Title: Amore: Part 2
Series: Amore #2
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2016
He told me to run. So I ran.
It turns out just because you run from something, doesn’t mean it can’t find you.
He’s coming for me.
He wants what I hold closest.
He wants to lie, manipulate and use me.
He wants me to betray him.
Leader of the Italian Mafia.
Love of my life.
Father of my child.
He’s going to make me do the unthinkable.
There is no way out.
I’m trapped and about to make the biggest mistake of my life.
I’m running full throttle towards an oncoming train, and there isn’t a single thing I can do to stop it.
I’m going to become what I was most afraid of.
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Title: Amore Part Two
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Series or Standalone: Series - Duet (Amore #2)
After diving into the first book in this duet, I eagerly awaited the release of this one because there were so many secrets that were needing to be revealed, monsters that needed to be stared down and well, our fair heroine all smack dab in the middle of it with a big secret of her own.
I got what I wanted. Secrets were revealed. Motivations were shown and at different points, even battle lines were drawn. While I felt this installment didn’t focus quite on the passion between Rafael and Juliette the way it did in the first one and instead was more focused on the suspense, it didn’t leave me at a loss. I think if anything, between the two books, everything was given equal billing. Even with a few surprises to boot.
Fans of previous Bella books will enjoy the appearance of some beloved characters, and maybe newer Bella readers will fall in love with them and want to go back and find out just who they are and why they play the parts they do here. It was unexpected, but one of those surprises that you can’t help but smile and maybe even fangirl out a little over because you’re getting the chance to see characters you loved again.
Where this installment fell a little flat for me was the time gap at the beginning. Yes, there were a few instances shown of what took place during that time, which did connect me, but for me personally, I wanted more. I felt like with all of those months passing, there had to be something I was missing. Some twisted inner workings that weren’t shown and it made me wonder a lot throughout. And then of course, when we finally do get to the point where everything is out on the table, and both Rafael and Juliette are aware of every piece that is at play in their lives, I wanted more of them as it felt the ending seemed to come rather quickly.
What did work was watching Juliette become stronger, more assertive. Less driven by the passion that was dripping between the two of them in the first book and more by her need to protect. She may have still taken missteps, but they were done with a different purpose this time around and I really enjoyed that. It was like watching her come into her own. Taking the level of sassiness that was already there and building on it with strength and honestly, the will of a mother.
And can I just say…Ajax, lol. That was perfect. Way to piss off the world. It was great. Watching these alpha males lose their minds over something as seemingly trivial as a name, well it was humorous in a story that given the subject matter, you wouldn’t expect to find it.
If you’ve read the first installment, or are a fan of Bella Jewel and her stories at all, I think you’ll enjoy this. And if this is your first outing by her, go back, read the first book in the series and prepare to get sucked right in the same way I did. You won’t regret it.
My thanks to the author and all others involved for letting me read this before official release. This was a crazy ride I’m thankful to have gotten the chance to take before the rest of the world.
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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.