Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review: Betrayed, Book 3 in the Chianti Kisses Series by Tara Oakes

Betrayed, Book 3 in the Chianti Kisses series

by Tara Oakes


BETRAYED, is the third and final installment in the CHIANTI KISSES saga that follows the Lombardi and DiBenedetto families through their trials and tribulations.

 Dom and Vincenza, ( or"Baby V" as he likes to call her)'s, family have been joined since before they were born. Loyalty runs deep... so deep in fact that the two were betrothed- unbeknownst to V, who fell in love with her prince charming before learning the truth about just how "perfect" they were for each other.

 Dom has proven his love for his Baby V time and time again. In BOSS, the second book in the series, he risked everything to keep her safe and honor the vows he made to her. The decisions and choices he made in order to provide that safety had cost him... cost him dearly. Dom was thrust back into the life and legacy he swore he would never be a part of. Now boss of one of the most powerful crime families on the East Coast, Dom faces a whole new set of challenges.

 But... this new power comes with a world of danger. When Dom uncovers a long held secret that has the power to destroy his family, his marriage, his business... everything that matters to him, what can he do? 

 Their love has been tested and survived what most wouldn't be able to overcome. Now, with this very real threat fuming over him Dom must find a way to do the impossible... to make the difficult choices and uncover the truth behind the ultimate BETRAYAL. 

 You know what they say... 

 It ain't easy being BOSS. Betrayed can be purchased at Amazon:


My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“Thank God.  I want the last thing I see on this earth to be you, Theresa.”

“I loved you then.  I love you now.  And I will die to protect you.  That’s all I have to offer.”

“‘You want me to be your woman?’  I ask, turning the tables.  ‘Then you’ve got to accept me, too.  Just like you want me accept you.  Every part of me.  The part that doesn’t take orders.  The part that doesn’t like to be told what to do.  The part that thinks for herself, and can be bitchy, and the part that sometimes doesn’t believe she’s enough for you… that you’ll want more.”

My Review:

Betrayed is largely the story of questionable Carmine and testy Theresa as they navigate the waters of reconciliation and relight the fuse on their love affair.  And – oh my - it is a sexy and steamy tale since they are a pair of passionate and argumentative people.  Carmine’s loyalty and history are dubious, and Theresa is sarcastic and feisty, so the narrative circles a bit before the fireworks ensue.  And while they are getting their love life straightened out, there is also a mystery that needed to be unraveled and solved.  The story maintained the suspense and intrigue from the previous installments, added in some international travel and family drama, then tied it all up with an interesting and satisfying conclusion for the series.   

Empress DJ


Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She's a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she's not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.


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