All Anaya has ever wanted was to feel loved and to have a family of her own. She thought she had that in her 12 year relationship with Ignacio but it couldn’t be more further from the truth. Ignacio has gone from her childhood sweetheart to a stranger who sleeps next to her. Long gone is the thoughtful boyfriend he used to be. He is now head of one of the largest crime families in the tri-state area. Some despise him; most fear him; she is on the brink of both. Most of her nights are lonely as Ignacio rarely finds his way home to her but then she met HIM. The 6’3” dark haired man with the most brilliant topaz eyes she has ever seen enters her life and turns her world upside down.Tony never expected the brown eyed beauty to set his soul on fire. Anaya has become Tony’s salvation; his world; his ANGEL. Her light shines bright in his dim life and has given him hope for a future. But there are things from his past that has a grip on him and prevents him from moving forward to a brighter existence with her. Will his secrets and lies destroy them before they have a chance at a fresh start? Or will Ignacio be their ultimate downfall? The one thing that Tony know is that he will die before he let anything happen to her.
When the time came for me to review this title, I was at a loss as to where to begin. This is in no way a reflection on the story or the author. It was a good read, even though it was predictable. I found it easy to figure out certain aspects of the story before it occurred. However, this did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.
Bedlam tells the story of Anaya, Ignacio, and Tony. Anaya and Tony were the protagonists while Ignacio had the role of the antagonist. Anaya, an interior decorator, spent most of her life in foster after being abandoned by her parents. While in High school she met Ignacio, who became the centre of her world. Ignacio is currently the head of one of the biggest crime families in the city. They have been together for twelve years. One would probably think that spending twelve years together would mean that all was well. However, this was not so in Anaya’s case. She spent twelve years of her life in a loveless relationship. A relationship that was not based on mutual respect and where she was treated like a possession. As a result, she sought refuge in her work and her best friend. The only thing she wanted was to be loved and feel like she mattered.
Anaya was hired to decorate the hottest nightclub in the city. In the process of carrying out her commission, she met Tony. This meeting would change her life in a way she never could imagine. Would this change make her life better or will it make it more complicated? If you want to know the answer to this question then you need to get a copy of Bedlam.
The story was told from a dual POV. I like this as it allows me to understand what the characters are thinking and feeling. Understanding things from each of the character’s perspective makes the story real for me. The characters were three dimensional. It was interesting to read about their past. Knowledge of their past helped me to understand their actions in their present situation.
It’s my belief that the sex occurred too soon. The characters did not get enough time to know each other before they began jumping each other’s bones. The good thing was that the sex did not dominate the story. Although the pacing was steady, I felt the ending that the ending came too fast.
This is the author’s first novel and it was a good attempt. It was not perfect, but it was enough to keep me reading to the end. Overall, I found this to be an ok read.
About Autumn Sand
Autumn Sands was born and raised in New York City. Considering herself a true New Yorker in every way from the restaurants that she eats at to the shoe fetish she has. Oh yes at one time Autumn has had a shoe collection of 300 and has the credit card statements to prove it. Other than shoe shopping she has various interests such as reading, writing, and traveling. Autumn has worked in the fashion industry for most of her adult life before pursuing writing. She is reluctant to call herself an author but considers herself a person who writes words that people just so happen to like to read. As you can tell Autumn has a sarcastic sense of humor and loves to make her friends laugh in all occasions. She enjoys a good glass of wine but her go to drink of choice is a Jack Daniels and coke with a twist of lime. None of those froufrou girlie drinks for her.
Nadene, is a fun loving, but quiet girl who is addicted to all things bookish, She is never without a book and will read just about anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. When she is not reading, she enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.