Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Love and Treasure by Carina Taylor: Book Review

 **ARC received for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

The Book

Cleo Ricci is just your everyday, average mafia princess about to be forced into marriage. She'll do anything to get out—even steal from a thief.

Cleo Ricci has a reputation for being an ice queen. She's spent time cultivating that image, and is happy that her reputation precedes her.
But the reality is she's just your everyday, average mafia princess about to be forced into marriage.
Luckily, she's found the perfect escape.
A briefcase full of three million dollars.
However, there's another thief around and she's soon fighting Nicholas Bennetto for her ticket to freedom.
He keeps showing up no matter how often she tries to push him away, and she finds herself becoming fond of those blue eyes and arrogant smile.
Cleo has a choice to make, and she can only keep one: love or treasure?

Love and Treasure is a novella set in the 1960's. Both characters have a morally gray compass but are lovable all the same.

The Author

USA Today Bestselling author Carina Taylor loves to write witty romantic comedies that bring a smile to your face.

When she's not writing, you can find Carina ignoring her laundry pile (she's hit expert level), pretending to work out (she's probably just reading), and dreaming up the next story.

You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram: @carinataylorauthor or sign up for her newsletter here: https://sendfox.com/cjtaylorauthor

Book Review

Love and Treasure is the third book in the series of the same name. While this is a prequel, taking place in the 1960s, long before the other books, I would definitely recommend reading at least Rook to King before reading this one. There are some twists in that story that might be spoiled if you read this one first--- and it's so fun to experience those twists as they come! (It's also a personal favorite of mine and as such, I highly recommend it anyway!)

This was such a fun read! I never thought that morally grey characters were something that I enjoyed, but when Carina Taylor does it? I can't help but love them. Yes, they definitely aren't always on the right side of the law... but I still found myself rooting for them to get their happily ever after just the same. I loved the meeting between Cleo and Nicholas... her sass is fun and the banter between the two of them is absolute perfection. (Truly, Carina is a queen of banter!) I loved how they kept each other on their toes and just played off of one another so well... but also had such a great, undeniable romantic chemistry too. I don't want to give too much away, but this is a fun and quick adventure that you absolutely won't want to miss! 

Love and Treasure is a closed-door romance with kisses only. There is a bit of minor language throughout. 

You can purchase your copy here: https://amzn.to/4bwcrLE


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