Outside the LinesSeries: On the Run #1
by Lisa Desrochers
Published by Penguin, Intermix on January 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town.
Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can.
But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them. And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire...
Here we go…. I’m going to sound a bit like every other review out there for a few moments but hang in there with me….
I really enjoyed Ms. Desrochers’ A Little Too Far series, even going as far as giving the last book in the series five stars. Soooo good. When I saw she had a new series, of course I had to check it out. I read the synopsis and thought, “Mafia family on the run from a hitman, sounds intriguing,” ∗strokes imaginary beard∗.
I was so disappointed… this first book in the series spent too much time fumbling around trying to set up the story and build intrigue that by the time it got around to the romance at 50% into the book, I really didn’t care all that much about the romance. And getting to that 50% was torture to the romance junkie in me because I wanted to see the romance build up slowly, naturally between Rob and Andri. Instead, the chemistry seemed forced and almost awkwardly one-sided until the end.
The story itself was okay, though. What started out as straight up mafia revenge quickly turned into intrigue and mystery as the identity of who put the hit out on the Delgado family becomes the big main story arc to the entire series.
The five Delgado children are relocated to small town Port St. Mary, Florida after an attempt on their lives is thwarted by the oldest sibling, Robert. Their mother died four years before and their father is in cushy-jail because he turned state’s evidence against their rival in Chicago.
Trying to keep his siblings in order while plotting revenge and getting the family back to Chicago becomes Robert’s sole obsession until he meets his youngest brother’s teacher, Adri.
I loved all the secondary characters, including Adri’s best friend Chuck. Chuck has huge potential as a very complex character in the future. Adri’s father drove me ape-shit batty because what he did could NOT happen in real life but then again, this is fiction so there is that. Besides the characters, I enjoyed watching the family adjust to their new home gradually throughout the book.
So despite the romance not doing it for me, the “problems” that arise from dating a relative’s teacher gave me enough drama to sink my teeth into. So just because I didn’t enjoy the romance doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the rest of the story.