This book is the very definition of a psychological thriller. Its brutal, it will leave you raw, its twisted, and will tie you up in knots. And most important is the fact that its real scenarios. I wanted to hate Breaker, but his upbringing makes you understand why he is the way he is. This is one of those books that cannot be spoiled. The twisty turns will shock you but this book is awesome. And its quite a ride!! Buckle your seatbelts!!!!
Brutal & Raw was a great very dark 5 star read and book one in the Beneventi Family.
All I can say is this title was perfect for this story, it was brutal and raw and I loved it! I was pulled in right from the beginning.
She was known as 327, they never called them by their names because they didn’t want to humanize them. But there was something about 327 that drew Breaker in, he spent time with her specifically and told her things about the family. Knowing that she was getting too close to him and he was feeling things he shouldn’t Breaker had Butcher do his thing, BUT she got away. She wasn’t supposed to get away and now she knows things that could destroy his family.
Now she’s on the run and afraid he will find her, BUT the name he has isn’t really who she is. Trying to find her is bringing up more questions than answers. The longer it takes to find her the bigger the risk. Who is this woman that has captured his attention? Will Breaker find her before she tells anyone about the family secrets and destroys him?
Overall this is a very dark mafia read that could have big triggers for some. There were some scenes that had me cringing and pushing my boundaries to a new level. I loved hating Breaker but there was a little part of me that felt for the man. He is as dangerous as they come and doesn’t hesitate to show who the boss is. 327 has seen something in Breaker as well, something that was good and called to her. The secondary characters were great. There are several shocking twists and turns. If you like dark reads than this is a MUST READ for you, it’s hard to find authors that are willing to really push the boundaries and Sonya Jesus is one of them. I can’t wait to read more from this author and series.
This book centres around the Beneventi crime family and their leader’s obsession with a girl that escaped him. This is a very dark book and not for the faint hearted, the subject matter is at times really gruesome and graphic and the concept of “the farm” is a bit disturbing. However, it is really well written and hopefully in following books the romance will come out a bit more.
The central story focuses on Breaker Beneventi and his, somewhat distorted, view of love for a girl he refers to as 327, a prisoner who he had developed feelings for (after kidnapping her) and then subsequently released. 327 (or Lyla) has found a safe-haven and is trying to move on with her life however this does not go to plan. I would like to learn more about Lyla’s past and see how this story develops as well as learning more about the other Beneventi siblings.
Brutal and Raw by Sonya Jesus was very difficult for me personally to read. It was very well written and a very entertaining story, but there should definitely be a trigger warning involved for some readers. The characters were very well developed, and the story does grab you and hold you. There was drama, romance and suspense, and for that and overall writing style I’m giving this novel 4 stars. Just personally, this wasn’t the novel for me. I will read more from this author though in the future.
Brutal and Raw by Sonya Jesus a five-star read that will bring out the rawest emotions. This is the first novel in the Beneventi Family series, and I can’t wait for more. This will keep you hooked and won’t let up until the last pages, its dark and thrilling and will truly keep you on the edge of your toes. The characters in this story are some that will challenge you, the feelings and emotions this story will bring up can be difficult to handle at times, but my goodness they will hook you. Breaker almost broke me, but in the end that went to 327. This has the makings of a great series and an author I will be keeping my eyes open for as what amazing writing.
Review by @saraoxo
He wanted everything, and therefore, he could have my nothings too….
On a careless night, a girl found herself in the hands of a mafia boss, who wanted nothing more than to play mind games with her and through this, gave her the the identity known as 327! That’s what he called her.
But then, Breaker Beneventi told 327, all his family secrets found a way into her heart and then ordered her death. He set her free, knowing all too well the butcher would find her, and he will do this by searching for her all over the country spilling the blood of innocent people.
Now, she has escaped and has all the power and secrets to destroy the whole organisation and how can he find her without a name?
This is a powerful, dark, psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns that will certainly keep you on your toes. Breaker is a new mafia boss who is figuring out his new life and everybody loves a bad boy….. I did like the journey the writer took you on with him. A very dark character indeed . Then we have 327, who struggles with her thoughts and feelings, which a lot of girls can relate too….
I would most definitely recommend this book, it’s a page turner and brilliantly written. Looking forward the next book!
Brutal & Raw: Mafia Romance & Psychological Thriller (Beneventi Family Book 1) by Sonya Jesus – Review by Gail Guerrero
I’m in tears after reading this story. It was too much to handle. I can’t really understand Lyla’s point of view. I have read where women fall for their captors but this is a new level of it. The brutality felt through every page. The pain and fear dripped from the authors words. I was in shock. The story was not bad I just can’t find the good stuff. I can’t give it away because that would be pointless. But to read what these women are going through and for her to love him anyway is a hard pill to swallow. Lyla is a brave woman to try and escape and survive. I understood her confusion when it came to Breaker. Through the whole story I disliked him. He never had any redeeming qualities. I applauded his actions toward the end. I say before you read this story prepare your heart for the tragedy. It was an interesting read because it’s a life I couldn’t ever imagine. It was a story I wouldn’t wish on any enemy.
Dark romance? Sign me up! I love a good dark romance! So I started reading this and after the first chapter I’m like “where’s the romance???” And this is way beyond dark…evil, gruesome, bloody, and I’m not sure what I’m reading! BUT – I keep reading and then I can’t STOP reading! I’m not sure what it says about me but I became totally invested in these characters!
My mother always told me I was attracted to guys who I thought needed to be fixed. I always see the good in people even when there isn’t any there. That is this book in a nutshell. I want to see the good…but there isn’t any there! Even if you think someone is good, they’re probably not!
There are so many twists and turns in this story and you’ll never see them coming! Trust me, you won’t be able to put this down and you’ll be left wanting more as soon as you finish the last page. But do prepare yourself to be swallowed up in the darkness that is Breaker Beneventi and 327 along with all the others you will meet between these pages!
Reviewed by @chellek44
Wow, I was literally hooked from page one until I turned the last page of this psychological mafia romance thriller. This was a fast paced attention grabbing book by Sonya Jesus which I could not put down. The story centres around the Beneventi Family, a dark, powerful and dangerous mafia family. We are introduced to a female known only as 327, “327. That’s what he called me. That’s all I was to him”. Breaker Beneventi a handsome, powerful but extremely dangerous man with a dark side and a damaged soul takes a liking to 327 and tells her his secrets, secrets which could bring down his whole organisation if she ever gets free of him. Having ordered her death she is let go. However 327, knows this is just another twisted way of Breaker trying to control her with fear, knowing that he will be sending the ‘Butcher’ after her. Breaker searches everywhere for the, on the run Lyla Vaughn, but is that who she really is? No spoilers, you just have to read this book.
This is more a suspenseful psychological thriller than a romance, any romance there is has an underlying dark essence. The book is packed full of great characters, even if you don’t and can’t like them, such as the main alpha character, Breaker. It has an action packed storyline which had me holding my breathe in anticipation in parts and it is full of plot twists which keep you guessing so it’s definitely not a predictable read. Jesus is so detailed in her writing that the dark, twisted and dangerous world of the Beneventi family and the mafia as a whole is bought to life. “Breaker’s world is not light-hearted”, and I would say this book is not for the faint hearted either.
A great read which will have you up reading all night, I recommend it and I am looking forward to further books in the Beneventi Family series.
This was a dark and thrilling book that had me wondering what was going to happen next. Sonya was a new author for me, but I fell in love with her writing and her mind instantly. The two main characters were so strongly created I slipped into my favorite part of reading and became part of the story! I don’t want anyone to think this will be an “easy” read. It was emotional and the situations that our characters are put through are horrible. This isn’t your typical mafia romance story at all. With every twist and turn of this book I was held captive! It took me one day to read this. I will absolutely read the next book and will read everything by Sonya Jesus.