Friday, February 12, 2016

Trigger (The Pericolo Series) by Kirsty-Anne Still ~ Reviewed by Stephanie & Lynn

Kindle Edition362 pages
Published September 15th 2015

STANDALONE in The Pericolo Series. 

I used to watch her through the lights. I watched as her body turned and twisted as she morphed into my siren. 

I wanted her—I craved every ounce of Ryleigh Turner. But I knew once I had her, all I would do was corrupt every inch of her pretty little soul. 

Valentinos aren't made for tales of love. We star in the horror stories you fear. 

We're the monsters that make you scared to ever hope again. 

It's time that she realises that. 


He's watched me for months, given me every reason to allow my curiosity to start killing me slowly. 

He makes the world melt away; he makes me want to throw all my inhibitions away and greet him personally. But every time the music ends and the lights lift, he vanishes, crushing my hopes. 

Until one day, a moment of chance happens. 

How does a man like Dante Valentino cope with a woman as messed up as me? 


I let him have every inch of my tainted soul. 


Not all love stories have a beautiful start. 
Some just need a perfect trigger. 

**This is a dark romance with intense scenes of murder and sex. There is coarse language used throughout. Not for the faint hearted.


This book is about Hitman, Dante Valentino. Part club owner to his brother, Jackson, and right hand/heir to the Valens empire. 

It is within the walls of Jax's club that he silently watches one girl in particular, Rhiley. 
He sees an inner strength in her beauty and visible scars, that makes him repeatedly seek her out in the shadows. 
Never to make contact, only to watch from his booth in the dark, until one day a customer gets a bit too grabby and he intervenes. 

Rhiley is kind of captivated by this strange act of heroism from him, as he's never stepped up before for anyone, just minding his business and doing his job. 
Besides that's what security is for. Rhiley decides to follow him when he leaves to discover part of his shady Underworld. 
What he offers her is a look into this world, for the price of her soul. 

This book has the potential to be great, it just needs to be carved out a bit.
 There was way too much back and forth between Dante and Rhiley with the whole "I'm going to break you" "Do your worst" thing they had going on.
 It got a bit repetitive and quite frankly, it lost me. I was confused as to what he actually wanted to do. 
I would have loved for the more hotter scenes to have been longer as well, one in particular including a fist... it went way too fast and afterwards I though "what just happened".
 I really do think it's a diamond in the rough though. 
If the author trimmed the fat and picked up the pace on the story, this could have been a 5* for me, but with that it is a 3.5*
 Its there, just needs some polishing. 
I can't wait to see what she will do with the story next (if there is a next) 
because that ending.....

I received this ARC for an honest review. This is a story about revenge. Plain and simple. The kind of revenge that consumes your life because the reason for it is what destroyed your past. Dante Valentino was raised by his grandfather, Marcello, who is head of a brutal mob. He raised him to be equally as brutal after Dante’s family was killed when he was a young boy. But there’s a secret hidden in there that dear old grandpa was withholding and it’s about to blow up in his face. Ryleigh Turner has had her own horrible past to contend with. She too lost her entire family to a terrorizing attack when she was only four years old. From there she moved on to non-loving foster homes and people who saw her as part of the woodwork. Now, as an adult, she’s a dancer in a gentlemen’s club making money to aid in her need to find out who is responsible for destroying her family. When she notices a dark handsome stranger in the audience watching her, she feels alive for the first time since she was four years old… I really liked the baseline of this story. The characters were well described. Albeit the first time I’ve ever read a male character describing himself as a C*** so much that after a while I would just giggle when I read it. Their past was well written as to why they had such bloodlust, but I just felt the story had too much back and forth between Dante and Ryleigh. It was like a constant game of tag for them to decide who was “it”. It became very frustrating for me. I didn’t totally dislike this book and I would definitely be willing to read more from this author. 

I give it 3.75 stars.


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Kirsty is more than comfortable with talking to imaginary people - if it means they're writing a book!

She's a British author with a habit of bad jokes, dirty mindedness and a love of laughing at the worse possible times. She spends her time balancing a full-time job with writing while trying to up her reading game!


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