Book Review and Excerpt: Breathless & Bloodstained – Bethany -Kris

by Bethany-Kris
The Chicago War, #4
Publication Date: March 7, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Mafia

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No war is won without a few bloodstains.

Tommas Rossi wants what belongs to him—he wants it bad. At thirty-years-old, he’s on course to become the youngest boss in the Chicago Outfit’s history. He just has to make it to the end alive. But being the boss of the Outfit means nothing to Tommas if a certain blue-eyed girl isn’t standing with him when the city finally crumbles. The crown is so close he can taste it. Blood paves his way. Every king needs a queen, but he doesn’t know how to get his anymore.

Abriella Trentini has always been the rebel. She’s quicker than most men, dangerous when she wants something, and more careful than anyone knows. Her relationship with Tommas Rossi has been a dangerous game she loved to play, but someone always has to lose. With choices to make, the kind that determines who will live and who will die, Abriella doesn’t know what to do. This should have been easy, but nothing ever is, and her time to choose is running out.

So much blood has spilled for this. The Outfit is in shambles, grieving and angry. The families just want peace. No one knows who will take the Chicago throne because too many men have a stake in this game. In wars like these, no one will let it go easily.

They’ll be bloodstained until the very bitter end.

And left breathless in the devastation of it all.

Has it been worth it?


Please Note: Breathless is the fourth book in a series and should only be read after the first three books have also been read. It is NOT a standalone.


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Ugh. Epic.

The Chicago War has been laid to rest and so has my heart. RIP, dear heart.  I’m sad to see this brilliant series end because I know for a fact it will be a very long time before another series takes me to the emotional extremes this one did. The Chicago War series was a complicated game of secrets,  backstabbing and twists. It was played on a board of violence, brutality and blood. Its players were as passionate as they were real. And Breathless and Bloodstained was its perfect conclusion.

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It’s been a long and dangerous journey for Tommas and his hands are as dirty as his soul. Abriella is as rebellious as she is passionate and she craves freedom. For both of them, their only reprieve is found in the stolen moments of their secret affair. Abriella has decisions to make but Tommy has had enough, he is going to make her his no matter what. He will do absolutely ANYTHING to make her his queen.

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GAH! This book. Tommy and Ella are without a doubt my absolute favorite couple in this series. They were delicious torture. From the pain of having to hide their love and not being to even look at each other in public to the blissful moments when they got to have together in secret. Every touch was precious treat and every passionate interaction an opportunity to lose themselves. Tommy’s unwavering determination to make her his secured his place in my Top Ten Book Boyfriend list but  will the road to their HEA be worth it?

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What am I meant to do with my life now? Just… I don’t know how I’m going to let these people go. Read this series. But read it slowly. Savour every word. And when you’re done, and you’ve picked yourself up off the floor – read it again.

(ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review)




“Take me home,” she whispered.

Tommas cupped her face in his hands. “Yeah?”

“Yeah, Tommy. I want to go home with you. I want to sleep in our bed. I miss you.”


Tommas didn’t know how to deny Abriella when she said things like that.  He knew it was stupid as hell and more dangerous than he could explain, but he just didn’t care. His bed was fucking cold, and his sheets didn’t smell like her.

That was worse than anything else.

“Go put your cup on the bar. Meet me out in the parking lot. I’ll warm up the car.”

Abriella’s face lit up with happiness and a sexiness curved her lips. She trailed a hand down his middle and grazed her fingertips across his erection straining the zipper of his pants. A shot of heat and lust coursed through Tommas’ cock.

“Quickly, right?” she asked sweetly.

God, yes. Quickly, Ella.”

Tommas helped a laughing Abriella down from the stage. He pulled the car keys attached to the auto start for his Mercedes from his pocket.

“Grab my bag,” he yelled over his shoulder.

“Got it.”

Tommas was already half-way to the side of the club where a second exit door led straight into the parking lot when he heard Abriella call for him to slow down. Pushing the door open, he tossed his lover a wink over his shoulder. Abriella couldn’t run in heels, and he told her that he wanted to get out of there.

She would catch up.

The girl always did.

Pointing the car starter as he opened the exit door, Tommas hit the ignition button to start his vehicle at the other end of the parking lot. His foot barely hit the slush covered pavement when he was blinded by light and heat. Tommas’ ears rang from the level of the blast. His breath was gone the moment his back hit the building and his head snapped against the bricks with a sickening crack.

In the background of the sudden pain ricocheting through his body and the confusion muddling up his mind, he could still hear Abriella’s screams.


Predictable, Damian had said.

Joel was going to answer for this one.

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Deathless & Divided Cover

by Bethany-Kris
The Chicago War #1
Publication Date: September 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Suspense

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Synopsis: Lies and love. This is how a war starts.

A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.

Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a choice. Forced home to marry a man she doesn’t know and back into a life she’d rather forget, her world is full of half-truths, buried pain, and uncertainty. But Damian is nothing like she expects. His motives aren’t clear. Her beliefs are being tested.

When it comes to this world, no man can be trusted. Someone is ready to flip the Chicago Outfit on its side all for the promise of something better. But no one runs a clean game and these men play for keeps. When blood begins to paint Chicago red, four families will be divided by loyalty, hatred, and revenge. There is no hiding. There is no safety.

No one is deathless.

No one.

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Reckless & Ruined Cover

by Bethany-Kris
The Chicago War #2
Publication Date: November 9, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Organized Crime, Romance

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Synopsis: Play dirty. It’s the only way to win in a war.

Alessa Trentini follows the rules, or so it seems on the outside. A certain Conti has always been able to sway her inner rebel and keep her out of trouble, but even Adriano won’t be able to get her out of her brother’s mess. In a war, no woman is safe if her hand in marriage can advance her family in the world of the mafia. But mistakes of the past have a way of slipping into the present and Alessa will soon learn that even the most shameful of secrets can get her everything she wants.

Adriano Conti’s loyalties are torn as he’s forced to stand at his father’s side while Riley uses his wife’s murder as a way to get higher. Blood comes first and then the Outfit. The one thing he doesn’t question in the war between the families is Alessa Trentini and even that doesn’t seem possible when he’s forced to watch Alessa be used as another man’s pawn. Adriano has his own role to play to get what he wants.

The families in the Outfit have never been more divided than they are now. Blood continues to spill as revenge takes center stage and more lives are lost. But every man in the family is fighting for something different and no one’s intentions can be trusted. Playing a dirty game might be the only way to stay alive.

Even if that means ruining it all.

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Scarless & Sacred Cover

by Bethany-Kris
The Chicago Wars #3
Publication Date: January 11, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Erotic,Adult, Organized Crime

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Synopsis: Secrets and wars leave the deepest scars.

Evelina Conti has always worn a mask. She is an Outfit principessa, respected and adored. She wasn’t allowed to be anything else. Her father went from a grieving husband to the Outfit boss, and now that Riley heads the family, Eve is more suffocated than ever. No matter how much she hates it, the Conti princess still has a role to play. A little attention from Theo DeLuca seems innocent enough, but nothing is when it comes to him. And certainly not when everyone believes that Theo is out to kill her.

Theo DeLuca has a target on his back. His biggest problem is figuring out who put it there when everyone is aiming at him. He doesn’t need a woman causing him issues, but the Conti princess keeps showing up at the worst times, and he’s the one left saving her. Between the men surrounding him that Theo can’t trust, and the past he can’t outrun, Evelina might be the one thing he doesn’t have to question. But when Riley decides to use Eve as his next move, even Theo might not be able to save her.

The war in Chicago is not even close to being over. This game is deadly. Each hand played cuts another mark into someone else. The Outfit boss is struggling while the men around him are rallying. As the body count continues to rise, the families keep losing.

Sacrifices are a part of war. No one will walk away from this without scars.

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