Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Tori Werkheiser

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The synopsis of this hooked me immediately. I love a good Mafia romance but this felt very misleading and honestly i was confused and thought i had gotten the wrong book when i was reading it because there was a very quick reference to Mafia but it was near the end of the book so i personally would not have called this a mafia romance unless in the later books in this series it is revealed that Chase is really in the Mafia and was just good at keeping it lowkey in this book. Now for Kate i was extremely confused in the beginning of the book because it starts off with her performing CPR in a restaurant at a resort she is staying in that is hosting a convention for her work. It is very unclear what work she is doing or what the project is for half the book. I felt like i had missed chapters explaining her back story and with the CPR thing i thought maybe she would somehow be in the medical field and in a way she is but not in the way this starts off. We were just dropped right into the thick of it and i felt lost.

On a happier note i did appreciate the romance between Kate and Chase but i will say their dialogue was very formal and did not feel flirty at all. Maybe because they are older but i found nothing about their banter sexy. There were some steamy scenes though and some action packed scenes i would expect in a mafia book but i wish there had been more. This did end up being a fun and easy read but i wanted more. Im hoping the rest of the series is more action packed.

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