Tour + Giveaway ➤ BENE BY BETHANY-KRIS


BENE

by Bethany-Kris
Guzzi Legacy, #5
Publication Date: November 4, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone



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SYNOPSIS

A vendetta can change everything …
Bene Guzzi is walking a fine line. In his family, the mafia, and even with his own twin. Being a Guzzi principe means he doesn't have time to be a screw up, so he needs to fix it and fast.
Vanna Falco is nothing that she seems. Her angel's face hides a past filled with pain and her secrets might be enough to finally take the Guzzi family down for good. That is, if no one finds out the truth.
But everything gets trickier when people who shouldn't be together, start to fall hard. And no one is more dangerous than a Guzzi in love.
The lies between them, though?
Well, they might ruin it all.
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Note: Bene is a standalone within The Guzzi Legacy and can be read as such.

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REVIEW

Bene was absolutely delicious!! After reading Beni, I knew that his identical twin was having a problem with finding his own identity. I couldn't wait to dive in and find out how Bene would navigate his independence. Bethany-Kris didn't disappoint! Bene's story was painful, real, and his transition seemed authentic. I couldn't get enough of him, his inner thoughts, his pure motivations, and his dirty mouth. Who can resist a man who not only knows when he's in the wrong, but actually wants to fix it?

And then there was Vanna Falco. She was holding a grudge in her heart, a score to settle that wasn't even hers. She grew up under her father in the camorra, hearing a warped version of a sad tale. All she knew was that the Guzzis had it all and she was determined to take it from them. She never factored in what going through with it would do to her. Meeting and getting her in through Bene was all part of her plan, however, she didn't anticipate the man taking her over or owning her heart. I loved how the author made her into a sneaky little back-stabbing liar, forced her to face her mistakes, and made Bene's reactions and actions realistic for each circumstance.

While I didn't like Vanna, I adored Bene and I think that was what I was supposed to get from the writing. As always, this story was extremely hot, it was really family before everything, and the love wasn't easy but it was perfect for the characters. I loved watching Bene's journey from being broken and catching a glimpse of who he'll become. I'll definitely be staying tuned for the next Legacy book, which will be Marcus's. As the oldest brother, the eldest son, he's had to look out for everyone and I can't wait to see him finally have his own much-deserved happiness.


EXCERPT

There’s a moment where a person meets their reflection, and they smile. No one really knows why, and it doesn’t have to be a huge smile, either. Sometimes, it’s done with the lips lifting at the corners, and other times, it’s all in the eyes. A glow that just says happiness.
Benedetto Guzzi always thought one smiled at their reflection because they felt fondness in familiarity. Seeing something he recognized every single inch of, like his face, was comforting. More so than something strange and unknown.
It used to be that way with his twin, too. Identical in every sense of the very word, Bene never failed to smile when he looked at Beni’s face. Except lately, that wasn’t the case at all, and it was getting harder to hide it.
Not that it was Beni’s fault.
Or anyone else’s.
This was all on Bene.
Speaking of which …
“You good?”
“Yeah, of course,” Bene replied.
“You sure?” his brother prodded. “Because you spent two minutes staring at the wall instead of knotting your tie.”
God.
Why did Beni have to know him so well?
“A lot on my mind, that’s all.”
In the mirror, Beni arched a brow. He wished he could say his identical features did the same, but since Bene had fallen into this pit of hell within his own mind these last few months, all the strange similarities and quirks he shared with his brother slowed to a stop. Beni’s continued, sure, like he hadn’t changed at all, but Bene?
A different story.
One he didn’t know how to tell.
That was part of the problem—for so long, it had been just the two of them. Bene and Beni. The twins. Stuck together, if you asked anyone who knew them. The same soul, if you asked people who were really close to the twins.
Except they weren’t those things. Oh, sure. They looked alike and acted the same. They spent their entire childhood, teenage years, and even the first bit of their adulthood together, being extensions of one another, but it just … changed.
All at once.
Bene blinked, and that was over.
In the end, they still came out being two entirely different men. Beni was ready to be the man he knew he could be without his twin to hold him up on his own two feet, and Bene didn’t know what in the fuck he was doing anymore. He still needed to figure that out somehow, and he used to do shit like that with his brother. Now, he would have to do it alone, and he wasn’t sure how he felt about that.
Not at all.
“I’m worried about you, huh?”
Bene cleared his throat and shook his head. Forcing a smile on his face so his brother would see it, and not think something was up. Today wasn’t the day for the dark shit in his mind, and surely he could suck up his emotions for a few hours so that his brother could have his moment.
Right?
Right, he told himself.
He’d probably need to say it a few more times before the day was out. So was his goddamn life lately. A whole fucking joke, it seemed.
“I’m good,” Bene said, clapping his brother on the shoulder and keeping that same smile firmly in place. He could tell by the way his brother’s lips drew down at the corners that Beni didn’t believe him, but he probably wouldn’t call him out on his shit. “Besides,” he added, checking the watch on his wrist, “we’ve got twenty more minutes before I need to have you downstairs, and ready to get married. Are we wasting time talking about our feelings, or are we getting you married?”
Beni laughed. “Prick.”
“What?”
“Say married with a little less … disgust, yeah?”
Bene shrugged. “I just don’t see the appeal, that’s all.”

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

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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