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Review: Nate by Celia Aaron

 

Nate
by Celia Aaron
Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Summary: I rescued Sabrina from a mafia bloodbath when she was thirteen. Doing right by her became a priority for me, even while I was busy as the new head of the Philly syndicate. I sent her to the best boarding schools and kept her as far away from the life as possible. It worked perfectly. Until she turned 18. Until she came home. Until I realized that the timid girl was gone and in her place lived a smart mouth, a wicked imagination, and a body that demanded my attention. Who am I? I’m Fucked. Nice to meet you. 

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I did not mean to read this book. I mean I did, but my initial intention when coming across it on Amazon was just to research how popular or top-selling authors were writing their blurb copy. The cover really grabbed me. That bright red background and the obviously bad, bad man on the cover had me intrigued.

As a designer in my day job, I know a good cover when I see one. I’m not just talking about aesthetics. The bright background with the black and white fully clothed hero on the cover stood out in my rapid scroll through the romance section. It enticed me to click and click I did. Then the blurb made me buy because I am a sucker for older guy/younger girl *cough*LUMENCOVE*cough* stories and as much as I fucking hate it I really do love the alpha male trend.

I’d never read a mafia romance before and while that element of the story veered campy at times I loved the drama and intrigue it gave the storyline. Not to mention how smoking hot Nate was while in mafia boss mode.

Sabrina was your standard romance heroine – gorgeous, snarky and smart – and did her job as the hero’s main lady well enough. The build of Nate and Sabrina’s relationship was very well done. Loved that tension of “I shouldn’t… but I’m gonna.” and who doesn’t love the “He’s alpha but his only weakness is her.” trope.

You don’t tell me what to do or how to feel. And you can deny this thing between us all you want, but I know it’s real. I’ve known it for years. If you want to be a pussy and hide from it that’s on you.

Sabrina, Nate by Celia Aaron

*Sigh* You tell him, Sabrina. Overall a super enjoyable, quick read. This was my first time reading Celia Aaron and it pretty much sent me diving head first into the rest of her backlog. Reviews for more of her books coming in the future!

Have you read In Nate by Celia Aaron? What did you think? Comment below or @ me on twitter @dianneinwriting

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