Series: Fianna Fail: Soldiers of Destiny, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Contains graphic sex, drug use, and violence. Not recommended for anyone under 18.
Troy Donovan has it all; respect, legacy, and women. Men envy him, and women just want to be with him. All women except for Kaci Quinn. Kaci made the mistake of falling for Troy once when she was twelve. After finding him making out with her cousin she vowed never to fall for his games again. But how will they handle fate throwing them together as Troy tries to prove himself to the organization by avenging his mother’s murder? Not to mention the news of an unwanted pregnancy. Will desire bring them closer than ever, or will fate tear them apart for good? “I was a powerful man by birth. My life chosen before I’d taken my first breath, it was a blessing and a curse. Fianna Fáil owned Palms, Florida. Half the cops were on our payroll, and the other half weren’t brave enough to stand against us.”
PERFECT COMBINATION OF MAFIA grittiness and explosive romance. I did not know what to expect going into this book. As with all new to me authors, I went into reading this with a little bit of trepidation. I can tell you without a doubt that it was completely unfounded. This book was a fantastic read. I was gripped from the first page to the last.
At the tender age of 7, Troy Donovan’s world was shattered when his mother was murdered in cold blood. As an adult he is haunted by the tragedy and is on a mission to avenge his mother’s murder. He has always known his destiny is within the Fianna Fail, and has lived life large within the organisation. His role within the organisation has brought him respect, loyalty and an unlimited supply of women falling at his feet. All except the one that he has he wanted almost his entire life – Kaci Quin.
Kaci thought that at age 12 she had found THE ONE in Troy. That was until she caught him making out with her cousin and her dreams were shattered into a million pieces. From that moment on she vowed that she would not fall for Troy’s charms and give into the desire which has been building steadily over the years. She will not be another notch on his bed post.
But life has other plans for the pair. Circumstance and duty to the “family” has thrown them together. Can Kaci & Troy ignore the explosive undercurrents of their desire for each other? Can their attraction be more than just lust and possibly the HEA they are both craving? Can they overcome all of the obstacles that they face? Their journey is not an easy one, but worth reading.
The build up of sexual tension between these characters was off the chart. You cannot help but be drawn into the emotion of both Troy & Kaci as they circle around each other in whirls of lust and temptation. You can literally feel the emotions between the pair as they get drawn into each other.
On the surface, Troy is your typical arrogant, self-centred alpha male within a crime family. His exterior is tough and he leaves his emotions out of his encounters with females. But the one thing that you can’t take away from him is that if you are in his inner circle, he is loyal to you without hesitation. The hold that Kaci has on Troy is undeniable. Even before they get together, you get a glimpse that Troy is highly affected by her.
“I will be the first person to tell you that I have a huge ego, but this girl? She could crush it in her tiny palm with just one look.”
I absolutely love when a man is knocked off kilter by the one woman that his heart cannot deny. When he no longer had to deny his feelings for Kaci Troy was willing to show that he was made vulnerable by her presence in his life.
“You fucking posses me, Kace.”
Kaci tries to maintain the facade that she does not want Troy. She does everything in her power to radiate that she is not interested in the man who has held her attention and desire for more years than he should. She is has become strong and sassy because of circumstance but throughout the book you can feel how she doesn’t believe she will ever be enough.
When the two finally come together, it is off the charts. S Kline makes you feel every emotion that they experience. The angst and tension throughout the book is undeniable and keeps you wanting more. The sexual chemistry was raging hot and the steamy scenes raised the temperature to heatwave.
I am a firm believer in spoiler free reviews, but the twists and turns that this book delivered had me in suspense many times. There were times in the plot that I wasn’t expecting what happened and this kept my intrigued for the entire book to see what happened next.
S Kline also did an awesome job of investing you in the secondary characters in this novel, who will be the leading men in her upcoming books. I loved Dylan and can’t wait to read his book. He was so relatable.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to any one that enjoys the violent undercurrents of a mafia themed story with the steamy elements of a romance. It was hard to believe that this was a debut. I am excited to read the next books as I can only imagine the growth of S Kline’s writing. I am well and truly committed and loyal to the Fianna Fail.
“I love her. The thought is both cathartic and soul-shattering.”
**I was gifted this book for an honest review**