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There were always whispers about my roommate at Hillcrest Academy. 

The wealthiest of the wealthy sent their kids to our boarding school, and Brooke Bennett had been at the top, though I never quite knew why. She was fun and outgoing, but she kept quiet about her family. The only things she showed me were photographs of her brothers. 

I became fascinated with her second-oldest brother. Kai Bennett. 

He was the most of them all. Smoldering. Hypnotic. Alluring.
Kai had eyes that pulled me in and a face that haunted my dreams. 

Then I met him. 

He came to our school with their father, and that’s when I learned what kind of family Brooke came from. They were mafia, and Brooke’s oldest brother was dead. Her father said accident, but Brooke said murder. 

Three months later, her father died, and Kai became the head of the Bennett Family. Brooke left Hillcrest for good, and that was the last time I saw her. 

Fourteen years later, I’m staring at her face on the television. Brooke is missing. 

Two days later, Kai Bennett kidnaps me.

©2019 Tijan (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Love Tijan❤️but hated narrator💔

Tijan writes great books, her Fallen Crest series is my fav all time in that genre! I believe reading this book would may be the answer because I couldn’t get past the narrator, unfortunately. My god, her voice thru every word, sentence , hell the entire book sounded like a hysterical woman, a woman who had just run up screaming at a principal for giving her son a B instead of an A. In other words, over excited & spazzed out about not much.She made this book so unbelievable i was cringing and forcing myself to finish because of my loyalty to the author.
Please Tijan, pleeeeeze never use her again!
Sure this book had the elements of a dangerous world but come on... the protagonist is written as a girl whose grown up around mafia & the violence etc surrounding it. The narration was just waaaay off. Ugh I hate writing this review but there u go!

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Loved the book. The audible version not so much.

I wasn’t able to listen to the entire book. I’ll re-read the book version instead.

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Narrator is too dramatic all the time

This is the first book I have listened to with this narrator. I am not sure if she was directed to be so dramatic and over the top or not. I feel it takes away from the story for me. Makes me wish I had just started this on my kindle instead of trying to listen to it. Her male voices were also sort of lacking and almost comical at times.

After chapter 16 I bought the kindle version and continued to read it there. I could not listen anymore. The narration sounded like a hysterical person 2/3 of the time and that was ruining the story for me.

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Tijan never fails, Narration does

Another new and different classic in the Tijan body of work!

Characters are great and I would love to read more about the secondary ones we meet in their own story; alas though, the author points out on her Amazon page that this is a standalone read.

Pity :(

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Just No

Once they were roommates. But that was years ago. Still, Riley considers Brooke a friend so when word that the Mafia Princess is missing she is rattled. Brooke was fun, she was the first friend Riley had, she was the first to act like she mattered. Riley is grown, has a new life, and hasn't heard from her friend in years but days after she's declared missing, her brother Kai, head of the mafia kidnaps her. He is certain Riley knows where his sister is and he is determined that she will lead him to Brooke. Riley has secrets. How far is she willing to go to protect them? Can she keep them from Kai even if she wants to? Nothing is more important than his family and no one is going to keep them apart.

I am a huge Tijan fan but in the last few years, her books have been inconsistent. I was excited about this one. To be honest, I struggled to finish. I kept at it thinking Tijan would work her magic somewhere along the way. I was disappointed. The mafia lacked its fictional romance, the relationship between Riley and Kai never felt developed, and the characters were at best not likable and at worst plain irritating. Riley is the first main female character of Tijan's that I was not a fan of. Riley/Raven had training. We know because she told us...repeatedly. That's the only way we know because she never showed it during the story. As a 411 Operative, she rescued people, hid them from the bad guys, yet once in Kai Bennett's hands she throws out any sense of training, intelligence, and sanity. She vomits repeatedly, screams, whines, and cries, passes out more than once, and has a seizure from stress. Mind you, she was never treated poorly. She made things so much more difficult for herself and everyone else than they had to be. It was clearly inevitable that she would fall for Kai but she subjected us to hundreds of pages of whining, second-guessing, and self-loathing. Honestly, I don't understand why Kai was even interested. Not that the Bennett's were particularly likable at times either, feeling sorry for themselves over their family one minute, committing crimes the next. The mafia storyline and the missing princess storyline were erratic. Kind of like Brooke Bennett herself. They had potential but fell short. Kai's brief flashes of humor, the council meeting, and a few scenes here and there between the brothers were the only signs that this was a Tijan book. This was not up to her normal standards.

I have great respect for the narrators. I think it's a difficult job to bring the character off the page, especially when the readers have their own ideas that may conflict. Natalie Eaton captured Riley. Unfortunately. I could barely listen to her whining and crying. Her hysteria grated on my nerves in the book, The audio was almost too much. This is not a reflection of Natalie. She can't change the character. As I said, it's unfortunate

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Great story but narrator was over dramatic

I am a huge huge fan of Tijan books and this one is great but not a huge fan of how it was narrated. Personally I was catching myself frustrated because the narrator was over dramatic and sometimes I felt like she was yelling out the scenes. Not really that good and make voices either

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WHAT A WILD UNSTOPPABLE RIDE

Well Tijan, what a wonderful surprise this riveting meaty adult Mafia story was.. as chapter after chapter I never knew where you’d take the story, what you’d sucker punch me with next or how it could all get resolved. The good girl with a dark background and the dangerous Boss with an equally dark past.. and a darker future. The intense chemistry was there from their very first brief teen meeting.. but it would be fourteen years before they’d be forced to meet again - and when they did.. it’s a clash of wills. It’s also non-stop drama, suspense, tension, family angst, bloodshed, secrets, shocking revelations, heartache and a strained relationship between a cold-blooded genius and his kidnapped angel of mercy.

A good Mafia story is my kryptonite.. and this well-written story wasn’t just good - it was great. Told entirely from the heroine’s PoV it also has sex, passion, shocks, character development, chills and thrills. The brilliant narration by Natalie Eaton brought the binge-worthy plot to life.

Worth a credit? It’s in the Romance Package folks so it’s pretty much free.. but I would’ve happily used a credit on it.

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Great Story

The narration was hard to enjoy the first few chapters due to how dramatic everything was sounding but i can tell it improved. I enjoyed the story of how it had danger, excitment and love.

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good story plot

good story the narrator was to dramatic needs a male narrator as well and a better women narrator or at least not so dramatic

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Narrator was painful

This narrators voice was really irritating. She had a high pitched distressed inflection the whole way through the book, not just in the stressed parts of the story. It’s like she could realize she had a hangnail but you would have thought her mother just jumped off the balcony based on her tone - ugh. I didn’t think I would make it through the whole story but sucked it up and got through only because the story was pretty good. If it had a decent narrator, I think it would have been more like 3-4 stars.

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  • Julz
  • 10-28-19

Great story, not so great narration.

I have to agree with some of the other reviews the narrator was overly dramatic and hysterical at times when it really wasn’t needed. It made it difficult to listen too and I nearly gave up which would have been a shame as I really enjoyed the storyline.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 08-05-19

not for me

I cant stand the woman shes too hot and cold and might be a little insane with her constantly breaking down and freaking out. i prefer confident, cocky or sarcastic main characters

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 07-23-19

Enter Kai Bennett - my new favourite book boyfriend

Each book that Tijan writes just gets better and better. I don’t think it’s possible, but she does it every single time. Bennett Mafia may just be her best yet, I truly believe that. Two heroes, yes two, because believe me Kai Bennett was not the only hero in this story, I think Riley may have surpassed him for that title, it was a close call. Action, romance with lots of expected, unexpected twists and turns, because let’s face it, this is a Tijan book we’re reading. Nothing is predictable, and I mean nothing. My heart was in my mouth, I was laughing, I was crying, I was hoping, I was praying. I was completely hooked. Mafia romance at its best. I loved the Bennett family, all of them, even when I didn’t. Kai most of all, he was lethal, he was bad, he was good, he was my perfect mafia hero, one step ahead all the time. Riley was passionate, stubborn and the perfect match for my new favourite book boyfriend. I was hooked from the get-go. Perfect story, perfect writing, perfect narration, perfect everything.

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  • Jennifer
  • 11-27-20

Good

The narrator was overly dramatic and hysterical at times when it really wasn’t needed. Story is good.

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  • mikki100
  • 03-10-20

It was ok

It wasn't as good as others, however it made up for it in the action packed plots that had twists and turns throughout. I enjoyed it

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  • Mary
  • 09-17-19

❤️

struggled to stop listening; absolutely loved it, hoping for another one after this! Tijan your amazing ❤️💪

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  • Kristie-Leigh
  • 03-16-21

Loved it!

I love Tijan’s books and this one was no exception! I’ve been wanting to read this one for ages. Do I wish some things had played out differently... yes I do 😭 I won’t elaborate because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone but there’s one particular part that I wish hadn’t gone so wrong.

Kai was perfection when it comes to a Mafia king lover. He was dark & unforgiving in general but when it come to Riley & his family he was loving & caring.

Riley was the definition of a strong heroine. She stood her ground even with people she knew were dangerous, even when inside she was scared shitless.

I would of loved if this story had been dual POV. We don’t get to hear Kai tell Riley his true feelings until the very end of the book although it was obvious by the way he treated Riley. He loved her but he loathed that he was tainting her goodness and he hated himself for it.

Over all the story was enjoyable. It kept me interested and wanting to know what was coming next. It was oh so steamy 🔥 with quite low angst as the feelings & sexual tension between them was there from the very beginning.

The narrator was very enthusiastic and gave life to the characters.

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  • Felicity
  • 06-01-20

Never a letdown

I loved this book! It wasn't as mind-blowing as some of the books by Tijan but it was still an awesome story. The romance in this has a few heartbreaking scenes, but that is just what makes an awesome book. This book covers trust, loyalty, and the extent some people will go to to protect the people they love, definitely making you wish for something just as amazing in your future. This book isn't one of the usual books where the reader knows everything before the character but instead allows a bit of mystery on who is lying and who is telling the truth. Tijan is definitely still one of my favourite authors and I'm am excited to see what else I can read of hers. If you have read the blurb and think you will like it, give it a shot. I loved this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-20

OMG

I was hesitant to purchase this book but I love Tijan so I decided to give it a go... And what a surprise!

Highly recommend

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  • Heidi Budd
  • 01-02-20

love love love

one of my Tijan favourites, will listen to this often. narrator was great. Need more Bennett Mafia