Monday, October 31, 2016

Release Blitz & Book Review: Dirty by Belle Aurora

by Belle Aurora
RAW Family #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 31st, 2016


My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.
People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me.

Mrs Alejandra Gambino.
Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.
Respected. Loved. Mob royalty.

They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.
They didn't know I was at the lowest point a person could reach.

Enter Julius Carter.
Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter.

He saved me.
I screwed him over.

Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.
It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking.

The question was, who would get to me first?

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About the author:

Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down under. At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown's Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance. Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love.
Humorous romance novels.
Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles. Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love.
With words. With writing.  With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.
Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.

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My review:

This book! OMG! I loved it!! Ya know, after the first book (which I absolutely loved btw) I just thought, well fuck, what a bullshit ending. Because I didn't know the story will continue and I just loved Twitch so much. (I must be a lunatic because Twitch isn’t a guy you’d normally wish for.)
Anyway, this book wasn't just the story of Jay and Alejandra but also about Twitch and that crazy bitch Ling.
I loved Twitch all over again with his cocky attitude. It was freaking hilarious sometimes.

I had the feeling that the story of Julius and Alejandra got a bit lost along the lines but I was giddy when it picked up again even though I didn't like Alejandra that much. The first book of this series was better IMHO although too different to be compared with this one. I had to get used to the different POV's in this book at first because every time I was engrossed in the story the change of POV messed up with me and I lost track of the story. I absolutely loved reading Twitch's POV because he made me smile and swoon. I also loved Julius but Twitch is my number one.

The Story:
Alejandra had to make a sacrifice for her family as her father made her understand how everyone has to make scarifies in life and she would be helping her family in marrying Dino Gambino. It's important to join these two families for the truce that's necessary to keep the peace and safety that comes with it.
Her marriage was picture-perfect to the outside world but a living hell behind the closed doors of her home. Being abused and manhandled, hurt, punished and suppressed she lived in fear of her husband though that hasn't always been the case since he was like her best friend before the marriage.
When an opportunity offered itself she took it and had no remorse in using other people to get what she longed for so long. Freedom. But freedom comes with a price. It's about life or death. Can she outrun her persecutor, the executioner?
Julius never gets anything wrong but it seemed this time he fucked up and there is just one way to rectify this mess. Eye for an eye. Gio or rather the Gambino family seeks revenge and blood because Alejandra turned on her husband and now they are after her. Can Julius get to her first before Gio finds her? Can he sort out this mess before it gets worse?

I love, love, love this story. The ending was the best or rather it made me long for more. I loved all the different characters but I had a problem with Alejandra’s because I couldn’t really warm up to her. Despite all the horrid stuff she had to endure in her marriage I thought for a long time that she was a snake for ratting her man out like that. But as the story continued I got angrier at that asshole and what he'd done to her.

I honestly felt bad for Dino at some point because of what I gathered from Alejandra he was paranoid, which was surely a result of his family and their lifestyle as they always had to prove themselves and could never show any weakness or otherwise they'd likely be replaced quickly. By no means does this right his wrongs but I felt bad for an obviously young nice guy to end like this.
His brother Gio though can rot in hell.

Alejandra got more annoying with each turning page - don’t get me wrong she went through horrible stuff and I would have died a thousand deaths by now if I was her but she could never make up her mind. She wanted to run, then she wanted to seduce Julius but in the next moment she was scared and wanted to die. She was desperate and I understood why but it was just getting on my nerves that she constantly changed her mind and also her attitude. She didn't know who she was without her husband and it confused and annoyed me when she acted like a brat. That's also why I never felt a real connection between her and Julius though I loved him even with his flaws.

I don't know if Alejandra can ever be healed from her wounds not only physically but mentally. She had to endure so much. Poor one. I don’t want to sound mean but I hoped for Julius to find himself a strong, confident and sweet woman and I felt like Alejandra is just too broken for him.

Despite everything I mentioned above I can't wait for the next book!!! Twitch + Lexi! Yeah!! =) I don’t want to spoil anything so I can’t really rave about what I hope for in the next book but as long as Twitch is present I’m happy.
I'm so happy about the ending of this book. I hope we get to see a few of the characters again in the next book and I definitely want a HEA! Please!! I don’t know this author well so I don’t know how she will end this trilogy but I hope for the best.

-- I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. -- 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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