15 November 2014

Femme Fatale Tour Stop!

They call me the Femme Fatale.

But only because they don’t know me.

My job - seduce men only to 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 seemingly heartless and strong female and the man I could only ever love to death?

***Warning: 18+, due to scenes of graphic murder, sex and a high use of swearing***
When love crosses family, that is hard enough to sort out but when that family is a mob/mafia and the father truly believes he is God, well things just got a bit more difficult.  This is the story of Amelia Abbiati, a young woman who has been trained to be a killer.  Her first mistake was not acting shocked or upset when she witnessed her father murder a man in front of her.  From that day forward her dad groomed her to take out the people who threaten or go against the Abbiati family. 
Of course she has brothers, each with a distinct personality and agenda so this only makes her determined to prove to them she deserves her place in the family. You might wonder if she ever longed to be a normal woman, to find a man and fall in love, well yes she tried that and Zane Maverick, a detective, broke her heart and fueled her fire to kill men even more. 
She settled in accepting this was her life, she would do the deed, people would come in and clean up the scene and she would wait for the next file to be given to her showing her who the target was.  She was proficient, clean and swift and always left her signature mark on the victim.  When her father gave her the next hit she was taken back.  Looking at the picture in the file she saw none other than Zane.  When she asked her Papa why Zane, she was told only two reasons.  Zane broke his bambina’s heart and Zane was trying to take down the family.  Now her loyalty will be tested, will she be true to the family or risk it all for the man she still loves.
The rest of the story gives you an abundance of suspense and drama.  There are graphic scenes that fed my dark and twisted cravings and plenty of passion and love.  Amelia kept me sitting on the edge of my seat as I watched her try to balance the demands of her dad and brothers with the desire she had for a little more time with Zane before she killed him.  When others decided she would not be able to carry out this mission and went after Zane, I marveled at how she took care of the problem.  I found myself begging her to take Zane and run.  Spend a life time in hiding but also being in love, but Amelia doesn’t run from anything or anyone.
My favorite books to read are those with a very twisted plot and dark scenes and characters.  The more violence, drama and twisted behaviors the better for me.  This author didn’t disappoint me at all.  With the scenes that took place in this book I wanted to crawl in her head and see how she came up with this stuff it was so fabulous.  I didn’t feel like I was reading a predictable book, or similar to any other pieces of work.  Each character had their own traits and personalities and that gave this story an element of excitement. 
I will warn you now the cliff hanger is dramatic and I am dying for the next book.  This book would have been a four star rating till I found myself at the end.  When I will scream out loud because I needed more of this book NOW then you will get a five star from me.  I would tell anyone who has a TBR list that involves violence, betrayal, suspense and some of the most twisted thinking ever written, that this book needs to be on the top of that list.  
“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.”
I used to be just another Fanfiction writer! That was until one person showed real interest in my work. And then another, and then another, until I had this whole group of people reviewing like crazy and wanting original work from me. I’d spent years writing for free online, I didn’t believe I had it in me to publish something!
But I’m glad I did!! I never imagined pushing my work and striving to reach my ultimate. I never imagined I’d be the girl who started The Viper Rooms! But who am I to deny the inspiration when it hits?
I love writing, it’s a lifeline. I love creating a world that others fall into. I love having the control to make a whole new world. It’s like a dependency, an addictive one. It’s one of the things I’m extremely proud of.
As much as I complain, I love the mini dialogues that go on in my head, the plotlines that attack me when I least expect them to. The ones that jump to life at the most inappropriate times and drive me totally crazy!!
For now I split my life between writing, dreaming, working, and volunteering with children.


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