Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

vendPages: 352

Goodreads Rating: 4.06 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 24th 2015

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

Summary (Goodreads):

When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

Vendetta is a good start for a YA Contemporary Romance/Suspense trilogy. I enjoyed the first ten chapters and the story has an edge but reaching halfway this book, it went a bit downhill. This is a Mafia themed book, I just want to give you a heads up there’s mild violence. If you’re uncomfortable with it, this book might not be for you.

Sophie Gracewell‘s father has been convicted due to a murder case, she and her family are outcasts or Cedar Hill’s gossip topic. When the abandoned mansion in their town was occupied by these five good looking brothers and she’s attracted to the youngest brother, Nic Falcone. She’s been warned not to associate with these men for they’re considered dangerous. Family secrets resurface, the Falcone family is in Cedar Hill for a serious business and it’s complicated for Sophie and Nic to be together.

I like the direction of the story but it lacks the thrill. I’m craving for it especially towards the end. Sadly, it turned out dull and predictable. I’m not a huge fan of Sophie. She’s stubborn, naive and annoying. She doesn’t have any self preservation which really got in my nerves. No wonder she’s prone to danger. Nic is a great hero. He may be part of the Mafia family but he’s a good and lovely guy. However, he and Sophie have an average chemistry. It was alright, kind of lackluster but I’m hoping there will be an improvement on the next book. Lastly, Luca Falcone is by far my favorite. He’s a complex character and can be intimidating at times but he has a good judgment. He’ll do the rightful thing no matter what and I love him.

Most likely I’ll be reading the sequel and crossing my fingers it will be better. I’m excited to see what happens next.



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