Title: Chasing Karma(Karma #1)
Author: C. Shell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2014
My name is Karma Gallo. If you have heard of me than I am sure you are remembering a story about a police raid, missing person report, or an FBI probe into my family. There are so many stories and unfortunately most are true.I might not have had a traditional upbringing, but my dad did the best he could. I am the apple of his eye. He taught me how to lie, fight, and shoot to kill by the time I was seven. I might be considered a princess, but I don't take shit from anyone. My father is a well known, dangerous, Mob Boss in Chicago. I am tired of living my life under a microscope with people staring at me in awe and befriending me out of fear. My dad and his goons watch my every move, trying to keep me safe, but safety is never a guarantee and a life can be taken at any time. I made a deal with my dad and in twelve days my life will change. I am moving to another state and starting college where no one knows me. I need a fresh start. I feel trapped. If I don't get out soon I am afraid I will awake one day and no longer recognize the carefree happy girl I once was. Seeing death, drugs, and even torture on a daily basis can do that to a person. ***** Nothing in life is ever as it seems and once you are in the mob, you are in it for life. Karma meets two gorgeous men in college and both will fight to win her love, but neither is what they seem. While one wants to protect her the other plans on using her for his own agenda. Once all is revealed will love be enough or will all the lies and deceit tear everything apart. This is book one in a two book series
Chasing Karma by C. Shell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Karma is the daughter of a huge Chicago mob boss. She has lived a life under the constant watch and protection of her father and has finally struck a deal whereby she can go far away to college and attempt to live for a while like a normal girl her age. She loves her first taste of freedom, and enjoys her classes, her new friends, and the new extremely sexy guy she can't seem to resist. Things seem to be going well, until she realizes that the man she is involved with is keeping something form her. Then she finds out that some of her father's "business" has found her in her new life and may put everything in jeopardy.
I loved Karma. She is unapologetic, and is who she is. Despite her needing to keep some things about her identity a secret, she remains faithful to herself throughout. Travis is beyond hot, and even though his behaviors when they first meet are a little sneezy, he quickly won me over (and obviously Karma as well). The chemistry they share is intense and even after finding out what he is hiding, I really want them to be able to make things work. This story hooked me from the start and kept me engaged throughout. We are left with a good amount of suspense at the end, and I will be eager to read the next book in this series.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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ExcerptPreface Twelve days until freedom. Well, not exactly complete freedom, but more than I currently have living in the same home and city as my father, the all powerful scary mob boss of Chicago, Toni Gallo. The sooner I can get out from under his thumb and watchful eye the better. Don't get me wrong, I love my father and understand his reasons for being overprotective when it comes to my safety and well being, but understanding it does not make it easier to handle. Between losing my mother to cancer when she was only thirty-four and being the principessa to one of the top mafia crime bosses in the Chicago area, my pops is scared to death of losing me to both natural and un-natural causes. There are not many things that scare my dad. He is used to taking what he wants and controlling all those around him as if he is playing a game of chess, but I am the last family he has left, and the apple of his eye. He has always been overprotective and cautious when it comes to my welfare. It has been hard growing up surrounded by security detail and having my every move tracked, but I understand his fears. I swear if he could lock me in my room for the rest of my days he would do it. In all reality he is less strict then most father's in his position of power. I met another principessa named Gloria at an Italian gathering my father made me attend around two years ago. The poor girl seemed lost and so unhappy, not that her family gave a shit. She was not allowed to make her own decisions and even her future husband would one day be chosen by her father. My dad might be many things, but unlike others around him, he respects me as a person and does not try to hold me back. For the last four years I have been plotting my escape with an acceptance to college. My one chance to get away and experience something that resembles a normal life. One that does not involve police raids, sketchy business dealings at all hours of the night, and friends that try and befriend me out of fear and intrigue instead of true friendship. On my sixteenth birthday I made a pact with my dad. As long as I kept my grades up, stayed out of trouble, and graduated at the top of my class than he would allow me to leave Chicago and go off to the college of my choice. I would get a chance to live in the dorms anonymously without his best men tracking my every move. I would get to be normal in a city that would not jump with fear and awe at the mere mention of my last name. Hell, I am nineteen years old and have yet to have a normal date because all the boys were afraid to ask me out due to my father's wrath. Jimmy Evans was my only boyfriend in high school and after my father found out through one of his trusty men that Jimmy and I were having sex; my father threatened his life and swore to tear his balls off and feed them to him if he ever broke my heart. Two weeks later Jimmy and his family moved away and I never heard from him again. What kind of life is that? I feel trapped. If I don't get out soon I am afraid I will awake one day and no longer recognize the carefree happy girl I once was. Seeing death, drugs, and even torture on a daily basis can do that to a person. After keeping up my end of the bargain my dad has reluctantly kept his and in twelve days I will be leaving this life and beginning my new one at the Rice University in Houston, Texas. A who new life where I can be Karma Gallo, college student and carefree teenager, instead of Karma Gallo, daughter of renowned mob boss and weapons dealer. In twelve days my life will finally begin.
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