CONTEMPT( Renzo + Lucia #3) by Bethany-Kris

The crime saga which follows Renzo and Lucia has concluded. It reminds us in a cold and evil world the only weapon is LOVE. Its a thriller not to be missed and time well spent reading.


by Bethany-Kris
Renzo + Lucia, #3
Publication Date: March 4, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

ARC provided for review purposes


Renzo + Lucia is mafia romance at its absolute finest. Its complicated and romanticized. Bethany-Kris makes sympathizing with characters who are essentially criminals in an evil business acceptable. In Contempt, we have Lucia returning to New York City for a family emergency, one she reluctantly wants to do. For years she has kept her distance from her father.
While the head of the Marcello crime dynasty has transferred control of the family business to his son, he still plays a major role in his daughter Lucia’s life. I went from loving Lucian Marcello from Filthy Marcellos, to hating Lucian regarding his daughter Lucia to loving Lucian in the devastating , tenderness and climatic moments. She blames him for losing “the love of her life.” Her brother tries to help make amends but its of no consequence. Renzo is gone and can not contact her.
Renzo is now balancing life as a ‘assassin’ with a guy who wants the love of his life back. The influence of power has delivered Renzo from prison to The League. It is the place he learns and earns respect in the criminal world. His latest assignment brings him back to New York City. He is able to reconnect with his sister Rose and his brother Diego. But can he get his girl and their white-hot romance back?

The crime saga which follows Renzo and Lucia has concluded. It reminds us in a cold and evil world the only weapon is LOVE. Its a thriller not to be missed and time well spent reading.

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How much is too much?

Five years—that was the deal. Renzo Zulla gave up five years of his life to repay a debt to an organization that only wanted to break him before they could make him. Their way, their rules. He doesn’t move without their okay, even if his latest job puts him right in front of her. But the five years are almost up, and he knows exactly where he’s going first.

Love doesn’t follow rules …

Heartbroken and alone—that’s how she survives. Lucia Marcello is alive, but a part of her still feels dead without him. She’s spent far too much time running away from her past and the pain she constantly holds tight because it’s easier than hating the people who caused it. But life has a way of bringing you back when your heart never will.

Love doesn’t fade …

But time means nothing, and forever might be only an illusion for them. Because where fate doesn’t step in, reality does. If hate is a game you play with your heart, and contempt is the game you play with your mind … where does that leave love?

Vendettas don’t care about love.

It’s in God’s hands now.

Note: CONTEMPT is the final book in a three-book

Trilogy following the same couple.











Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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