Straightened Out by Janine Infante Bosco // Review

December 06, 2020

Straightened Out by Janine Infante Bosco
... whenever I walk away from her it feels like I'm leaving a piece of myself behind.

Straightened Out by Janine Infante Bosco

Standalone: The Pastore Crime Family #1
Release: November 23, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense/organized crime
Dual POV: 1st person
Heat level: 4 out of 5
Format/Source: ebook provided by the author
Length: 289 pages

I'm a mob boss with a tarnished name, leading a kingdom in the shadows of disgrace.
She's a ballerina, the sister of my underboss, dancing her way through life.
Until her, all I wanted was to be straightened out.
But with power comes sacrifice.
With respect comes fear.
With love comes death.
The rule of the streets is to take or be taken.
Some legends are born, others are made.
But not all survive.
When Rocco was first introduced, I felt he came off as too brash, too impulsive, too reckless, too ignorant, and way too irreverent. In all honesty, my conclusions about him didn't change until almost the end of this story. He was nowhere near ready to be a made man, but when his uncle, Victor Pastore, calls on him, expecting him to step up when he's gone, he's got no choice. If this book was about anything, it was about Rocco growing up, maturing, and figuring out his place in this thing called life.

Then there was Violet, the girl who didn't have a clue. She didn't know what she wanted, couldn't stand up for herself, but she knew she loved Rocco. Together they were a hot mess of angst and drama and yet nothing, not even bullets, could keep them apart. Not her mother. Not her brother, who also happened to be Rocco's best friend and right hand man. Not nothing.

It took me a while to realize that this wasn't a continuation to the timeline of the Satan's Knights - it ran concurrent to it. Not only was it the beginning of Stryker and Gina's relationship (loved getting that glimpse of them), it was the start of Rocco's relationship with the Knights. I was so happy to see all of my favorites again. See... gone but never forgotten. And while I grew to appreciate Rocco and began to love him, I will always be Property of Parrish! ➤ it's FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited
Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.

She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she's made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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