Review: Thin Lines by Bethany-Kris

Calisto Donati 

Calisto had never been a fan of pain, but he found it provided a certain relief. 
It was a high that couldn’t compete with anything else he experienced. That was why he fought bare-knuckled, why he drove fast, despite knowing he might crash, and why he still enjoyed looking at Emma Donati—no matter her current status. Pain felt good. 
He might have been a fool for doing so, but as long as he got what he wanted from it, he didn’t really care. When he fought, he was given release. When he drove, he was given freedom. When he looked at Emma, he was given memories.
All of them brought a certain level of pain. All three might kill him someday. 
Calisto glanced at Emma, taking her in again when she didn’t know he was looking.
He realized then that only one might actually be worth dying for.

Emma Donati
Emma kept her gaze on the book in her lap, pretending like there wasn’t an argument going on across the room. She had become terribly good at acting like she didn’t hear. Calisto watched her out of the corner of his eye while he argued on with Affonso.
She was too focused on Calisto to care about their fight. His anger. The tightness of his jaw. Searing soul-black eyes. The two men were not the same. They might have shared blood, but their hearts were entirely different. One man never let her out of his sight when he was nearby. The other acted like she didn’t exist. 
This was what it was like, she realized, to be in love with someone she couldn’t have. 
Calisto Donati would never be hers. 
This wasn’t a fairy tale that would end happily. They weren’t star-crossed. They were impossible.  
Coming July 5th, 2016

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 I'm ruined STARS

Bloody hell, help me!! Bethany, you've destroyed me!

This is one of those books that everything ached while I read the story that unfolded but I couldn't help myself. This series is about the forbidden love between Calisto Donati, consigliere and nephew to Affonso, the boss and his wife, Emma (Emmy) Donati.

I was already highly strung and full of heartache at the end of book 1, Thin Lies, this second book picks up right where things left off. Taking the angst and turmoil and kicking up about a 100 scorching degrees.

"Calisto Donati would never be hers. This wasn’t a fairy tale that would end happily. They weren’t star-crossed. They were impossible."

Like Cal and Emmy, this whole story was a tidal wave of emotions. Try as they might to fight their connection and attraction, it's a losing battle.

“We’re not very good at this whole thing, are we?” he asked.

“I don’t understand what you mean.”
“Being near one another.”

No matter the impossible circumstance, these two finally give into their desire, flirting with fire and navigating the dangerous world they live in for stolen moments together.

“Do not walk on lines so thin that they’ll break under your weight, Calisto.”

The intensity and passion between Cal and Emmy is palpable and all consuming. This was so well written and flawlessly executed, weaving a masterful tale of betrayal, secrets and lies, and a love so great that no obstacle is too great. Like all things forbidden, there's always the risk of having to face dire consequences for your actions. And like a guillotine, this threat and the very possible reality hangs heavy over their heads throughout the book.

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I was a complete wreck for most of this book. But I must admit, I loved every delicious and torturous moment of it!

“She hated that he hurt. She liked that he hurt for her. Calisto didn’t know it, but Emma was no better than him. It was sick and wonderful.”

I seriously don't know if I can wait for the conclusion of this heartbreaking and extremely passionate mafia love story!

**ARC generously provided by Bethany-Kris in exchange for an honest review.**

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