Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Because I Need You by Claire Contreras - ARC Review & Release Blitz

"We may have been forced into this marriage, but that doesn't mean I'm going to give her up."


Isabel Bonetti -

One minute I'm mourning the sudden death of my father, and the next, I'm getting calls from a lawyer saying they needed to read me my father's will.
As far as I know, my father didn't have much to leave. He was a blue-collar worker, through and through.

Or so I thought.

Everything topples down at once, the inheritance I'm left with and the truth about what my father did, but the biggest shock of all was finding out he'd married me off to a complete stranger without my consent.

By the time I show up at my supposed husband's nightclub, I'm determined to leave with divorce papers signed, but nothing can prepare me for the man that awaits me on the other side of those doors.

Giovanni Masseria -

My father has done a lot of messed up stuff, but marrying me off to Charles Bonetti's daughter, a complete stranger, may take the cake. I didn't even know old Bonetti had a daughter and I want nothing to do with her or this marriage, until I'm told what staying married to her would mean for the empire I'm slowly trying to build. There's no harm in staying married a little longer if it means I'll cash out on those promises. I decide that I'll cut ties with her as soon as that's done.

That is, until she barges into my office demanding a divorce.

I wasn't sure what I'd expected her to be like, but it certainly wasn't . . . this.

A week ago, I didn't know of her existence, and now, I can't seem to escape her presence anywhere I go.

She doesn't belong in this world and I know this won't end well for either of us, but I can't seem to stop reminding her who I am.

Her husband.

I enjoy a good dark romance. If the hero (or the heroine) is in the Mafia. well, that's even more fun. There's just something appealing about these stories, although it's definitely not the life I want to live. And, maybe that is the fun of it, that it's so far from anything in my life that it's fun to "live" in the mafia world.

Isabel and Giovanni are married, but neither of them know it. Yes, this works better than I expected. Maybe I am willing to forgive a lot because I enjoy Mafia books, but whatever the reason, I believed in the basis of the story and I loved the way it pushed Isabel and Gio together.

I also believed in their attraction and the reasons that she would leave her comfortable life as a teacher dating the major of NYC.

The rest of the book is a lot of fun, it's twisty and full of dark moments, with shootings and all sorts of mafia fun that you expect...but also don't.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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Meet Claire

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Bestselling Author who traded her psychology degree to write fiction. Don't worry, she still uses her knowledge on every single one of her characters.

She's a breast cancer survivor (x2), who was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Florida, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two adorable boys, and French bulldog.

Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in over fifteen languages. When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book.

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