Story (3 out of 5) Hottness (5 out of 5)
Sometimes love isn’t beautiful…
Sometimes the only way to describe it is beautifully brutal.
If you think you know him… You’re wrong.
If you think you know his family… Wrong again.
If you think you know his story… You don’t.
If you did, you’d likely wonder how the hell a man like Maximillian Adorite managed to make it to this point in his life. At twenty-nine, he’s experienced more than most people could only ever imagine, all thanks to his family. Organized crime they call it. Mafia.
No matter how they spin it, it comes down to one thing. Max gets what he wants. Except for the one thing he wants most.
Her name is Courtney Kogan.
And now that he’s had a taste of her, Max knows he’ll never be able to let her go.
The Southern Boy Mafia series is a spinoff from the Sniper 1 Security series. It has been set up to be read without reading Sniper 1 Security, however, the characters will frequently cross over.
I’ve read a lot of Nicole Edwards’ books and this is the first one I remember reading where she has consistent flashbacks. I’m a very linear reader so going back and forth really interrupts my concentration making it a lot easier to put the book down and walk away. Once I got used to the rhythm of alternating POVs and flashbacks, I got sucked into the world of the Southern Boy Mafia.
I really enjoy the detail that Edwards goes into in order to make her stories authentic. She always has all of her bases covered. Juggling two different organizations,the Southern Boy Mafia and Sniper One Security, is a lot to handle yet Edwards does so effortlessly.
As for the characters, I appreciated that Max stays who he is and doesn’t step outside of himself. He is not a good guy and he doesn’t all of a sudden gain a conscience, which you would expect out of a romance novel. Courtney’s struggle was apparent as she stumbles her way into a darkness she never thought existed let alone was something she would accept. I understood her anger, confusion, and frustration, but her ultimate acceptance seemed a bit hasty and against her morality. Hearing her waffle back and forth was a little off-putting with her constant reaction of running away. I wanted more of her intimate conversations with Max to solidify why she couldn’t live without him. Hearing more about her struggle with the mafia’s violence and businesses would have really added to her character’s development.
All that aside, I think Beautifully Brutal was a pretty good book. The storyline focused on Max and Courtney’s desire to be together and struggle to accept their differences. Throw in some violence, gunshots, public sex, and family quarrels and you have one hell of an erotic romance novel!
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