New Release Book Review (& Author Giveaway): Captivated by Bethany Kris



Publication Date: July 9, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone



A shadow meets the light …
When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing.
This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.
Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.
It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.
It takes one look … One dance … One word … One smile to captivate a man.
And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.
Not all monsters hide in the shadows. How are you supposed to see them coming?


I have to say that reading CAPTIVATED left me feeling like a bit of a voyeur. The way in which Bethany Kris created an almost cocoon-like world for the main characters made me feel like an interloper to their intimacy.

Chicago based hit man, Joe Rossi, is in New York to complete a job when he meets Liliana Marcello at her family home. The immediate attraction between Joe and Liliana is evident and it takes little time for them to gravitate toward one another. Their story is not one of grand romantic gestures or wild escapades; instead it’s a quiet and understated experience. It’s lush and rich. The looks and words they share, their focus on each other when they’re alone makes for great reading.

However, Joe’s come to complete a job, one that must remain under a cloak of confidentiality. Before he can even consider a life with Liliana, he needs to finish what he came for. Imagine his astonishment when he discovers that his job crosses paths with events in Liliana’s life. And this is where I stop before I reveal any plot spoilers.

CAPTIVATED definitely held my attention. As well as our couple, I once again enjoyed the author’s depiction of these families. Their closeness, the love they have for each other and the burdens they are willing to carry and avenge for their loved ones all plays in making this book a well rounded read.




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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