Scarless & Sacred

Scarless & Sacred

by Bethany-Kris

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Secrets and wars leave the deepest scars.Evelina Conti has always worn a mask. She is an Outfit principessa, respected and adored. She wasn't allowed to be anything else. Her father went from a grieving husband to the Outfit boss, and now that Riley heads the family, Eve is more suffocated than ever. No matter how much she hates it, the Conti princess still has a role to play. A little attention from Theo DeLuca seems innocent enough, but nothing is when it comes to him. And certainly not when everyone believes that Theo is out to kill her.Theo DeLuca has a target on his back. His biggest problem is figuring out who put it there when everyone is aiming at him. He doesn't need a woman causing him issues, but the Conti princess keeps showing up at the worst times, and he's the one left saving her. Between the men surrounding him that Theo can't trust, and the past he can't outrun, Evelina might be the one thing he doesn't have to question. But when Riley decides to use Eve as his next move, even Theo might not be able to save her.The war in Chicago is not even close to being over. This game is deadly. Each hand played cuts another mark into someone else. The Outfit boss is struggling while the men around him are rallying. As the body count continues to rise, the families keep losing.Sacrifices are a part of war. No one will walk away from this without scars.***PLEASE NOTE: Scarless & Sacred is not intended to be read as a standalone in this series. It is the third book in the series and should be read after the first two books. Trigger Warning: Scarless features graphic violence and scenes of past abuse.

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ISBN-13: 9781988197050
Publisher: Bethany-Kris
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: Chicago War , #3
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 910,814
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Scarless & Sacred (The Chicago War, #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SCARLESS + SACRED **I was kindly given this ARC to read for my honest review** This is only my opinion and I have not received any compensation whatsoever. This third book in the series is softer than the previous two books. Touching on the emotional aspect of certain members of Famiglia and how they deal with their future. Basically the story centers on Theo DeLuca and Evelina Conti’s relationship and the hurdles they must overcome. All four families are represented throughout with guised cordiality cloaking the snakes beneath. A leader is needed who has firm values of what’s right for the common good of all. Finding one and keeping him alive is the conundrum they are facing. The political agenda of the four families is about to combust and consequences to all be damned. Living their lives inside a bubble with each member of the Mafioso acting a part likened to a chess game. Only a few can survive but whom and when is the mystery that surrounds them all. This is madness most discreet and only a King slayer can turn the tides. Miss Bethany-Kris has once again engaged my interest and kept me enthralled with her competent writing and plot twists. I really liked re-visiting the Marcello family in New York it was an added bonus to the circus of events in Chicago. I got the feeling from this book that so much more is yet to come. Each book eclipses the last one and my curiosity swells. Such an adventure and so onto the next;
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
As Reckless & Ruined, Book 2 of Bethany-Kris’ The Chicago War series, served as a literary earthquake of mafia mayhem, Scarless & Sacred could mostly be described as the calm before the tsunami, with its first wave slamming into the shoreline. Once again Chicago’s four largest mob famiglias are circling one another and attempting to hold in place a façade of peace by keeping a respectable distance. However, loyalties are still being questioned as contenders to overthrow Riley Conti, the current Mafia Don, start to plot and scheme, with Theo DeLuca caught in the crosshairs. Amidst all this tension and threat of mafia descension, we have Theo and Evelina Conti’s Romeo and Juliet romantic tale unfolding. Theo is no stranger to loss. After his parents were murdered, he was handed over to his abusive Uncle Ben, along with his older brother, Dino, and much younger sister Lily. Haunted by memories of a painful past and deep regret for not making amends with Dino, Theo has become a gorgeous, walking empty shell of a man who is all about being a successful Capo with no desire to settle down. Except for when he thinks of or sees Evelina Conti. She’s like her own force of nature every time he sees or even thinks of her. She unknowingly always puts his Mafioso mind and body in an uncontrollable rush of lust and emotions. Eve has been kept on a tight leash by her father, Riley, and groomed to be the perfect principessa. However, she likewise has always had a thing for Theo. She’s just always been taught never to give into temptation. As you probably have already guessed, they are told to stay away from each other. But, as we all know too well, the heart wants what it wants. Eve finally throws caution to the wind and approaches him. Though they try to keep their encounters a secret, it inevitably gets revealed, to a select few, when she is forced to become engaged to another prominent mafia figure. After being set up to take the fall for two attacks on Eve, Theo works with Damien, aka Ghost, and seeks a little help from his friends, the Marcellos. That’s right, my fellow Filthy Marcellos book-loving friends. Though it is only a small cameo appearance, a reference is made the NY Marcellos clan may have to travel to Chicago and knock some Mafioso heads together to contain the chaos about to break out again. I’m keeping my mafia romance addicted, page-turning fingers crossed this intervention does indeed take place. Tommas…Tommas…It wouldn’t be right not to take a moment to talk about you. What a tangled web you do weave. Your heart and life are just as entrenched in la familia life as Theo, if not more so. There will be no walking away for you. In fact, I highly suspect you are about to move up the mafia ladder in a very big way. But just like Theo, you will do whatever it takes to keep what is yours. It certainly seems Abriella is your one true love, but you are going to have to put up one heck of a fight to win her back. Can’t wait for your full story to be revealed in Book 4, Breathless & Bloodstained. In fact, I’m breathless just thinking about it. But let’s not rush ourselves. Everyone take a deep breath, sit back, and enjoy the ride as you read each and every book in this great, engaging mafia romance series. Title: Scarless & Sacred, Series: The Chicago War (Book 3), Author: Bethany-Kris, Pages: 401, HEA, no cheating, no cliffhanger, no love triangle, VERY steamy scenes, some graphic mafia violence, not meant to be a stand-alone, should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC for an honest review! I just love this author writing, she is one of the most talented authors I have come across, mainly because her writing is so real and original. I have read The Chicago War series since the beginning, and I love each and every story but WOW, Ms Bethany have out done herself on this one!! This book is jaw dropping, intense and surprizing! It is a non-stop thrill ride that will keep your pulse pounding and keep you turning pages well into the night. This is the story of Theo and Evelina history in the crime family and the crush they had on each other for years, but never acted upon it. What this book has is an interesting, captivating love story. But don't expect boy meets girl, love at first sight, united against all others and HEA no no there is family secrets,struggles, betrayal and violence...Danger was lurking around every corner. This story also provides history of Theo and Dino drastic past with Ben and Riley after the death of their parents. I’m so excited with what else is to come from this amazing author because this series should be a MOVIE!!  I won't go into details because I don't want to give the book away, just click and enjoy the exciting emotional roller-coaster ride. Overall, If you love the previous Chicago War Series, you would truly love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 completely engrossed stars 3rd book in a 4 book Mafia series. This book focuses on Theo and Eve. Each book features a different main couple. "He was so in love with this woman . Because she didn’t give a damn about his monsters, and she wasn’t out to chase them away. She didn’t think he was broken. She didn’t fix him like someone else might try to." My love for this book is for more than just the romance between the MC. (My favorite couple is still Adriano and Alessa from the 2nd book.) I really liked Theo & Eve and felt their connection but I would of liked more conversations between them during a certain time. BK knows how to write the heat and she did it so well in this story. There are some wonderful interactions between the MC where u know their love is real. The drama and action between all the characters is what made this story fantastic for me (Theo & Eve were a close second). I wanted to reach my hand in the grave and re kill some of the bastards that have died in previous books b/c you learn more of the hell they brought to others. I wish Dino (Theo's brother) got his HEA (though Eve might not see it that way). My heart breaks for him and Theo. Theo sigh I so loved him. He survived HELL as a child and grew up to be a yummy alpha male. You learn his reasons for his past actions were not as you thought. And he does not play when he learns the truth. I liked Eve a lot. She knew her mind and had strength but was not TSTL. She and Theo were a good match. “You’ve been mine for a while, Eve. You were mine years ago when I told you to break the rules and you did it. You were mine when you trusted me and no one else would. You were mine when I told you to get on your knees, and you didn’t even hesitate to do it. You were mine when you didn’t ask me for a thing. You were mine when you said you would give up everything for a chance. ..........You are mine, Evelina.” Do not read this book if you haven't read the other 2 books. You will be lost if you do. Book is told in 3rd person pov from H/h only. No cheating or ow/om. ARC received from author for a honest review.