Review: Salvatore by Cecy Robson

Posted March 13, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 25 Comments

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Review: Salvatore by Cecy Robson
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Series: In Too Far #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 13, 2019
Pages: 356
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

He did what he had to do to save his family and now he’s paying with his own soul until a woman comes along to shine light into his darkness.  The author excels at alpha bad boys with generous hearts of gold and it is never so visible as in Salvatore, the first in a hot and darker new series.

Review

Salvatore is a love conquers all wrong side of the tracks urban romance between a mafia don’s bodyguard and a high school guidance counselor.  Salvatore gave up his own life to the mob to save his brothers from being lost in the system.  Now, his boss wants to drag him in deeper so that there is no way out.  Aedry is a sweet southern gal come north to give her heart to helping inter-city Jersey kids get a chance at success.  The Romero brothers are smart and have great potential so she charges in to make their older brother who is their guardian aware that they are on the brink of bad mistakes.  Aedry has never encountered a man like Sal who shocks all her sensibilities with a challenge in his dark eyes and a sizzling suggestion on his tongue.  Sal has the same stunner when his brother’s counselor turns out to be too good and pure to believe.  Does this impossible pair stand a chance?

Well, that was something else.  The author’s usual powerful and emotion-producing writing was definitely out in full force.  She is in a setting she writes well.  Lower class, inter-city neighborhoods and people with the exception of the southern transplanted heroine.  Dialogue fully of gritty wit and sizzling romance with characters up against a tough situation.  I was totally down for that.

However, this success in dipping her toe into mafia is a qualified one for me.  I’ve read my fair share of dark romance and specifically dark mafia or gang romances so I was prepared for all that can entail.  In truth, I found this one on the milder to moderate end of the spectrum.  Though, that said, if others are coming to this after experiencing the author’s earlier releases, the warning that its darker is spot on.  The mafia world, the violence, and the dirty talking in your face vice and lusty romance was good and on par with what I wanted and expected in such a story.

What had me on the fence somewhat was Aedry.  Is there a thing of too opposite in an opposites attract romance?  For me, that is where I was at when all was said and done.  I loved Sal in all his flawed, cocky glory as he learned how to treat a worthy woman and heal from his own painful past.  I adored Aedry as this beautiful soul trying to save the world one underprivileged kid at a time.  She grew up sheltered in a religious farming family and brought some of that fresh faced value into the city.  She’s basically an untouched virgin who has little inkling of what the life of the kids in her case load are dealing with, but she cares and that can go far with a teen.  To her getting wild is dressing up in pants and a blouse to go clubbing with a girl posse not watching a mob conduct business like Sal does on a daily basis.  They were both wonderful people and I could see where there might be some attraction in stepping out of their norm and trying the different and the new.  I could also see how the pair of them would bond over loving and wanting the best for his younger brothers which was what initially brought them into each other’s orbit.
But, it was after that, when the relationship started to form, that I have to admit that I wasn’t buying the promise of long-term.  This is just me.  Others might and will see them as perfect for each other.  And, I don’t mean that this ruined this story at all.  Not by a long shot.  There is a reason why I am a fan and the author is auto-buy.  Even when I was on the fence about the heroine as the romance interest, I was still all in with loving on this story.

All in all, this was a fabulous gritty and intense beginning to love and life in a mafia world.  I look forward to what is coming next in this series and can heartily recommend this one to those who enjoy mild to moderate spicy mafia romance.

My thanks to the author via Caffeinated PR services for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels, and the Carolina Beach series, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Kimberly @ CaffeinatedPR
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Glad you enjoyed this couple and are looking forward to the next!

Sophia Rose
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Oh yeah, she has me hooked. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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She really can write anything, and yes I’ve read grittier, but she made me fall for Salvatore.

Sophia Rose
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The story and the characters shine so bright. I was glad it didn’t get darker than it was especially with Aedry being involved. She’s such a sweetheart. 🙂

Shari
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I find I shy away from stories with the mob being so big in the story. I used to be the same about MC romances and I keep trying to say I should try them. I had one bad experience with a story and now seem to try to stay away. This one intrigued me, but a good person falling for a mob bodyguard…something has to give.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I think mafia romances are tricky like MC ones for me, too. I will not just pick one up because of those elements, but need the characters to have a core of good in them or be redeemable in some way. And, I need a well developed plot. The good girl and the bad boy in this one will depend on the reader whether it works for them or not. I went with it in the end b/c I liked them, but there was a voice in the back of my mind that wondered if it should have worked… Read more »

Melliane
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I liked this one but while I loved some other books recently in the mafia, I just liked it, it wasn’t as good.

Sophia Rose
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It was definitely something new from this author. Hopefully, the next book will be more the thing for you, Melliane.

Melliane
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I know, she has some great ones too!

Sophia Rose
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I have a few book boyfriends from some of her books. LOL

Anne - Books of My Heart
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I’m not feeling the mafia thing but I’m glad you found it good enough to want to go on with the series.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, its a tough sell as a romance because of the lifestyle and the general type who are involved- criminals, in fact. LOL

herding cats
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Ha! Yes, I’ve read some MC ones like that. I call them “Baby MC” books. ::snort::

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the baby MC books. I think, in general, they are more my speed. LOL Though, if a writer gives me a good character to appreciate, I can get into an anti-hero story. Cecy does good with the characters here and she was careful to have Sal on the fringes instead of hard core. I want to see where it goes. 🙂

Carole rae
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oooo been too long since I’ve read one set in the mafia world

Sophia Rose
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Nudge, nudge. 😉

Lily
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I like mafia romances, not sure why. I do need to give this author another try

Sophia Rose
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LOL, sometimes our own reading tastes are hard to fathom. 🙂

Romance Reader
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Thanks for this review. Sounds a good book.

Sophia Rose
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Sure! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Romance Reader
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Thanks for this review. I like the sound of this book.

Mary Kirkland
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I really liked this one too. That ending was good.

Sophia Rose
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Didn’t it just take your breath away a bit. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
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Lovely review darling. I am sorry to hear that the relationship didn’t work with you. I do think that that too many opposites can be too much, there has to be certain common denominators in a relationship. But I do love how well this author writes in lower class enviroments so happy to see she is still doing well in that area 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Renee! I liked them both and I liked them together, but I had a hard time with just how opposite their backgrounds were if that makes sense. 🙂

She is a fabulous write. I swoon and squirm, laugh and cry through her books.