Dishonored

Dishonored
Sex is his weapon. Power is her drug. Caesar Accardo is gasoline. Mostly harmless while stable, but Aria holds the match to set the dishonored Cosa Nostra prince on fire in more ways than one. And if he burns down everything in his path because of it—so be it.   The problem is … she just wasn’t prepared for all of him. Aria De Rose is a hurricane. Amazing from afar, but destructive up close.…
Disclaimer: This review may contain sensitive/trigger topics. Resources for those topics are available in a separate post as not to take away from the review. My opinions and views are strictly on the writing and the author’s ability of storytelling. Some sections of this review may contain spoilers. Please do not read the review if you have read the book. I believe in providing accurate, honest, reviews. My reviews are not based off the excerpt/synopsis, but the story as a whole. 
I’ll be honest. I no longer read synopsis or excerpts for any of BK’s books. I know I’m going to either love, like, or think “hmm”.
While this story had the similar Italian mafia background, it touches on another area that so many people over look or never think twice about it.
If you’re a BK fan, you’ll remember from her Donati Boodlines series domestic abuse was a topic in the story. Trust me, you’ll want to see how that story plays out.
Reading “Dishonored” kept me on the edge. It wasn’t predictable. Just when you thought you knew what was going to happen, you were wrong.
I loved Aria and Caesar. In fact, I think Aria is one of the few female characters that I liked besides Catrina (Filthy Marcellos: Dante).
I think the the one character throughout the entire book I couldn’t wait for his end scene was Caesar’s father. The man a no yes me almost as much as Raffe. You’ll have to read the book to know why.
Abuse is in this story, not just domestic, but sexual as well. It’s not in vivid detail but it’s not glossed over either.
These are two very big topics but also topics we as a population tend to shy away from, hide, shame, or think as something that shouldn’t be told.
BK does an amazing job by weaving the storyline from showing how abuse can start and shape us without or with intervention.
My heart broke so many times I found myself actually crying and raging for the lost innocence. For some people the cycle of abuse never ends and death is their only way out.
While this is a work of fiction there’s something to take away from this, knowing that it’s happening and doing nothing is just as bad.
The characters, Aria and Caesar are strong in their own right. They’re both a force to be reckoned with and at times I wondered how could these two possibility end up together.
To quote from the book, they were “toxic”.
BK’s writing style always fascinated and draws me in. Memorable characters, real issues, and finding a balance between the life they’re lead and the circumstances of of their environment.

Nicole

Creator of Bookstanista, a book and book style website, Nicole is a 30-something mom and wife to a Viking. A fan of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast, she lives and breathes books. Her home library now consists of over 300 e-books and 500 paperback and hardback books. When she's not reading or reviewing books, you can find her interacting with authors or dreaming of a world with books and unicorns and toting around her Angora rabbit: Denim-Cyan.

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Creator of Bookstanista, a book and book style website, Nicole is a 30-something mom and wife to a Viking. A fan of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast, she lives and breathes books. Her home library now consists of over 300 e-books and 500 paperback and hardback books. When she's not reading or reviewing books, you can find her interacting with authors or dreaming of a world with books and unicorns and toting around her Angora rabbit: Denim-Cyan.

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