Title – Dirty
Author – Belle Aurora
Release Date – October 31, 2016
Series – Raw Family #2
My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.
People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me.
Mrs Alejandra Gambino.
Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.
Respected. Loved. Mob royalty.
They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.
They didn’t know I was at the lowest point a person could reach.
Enter Julius Carter.
Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter.
He saved me.
I screwed him over.
Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.
It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking.
The question was, who would get to me first?
I’m not going to lie, my brain is such a jumbled mess after reading Dirty that I don’t even know how to form a coherent review. Belle Aurora is a mastermind at weaving together suspense, action, and romance into jaw-dropping scenes. I may have waited years for the follow-up to Raw, but holy heck was it worth that ride!
“It’s funny how some moments can change your life, shape it, mold it into something unfamiliar, going somewhere foreign, and all you can do is accept the fact or lose the fight. Well, I don’t accept the fact. Nor do I anticipate losing the fight.”
We’re thrown into the world of the underground – dirty, illegal, yet somehow utterly intriguing. Julius’ story felt so different from what we got from Twitch in the first book, but no less addicting. The way that he could run so hot and cold kept me on my toes and on high alert at all times. I never knew what I was going to get with him which certainly made for a fast-paced read. Though the hero is what I picked up the book for, the heroine of this story, Alejandra, was the fountain of emotional depth for me. Her character went through so much turmoil and hardship that my heart often ached for her. There were plenty of times that I questioned how her predicament could possibly get worse. However, at the end of the day, I had a tremendous amount of respect for all that she had been through, as well as the desire to save herself.
“I worry that soon enough, there won’t be a shell left and I’ll just be, open and agreeable, with no part of Alejandra left inside of me.”
Aside from the multi-dimensional characters, all of whom were woven into a crazy web of connections, I have to commend Aurora on her fabulous writing. She knows just when to create chapter breaks, which results in the inability to put the book down. I could not participate in reality because I became so deeply entrenched in this world. Furthermore, I’m already on edge for the third, and final, book of the series. Belle Aurora has introduced back story to new characters, while giving us some of the old, and it makes me anxious to see how it all comes together. As I’ve previously said, that wait for Dirty was gruesome and long, but Aurora certainly made it worth it!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Raw (Raw Family #1)
Raw: Rebirth (Raw Family #3) – Unknown Release Date
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Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down under.
At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.
Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love.
Humorous romance novels.
Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.
Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love.
With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.
Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.