ANDINO + HAVEN: THE COMPLETE DUET
Andino + Haven, #1-2 + Companion Novella
Publication Date: April 6, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance
Heavy is the head that wears the crown …
Andino Marcello’s world is turned upside down when overnight he goes from capo to boss-in-waiting for the Marcello empire. Here, duty waits on no one and with it comes expectations he isn’t sure he can fulfill. At least, not in a way the mafia expects.
Every choice in this life has consequences.
Even if that choice is love.
The one thing Andino won’t budge on is having Haven Murphy at his side. No matter the cost, she will be his. Whether that means starting a war, hurting the person he loves the most, or changing the very foundation upon which the Marcello legacy was built.
For her, he will do it.
It’s the only vow he might be able to keep.
Andino + Haven: The Complete Duet features the full-length novels Duty and Vow as well as the companion novella, One Last Time.
Andino slipped into the back hallway when the security’s back was turned—although he was pretty sure the guy still saw him, anyway. It wasn’t like the guy could have missed how Andino followed the woman who got off the stage, and headed for the back.
He just caught sight of black hair slipping into the room at the far end of the hallway before he heard the door close behind her.
What was that—a changing room, or something?
Andino was going to find out.
Not that he had any business to—or that he should. Because the answer to both of those were a big, fat no. It didn’t matter; he was still going to talk to the woman because he wanted to, and Andino wasn’t very damn good at denying himself things he wanted.
He blamed that on being an only child who had always been given whatever the hell he asked for, whenever the fuck he asked for it. Or, that was the excuse he chose to use when someone asked.
Andino quickly realized this hallway was not for changing rooms, or anything of the sort. He passed storage rooms, and an exit door that led out to a back alley. At the end, he found the door he had seen the woman disappear into just as he slipped into the hallway. He didn’t even think about it—he just knocked.
“Just a sec,” called a sweet, familiar voice.
Andino heard the click of heels approaching the door, and then it opened. It was like every fucking time he got a glimpse of this woman, something changed. Something made him blink, silenced him, and he had to take her in all over again.
Gone was the black hair from when she had been dancing on the stage, and back was the blonde with teal and purple streaks from the jogging trails. She’d tossed on a silk robe over the leather ensemble, but Andino still couldn’t control his fucking gaze from wandering all over.
What was wrong with him?
“I figured you would follow me back here,” she said quietly.
Andino’s gaze jumped back up to meet the woman’s. “How did you know I was following you? I might have been coming to ask for the manager … or owner.”
Yeah, that worked.
Andino mentally patted himself on the back for managing to not look and sound like a complete fucking cafone. He certainly didn’t think this woman would appreciate him saying that yes, he followed her because … well, he didn’t really know why.
He wanted to.
That was it.
Kind of made him sound like a creep.
Andino didn’t chase women.
It wasn’t his style.
Yet, here he was.
The woman offered him a simpering smile. Her painted-red lips curved in the sexiest way as she did a little twirl right there on the spot, faced him again, stuck out her hand as if to shake his, and cocked an eyebrow in challenge.
“Nice to meet you. I’m Haven. Haven Murphy. The owner.”
And then blinked again.
Just like a fucking cafone.
Well done, asshole.
Somehow, Andino managed to save himself from looking like an even bigger ass. Although, he wasn’t quite sure how. Honesty was the best policy, or so the saying went.
“Sorry,” he murmured, “I was actually coming to talk to you.”
Haven—the name of the joint made more sense now—nodded. “Like I said, I figured.”
“Took me off guard to see you … up there, I guess.”
“Stripping, you mean?”
Andino made a noise under his breath, and shrugged one broad shoulder. “You weren’t actually stripping, though, were you? I didn’t see you take anything off, or … strip.”
Haven smiled in that teasing way of hers again. “Yeah, but I really don’t need to, either.”
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. **
Haven and Andino were living into two different worlds. When they met, times stopped for a while, an undeniable and powerful connection that would have consequences.
Andino has so many responsibilities and duties at the moment. His family is everything, always coming first no matter what. Until his responsibilities and duties collided with the woman he just met, putting them in dangerous situations if he wasn’t careful.
Haven is far away from his world, busy with her job as a successful bar owner. She didn’t expect that one man would make her head spin, making her fall in love so fast. A man so mysterious who she couldn’t stay away from.
The first part showed how fast and hard they fell, living in that confort place when Haven was not aware of that side of Andino’s life.
I saw that woman standing by herself, strong and definitely not a damsel in distress.
I loved her personality. I felt like we were discovering more about Haven with little pieces of Andino.
As the story unfolded, mostly with the second book, I adored seeing more of Andino. He revealed more about himself and I appreciated it. The plot was intriguing and well written, I was really surprised by the turning events.
While I adored Haven in the first book, she drove me crazy and some of her reactions frustrated me, as well Andino with his sense of obligations and duties towards his family. For being obtuse and not thinking about how he must feel.
I missed Haven most part of the second book, her strength and witty personality, she was unobtrusive. I wanted more conflict from her side. Maybe to make Andino working for more.
Great world building, an anti hero that I loved, a journey that kept me captivated until the end. Bethany Kris is a great story teller. It was somehow a pleasant surprise and the ending… just mind blowing and emotional!
The novella was a beautiful glimpse of Andino and Haven’s happily ever after, and I swooned a lot! Definitely what I was looking for.