Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOOK REVIEW - HELL'S KITCHEN by HART SAINT GERMAIN - HELL'S KITCHEN # 1

By: Hart Saint Germain
Published By: Hart Saint Germain
Released: 3rd March 2015
Details: Kindle purchase, 113 Pages

RATING: 4.5 LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads


*From International Bestselling authors Callie Hart and Lili St. Germain comes a tale of two families co-existing in a melting pot of violence, murder and drugs in the seedy underbelly of New York City*

Hell’s Kitchen

Theo and Sal Barbieri are brothers, tasked by their Mafioso father Roberto with a very clear purpose: kidnap Kaitlin McLaughlin. The beautiful daughter of Roberto’s Irish enemy. It’s high time Kaitlin was punished for her father’s sins—not to mention, her own.

And Operation: Kidnap Kaitlin is a roaring success… until it isn’t. When Kaitlin escapes into the busy streets of New York City, it’s a race against the clock to find her before Sal and Theo become the hunted.

Zeth Mayfair has traded his life as a hitman for a quieter existence, but it isn’t long before the past catches up with him in the form of Roberto Barbieri. Will he succumb to the lure of power that Roberto is offering? Or will he retaliate by killing every last Barbieri in New York to get them off his back?

Jason Ross is running. Woken in the night by a tip that the Gypsy Brothers are coming for him, he packs a bag and gets his girlfriend the hell out of dodge. Arriving in New York City in the midst of a heatwave is one thing, but being tailed by an entire drug cartel is another.

Worlds collide in Hell’s Kitchen as secrets come to light and sins are punished. Because we might be different in the light of day, but in the darkness, we’re all connected somehow.

Hell’s Kitchen is a serial comprising three volumes: Hell’s Kitchen, Tribeca and Bleecker Street. Volume One releases on March 3rd with a limited-time sale price of 99 cents.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I really enjoyed this first instalment in Hell’s Kitchen serial. This one is only 113 pages, so a quick read, but it packs a punch.

I found myself thinking this was a very Pulp-Fiction-The-Movie-Esq style of story telling.

I’ve written two books in multiple povs so I totally dug the way the ladies, ( Lili St Germain and Callie Hart) handled Hell’s Kitchen. It’s harder to write than dual pov, but I think very rewarding for the reader.

This first instalment is very much an introduction to the characters who all have their own side stories, so to speak going on, but they all connect, or eventually will. We got a nice twist and we get served up a platter of grit.

I really got a lot out of this first instalment as far as learning the characters. You get enough by being in each of their heads to get a good visual as you are reading and understanding of them throughout this book. That is the beauty of multiple povs. The picture painted is a lot deeper for a short read.

Hell’s Kitchen gets straight into it from the first page. No time to waste when you are writing a novella length read.

I have not yet finished Gypsy Brothers series and the girls do state to skip Jase’s pov if you want no spoilers, then come back to it, once you have finished that series.

Eh, I went with the spoilers. I was on a roll. I haven’t read Callie’s, Blood and Roses series either. I have the first two or three in the series, but not started them yet. Again, I read Zeth’s pov in this book without any prior knowledge of the series.

I gotta say ladies, both of your crossover characters had very HOT scenes.

I am rather keen now to finish the last two books in Gypsy Brothers and also start Blood and Roses series and power on through that series.

Zeth, *waggles eyebrows* sounds rather humma! humma!

Theo and Sal Barbieri, the sons of Roberto, are great characters. Being in their heads, opposed to watching them in a more 2D way was really cool. I really like the both of them. Also we get to see the dynamic between them and their father.

Their father is rather frightening. That’s putting it mildly. I won’t look at a deep fryer the same again. 

You can't really escape hating the people your father hates, especially when your father is Roberto Barbieri. The guy's not just old school. He has a medieval mentality and can hold a fucking grudge like no one else on earth. You piss him off and you can expect some serious Old Testament justice; an eye for an eye, motherfucker. And that's you getting off light.

I really liked the ladies too.

Gracie is a badass, hot chick.

Scarlett is damaged and coping, barely.

Kaitlin...hmmm jury is still out on her.

The one thing I know for sure is I could have kept reading another hundred pages at least, and that's a good thing.

A great start to a very well written first installment.


Michelle

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