Friday, November 20, 2015

~*★Blog Tour with Giveaway★*~ Forbidden Temptations by Janine Infante Bosco

Forbidden Temptations Tour Banner Forbidden Temptations by Janine Infante Bosco Tempted #2 
Publication Date: November 10, 2015 

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Anthony Bianci 

 Since I was a kid all I ever wanted to be was a gangster. I wanted to be feared, to be respected, and for everyone to know my name. And then she came into my life. I never planned on falling in love with the mob boss’ daughter. She was forbidden but somehow she became mine. She made me crave things I didn’t even know existed and made me forget about the things I thought I wanted. My quest for power faded away and was replaced by my undying love for her. Until reality bit me in the ass and I was sent to prison for three years, doing time for a crime I didn’t commit. Now I’m out and she is creating a life for herself, just like I always wanted for her. Only I’m not a part of that life. I won’t ruin her any more than I already have with my poisonous lifestyle. No matter how tempted I am. 
Adrianna Pastore 

I wanted him from the very first time I laid eyes on him. He was everything to me, my first love and probably my last. Then my father ruined our perfect little life, and he walked away from me. I tried to fight for him, for our love, but he pushed me away. When the love you crave is beautiful, yet forbidden, you can’t help being tempted. So I’ll fight for him. For us. Even if I’m the only one fighting. 

  Book #2 in the Tempted Series (Can be read as a Standalone)
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I knew all years ago nothing would come close to making me feel the way I did whenever Anthony kissed me.  Even when he was kissing me goodbye he made me feel like he cherished me. I believed him when he said he’d love me forever, his actions speaking louder than his words. I hope he knew I felt the same way.
I angled my head, giving him better access to devour my mouth. The thing about kissing someone goodbye is you don’t get a second chance to do it right. In that moment you have to put everything into one kiss and that’s exactly what we did. The last several years, everything we had gone through, everything we had felt for one another entangled in this kiss.
I savored his taste.  I memorized the way his teeth felt scraping against my raw lips, the gentle lap his tongue took across them to soothe the sting. I didn’t want him to take away the sting, wishing I would always feel the burning sensation that prickled against my sensitive flesh as a reminder of my Anthony.
His mouth left mine and kept going back to press butterfly kisses against my lips before dropping his hands to my shoulders and taking a retreating step backwards. I swallowed as I dared to meet his gaze.
“Let me grab a shirt and I’ll walk you out,” he said, gruffly. I nodded wiping my cheeks with the sleeves of my sweater. He turned around to walk into his bedroom and that’s when I saw the ink taking up his entire back
The shocked gasp that escaped my mouth caused him to look over his shoulder at me. The instant he saw my face realization set into his features and he closed his eyes.
“Turn around,” I demanded, softly.
He sighed, his shoulders went lax, and he dropped his head. I took a step closer and stared in awe at the beautiful artwork covering his skin. There are beautiful clouds drawn across his shoulder blades all of them shaded in hues of gray and blue, almost matching his eyes. Through the clouds, there are rays that shoot down the center of his back like rays of an eternal light. The year two thousand five looks as though the rays illuminate the numbers. My eyes travel down to the center of his back where there is the letter A written in a familiar handwriting. My first thought is that my eyes are playing tricks on me but when I take, a closer look there is no denying it. The A inked onto his skin is a replica of the A I scribe every time I sign my name .Just when I thought there were no tears left to cry, I feel my eyes fill with water as understanding dawns on me. I push back the tears and force myself to continue my perusal of the intricate tattoo he has forever etched into his flesh. There are flames that begin just beneath the waistband of his sweat pants and travel wildly, vibrant oranges, yellows and reds, all depicting an inferno as they make their way to the A. The year two thousand ten scribed between the flames of hell. I reach out and trace the A with my index finger, feeling him flinch at my touch. He gathers his bearings and remains completely still as my fingertip continues to trace the A. My eyes fixate on the two years, two thousand five was the year it all began for us, and two thousand ten was the year it ended.
He must’ve been reading my mind because he turned around shielding his tattoo from me as he gazed in to my eyes.
“My heaven and my hell,” He whispered, roughly explaining the sentiment behind the ink that forever marks his skin. I stare at him for a moment, stripped of any words. What do you say to that? To the man telling you to forget he exists only to discover he’ll take a piece of you with him wherever he goes.
You say nothing because nothing you could ever say would be enough.

Title: Forbidden Temptations 
Author: Janine Infante Bosco
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Tempted #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Crime
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
This book took me by surprise.

I have to admit, I went into this book expecting much the same in terms of the mafia/mob aspect. I also expected that it would be a quick read, but it was anything but.

I’ve never had the pleasure of reading this author before, so I didn’t read the first book in this series first. I also had no idea how I would gel with her writing style. As it turns out, I didn’t need the first book here. I do think that there was enough information shared throughout that gave me a good background on anything that may have come before this, so I wasn’t missing anything and I enjoyed the writing style.

Now, in these types of books as I’ve said before, often times the pacing is very quick. The two main characters are thrown together quickly and everything they experience moves very fast. That didn’t happen here at all and I enjoyed it. It set itself apart from other books with the same type of story because it took it’s time. It showed you the distant past and it walked you straight up into the present in a way that gave the reader a chance to connect with all of the players that were a part of this book.

I was able to connect to Adrianna’s father and Anthony’s boss, Vic, just as easily as I could the both of them. Same goes for Jimmy (*rolls eyes*) and then Nikki, Mike and especially Jack when he did make his appearance. It’s a gift to be able to make the reader invest in more than just the love story aspect of a book, but also all other sub plots going on around it, and Janine did that here with me. She did it so well that at points in the story, I could feel my heart freezing up in my chest with concern over how it was all going to play out.

The slow born for Anthony and Adrianna. The back and forth, while at times making me wanna pull my hair out the same way it seemed that Adrianna wanted to, was well done. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book nearly as much if they had just walked back into each other’s lives and gone on like the past didn’t happen. Like there wasn’t these very real obstacles in their way on the road to happiness.

I enjoyed seeing the evolution of their relationship. How they started and then how they came to be who they are in the present time. When Anthony comes home having done a bid for a crime he didn’t commit, now older and more jaded, but still just as in love as he’d been when he left, and Adrianna going through the same kind of growth, but also never losing those feelings that even though she’d tried to move on from, she never actually could. There was growth there, but also more to be had and the author gave us all of it.

These two have been through so much together and a lot of it, as it unfolded and I learned, hurt my heart. I didn’t want this for any of them. But life, and more importantly love and relationships are never pretty, but it’s through all that darkness and hardship that some of the most beautiful things can happen and even though it was messy in the past and present, what they did have was ultimately beautiful.

I’m trying not to give much away because I do believe that this is a book you need to experience for yourself in order to get all of the feels from it that I did, but I will say that this book was so much more than a romance and while I didn’t see it playing out quite the way it did in terms of the more action/suspense elements of the book, the way it all came together in the end was beautiful to witness.

The redemption of a man that for so long didn’t believe that he was worthy of it and what that man does for his family, when for the majority of the book I was looking for reasons to crucify him the way some of the characters wanted to, was brilliant and my favorite part hands down…the part that really brought the tears to my eyes, was the very last line of the book and who delivers it.

In terms of perfectly executed endings, that one wins hands down. Luca owns my heart!

Janine Infante Bosco, you have written one hell of a captivating, emotional, and at times very real story and I am so glad that I got the chance to read it. I will carry the story of Adrianna and Anthony with me always.

If you’re a fan of the ones that don’t come easy, with characters that aren’t perfect, but are pretty much perfect together. Stories that take their time and let things progress at their own pace, or ones with a little bit of suspense, I think you’ll enjoy this. I know I did.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me experience Anthony and Adrianna’s story before release. I enjoyed it immensely.

About Janine Infante Bosco

Janine Infante Bosco

Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself. She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she's made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.


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