Sometimes love is toxic…Bree Dwyer is desperate to escape her husband, take the children and run. But he’s always watching. And she always gets caught. Until her first love, Alfie Jennings, returns to Essex…
Gangsters Alfie and Vaughn have been out of the game for a while, but a life of crime is one you never forget.
To get back on top they need serious money, because loyalty and power don’t come for free. One dangerous job and they’ll have the payoff they need. And Alfie isn’t going to let anyone get in the way, least of all a pretty face like Bree.
It’s time to show Essex what they’re made of. And this time, Alfie and Vaughn aren’t backing down.
Well I have to say it seems like it's been forever since I read a book by Jacqui Rose. This one has certainly been a long time coming. When I got a message off a fellow book blogger telling me this was available on Netgalley, I headed right on over there to request it. I was thrilled when my request was approved, and started it as soon as I could.
So what did I think about Toxic? Well I'd say it's been worth waiting for.
I had a couple of doubts at the beginning as I felt there were quite a lot of characters for me to get to know. I also got a little confused at times, not realising that the book had gone back in time occasionally. Once I got my head around this i flew through the book.
The story has all you want from a great read, Death, Deception, Crime, and a whole heap more. Each chapter really does leave you wanting more, it's certainly one of those 'Just one more chapter' kind of books.
Bree is in a marriage that to say the least isn't a happy one. Her husband and mother in law are horrible characters, but needed for the way the story was told. They seemed to control everything around and including Bree. Bree just wants to be able to get away from it all, but with her every move watched, that isn't going to happen. That is until a chance meeting with Alfie Jennings. Alfie is someone she knows for her pas, he has returned to Essex after living away for a while. Could Alfie change things for her.
I have to say as much as the Mother in law really riled me, and my dislike for her was immense, she really was a well written character. I think if an author can get you feeling so strongly for certain characters that they've done a damn good job.
It was great to see some of the older characters from Jacqui's previous books make an appearance in this book. It almost felt like I was meeting some old acquaintances.
I don't think this book was as gripping as some of Jacqui's other books, but it's still a pretty damn good read. I have to say it's good to have her back and I really do look forward to more books coming out in the future. Can certainly say that you have been missed Jacqui, and welcome back.
You make a deal with the devil; you pay your dues…
Franny Doyle has always known that her father Patrick has been up to no good. After all you don’t become one of London’s number one gangsters without ruffling a few feathers along the way. Still, she adores her dad and she knows that he would lay down his life for her – she is his number one girl and he has taught her everything she knows.
But when something terrible happens to Patrick, Franny realises that he has some very dangerous enemies. Delving into Patrick’s past, Franny becomes involved in a high-stakes game. She’s not afraid. Patrick has taught her to be a fighter and she’s determined to make him proud, even if it means paying the ultimate price – her own life.
I have read and loved all of Jacqui Roses books to date. I am a big fan of hers, she's a brilliant author.
But for some reason, this one didn't get me like all the others right from the start, I found myself wondering at one point weather to carry on or not, but I did and i'm glad i stuck with it, I am unsure why i felt this way, maybe it was coming out of one book right into another.
The start of the book goes back in time, where we get the build up to the story and how things happened and why.
We are introduced to the characters and I think it's safe to say from early on you do develop the love for some and the hate for others. I always think if you can feel anything towards the characters in a book then the author has done their job and got you involved.
We start off with the younger characters in Ireland. and soon move on to them in the present day in London. How their lives started and how they have changed is fantastically put together.
As I said i am glad i continued to read this, and things did improve and I found myself getting into the book and story, more so when it arrived back to present time.
Then I found i didn't want to put the book down. In true Jacqui Rose style the book really took off. And I began to get really involved, really engrossed. I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.
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Betrayed. Jacqui Rose
Couldn't wait to start this the newest book by Jacqui Rose. And it didn't dissapoint.
Perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Mandasue Heller, Kimberley Chambers.
Enjoyed it from start to finish. I just loved the main characters in this book, and wanted to read more and more about them. Would love to read a follow up to this.
We start off in 1990 where a young girl is killed, we then jump forwart to the present day, where it is all put together so well.
Bunny the high class hooker.
Del the London Face.
then we have Eidith his not so wifey wife. A bent copper. Guns, drugs, Russian mafia.... what more can you get into a book.........
A must read... really did enjoy this...
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