Lucian Marcello is aware of the expectations following him as the oldest son of one of North America's most infamous Cosa Nostra Dons. Family in his world is more than blood and sharing a last name. It's the honor, respect, business, and the life. Being a Capo is just a stepping stone until it's time for him to take on the role of underboss but a chance meeting with her could be the one thing he'd risk it all for.
She is exactly what he didn't know he was looking for.
Jordyn Reese spends her time trying to stay under the radar of a man who wouldn't think twice about killing her. Unwillingly affiliated with a dangerous MC gang, her life is dominated by the men surrounding her and her future rests solely in how useful she can be for them. The last thing she needs is some Mafioso gaining her more unwanted attention from the club.
He is everything she should stay away from but can't.
Notoriously violent when it comes to getting what he wants, Lucian will stop at nothing to make the target on Jordyn's back disappear. But sometimes the worst threats are the ones you can't see until it's too late. The truth behind Lucian's history is about to take center stage in more ways than one, and it'll either save him or kill him.
This world leaves everyone a little filthy.
©2015 Bethany-Kris (P)2016 Bethany-Kris
The Book Junkie Reads. . .
John Thrust does a magnificent job with the narration of this already wide open melodrama of a crime family and the bad (not in a good way) motorcycle club. His diction. Beautiful accented English. Believable Italian. Forceful mobster/crime boss. He totally brings to life the work that Bethany-Kris put together. Each character comes to life. The story itself stirs you to action and emotion. Thrust makes it all the more real.
Amazing narration. Loved the narrator. Story great, perfect suspension. Held me to the story. Loved the story. I normally don't go for audio books but this was a game changer I think it was the suspension and story really had me glued in. Next time I pick audio I definitely will be looking towards this author. 5 stars. Loved it. I would definitely recommend it.
At first I wasn't sure but this turned into one of the top audiobooks I have listened to.
My favorite character was Jordyn, hands down however I loved who Lucian and Jordyn were when they were together, almost as if they were a completely different yet singular entity when they were together.
He has extremely clear diction and a great ability to switch back and forth between English and very believable Italian.
Mainly I was just enthralled by the Jordyn-Lucian love-story.
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This is probably one of the best audibles that I've listened to so far.
This was my first Mafia Romance book, so comparing it to other books that I've listened to is difficult, but this book did have the perfect narrator for this type of story.
When Jordyn tells off Kate at Lucian's mother's birthday party.
John Thrust is an amazing narrator and I hope to listen to more of his books.
Do yourself a favour and buy this book , you will not regret it . Please please give this book a try cause you'll wish it never ended.
John , John you beautiful faceless human being. I am in awe of John and his authenticity. This book is based on Italian characters and John with his Italian accent was flawless. He didn't try , it just came to him naturally. His voice was like liquid gold on a already stellar book.
I'll say it again THIS.BOOK.WAS. INCREDIBLE. The book , voice over and the overall experience was outstanding. I highly recommend this book.
I am a blogger and reviewer and just a lover of books.
The build up of the story made the story all the more better
Bethany-Kris did a wonderful job on this book. As I haven't read the book this Audio book makes me want to grab it. The narration is outstanding, I could listen to him all day.
I love how the mob life was explained thereby giving you a great understanding of mob life.
If you you never gave this type of book a try I would recommend you get this one. You won't be disappointed.
Romance Reader Enthusiast
This was a case of listening to the book first. This was a great incentive to get the book. Just like a movie brings a book to life, so does the audio version of a book. We get to have a voice that we just wonder about tell us, in this case, his story.
It was more than a moment but it was how protective Lucian was of Jordyn. What's more romantic than having the man you love try to protect you from things that only want to hurt you.
It would have to be Lucian. Even though we don't see the narrator on a screen, his voice is what brought the character of Lucian to life. Having an accent helped in understanding more of who this character was and where he came from. It also added a passion to a character that would have been totally different had I read the book instead.
I don't know if you could say that it moved me but it certainly had me wanting more. The ending has me on pins and needles waiting to see what the author will have in store for Giovanni Marcello and who will be the narrator. I see that his story isn't in audio form yet so I don't know how patient I will be because I don't know how long I can wait. This just means that in that particular case I may have to read the book first and then get the audio version.
The book gives you some sense of how "violent" being in an MC or a mob family can be. It also shows that they have feelings like anyone else but how they go about protecting those they love is just a little different. Would I recommend this? Yes I would. If you're a fan of Bethany-Kris already then make sure to check this out. Maybe you're a lover of MC romance or Mafioso romance then you may want to add this to your library (be it in print or in audio form).
Reviewed on behalf of Twisted Book Reviews:
Although not my normal fare, I found myself utterly enthralled by Lucian: Filthy Marcellos. Bethany Kris did what few authors are able to accomplish: she built a world so detailed and elaborate, one forgets it is just a story. So much detail was devoted to explaining the intricacies of mob life, I almost felt I was there, wondering the streets with Lucian and Jordyn. In addition to this compelling story, the narrator of the audio book performed beautifully, lending another layer of authenticity to the tale. With an accent perfectly suited to the material, I often found myself sitting in my car, long after I had arrived at my destination, just to get in one last chapter.
Overall, I found Lucian: Filthy Marcellos book one to be a well-rounded, intricately written story of love, familial obligations and organized crime.
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