thoroughly enjoyed it 13 July 2015
By Kaylene Osborn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sofia is the fourth story in the Bittersweet Familia by Melissa Jane and this one does not disappoint.

Marcela Ortiz's story is one you will not soon forget. She is caught up in a world where violence, domination, slavery, and horror become part of her everyday life. A life which she cannot escape, but a life she tries every day just to live through. She is strong, but even strong women have their limits and Sofia is brought to those limits often during this story. Her journey is tough, and extraordinarily sad at times.

This book starts out with two sisters going out on a fantastic yachting adventure. Marcela meets the gorgeous, Xavier and, of course, romance ensues. But not for long. There's a twist in the story and Marcela is taken captive by a Mexican cartel boss and her life is irrevocably changed as she becomes his sex slave. To taunt Marcela, he changes her name to Sofia and her life is no longer her own.

This is a brutally addictive book that you will be flipping the pages and before you know it, it will be over. I loved this book and five stars do not do it justice. I can thoroughly recommend it - one-click this read today.
HASH(0x92e2cca8) out of 5 stars Must Read! 12 July 2015
By Melissa72 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a must read! It is the fourth and final book in the series and I would highly recommend that you read the first three books before reading this one so that you can get the whole big picture, and truly be able to appreciate the story fully. You will love Marcela, she is a beautiful, strong character, and you will find yourself becoming emotionally invested in her and her happiness and well being. This book is suspenseful, dark, and gritty, and deals with some things that may be triggers to sensitive some readers. It is absolutely riveting and very hard to put down once you start. I was sucked into the story from the start and definitely did not want to put this book down. I don't want to leave any spoilers, but I will say prepare yourself for one hell of a ride. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
HASH(0x92e2ce58) out of 5 stars Intense and full of surprises! 11 July 2015
By Myra Espino (Ms. Me28) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sofia, 4th book in the Bittersweet Familia series, rocks!
Just like the other books in the series, this book is full of surprises.
In this book, it's Marcela Ortiz or "Sofia's" story.
The opening of the book is great.
It was heartbreaking and full of unexpected things.
As the story goes, things get more interesting.
To make my review and so that you'll definitely read the book, find out if Sofia will find her own hero and will she have the revenge she wanted.
Ms. Melissa nailed it again!
This book will rock your world!

**This book have sensitive topics, so if you're not into dark books....I suggest you skip it.**
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