Sunday, October 26, 2014

Christie's Review: For Luca by Soraya Naomi


Title:For Luca
Series: Chicago Syndicate #2
Author: Soraya Naomi
Release Date: October 25, 2014
Rating:4 stars
Cliffhanger: yes

The story of Fallon and Luca continues and ends....

Betrayal is difficult to overcome when the trust is gone.

Luca did everything for Fallon. But as the underboss of the Chicago Syndicate, he has an entire organization depending on him, and she is a weakness he can no longer afford.

When Fallon’s life continues to unravel, she will need Luca more than ever, but can she move beyond all the lies and deceit?

The pull of love still ties them together, but their secrets have driven them apart. Even after everything that’s happened, Fallon owns Luca’s heart, but the Chicago Syndicate owns his life.

How can he be with the woman he loves yet still remain loyal to an organization that lives by its own rules, above any law? It’s a choice he can’t afford to make, and when nothing is as it seems, the ultimate decision may mean life or death for Luca.

If you've read the first book, you've been waiting in anticipation for the conclusion to Luca and Fallon's story. I couldn't wait to get right back into the middle of things and finally get their resolution.

The Chicago Syndicate's players were introduced to us and we got a peek into this couple's love affair, which eventually led to horrible events that changed Fallon's perception of everything she thought she knew. Who is this man that she fell in love with? Did she ever truly know him? And will she ever feel safe again? What I wanted to know was, how would Fallon ever acclimate herself to this new reality and come to terms with Luca's world?

"You think I live in another world, but you forget that it's the same as yours. Nothing is what it seems. One day you'll understand that."

And most importantly, how can they ever get back to the place they were before everything fell apart?

Luca feels disillusioned at her hesitancy to accept everything and he's not feeling very patient. He's a feared and powerful man and he's not used to getting resistance over what he wants. His separation from Fallon is affecting his ability to do his job and that's a very dangerous thing. If his lack of concentration brings the attention of the boss or it could lead to disaster. But Fallon is stubborn in her refusal to forgive his deceit.

I like how Fallon didn't immediately cave and give herself to him after everything that happened. I was afraid of that happening too fast because that would not be realistic in the slightest. She comes from a totally different background than him, and I knew it would be a struggle for her to be okay with his life and everything it entails. Despite their distance, their feelings never faded, in fact they only seemed to despair more as time went on without each other.

To this day, she's still the first person on my mind when I wake, and the last person I think about before I drift off to sleep. She's permanently engraved in my heart, relentlessly bleeding through my veins.

Events from the past book come back to haunt them and start a chain of events that are catastrophic. And the only man she can think to be her salvation is the one man she can't seem to forget.

My heart was hurting for Fallon. She had some awful things to overcome in this book. She's now fully immersed in the Chicago Syndicate because of her connection to Luca her whole life is turned upside down even more than I had anticipated.

I love how the story unfolded, it was quite fascinating sinking into the gritty Syndicate and watching them find total acceptance of each other and peace again. There was a lot more disturbing and graphic things in this book than the last, some a little difficult to read because of how close I felt to the characters. But in the end, I felt like everything came together in a true and naturalistic manner. The epilogue was my favorite thing about it, it was perfection. Soraya Naomi has built a book with realistic characters and a plot with lots of twists and turns always keeping you guessing where the story is going to go. I'm looking forward to seeing where she takes us in book three, For Adriano.


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