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    #RSFave & Review | The Beautiful Years : Part II by Annie Rose Welch

    #RSFave & Review | The Beautiful Years : Part II by Annie Rose WelchThe Beautiful Years II by Annie Rose Welch
    Series | Mafia Romance Saga #2
    Release Date | November 15, 2018
    Genres | Contemporary, Mafia Romance
    Format | ARC
    Add to TBR | ADD TO GOODREADS
    Buy | Amazon
    Rating | four-half-stars
    Synopsis |

    Life never felt dangerous to me. She did.

    The moment Scarlett Rose appeared in the window of her parents’ dance studio, twirling like a beautiful figurine in a music box, she became mine. Irrevocably. I claimed her, per sempre.

    She became the day to my night, illuminating secrets better left to the impenetrable darkness that surrounded me. She knew me better than I knew the lines of my own hands, though I had never confessed to her whose blood ran through my veins, the famiglia that I belonged to.

    She was as delicate as a butterfly in the hands of a monster.

    My legacy created a savage beast that lurked beneath my skin, ready to battle for family and honor, but he only went to war for one—her.

    There was one catch, an arrangement she didn’t know about. I had agreed to send her away so that she could follow her stars. She had to do the one thing she was always destined to do. Dance. Though I had never truly let her go. She had become as vital as my heart.

    And now, I was back to retrieve what had always belonged to me—my ballerina girl.

    CHECK OUT MY REVIEW FOR PART I IN THE MAFIA ROMANCE SAGA!

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    Review

    Ah yes, we have part 2 in Annie’s The Beautiful Years and this saga is intriguing me with every book we get through. We’re still not quite to the mafia part, but we get glimpses here and there of what’s to come, possibly. Annie’s writing is absolutely phenomenal and she weaves her words nearly poetically between her characters. I’m not entirely sure how I’ll be able to handle the constant waiting in between books and we have 5 more to go. But I’m completely invested in Brando and Scarlett’s epic love story.

    Brando, Brando, Brando! We definitely get so much more of him in part 2 and I’m really hoping it stays that for the duration of this saga. He is just absolutely EVERYTHING and gives all other heroes a run for their money. This book is constantly keeping us on the edge of our seat with so much need to know more. And the thing that’s constantly on the forefront of my mind is when the mafia will run more through the story. It’s still pretty vague about his family history, but we know that they’re one of the most powerful families in the world. And with the knowledge that many of us know about the mafia is that they will ALWAYS protect their own, which makes me more curious about WHEN Brando will start owning up to his name and possible legacy. I have my guesses on what’s to come and boy, it seems rather epic.

    I have to say that Brando and Scarlet’s love story feels like you’re walking on eggshells or that you’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop. I know it’s going to happen and it will probably obliterate me, but I know them being together will be the end game. And they have so much more obstacles to overcome especially with that BIT that happens near the end. I’m not a fan of when outsiders start to meddle in places they shouldn’t be.

    Scarlet is still as fierce as ever. And she’s off in Paris continuing her ballet career and she’s been apart from Brando for far too long. Their time apart brings some rather longing and haunting dialogue between the two characters. Their connection is something I can’t even fathom or understand, it’s so deep-rooted and not even distance could keep them apart.

    So there’s a certain chapter in this book that quickly became my favorite chapter. It was so beautifully and intricately written, it felt like I was there witnessing it all. Brando bears it all in that chapter and we get to witness that much deeper side of a man that they rarely show. If you ever doubted his love for Scarlett, this chapter will certainly put all of your worries to rest.

    Annie definitely does it again with part 2 of this saga (no surprise there). Her writing stuns me every single time and I’m always finding myself constantly getting lost in her words. With every book that I’ve read of hers, she tells the story with so much detail and emotion, it actually feels like you’re alongside the characters. I know Annie’s going to bring a storm towards these two and I hope Scarlett and Brando can weather it.

    Major thank you to Annie for providing an advanced reader’s copy for an honest review! Hugs, lovely!

    four-half-stars

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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: www.annierosewelch.com

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