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*** BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY *** Where the Sun Hides by Bethany-Kris and London Miller

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Where the Sun Hides
by Bethany-Kris & London Miller
Seasons of Betrayal, #1
Publication Date: June 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Organized Crime


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Synopsis: 

In places where the sun can hide, the darkest betrayals are made.

Violet Gallucci and Kazimir Markovic have grown up in the same city, but on opposite sides of the game they call life—Violet, an Italian principessa della mafia, and Kaz, a Russian Bratva heir. Lines have been drawn, and they know not to cross them.

Their paths crossed once, a long time ago, but when they meet again, the territory and rules set out by their families that have kept them separated seem to bleed away.

She’s more than her last name …

He’s more than a Russian …

But secrets from the past—and the people determined to keep them hidden—have other plans for Violet and Kaz.

Rival families.

One city.

Star-crossed lovers.

They should be enemies.

It could mean war.

This is just the beginning …

From authors Bethany-Kris (The Chicago War) and London Miller (Volkov Bratva) comes a thrilling, sexy new series—Seasons of Betrayal. Where the Russians and Italians clash in culture, mafia … and love.



Excerpt 

“One day, you’re going to go too far,” Ruslan warned. “Who the hell is going to save your ass when Vasily decides to teach you a lesson?”

Digging his phone out, Kaz smiled absently. “Let’s hope we never have to find out—Kaz.”

“You know,” Vasily began, sounding rather thoughtful, “when I asked Irina to bear my children, you were not what I hoped for.”

“Someone’s in a mood,” Kaz said in return, already heading for his car, knowing what Vasily would tell him. “How about we skip the ‘I don’t know why you’re calling,’ discussion? Yes, I had a run in with Carmine Gallucci, and considering you’re not yelling, you know that he wasn’t hurt too bad—his pride, maybe. So really, what’s there to discuss?”

Kaz slipped behind the wheel, and as he switched the call over to the Bluetooth radio, his phone buzzed again, this time with a text.

“Are you trying to kill me?” Vasily asked. “Is that what this is about? I don’t understand. I’ve given you everything you could have ever wanted. Money, the best schools, the best cars … and yet you never do the simplest of things that I ask.”

“What was that?” Kaz had only been half paying attention to his father as he unlocked his phone, opening up the message.

“Kazimir!” Vasily snapped, that last little thread he had on his control breaking. “Stay the fuck away from the Galluccis. How many times must I say this?”

The image took a while to load, but when it did, Kaz grinned slowly. There was no face, just the curve of a shoulder, pale skin, and the mottled bite mark he had left some days ago. He was intrigued as to why she sent it.

Whether it was meant as a reminder that he needed to be careful as to where he left his mark, or whether it was an invitation.

He chose to go with the latter.

“I’ll be in there in fifteen,” Kaz said to his father, even as he typed a message to Violet. “And yeah, you have my word. I’ll stay clear of Carmine Gallucci.”

But not Violet. Never Violet.


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My Review 

I'm officially obsessed with all things Bethany-Kris (and anyone she co-authors with). She writes mafia stories likes she's lived it. Her bad boys with hidden goodness and heroines that break the mold keep me coming back for more. Where the Sun Hides is a Romeo and Juliet style love story set against a mob background where two families have been at odds for generations and yet two lovers find their way to each other against all odds. But their paths are not easy and definitely not lined with roses. As the story unfolds reality comes crashing in leaving devastation and yet a tiny glimmer of hope sprouts in the darkness. 

Kaz, born into the Russian Bratva in New York, has been groomed to hate the Italians. But years ago, when he was just 10, his father took him to a meet with the Italian boss where he met 4 year old Violet. Years later, with a truce called, the two groups live separate, mostly peaceful existences together. Until Violet, now 21, goes to a club in an area of town she's not supposed to be in. When she and her friends run into a bit a trouble, Kaz is there to help. At first she doesn't remember meeting Kaz but there's something about him that draws her to him. When the wrong person finds out that Kaz brought Violet home (to an area totally off limits to him) and realizes Violet was in the wrong part of town (totally off limits to her), both sides are decidedly unhappy. Yet Kaz and Violet keep running into each other and soon start a very secret, very off limits relationship. As time moves on reality comes barreling forward and the two lovers are held hostage in its grip. 

Kaz and Violet are seemingly opposite in every way. He's the dark to her light. She's the princess to his solider. She's the Italian to his Russian. But together they find something intangible and something worth fighting for. But life in the mob isn't easy and it's even more difficult when one tries to cross lines created generations ago. Yet Kaz and Violet's relationships is so real and hauntingly beautiful amongst all the evil that surrounds them. It doesn't hurt that Kaz is so disarmingly sexy and honest that I fell for him from the very first word from his mouth. His love and devotion to Violet was swoon-worthy and Violet's strength shows in every action she takes. 

As the percentage left to read got smaller and smaller, my anxiety increased based on the events surrounding Kaz and Violet, but so did the size of my heart as it expanded every time Kaz spoke in reference to Violet. Then the final straw broke the back of their hidden relationship and the fall out was heartbreaking but even with that ending, I was given the spark I needed to absolutely fall head of heel in love with Kaz even while desperately needing book 2.

Bravo to Bethany-Kris for another supremely well done mafia romance and I'm happy to have found another author to lust after in London Miller. I cannot wait for the next addition to the Seasons of Betrayal series and to find out where Kaz and Violet end up.

Reviewed by Paige 

★★☆ 5 "Forbidden" Stars ☆★★ 

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS


Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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ABOUT LONDON MILLER


With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.


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