ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘WAR‘ by Isabel Lucero.
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Author: Isabel Lucero
(Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: March 16th, 2015
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My father was the leader of a protection racket; a criminal group that uses violence to ensure our clients won’t be harmed or robbed, and that their businesses will remain protected. What we do isn’t legal, but it’s the way we’ve lived for many years now.
Memphis Reed—my father—was formidable. He was a man people both respected and feared. He taught me everything he knew, and when he died I was left in charge.
Before his death, a battle was brewing on the streets. Lies were told, deceptions were made, and people were killed. People we thought we knew changed, relationships and friendships were torn apart, and loyalties were questioned. After his death, a full on war is raging, and Roman Rios—a man we now know we can’t trust—wants to move in on our business.
With me now being the leader of nine men, it’s up to me to protect them from Roman and his own crew of ruthless criminals. I’ll do whatever’s necessary to keep my business my own and protect everything my father worked for. Even if I have to go up against Xavier Delgado. Roman’s number two. A man with no heart and a black soul. A man Roman trained to be as vicious and cold-blooded as he is. A man who once upon a time I thought I was in love with.
Yes, I’m a she. My name is Chevelley Reed, and all’s fair in love and war.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ for ‘WAR’ by Isabel Lucero:
This review is for the new novel simply titled “War” by author Isabel Lucero. “War” is not this author’s first novel but it is her first in this kind of storyline with darker elements to it. The story delves into the fascinating, dark and violent-criminal world where enemies will do anything to rule everything and everyone they can. Readers will get to follow this story through the main female character Chevelley Reed’s P.O.V.(point of view).
Chevelley Reed is the beautiful daughter of Memphis Reed, who started his own illegal protection racket business. Chevelley “Chelle” was taught and raised to know the business inside and out. Upon the death of her father, she gains the seat of leader and runs the business with nine others who follow her orders. When the head of a local crew decides that he wants in on Chelle’s territory, her leadership and business is put to the test.
Roman Rios is the leader of another organization that deals in illegal dealings in the same city as the Reed’s. When he decides to move his business into the area Chevelley’s crew protects, this causes tension between the two crews. Roman’s only offer is to join forces and be a part of the same dealings but Chelle and her guys want no part of it. The tension becomes heightened and a war between the two crews seems inevitable.
There’s one other problem that Chelle has to face when dealing with Roman’s crew and his name is Xavier Delgado, Roman’s 2nd in command. This man is fierce, dangerous and has a complex history with Chelle that left her years before feeling so confused and hurt. When Chelle and Xavier met when she was a teenager, the attraction was strong but short lived. After they reunite and get to know each other better, life seems to be going good between two people a part of such a dark lifestyle. When that violent life touches them, things are changed so much. Xavier changes even more.
Violence is hard to escape and people will die. But who? The story is entertaining from page to page in this book. I felt enthralled into this dark lifestyle with a strong female leading character who has to be in charge but still has to deal with emotions and heartbreak. She does it well which adds to the awesomeness of this story. The rest of the characters are also quite enjoyable and alpha-sexy. This has tons of suspense, drama and romance that all plays out in such an instrumental way. I recommend this if you like a good story with dark and sexy elements to it. Check this one out readers! 🙂
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘WAR’ 4 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined Xavier and Chevelley of the novel “WAR”:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘WAR′★★★
Chevelley’s thoughts: Xavier fucking Delgado.
Roman’s number two.
He’s twisted. He’s vicious. He’s terrifying.
And once upon a time, I thought I loved him.
Diego and Veronica: “I’m afraid of losing my father, and I’m afraid of losing you. So, not only do I have to watch my back, I have to watch yours, too.”
“You don’t have to watch mine. I got it covered, and I have plenty of other guys who are willing to protect me as well.”
He grins at me. “I’ll always watch your back, no matter how many other people vow to protect you, and no matter how confident you believe yourself to be. I know without a shadow of a doubt, that I’ll be the one to keep you safe.”
Xavier and Chevelley: “I know you aren’t naive, but I also know you have an innocence to you. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but it’s the truth. Is it not?”
“What are you getting at?”
“What I’m getting at is…I want to steal that innocence from you. I want it to be mine.”
Chevelley’s thoughts: Xavier worships my body in a way I didn’t know possible. I know I have nothing to compare this experience to, but there’s no way anybody can do it like Xavier does.
Xavier to Chevelley: “We belong together, Chevelley. You are mine and I am yours… survived lies, deceit, and bloodshed, but all’s fair in love and war, and everything that was done was done in an effort to keep you in my life. There’s no way that was for nothing.”
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