I have read the three books before this one (the Corisi trilogy), and I was STILL confused about all of the family dynamics. As the first book in a brand new series, you’d think that it’d be easy to jump into this without needing to know the backstory. That is absolutely not the case. The author is really doing herself a disservice here, because I do generally enjoy her writing style, but the family dynamics get more convoluted with every book. And this instalove storyline did nothing to win me over; it certainly wasn’t strong enough to overcome the confusing backstory. I can’t recommend this to anyone who hasn’t already read AT LEAST the Corisi trilogy, and even then, the romance was more instalove than anything.
The story follows Gian, a guy who just found out that his family tree is bigger and more complicated than he realized. While seeking out relatives that he’s never met before, Gian meets Teagan. The two have an instant spark and Gian is interested in pursuing Teagan, but she’s turned off when she believes Gian is also flirting with her friend. Miscommunication gets in the way of the chemistry that sparked between them, but Gian is persistent in his pursuit of Teagan. As the truth is revealed and their connections are identified, it complicates things even more.
I’ve already laid out my issues with the family dynamics, so let’s talk about Teagan and Gian’s relationship. I couldn’t connect to them. They have one VERY brief interaction, and it’s pretty much love at first sight. Gian is immediately smitten with Teagan, and Teagan is already burning with jealousy when she believes that Gian is also interested in her friend. There was not enough time spent together to warrant any of that. And then Gian creepily starts texting her – when Teagan didn’t even give him her number. What follows is a lack of communication, both in getting things out in the open AND in actually emotionally connecting. These two are very physical, and I had trouble understanding why they became so close so quickly. Pair that with the off-putting family dynamics (and a very random sex research subplot), and this just didn’t work for me. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy romance.
From New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello comes another hot Corisi romance about a bet, a love story, and the secrets that ruin relationships.
When billionaire and tech start-up capitalist Gian Romano strikes a bet with his niece Judy—the daughter of Dominic Corisi—to find even more of the Corisi family, his search leads him to the Boston area. But when he pops into a store, the woman who runs it becomes an instant distraction from his mission. Teagan is beautiful, strong, and too smart not to see through him.
What started as a friendly family bet quickly becomes complicated when sparks fly between Gian and Teagan. Nothing is as simple as it appears, and together they discover the past still has the power to hurt the ones they both love. Teagan won’t settle for less than the truth from Gian, but when it comes to her own secret aspirations, she holds back. If they learn to trust each other, they just might discover that some secrets are better when shared.
They’ll have to trust each other completely, or else their love, along with Gian’s lead on Judy, will be doomed.
Up next in the series! Releases in October.
From New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello comes another burning Corisi romance about family crises, dark secrets, and unforeseen love.
Riley doesn’t want her mom to know that she’s been seeing her newly discovered family, the Corisi clan. Riley’s biological father made her mother’s life hell, and even though he’s dead, her fear of anyone who shares his last name lives on.
After attending two funerals, Gavin’s father has decided Gavin needs a wife and children to be happy. Rather than inheriting his family’s company, Gavin now must earn his way back into his father’s good graces by producing a fiancée.
Everything with Riley would have gone easier if he had just lied to her about his meeting with her brother Dominic. The truth would have hurt her, and that was the last thing he wanted.
He never wanted a relationship, but when he is forced to choose between business or a future with her, he realizes he’ll choose her every time.
About the Author:
Ruth Cardello is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing about rich alpha men and the strong women who tame them. She was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She’s lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York, and Rhode Island again before moving to Massachusetts, where she now lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for two decades, including eleven years as a kindergarten teacher. Learn about Ruth’s new releases by signing up for her newsletter at http://www.RuthCardello.com.
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