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Format: Kindle Edition
Of course, before I start I have to say thank you to Sam Mariano but also that I am sorry. Thank you of course for the ARC love. Not a lot of people get the chance at one and I was so happy to be one of them. Sorry because my review has taken forever, but here it is and I hope you like it babe!
Well, folks here goes everything ...
Okay, so first let me say this, I am a hopeless romantic and I want everyone to have their chance at a happy ending or their version of happiness, but I did NOT like Francesca!!! I'm happy to finally meet the Morelli sister, and I did have some pre-conceived notions about her, but I could've done without her.
Part one of Family Ties, is our introduction to Francesca, which I was happy about. I don't know why I had it in my head that she was a middle aged woman, who finally escaped her bastard younger brother, but I did. And I'm happy I was wrong. I guess when I read or hear mob/gangster stories, I think old school, so maybe that's what happened there.
I was excited that she finally got away from Mateo and found her "perfect one" because everybody deserves that, even those in the mob life. Instantly, I loved her because she had spunk and when she finally opened up, she had this bad ass, take no prisoners attitude. She has an ambitious way about her and I always appreciate that in people, especially in women. Boy did my opinion change as the story continued.
As the story unfolds, Francesca becomes this messy ass meddler who seriously pissed me off. You learn how conniving and manipulative she can be in relation to the other books. You see how downright mean she could be, all in the name of sticking her nose in some else's relationship— and quite frankly, I couldn't stand her for it. Now, to her credit she was only trying to make her brother and friend happy, but seriously don't you have your own relationship to be a part of? And I mean, her brother is Mateo, so where else would she learn her evil behavior right?
The best thing about Francesca was Salvatore. He was so flippin dreamy and so flippin charismatic, but I guess I'm attracted to that since I find Mateo sexy as all get out. Salvatore did pisse me off though, since he was Francesca's main enabler, but how can I stay upset with a man so ride or die for his woman? He literally through his own family to the wolves to get and keep his woman. You definitely can't hate on that.
I feel kind of bad for coming down so hard on Francesca because, like me, she's caught up in the Mateo Morelli Matrix. Worse for her though, she was raised in that crap, so it's normal to her almost. Mateo's matrix is a place where you're not sure who in the hell you're supposed to be rooting for and who you're suppose to frickin hate. It's like you know you're in his warped world, but you are too scared to leave it or you just don't want to because it's comfortable. All I know is, his matrix is effing stressful and the people involved, with the exception of a few, are exhausting.
Overall, the story was an amazing look into the intimate side of the Morelli household through the eyes of Francesca. You kind of get to go behind the scenes and get the raw and uncut side of the Morelli family. Not that you didn't get that in the other books, I just feel like because Francesca is the sister, she gives you these emotional glasses to look through. It's almost too much to handle once you're invested in these characters, which is why I'm so pissed off after reading Family Ties.
You will definitely enjoy Francesca and Salvatore's story, but in order to follow the situations, you have to read the first 3 books. I recommend this series because it'll keep you on your toes and keep you guessing as to what's going to happen next. All of the books will have you praying for the best, but expecting the worse. For me, none of the books pissed me off quite like this one. Read them and see what I mean, you're going to have a love/hate relationship with these Morelli messes. So, get to one clicking b****es!!!