About the book: Anna Hamilton drops out of grad school to go back home to small-town Hartland Cove because she’s dead broke and her widowed father has received a devastating diagnosis. Working as a whale tour guide for the ship, Jewel of the Ocean, is the perfect job for a girl with a degree in marine biology, but at this rate, she’ll never get back to finishing her PhD.
Meanwhile, socialite Elise Kensington, Anna's best friend from college, begs Anna to find her a job where she can hide off the grid. Turns out Elise’s fiancé is an heir to the Mafia but wants no part of the family “business”. The plan is to run-away and elope, before they find themselves the victims of an “accidental” death.
Anna’s summer becomes a matter of life or death—and romance—when her hometown is filled with sightings of gorgeous Hollywood scouts, Mafia heirs on the run, and strangers with amnesia. Unwittingly, Anna finds herself attracted to the bachelors—including Chad Garrett, the boy next door, who has suddenly gone from skinny teen to model gorgeous.
Can Anna stay alive long enough to figure out the right man for her, or will she be snuffed out by The Mafia, too?
If you like characters with secrets and second chance love stories, then you’ll love THE MAFIA'S SECRET, the third title in the Secret Billionaire Romance Series.
My review: I'm a little bit mixed on this one. I thought it had a good start, a good premise, but as I read more and more of it, I felt like there was way too much going on.
There's Anna, she's doing her best to get by and make enough money to go back to school and get her PhD. I loved that she works on a whale watching tour to do this, we spent our family vacation in areas where there are a lot of whale watching tours and it just seemed fun to me. I loved the way she knew all kinds of things about the animals, since that's what she wanted to get her PhD in.
Things were a little strange with a love interest for her in this one. At the beginning, she meets a man she finds attractive and he seems to kind of like her...but it really goes nowhere. Then there's the boy next door and he was more like a brother to her...but everyone but her has known how much he liked her. I don't know, this whole part was as confusing to me as it was to her.
Then there was her friend, Elise. This part was really confusing. It seemed as though Elise would tell her one thing and then do something completely different. This part actually seemed like it had some huge continuity errors that didn't get caught by early readers. I would have liked to have seen Elise get her own story, not jump into Anna's this way. I don't know.
I did like the way it ended. It made me laugh just a little bit to see how much different things were than Elise or Anna had thought they were. That part was funny!
All in all, this one was okay for me. I wouldn't go out of my way to read it again though.
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Labels: Clean Romance, Kimberly Montpetit