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A shadow meets the light....

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing. This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.

Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display. It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.

It takes one look.... One dance... One word... One smile to captivate a man. And one second to kill a woman because of it, too. 

Not all monsters hide in the shadows. How are you supposed to see them coming?

©2018 Kristen (Bethany-Kris) Fournier (P)2018 Kristen (Bethany-Kris) Fournier

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Good Story and Narration

I think the first review is quite harsh.
For this level of book, it does the job and delivers, so kudos to the author. Don't think "formulaic" or not really matters. It is well written in my humble opinion.
I like the artistic choices of the narrator as well and found his voice and slight accent fitting with the story and an enjoyable listen that pulled me into the story.

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Captivating, Exciting and Intense! Well Performed!

This exciting story is a great read on its own. However, when you hear it performed is even more exciting and captivating.
Daniel James Lewis did an amazing job with his performance, and I did really enjoyed listening and feeling as if I was part of the story. Nevertheless, I wish this would have been a dual narration (male & female narrators).

This story has everything you wish from a fantastic read or/and listening experience!!

The minus in the performance it also includes chapter 10 and 11 being duplicates!!

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Exciting, intriguing story, with a good narrator

I loved this book! I loved the introverted hit-man with a conscience & the graceful ballerina that had been through so much but still was determined to enjoy life - even as a principessa.

As a hit-man that is exceptionally good at his craft, Joe Rossi prefers to keep to himself & the shadows: get the job done, then get out before anyone ever realises he was even there. When he receives a mysterious summons from the New York outfit, he meets a woman, who, at a first glance, changes his life forever. He doesn't do distractions, but this beautiful, tiny dancer may be just what his heart needs.

After finding passion in ballet late in life for a dancer, Lilliana Marcello is surprised to find herself curious after sharing a glance with a man who undoubtedly is a part of her father's world. Wild horses can't pull them apart but when her past revisits, and she finds out how entrenched in "the life" Joe is, she realises that passion could be found in places and people you never expected.

A really huge part of why I liked the book was the way that Lucien allowed his children to LIVE! They made their own choices, and he supported and avenged them when necessary. I also liked the understanding/relationship that developed between him and Joe. He trusted Joe with Lilliana's safety, but made sure to let him know that he'd have to win her heart all on his own.

Daniel James Lewis does a great job! His accent adds to the allure of the mafia world he described.

Bethany-Kris brings two young adults to life in a way that made me constantly marvel at their maturity. The rich cast of secondary characters as well as the plot made it an intriguing, hard-to-turn-off listen. Most importantly, the book was satisfying, as justice was finally meted out for terrible wrongs committed that had gone unpunished.

I heartily recommend this exciting, steamy, action-filled audio-book.

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  • 11-28-18

Fantastic Must Listen To!

I love reading a book but I love listening to a book. I swear I can see and feel everything that is happening on each and every page. This book is so beautifully written that the moment it started with this is a book from audible I was hooked. The narrator Daniel James Lewis did an AMAZING job reading us this mafia love story.

The two main characters Joe and Liliana are both from Mob families and when Joe is asked to come to New York to do a job he meets Liliana and he knows right from the minute they meet that his life is about to change. There is something about that angelic ballerina that calls to Joe in a way he has never known. He is so sexy, smart, loving and everything in between and them some. He is ferocious in protecting Liliana and I loved that about him.

Liliana oh man she is a princessa but she is not stuck up and snotty. She is loving and caring and loves to dance on stage. She knows that is not going to be her career but she is enjoying it while she can. When she meets Joe she is done for. Her heart beats fast and she knows she has to have him. The love scenes between these two were steamy and I needed a glass a very tall glass of ice because they were off the charts. Plus I loved when Joe spoke italian to her.

This is a must read love story that does not come easily for them. They have to work at their relationship and they have their ups and downs but when they work together they make the perfect couple.

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Delicious!

Amount of sex 3 / 5
How explicit is the sex scenes 3 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

Captivated is a steamy standalone romance written by author Bethany - Kris. I listened to this story on audio, which was narrated by Daniel James Lewis. I especially enjoyed the narrator’s accent, but I could not pin down the exact type of accent. It seemed similar to a Boston accent, which I thought went perfectly with this mafia romance. Mr. Lewis voiced the characters well, and I quickly became engrossed in the story.

Captivated tells the story of Joe Rossi, who is a member of the Chicago mob. Joe and his father travel to NY City to meet with the head of the New York Mob. They offer Joe a job which requires him to stay in NY for some time. While there, he gets to know Liliana Marcello, the daughter of the boss and a principal ballet dancer.

The story was fascinating, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. The sex scenes were steamy, and I truly enjoyed Joe’s dominance. He was definitely a delicious anti-hero and I loved when he spoke Italian.

A definite add to your TBR list.

Voluntarily Reviewed a Gifted Copy

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Fantastic


Liliana turned into someone else, too, when she danced. Some kind of human-angel hybrid moving across the stage with the kind of grace and beauty he hadn't quite seen before... It was amazing. She was beautiful.

I loved Joe and Liliana's story , what a lovely romance.Joe fall in love with Liliana the moment he first laid eyes on her. One glance and he was pretty much head over heels. Liliana likewise couldn’t seem to break his mesmerizing stare or control the chemistry that constantly sizzled between them. They are intense and passionate.I couldn't get enough of these two!

The title is so perfect for this one because truly it was a captivated story!

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Enjoyable Romantic Suspense With A Twist !

Let's start off by saying that this is a new author for us and we are really enjoying her stories.

I really enjoyed this tale it was griping suspenseful and a really great love story.I have to say I really loved the main characters Joe and Liliana were complete opposites yet fit each other so well.One thing they do have in common is that they are are both from powerful crime families.

Liliana's career as a ballet dancer keeps her very busy which keeps her away from the family business although she is not naive about her father and brother's she is not privy to how they conduct their business and I really feel she doesn't really know just how powerful and dangerous they really are.

Liliana and Joe form and instant connection he to is from a Mafia family based in Chicago.This story reminded me a little bit of the story Beauty and the Beast.

I loved the chemistry and the connection that was their between these to as they made a cute couple their courtship was somewhat of a train wreck waiting to happen yet ,they were super sexy and hot together when they came together for some hot and dirty sex. lol Joe is keeping secrets their entire courtship first because it was family business and then to protect her.How do your court the girl you are crazy about without her realizing in actuality you are guarding her and not just a job ?

I have to say that I haven't really read a lot of the Mafia romance gene but, I have to say that the story kept me interested and turning the pages until the very end.The story had a great cast of characters and some twists and turns and a few surprises.

I loved both Liliana and Joe from the onset of the story but, Joe became my favorite character this time around.Joe just kept surprising me at every turn because he kept doing things out of his comfort zone and out of character for him and also kept straying from the plan and then gets involved with finding out more about the job he was hired to do things he never ever does.The cool and collected man is everything but, as Liliana has him totally off his game. Lol
"Grinning"

Overall we enjoyed this story as I found the characters to be love-able,intriguing,mysterious and that it had just the right amount of drama and suspense .I also loved the author style of writing and would love to read more books by her and will have to start with one of her mafia series for sure.

We loved it !

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Great mafia romance and narration.

Joe Rossi is on a business trip in New York City. It’s no ordinary trip because Joe doesn’t work in an ordinary business. He’s a part of the Chicago mob and he’s been offered a job by the New York mob. As he’s in the city on an extended stay he begins to get to know a beautiful and shy ballerina, Liliana. She also happens to be the daughter of the New York boss.

This story was great. It was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat nearly the whole time. I love how captivated Joe is by Liliana. Their passion and his dominance were red-hot! Don’t even get me started on his dirty taking ways. *drool*

Narration was done by Daniel James Lewis and he does a good job. His accent throughout was slight, but fit the story well. I quickly found myself lost to the narration and story. Would definitely recommend this to lovers of fast-paced mafia romances with great narration.

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Mafia Romance that Captivates

After reading and loving Bethany-Kris' past mafia romances, I was excited to give one of her stories a try in audio. I love the world she has created, it's dark in the criminal world side, but it also it about family, love and being comfortable with the life of a family in the mob.

Captivated follows Liliana Marcello, she is the Marcello principessa, she is cherish and loved, and mostly kept out of the family business. But she isn't blind to the fact of what her family does, her father, her brothers and the people she's surrounded by and lives the life of Cosa Nostra family. She meets Joe Rossi a member of the Chicago Cosa Nostra, she is captivated by him and they have this connection. But Joe is closed up about why he's there, even though its obvious he's working on something with her family. But soon Joe realizes as he too figures out why his job of taking down two powerful people is more than what meets the eye and is also connected to Liliana.

Bethany-Kris is a master at writing mafia stories, each couple I have adored. They live a dangerous life and each have flaws but people who love them. Also each story, like this one show couple or characters from the past books so it always feels like your reading a continuous book. The romance as always is sexy and Joe is all alpha and knows how to make Liliana feel like a queen. Joe is complex, he is a made man, also known as The Shadow, like a hitman, he can slip in and out of the shadows and get the job down without notice. When Liliana's father hire's him, they want him for that specific reason.

The audio narration by Daniel James Lewis fit well with Joe's character, his slight accent mixed well with the mafia tone that I would look for. I couldn't quite put my finger on the accent but it worked for this story line. By the end of the book I felt Joe with Lewis' voice, he really brought him to life. There were a couple of words here and there that were pronounced strangely, but it didn't effect negatively on the story. I usually prefer a duo narration when it comes to romance books so that I can really separate the characters, so I do wish there were two narrators for this type of story.

In the end this was a great listen, I enjoyed the story and really got sucked into the world with Lewis' narration.

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Captivating Mafia Romance

Lilliana Marcello – graceful ballerina and mafia princess with a hurtful past – and Joe Rossi – reserved hitman with the heart in the right place – come together in the wonderful mafia romance that is CAPTIVATED by Bethany-Kris. It’s my first read – err, listen – by her and I enjoyed every second of it. It’s beautifully written and together with the colorful narration – and great accent! – by Daniel James Lewis it brings the characters to life perfectly.

Joe is good at what he does – and he prefers to stay in the shadows- Fitting for his job description: getting a job done and vanish before anyone ever realized he was even there. This all changes when he meets his perfect distraction in the form of Liliana – one glance is all it takes for him to know his life will never be the same again… It’s her innocence, her angelic features as a ballerina that draw him to her like moths to the flame, activate his alpha mode and with it a ferocious protectiveness over her… Swoon!

Liliana – don’t think you know her because she’s in the ballet and a principessa. Because she may be those things, but what she is not is snotty or stuck-up. She is living her life to the fullest despite the danger it brings living in her father’s world. And Joe definitely is part of that danger. But that just magnifies the allure he has over her. One glance and she knows she needs to know more about this man…

A dangerous love story with an intriguing plot about justice for terrible wrongs of the past and passion found in the unlikeliest of places with a person you never expected.

Thrilling, steamy and action-packed – spiked with a hero speaking Italian with his loved one. I thoroughly recommend this one.