Sunday, February 16, 2014

Prince of Blood and Steel by Nazarea Andrews and AJ Elmore

Seth Morgan has returned home after two years spent building an alliance that will take his family's crime syndicate to a new level in New York City's black collar society. He expects a warm welcome as heir of the Morgan empire. He hopes to finally marry Nicolette, the woman he's loved his whole life.

What he finds is a different world, one where his family's legacy is in ruins. His big brother, Caleb, has changed into someone cold and bitter, plotting to overthrow their patriarch. And Nicolette, daughter of the criminal banking industry, has left the family entirely.

When a vicious misunderstanding leaves Caleb dead, Seth is left reeling. Desperate for truth, Seth is forced to turn to his only remaining cousin, Emma, for support. As he tries to mend his relationship with Nicolette, he begins a search for answers that will take him from the dirty streets to the highest reaches of their illicit empire.

Torn between the desire to protect those who mean the most to him, and a need to learn more about Caleb's death, he grows distant to protect them. As each secret surfaces, he realizes that the only way to restore his family is to take his place at its head, and fully embrace the brutal way they live.

First line:
 Rain pounds on the top of two huge black umbrellas, one slightly higher than the other
ARC from author for an honest review
I couldn't get through this book. It was so confusing to follow. There was an over-excessive use of the pronouns "he" and "she." At the beginning, Seth sees a girl in a bar and buys her a drink. He then follows her (Emma) out to the alley and tells her he loves her. She gets mad and runs away. Then he wanders around the city until he ends up outside "her" house. Imagine to my surprise, that it wasn't the first girl's house. It was a different girl's house, Nicolette. Later, he thinks about how much he loves her. I had to go back to the description to understand what was going on. Then, later, a third girl comes into play. Apparently, Seth cheated on Nicolette with a reporter named Vera. But back to the pronouns. Characters would come into the scene and the only introduction would be "He/she walked into the room" (or something like that). There was one whole scene where a girl walked up to Seth and she was there for a little bit and then she left "as suddenly as she came." There was no mention of the girl's name at all in the scene. After that, I pretty much gave up on the book and couldn't bring myself to finish it.

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