Review: Good Girl (Valetti Crime Family #3) by Willow Winters

Monday, September 5
My rating:

What I loved:

I’m not a good man, but I’m damn good at what I do.

I was raised to be ruthless, and as muscle for the Petrov mafia, that’s all I am.

Then she got caught in the crossfire, and when it was over, she was mine - given as a temporary gift. Once a mafia princess, now just a bargaining chip, she wasn’t a part of my plans.

She’s scared, alone, and has the most perfect, innocent baby blues that beg me to protect her.

There’s not an ounce of good in me. I don’t deserve her, but I want her. I want her sweet submission and tempting curves, at any cost.

Even if I have to kill every f*cker who stands between us.

This good girl belongs to me.

This is a standalone, full-length mafia romance with a filthy-mouthed, possessive bad boy. Dark mafia themes throughout. Guaranteed HEA.

****

A thrilling 4 star read, easily.

What I loved:
- I really enjoyed the quick tempo to the storytelling and I loved how action packed the book was. This is a rivetting read, for sure!
- Ava was such a sweet character, but with a titanium backbone and balls of steel. I was cheering for her the whole way through, and loved how Ms Winters made such a strong heroine. Without spoiling this for anyone, Good Girl's Ava is nobody's victim. With everything she went through, and the psychological scars she comes out of it with, she has an amazing turnaround. And she works for it. I loved that WW gave this character the care and attention she deserved.
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- Kane was such a good hero. I would have liked to know more about his background, but I'm guessing that not knowing might have something to do with the fact I picked up this series half way through. Starting on book 3 probably won't work for most people.
- Big feels in this one!
She doesn't love me. It doesn't stop me from pulling her into my arms and rocking her. I try my best to soothe her. This time she lets me, but I know as soon as I let go, she's not going to be mine anymore.

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What I didn’t love:
- There were 2 things that stopped this from being a 5 star read for me. The story was awesome, the characters were phenomenally well developed, the action was top rate. But the sentence structure was driving me crazy for the first 40% of the book. I couldn't grasp if it was train of thought or an intentional thing, but the simple sentences one after another after another really held me back from becoming immersed in what was happening. I feel like they kept pulling me out of the story and drawing my attention to the act of reading... if that makes sense?
I moved. I made a movement. It's bad. I want to look around, but I don't. I listen, and after a long moment, I hear nothing. It's silent in the car. He still isn't here. He isn't waiting behind me to punish me. I wonder which of the two types he'll be. I hope it's the second type. They're easier to survive.

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- The second thing is how Ava's dad died. On one page I'm told it must have been hours before they finally beat him to death. Then, in the same chapter, I'm told the image of his throat being slit is still clear in my mind. Gah. What??
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Overall…
I really liked this book, and it's easily a 4 star read for me. If I could ignore the 2 little Did not love issues, this would have been stellar. Even with issues, it was a great book!
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