A wild boy.
A sly girl.
Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he's never known anything different. He's unapologetic, and he owns it.
Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl ... on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She's curious, and she's exploring it.
She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.
They're late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.
They're vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.
Love is killing for someone.
Love is living for someone.
Sometimes, you can't keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.
Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.
Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.
This is what love is like when you're a principe and principessa della mafia.
This is what love is like when you're Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.
Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.
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Always is like falling in love with reading for the first time. Or realizing that my first love was dancing. And that beaches give you serenity and a nostalgic feeling. So calm and soothing, but there's always a storm lurking behind, that it may be a just a wind stirring some trouble and that the effect is making you feel nervous but the anticipation is good and that something you actually long for. And when it passes, the rainbows shows and that feeling of being in love is back. And then it becomes a cycle that you want to give up but you can't because you want to hold on but the emotions keep coming back. Yeah. What makes Always something different for me that it captured my heart and soul was that reading how Cross and Catherine grow up. I mean, I'm not much for actually growing through with it, but both grew up in la famiglia and each having faced issues of their own. It showed a side of growing up in the mob that isn't like seeing glimpses of their lives through others or something bloody because the setting of the story is actually where the streets are at peace and that the usual nuances of just being part of the Cosa Nostra. The pacing of the story was slow and one I didn't mind it as it was me falling in love so slowly with both of the characters. Getting to know them, living their lives and their heartaches and their happiness. I cried. I laughed! I smiled. And I swoon so hard I thought my heart was going to burst! It might be a little YA considering Cross and Catherine's age but there violence and blood and subjects that wouldn't categorize it as truly YA. Also, it has a bit of innocence and first loves and teenage drama. But it's countered by the businesses that the made men does that balanced it out but not too brutal and not too bloody. It's most likely a love story like Romeo and Juliet, but is far more romantic and sweeter and but that somehow ended hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time. Bethany-Kris just wowed me and I never expected to love these characters more than I already did. All I need is a damn family tree! lol I cannot wait to read the next book and possibly break my heart more but it is so worth it.
Mafia royalty from our most favorite families. Bethany has taken some of my most treasured characters offspring and given us a Cross and Catherine, destined to be together from the inception of this story. I was awestruck in this beautifully written rollercoaster of an emotional story of mafia-crossed lovers pulling your heartstrings and rooting for them to make it. "Love you." "Promise." "Always."
Hold on to your hearts ‘cause this one is sure to break it I’ve been a fan of Bethany Kris’s work now for quite a while. The first book I ever read from her was Lucian - The Filthy Marcellos- * If you haven’t read this saga you don’t know what you’re missing! But I digress. Anyway, my love affair with all things Bethany Kris started off with this little number, and she’s had a loyal fan in me ever since. So of course when she announced she was going to write a coming of age story, mafia style, I was naturally intrigued. In all my previous reviews, I always state that I won’t add spoilers, so don’t expect any here. For me, spoilers just ruined the WOW moment the author worked so hard in providing us as readers so that no secrets will be shown here. Having said that, how will I explain Cross and Cat to you? Well, I guess I’m just going to have to tell you what this book did to me. IT WRECKED THE HELL OUT OF ME! Tears people! Bloody tears! There have been characters in the past in Bethany’s novels that I have loved so fiercely that I would have bled for them, but these two? I can’t even express the amount of feels!!! All OF THEM!! They broke me! From Cat’s struggles to Cross’s endurance to their star freaking crossed love! This IS Romeo and Juliet of the 21rst century! Written within these pages, you will find them alive and kicking in their reincarnation, and their love lives on in Catherine and Cross. And that ending.... Dear God... That ending... It was perfect, even though you didn’t want it. Even though you wanted Bethany to take those words back, beg her NO NO NO, please don’t end it like that, it was PERFECT! So yes, this author is a brilliant genius, that enjoys playing with our heartstrings and when you finish this book, you will end up thanking her for every tear she made you shed like a baby and begging for news on the sequel. Trust me. That’s what I did and have been doing until I get my next fix on Cat and Cross. My favorite Romeo and Juliet pair of all time.
Worth more than 5 Stars!!! So GOOD!!! Seriously ended this book a sobbing mess! Bethany-Kris is my go-to author for anything mafia or cartel related. She writes so beautifully and everything feels so original and authentic that I totally fall into this forbidden world. Dante Marcello made me laugh out loud so many times as the real daddy issues pop up! I can only imagine his treatment of Cross is exactly how every single daddy out there wants it to go. Cross is head over for Catherine and has been since his first sight and no Don of the Marcello Cosa Nostra or Cat, the former Queen Pin will stop his love. I loved everything about this first love, coming of age book. I adored Cross's near disdain for authority and anyone who tried to control him. He always, ALWAYS, told it how it was, not matter how hurtful or brutal, it was. He was honest to a fault. Catherine, however, she was good at hiding and keeping secrets. I could relate to Catherine more than I wanted to. This book deals with some heavy stuff. Hover, Bethany-Kris tackles it as perfectly as it can be. I love getting snippets from other people I've read about. They ending of this book... well, keep tissues handy! It's heartbreaking and so relatable! I didn't think it could be possible for me to love Bethany-Kris's stories and words more than I did but with every book she puts out, they just get better and better. I received an ARC of this book with the hope that I would leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions.
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It's such a joy to see the development of the next generation in the Marcello and the Donati bloodlines. Cross and Catherine were introduced in the bonus episode of the Filthy Marcellos complete set, and I have been curious every since. Their love story is extraordinary! Cross is Calisto Donati's son. He has a no nonsense approach and speaks his mind. If anything, he is comfortable with what some some consider to be arrogance. Catherine is Dante Marcello's daughter. She is a good girl for most of the time, but she has a tendency of being sneaky. Depending on the company. Cross is nearly fifteen when he meets thirteen year old Catherine. What starts with an innocent relationship leads to so much more in their late teens. He doesn't change much, since he already knows what he wants in life. She doesn't quite know what she really wants. On the one hand, she wants to be good for daddy and on the other hand, she is fascinated by her mother's activities. This becomes the root of their problems but, he is always there to catch her when she falls. Something bad happens to her at the age of sixteen and instead of opening up, she finds other ways to cope. Destructive ways! They are so good together when they are "on", but even when they are "off" as a couple, she can always rely on him. He would do anything for her. She goes on a self destructing bender and as hard as it is, he finds himself with the only option which might just help her. She lives in a dark place and has to be willing to see the light. They are the perfect couple, yet not perfect individuals. Not that anyone is perfect, but there is a limit to everything. It's superbly portrayed and the poignancy of the emotions tore my heart apart. Quite the love story! I can't wait to see what transpires in Revere. I was kindly issued with an eARC from the author and the views expressed are my personal opinion.