Title: Femme Fatale
Author: Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date: Nov 7, 2014
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Author: Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date: Nov 7, 2014
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But only because they don’t know me.
My job - seduce men to the climatic point of falling in love with me and then deliver their death sentence.
I work for my father’s business. I’m his secret weapon. I’m the one that gets away with murder.
For years, I’ve given in to my father’s demands, lived the life of a mob princess, fell into this merciless realm where he presents me with a man and one goal – to kill.
When it’s to keep the Abbiati name from ruins, I’ll run with the wolves and protect it fiercely.
However, when he brings a new name to the table, I know my newest mission could well be the one that breaks me - Don’t feel, don’t deviate, kill Zane Maverick.
It should be simple, but how am I supposed to choose between the man who raised me to be this heartlessly strong female and the man I could only ever love to death?
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Review By Sam
5 * OH MY FREAKING HELL * I CAN'T EVEN..........* GIMME BOOK TWO RIGHT THIS SECOND * ONE OF MY FAVORITE MAFIA BOOKS EVER* WOW WOW WOW* STARS
I am trying to find the words.... seven times I have tried to write this review and I keep changing it! So here goes:
THIS FREAKING BOOK ABSOLUTELY ROCKED MY GOD DAMN WORLD! BUT IF I DON'T GET BOOK TWO SOON, I WILL CUT A BITCH!!!!!
The second I finished this book, I had to write to the author. My reaction to the very last words included me launching my kindle across the room, shouting loudly, and then half hour of pacing back and forth in my kitchen. I LOVE cliffhangers, yep! It is true. That feeling of shouting VERY LOUD when you know there is no more pages.....YEP! LOVE IT! There is something about the emotions of a cliffhanger that show me just how good the book was!
This book is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, it was so intense, raw and left me on edge from start to finish!
The Abbiati family, lies, betrayal, murder, love, deceit, power and loyalty mix those traits up with suspense, angst, passion, dark and gritty, you sure are going to be in for one hell of a ride. Kirsty-Anne Still has given me everything I want out of a mafia book. A KICKASS lead female, Amelia Abbiati, the secret weapon, the girl who is supposed to do anything Daddy tells her, the very close family unit, the horror, the deaths and the cover-ups. The Femme Fatale is the person Amelia has become, the most treasured possession in her family..... Until......Zane Maverick, the detective who Amelia is deeply in love with. You want a modern day Romeo and Juliet story......BABY, YOU NEED TO PICK UP THIS BOOK!
I am not going to give away any big spoilers, because this book DESERVES each and every one of you to pick it up, feel the different emotions that pass through you and then feel as deeply as I do about this book.
There are some scenes that made me want to punch throat people through my kindle, there are some scenes that brought me close to tears, some of the scenes made me beg for the situations to end and some made me fist pump with a 'HELL YEAH'!!!!
This is a 5 GIGANTIC STAR read for me! I need the second book like my last breath, I need to know the outcome.....KIRSTY-ANNE STILL, A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO YOU on this masterpiece! Now get to writing lady......I CAN'T HOLD ON MUCH LONGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Review By Fidah
Femme Fatale is the first book in the Pericolo series. Amelia is the only daughter of the cold and heartless Salvatore Abbiati. Her task is to seduce men before killing them. She has always been numb to her killings but her latest mission could very well be the one to break her.
Kirsty-Anne Still’s writing was engaging from the beginning to end. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be hooked to the story as quickly as I did. It wasn’t just the storyline or plot, the emotions and the characters, they each played a part and everything was really gritting. I can’t tell you the amount of times my eyes watered as I read this book in public. I could barely hold the tears back.
One of my favorite aspect to the book were the relationships, and I’m not just saying the romance. I really love how family plays an important role in the story as well. I enjoyed seeing how protective the older siblings get over the younger ones. You could tell how much they loved and cared for each other.
Other than that, the characters were all so complex and different. It was really interesting as I tried to get a hold on their personalities. Surprisingly, I didn’t hate any characters. Yes, including the characters that were seen as cruel and evil. I loved seeing the depth to each character. The characters were developed and written really well.
Romance. It’s probably something most readers are looking forward to reading. I mean, I’m a sucker for romance as I’ve said in my past reviews. The love interest in this novel is Zane Maverick. Judging from the synopsis, I expected a sort of instant love situation. That was not how it turned out to be which I’m really glad about. Although the romance did progress fairly quick. However, it didn’t quite bother me because I could tell how great the two characters were for each other.
This was almost a 5 star read for me. My only complain is the situation at the end. I don’t dislike the situation at the end, but I don’t like it either. I wish I could talk about it, but I’ll end up spoiling you so I will avoid that.
Overall, this was a really great book. I was very much invested in the story and characters. I need to read the sequel.
“I know you, Amelia. I know how you loved him once. You’re so fickle as it is, why wouldn’t you be fucking him to bide some time. The way you walk around here like you’re queen bee too, sickens me. You will never run this place, and soon, everyone will look down on you like me and Papà do. Everyone sees this strong, beautiful woman, but maybe we should let them see the real you. The weak victim you hide from everyone.” He leans in close to me to a suffocating degree. “What would happen if I were to run this down your face?” he asks and presents his infamous switchblade. The knife shoots from its hilt, the light glistening from its metal edge. “I didn’t get you a gift, but I have a perfect one for you now,” he says and begins to lower it to my face. “A scar right down your face would be a perfect reminder to keep you in line. Even Maverick wouldn’t want a butchered bitch.”
I close my eyes as I prepare for that piercing bite on my skin, but Giovanni’s weight suddenly disappears, and I’m left cowering to an empty space. Once I pry them open, I see why. Bruno has arrived and has Giovanni thrown over the pool table by the collar of his shirt and blazer.
“You are one sadistic bastard, Giovanni,” Bruno spits and releases Giovanni enough to allow him to turn to face his brother. “I knew there was reason I fucking despised you. If I didn’t have cause before, what I just witnessed was a real clincher.”
“Get the fuck away from me,” Giovanni grunts, straightening his shirt and jacket back.
That ignites more hate in my brother. “One day you are going to wake up with your balls shoved down your throat, Gio.” Bruno terrorizes Giovanni while we all stand and watch. Bruno towers over our brother when he is riled up, and I have to admit, that look of fear on Giovanni’s face is too fucking good to miss. “And I’ll be the one holding the knife. Threaten our little sister again, and I will make your biggest nightmares come true. Capisci?”
Clapping resounds after Bruno’s warning, and we all turn to see our father standing in the doorway. I sense Giovanni stand up, straightening himself and regaining his composure.
“I knew you still had that Abbiati fight still left in you, Figlio Mio.”
“Cut the fatherly duty, Salvatore. I am far from your son.” Bruno’s demeanor doesn’t relinquish its hardened stance. If anything, our father’s sudden appearance only bristles Bruno furthermore. “I’m here to celebrate my sister’s birthday, not tear away psychopaths from permanently scarring her.”
But I’m glad I did!! I never imagined pushing my work and striving to reach my ultimate. I never imagined I’d be the girl who started The Viper Rooms! But who am I to deny the inspiration when it hits?
I love writing, it’s a lifeline. I love creating a world that others fall into. I love having the control to make a whole new world. It’s like a dependency, an addictive one. It’s one of the things I’m extremely proud of.
As much as I complain, I love the mini dialogues that go on in my head, the plotlines that attack me when I least expect them to. The ones that jump to life at the most inappropriate times and drive me totally crazy!!
For now I split my life between writing, dreaming, working, and volunteering with children.