Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review: Hell's Kitchen (Hell's Kitchen #1) by Hart & Saint Germain

*From International Bestselling authors Callie Hart and Lili St. Germain comes a tale of two families co-existing in a melting pot of violence, murder and drugs in the seedy underbelly of New York City*

Hell’s Kitchen

Theo and Sal Barbieri are brothers, tasked by their Mafioso father Roberto with a very clear purpose: kidnap Kaitlin McLaughlin. The beautiful daughter of Roberto’s Irish enemy. It’s high time Kaitlin was punished for her father’s sins—not to mention, her own.

And Operation: Kidnap Kaitlin is a roaring success… until it isn’t. When Kaitlin escapes into the busy streets of New York City, it’s a race against the clock to find her before Sal and Theo become the hunted.

Zeth Mayfair has traded his life as a hitman for a quieter existence, but it isn’t long before the past catches up with him in the form of Roberto Barbieri. Will he succumb to the lure of power that Roberto is offering? Or will he retaliate by killing every last Barbieri in New York to get them off his back?

Jason Ross is running. Woken in the night by a tip that the Gypsy Brothers are coming for him, he packs a bag and gets his girlfriend the hell out of dodge. Arriving in New York City in the midst of a heatwave is one thing, but being tailed by an entire drug cartel is another.

Worlds collide in Hell’s Kitchen as secrets come to light and sins are punished. Because we might be different in the light of day, but in the darkness, we’re all connected somehow.

Hell’s Kitchen is a serial comprising three volumes: Hell’s Kitchen, Tribeca and Bleecker Street. Volume One releases on March 3rd with a limited-time sale price of 99 cents

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Overall Rating:  5 Rockin’ ★★★

Think about the “Three Stooges” pit them against the “Godfather”, stir in a little “Laurel and Hardy” then finish with the “Borgia” and you have a feel for this crazy upside down story that will keep you laughing, crying and wondering what the hell will happen next!

The setting is New York City the protagonist are the infamous Mafioso Roberto and his arch enemy, the head of the Irish Mafia. The two families are at war with each other and anything goes. The story cuts through Hell’s Kitchen at a fast pace and “the kitchen” lives up to its reputation in this book. Hell’s Kitchen is a melting pot of violence, drugs, things that go bump in the night and act of depravity you really don’t want to know about! It is dark, dirty, disgusting and sleazy. This is the first book in the collaboration between two bestselling authors, Callie Hart and Lili St. Germain. The first part of the trilogy sets the stage for what is to come and intros characters and some of the reasons behind actions taking place!

When their father sends them on an easy assignment, Kidnap Kaitlin, the brothers think they will be home with business as usual. Theo and Sal are such F*ck ups, and cannot seem to get it together. For example, they both end up with women that are not Kaitlin! One of the women is a psychotic, drugged out actress has been and the other is trained killer that gets off on violence! Start to see the picture? When you add in a retired hit man that wants to stay retired, but for some reason the head of the Italian Mafia wants him to work for him and then a man running from the Gypsy brothers things really get interesting.

This is one convoluted story that only seems to get more so as you continue to read! It is not a book you can put down until the last page. The only question you will want answered is when is the next part coming?

Steam: 5 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: I would say yes if slightly complex!

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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