Beautifully Brutal by Nicole Edwards Release Date: June 16, 2015 Publisher: SL Independent Publishing, LLC Book #1 of the Southern Boy Mafia series (a direct spin-off of the Sniper 1 Security series) Number of pages: 429 Kindle Edition Source: purchased from Amazon Erotic Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 11/13/16 to 11/16/16
Usually I’m lamenting how much I want to like a character but am not able. In this case I felt the opposite; I really didn’t want to like Max. There was a particular scene about halfway through the book between Max, Courtney, and Weston that had me noting that there was NO WAY this character was still going to continue to be likeable. Yet somehow he keeps finding his way into my heart. It’s so odd and it’s definitely a testament to Nicole Edwards’ writing.
If you read Wait for Morning you will remember Max and Courtney from that story. (You do not have to read that book to enjoy this book at all.) The present day portion of the story (there are flashbacks through the book) starts during the scene at Max’s from the other book. At first, I was afraid it would get repetitive. Since we have another point of view from that scene it ended up not being a problem.
There are things about both the Adorite and Kogan families that come out in this book that are surprising. Casper Kogan uses his daughter in a way that made me see where the good/evil line can very well be blurred. What is truly right and what is actually wrong? Well, Max’s father is actually despicable. But Max and his right hand man Leyton are more on the blurry part of that line.
Courtney’s family annoyed me in a way. I wasn’t happy with how blind they were to her feelings, even if she has learned to hide them through the years. Her mom and best friend/sister-in-law Marissa especially bothered me. Sure she kept a lot from them, but they also didn’t ask and often allowed her to change the subject if things got too personal. Although Z (who I love seeing in little snippets in other books and cannot wait for his story to be told) seems to be caring and open to helping if Courtney would have asked.
I couldn’t see how this one could end and still leave me happy. I will honestly say I was concerned through the whole book that I’d be disappointed in the end. I wasn’t. The ending works perfectly. Plus, the ending gives a perfectly steamy teaser for the next book in this series that I cannot wait to read.