Addictive, action-packed drama with romance to die for (and Sophie almost does…)
If you play with fire, you’ll get burnt.
Sophie’s life has been turned upside down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another Mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever.
I haven’t felt this excited about a book in a long time. I loved Vendetta, the first book in the Blood for Blood series, but as I mentioned in my review I did have some minor qualms with it.
But refreshingly, not only did I think that Inferno was even better, I also felt that it ironed out some of the creases Vendetta left behind. It’s so rare for a second book to be as good as the first, let alone better. I can only think of a handful of books that I’ve read in the past that have managed to achieve it (Delirium sequel Pandemonium being one of the stand-outs).
At the very beginning, I wasn’t so sure about Inferno. I couldn’t understand why Sophie didn’t move far, far away after what happened at the end of Vendetta. But yet more twists that were this time totally unexpected (unlike some of the twists in Vendetta) helped everything click into place and I got completely swept along with the tide, unable to stop reading to come up for air, even if it is 3am and you’ve got to get up in three hours.
There are some of the most incredible romantic moments in this book, and some super-sexy ones too. Sophie clearly has a thing for bad boys and I’ve decided I don’t blame her in this case. Swoon.
And Millie! Millie is such a great character and it’s wonderful to read about a gorgeous friendship that gets stronger and stronger through the hard times.
Bizarrely, one of my favourite scenes in Inferno revolves entirely around a eating a donut. The emotion is so raw and I could feel my heart breaking again and again throughout this novel. Catherine Doyle certainly has a way of making you really feel what the incredible characters in this series are feeling, and that’s why this series works so well despite having a plot that’s so difficult to relate to.
I cannot wait to read more, but I think the next book is a long way off yet. Inferno was published in January of this year, and the next instalment isn’t expected until 2017.
***** 5/5 stars
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