I shouldn’t have remembered him. He was just a guy who walked through a restaurant. I didn't know his name. We never made eye contact. There was no connection between us at all. But I could feel him. The tingle down my spine. The command in his presence. The snap of tension in the air around him. That was the first time I saw him, and I was captivated. The second time was different. He was in the mysterious back elevator of my apartment building. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before the doors closed, and I was staggered. My breath was robbed. My senses on high alert. My body hummed. That was just the beginning. He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name… Cole Mauricio
COLE: The mafia genre is one of my highest one click fetishes, so anything mafia I tend to jump on it, add in a favourite author like Tijan and I was beyond excited to get my grabby claws onto this..
Thirty year old Addison Bowman is still recovering from a devastating blow which shook her world to the core, when she witnessed her husband dying right in front of her eyes by being taken out by a drunk driver, nothing ever prepared her for what transpired right before her very eyes.
Lost in her web of grief for over a year it's only through her best friend, Sia that she painstakingly shakes herself off and slowly moves on with life again and with that comes some big changes, first is moving out of the house her husband and her lovingly brought together and when an opportunity arises to move into The Mauricio an exclusive high rise building by invitation only she jumps at the chance.
Celebrating her new apartment at a local restaurant her eyes are drawn to a group of men that have walked through the door whom seem to dominate the whole room, her eyes are drawn to one man in particular, their eyes connect briefly and she can't help but notice how devastatingly handsome he is.
Authority and confidence emanated from him, along with an aura of danger. He moved with a grace, the others didn't have, the others walked, but he stalked in a sensual way. He moved like a predator. He was one of the best looking men I had ever seen.
This was a lot different than I had anticipated, in the beginning you completely connect with Addison’s character, Cole Mauricio is another story, so much mystery surrounds him, and for most of the story we’re not privy to his background or anything so it’s kind of like putting the pieces of a puzzle in the right places as you’re given more information about him.
There are things about my life I can’t share. I’d like to, but I’m in a position where I can’t. Not until I trust you.
Danger oozes from him, and that comes through in the story, but as soon as Addison clapped eyes on him she was under his spell.
A few more meetings between these two and neither of them could fight their attraction, things escalated quickly, a first date to bed, and she's still in the dark of who Cole really is.
The author lulls us into a false sense of security in the beginning of the book, this is where I found it a wee bit drawn out, and slow going, it's not until you're over that half way mark where all the grit of what a good mafia read entails comes into play. And from that stage onwards I was invested into inhaling this as quickly as possible..At that stage I couldn't put it down..Things escalate, a few twists and turns had me gasping to see what the outcome was going to be.
If you're like me and are a fan of this authors then yes definitely I highly recommend a one click come release day, you'll also be pleased to get reaquainted with Carter Reed and Emma again so well worth a read..