Friday, August 7, 2015

Review: Illicit Temptations by Janine Infante Bosco

Michael Valente...

My father was the Underboss of an organized crime family. He was murdered when I was a teenager leaving me broken. My mother died in a tragic accident, her death annihilated me. My life was in shambles until Victor Pastore, one of New York’s most notorious gangsters and my late father’s best friend, recruited me to work for him.

Everyone expected me to walk in my father’s shadow, to be the prodigal son, the next big thing to hit the mob. I was torn between filling those expectations and walking the straight line my mother wished I had. Nothing made sense and I felt as if I was just passing through life.

The only beacon of light in my otherwise dark world was the one girl that was off limits to me. The one girl who could bring me to my knees consuming my mind, body and soul.

She’s the sweetest temptation I’ve ever known and the most illicit.

Nikki Pastore....

My father’s a gangster. My boyfriend’s is the king of New York’s nightclubs. I am often labeled as Vic’s daughter or Rico’s girl, never just Nikki. I struggle for people to acknowledge me for the woman I am and not for the men in my life. I’m fighting a losing battle.

There is only one person who sees me for me, my Mikey.

He’s wild.
He’s reckless.
He’s hot as hell.

He’s completely unattainable, but oh so tempting.

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Review - 3.5 stars!

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel.  I don’t normally go for mob-type romances, not really from any aversion but from simple lack of interest.  I like other types of stuff more.  However, I wanted to pick this up and I was pleased I did.

The Good:

This is a great quick romance that I enjoyed quite well.  The story line was nice and entertaining and it kept me interested from the first page.

The Bad:

The placement of punctuation was very odd.  Commas missing or in the weirdest places in the sentence.  So it’s a bit of a struggle to get through, but it is worth it and after a bit it isn’t as distracting once you get used to it.

The Okay:

I wasn’t a huge fan of Mikey.  This is more personal taste though.  In my romances I like my male protagonists a certain way, and Mikey was soooo close, but misses on certain instances.  However, Mikey was probably more realistic than the book boys I usually drool over, so it’s a good thing in some ways, bad for my personal enjoyment.

The sizzle between the main characters was more potential than actualization.  I didn’t feel it as much as the story seemed to promise, but it was entertaining to read and I am glad I did!

Worth it!

*ARC provided for an honest review*


Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love.  She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.
She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she's made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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