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Title: Femme Fatale
Series: Pericolo #1
Author: Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date: Nov 7, 2014
They call me the Femme Fatale.
But only because they don’t know me.
My job – seduce men to the climatic point of falling in love with me and then deliver their death sentence.
I work for my father’s business. I’m his secret weapon. I’m the one that gets away with murder.
For years, I’ve given in to my father’s demands, lived the life of a mob princess, fell into this merciless realm where he presents me with a man and one goal – to kill.
When it’s to keep the Abbiati name from ruins, I’ll run with the wolves and protect it fiercely.
However, when he brings a new name to the table, I know my newest mission could well be the one that breaks me – Don’t feel, don’t deviate, kill Zane Maverick.
It should be simple, but how am I supposed to choose between the man who raised me to be this heartlessly strong female and the man I could only ever love to death?
“You’re fucking insane,” I cuss at him and push him away but his stance is too heavy, and he doesn’t budge.
“I know you, Amelia. I know how you loved him once. You’re so fickle as it is, why wouldn’t you be fucking him to bide some time. The way you walk around here like you’re queen bee too, sickens me. You will never run this place, and soon, everyone will look down on you like me and Papà do. Everyone sees this strong, beautiful woman, but maybe we should let them see the real you. The weak victim you hide from everyone.” He leans in close to me to a suffocating degree. “What would happen if I were to run this down your face?” he asks and presents his infamous switchblade. The knife shoots from its hilt, the light glistening from its metal edge. “I didn’t get you a gift, but I have a perfect one for you now,” he says and begins to lower it to my face. “A scar right down your face would be a perfect reminder to keep you in line. Even Maverick wouldn’t want a butchered bitch.”
I close my eyes as I prepare for that piercing bite on my skin, but Giovanni’s weight suddenly disappears, and I’m left cowering to an empty space. Once I pry them open, I see why. Bruno has arrived and has Giovanni thrown over the pool table by the collar of his shirt and blazer.
“You are one sadistic bastard, Giovanni,” Bruno spits and releases Giovanni enough to allow him to turn to face his brother. “I knew there was reason I fucking despised you. If I didn’t have cause before, what I just witnessed was a real clincher.”
“Get the fuck away from me,” Giovanni grunts, straightening his shirt and jacket back.
That ignites more hate in my brother. “One day you are going to wake up with your balls shoved down your throat, Gio.” Bruno terrorizes Giovanni while we all stand and watch. Bruno towers over our brother when he is riled up, and I have to admit, that look of fear on Giovanni’s face is too fucking good to miss. “And I’ll be the one holding the knife. Threaten our little sister again, and I will make your biggest nightmares come true. Capisci?”
Clapping resounds after Bruno’s warning, and we all turn to see our father standing in the doorway. I sense Giovanni stand up, straightening himself and regaining his composure.
“I knew you still had that Abbiati fight still left in you, Figlio Mio.”
“Cut the fatherly duty, Salvatore. I am far from your son.” Bruno’s demeanor doesn’t relinquish its hardened stance. If anything, our father’s sudden appearance only bristles Bruno furthermore. “I’m here to celebrate my sister’s birthday, not tear away psychopaths from permanently scarring her.”
A femme fatale (/ˌfæm fəˈtɑːl/ or /ˌfɛm fəˈtɑːl/; French: [fam fatal]) is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations.
I knew nothing about this book before I started it, other than the title. The title alone was what had me wanting to pick it up and read it, because of the definition of the words “femme fatale.” It had me intrigued to know more about this story. More about this woman who seduces and destroys men with her prowess.
This book had me so torn. I absolutely loved the concept. Mafia princess who literally gets away with murder whenever needed to help protect her family. She’s skilled in the art of seduction, so they never see her coming. But then she’s faced with her next target. The man she was once – and still is – hopelessly in love with. The plot still fills me with me excitement.
But I didn’t feel that it was executed as well as it could have been. There was quite a lot that needed some adjustments. Needed tidying up. Stuff that is probably easily overlooked by an author who has gone over the manuscript countless times, but should have been glaringly obvious to any beta readers or editors. Some of the characters had such split personalities that I’m surprised I don’t have whiplash. They were cocky and arrogant one minute, and whiney and desperate the next.
Also, Amelia’s dad was unlike any Italian man (never mind mafia boss) that I’ve ever read about. Italian’s are known for their intense family bond, and how protective they are over their children – especially their daughters. But Salvator was not like that at all. He repeatedly threatened Amelia with death and even selling her! It was crazy.
BUT (yes, another but), I still think the storyline is great, never mind how messy it was in parts, and I did note how it strengthened towards the end. It was well written, and I think given some work, and more detailed editing, it could be a truly fantastic read. And after that ending? I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
FEMME FATALE RELOADED #2 – Out 2015!
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