Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Book Review (+ author giveaway): Effortless by Bethany-Kris

EFFORTLESS, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris A Legacy Novel 
Publication Date: January 15, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Organized Crime



Camilla Donati doesn’t do relationships—it’s just not her thing. She wants a fun time, not a long time. She might be exactly what Tommaso Rossi needs to make his vacation from the responsibilities as a Capo, a break worth taking.
He didn’t expect to find a woman like her with a mind full of filth.
She didn’t expect a man who would shatter all of her rules with only a grin.
Chicago keeps calling Tommaso home, and further out of reach from the one thing he wants more than ever. Camilla’s restless heart keeps getting in the way even when it’s stuck between what is, and what could be.
This should have been easy.
It didn’t have to be messy.
Falling in love is effortless.
It’s people who make it hard.
Effortless: A Legacy Novel is a standalone contemporary erotic romance.


Effortless was my first Bethany-Kris book. I haven’t read other books that feature the Rossi and Donati families but the author has done a great job of providing sufficient context that this book stands alone well.

This book held my interest on two fronts; the romance between Tom and Camilla as well as Tom’s relationship with his father.

I appreciated that neither Tom nor Camilla’s played games with each other. Their romantic struggles are hampered not only by physical distance – he in Chicago, she in NYC - but different their attitudes towards romantic relationships in general. Tom may not have been looking for love but he is willing to explore the potential. Camilla is more the quite-it-and-hit-it type. She is skittish about relationships and is most certainly not looking for love. The sexual attraction between them is immediate and strong but their journey towards a lifelong connection other is slow as they both grow and Camilla especially realises that relationships are not the anathema she imagined. Instead it’s rewarding, fulfilling and effortless.

As Tom patiently waits for Camilla, he is struggling to find a place to fit within the constraints of the Chicago Outfit. His father has clear ideas about what he expects from his son but Tom finds the politics and protocols of working within this regimented hierarchy stifling. At times Tom can be quite impetuous and we often feel his frustrations but I liked the way his father and other mentors offered guidance but let him work things out for himself for the most part.

I really enjoyed this book and will be adding more Bethany-Kris books to my want-to-read pile.



Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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