Release Day & Review | The Beautiful Years : Part 1 by Annie Rose Welch

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Release Day & Review | The Beautiful Years : Part 1 by Annie Rose WelchThe Beautiful Years by Annie Rose Welch
Series | Mafia Romance Saga #1
Release Date | October 2nd, 2018
Genres | Contemporary, Mafia Romance
Format | ARC
Buy | Amazon
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If you knew love could kill you, would you still fall?

Love never felt dangerous to me. He did.

The moment Brando Piero Fausti appeared in the snow-filled night, he made the blood hum in my veins, tethering my life to his with an irrevocable bond.

I became the light to his darkness, illuminating the face of an avenging angel. His intense dark eyes should’ve warned me away, but they only drew me closer. With a body worthy of a statue in Italy, he was the most beautiful man that I had ever seen, and the most dangerous man I had ever felt. A savage beast lurked just beneath his surface, ready to battle for what he loved the most—me.

He claimed me as his, per sempre. But he wanted something from me. For me. He wanted me to dance. To fulfill what the world insisted was my destiny.

Little did I know that he would lure me into a gilded cage with his beautiful words and searing touch, a twirling ballerina locked safe in a music box, rose petals strewn at my feet. And then set me free, his touch a brand on my skin.

Little did he know, I’d always fight to follow the true alignment of my stars.

The Beautiful Years, Book I is the beginning of a seven-part Mafia Romance saga. Start the journey today!

Author's Note: This saga is intended for a mature audience.

Title: The Beautiful Years
Author: Annie Rose Welch
Genre: Mafia Romance/ Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 2, 2018
Cover Designer: Buoni Amici Press
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.


It has been quite some time since I’ve picked up an Annie Rose Welch book, she’s one of my absolute favorite authors out there. And it all started with her Saving Angels series. Once I heard she had a new mafia series coming out, there was no hesitancy to get my hands on this new saga! With only getting through part 1 of a 7 part series, I will be highly-anticipating every single one of them until we get our beautiful ending. Gahhhh, Annie, you already know how much of a fan I am of your beautiful words and The Beautiful Years is such an alluring tale that will leave you begging for more.

When I pick up any of Annie’s book, I want zero distractions so I can really focus on the story. The Beautiful Years was a bit of a lengthy start, but it never felt that way to me at all. It’s so easy to get lost in her words because she creates every scene with so much detail, it’s like seeing it unfold right in front of your eyes. She makes it so easy to get lost alongside these characters, almost like you’re right beside them witnessing.

At the beginning is the most pivotal scene that will carry through the entire book, and that’s the first time Brando and Scarlett meet. From their very short time together, something shifted between them, it was enough to completely alter their feelings for one other. It was something deep and unexplainable.

I have a bit of a soft spot for slow burn romances, actually, I don’t think slow burn is the best way to explain Brando and Scarlett’s relationship. Let’s just say that their relationship is a patient one, neither one too quick, simply biding their time until the perfect moment. But as you get across every single page of their story, the connection grows deeper for one another.

Brando was such a mysterious character to me, he definitely has that rough and tough persona, but there’s this simply beautiful and poetic side of him. It kind of just throws you for a loop for a bit. But it’s so easy to just fall in love with him. He’s so protective of Scarlett and already claimed her as his since the first day that they met. Scarlett is a bit of a puppet because she is this a flawless and famous ballerina. She has so much talent and can do it all effortlessly, but does she have the passion for it? It doesn’t help when she has other people making decisions for her. She yearns for freedom and I don’t think even Brando could hold her back from anything.

I don’t know what it is about stories with the ballet element added, but it definitely makes for a poetic and haunting story. And that’s probably the best way I could describe Brando and Scarlett’s love story. They’ll constantly leave you wondering what will come next. I already know that their story won’t be an easy one and I’m sure my heart will break several times before we get to the end. But I am completely hooked on their story and will constantly beg for more.

The Beautiful Years is a story that you have to take your time and savor every little bit. I’ll be honest and say that I’m a little bit nervous to go on this journey of Brando and Scarlett’s almost haunting love story. I know that Annie would not make us go through all of this without that happy ever after. It’s definitely a long road ahead, but I know it’ll all be worth it in the end. I’m so curious to see what will come next for the both of them especially with the way things ended in this one.

Everyone needs to give this saga a chance, Annie never disappoints with her books! Her stories are always one to be cherished.


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About Annie Rose Welch

Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her passion for writing began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightning bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm.

When she’s not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. She currently resides in Texas (where everything really is bigger) with her husband, daughter, and their three peculiar dogs, Boudreaux, Tabasco, and Vanna Loo (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent).

For lagniappe (a little extra), a virtual cup of café au lait and beignets, please visit Annie’s website: