Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lovers and Madmen (Brothers Maledetti Book 0) by Nichole Van {Review}

Lovers & Madmen (Brothers Maledetti 0) by Nichole Van
Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Publication: March 29th 2018 by Fiorenza Publishing
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Florence, Italy. Summer, 1982.

Judith Campbell prides herself on her level head. She's a scientist with a ten-year plan, a well-managed bank account, and clear understanding of what she wants out of life. Currently, that means a summer of fun touring Europe with her friends. She intends to see some amazing scenery, flirt with a cute guy or two, and return home ready to settle down for good.

Falling madly in love with an Italian playboy is definitely not on her life goals to-do list. But then her eyes meet those of Cesare D'Angelo across a crowded piazza.

Cesare is everything Judith never knew she wanted. Handsome and charismatic, he challenges her assumptions and forces her rethink her logical approach to everything. Case in point--Judith finds herself falling for him, hard and fast. Definitely not her most carefully thought-out decision.

But Cesare keeps devastating secrets that will challenge Judith's very understanding of reality. And soon Judith finds herself facing the most difficult decision of all--Would you still chose to love someone even if your time together would be brief? Would you accept a relationship, knowing that only heartbreak and grief awaited you in the end?

Lovers and Madmen is a prequel novella for the Brothers Maledetti series. Lose yourself in Judith and Cesare's story and understand where it all began.
My Review: 5 Stars
A love story can be found in almost any story and I've often wondered more about this family, especially after reading Chiara's book. What about the parents? How did they fall in love?  How did they handle this family curse? If you've had similar questions, look no further because this little beauty will answer them and in a fabulously sweet and swoony way.
I love my life to be neat and orderly--I don't like surprises, but they come and I adapt. Judith has her life all mapped out and isn't sure she even believes in true love. Boy, did Cesare blindside her! An instant, deep, and binding connection brings these two together and won't let go, but Cesare has some major secrets that must be shared.

Nichole Van is so talented and really brought these characters, their emotions, and their reactions to life and in such a short amount of time. I loved watching these mysteries unfold, and although I kind of knew what they were, the journey was sweet and satisfying. There are some intense decisions that must be made and they really made me think--what would I do?
Content: very mild violence; mild, swoony romance (kissing); mild language

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