Book Review: Always

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ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris
Cross + Catherine, #1
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia

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A Legacy Novel

A wild boy.
A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.

Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.

She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.

They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.
They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.

Love is killing for someone.
Love is living for someone.

Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.
Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.
Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.

This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia.
This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.


Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.




 This review I am going to keep short and brief and not give too much information because I want everyone to go into this without too much detail. Find your comfortable spot and get ready to get lost in ALWAYS.

This book is AMAZING. I know that I have already said it but I will say it again AMAZING.

Once I began reading this, I could not put it down I found it RIVETING. It touched on a sensitive subject for many.

Cross and Catherine are principe and principessa from different mafia families. The connection they had was instantaneous. They were both each other’s first loves. I enjoyed how the story went through the emotions and feelings that teenagers experience. The concerns and insecurities we all face growing up. The decisions we make at times and the reasons behind them.

Catherine at times, no for most of the book was selfish and only thought about herself. Cross only gave and gave and gave to Catherine. Until he realized that it was possibly not healthy for Catherine, if he gave in all the time.  At times in a relationship we reach a crossroads and must decide if the relationships we are in are healthy. Is it best to leave or should you stay?

I enjoyed Cross’s attitude and brilliant comebacks. His mouth, his mouth!!!! I was astounded at the things his parents allowed him to get away with, but when you thought about his comments they did make sense.

The only drawback about this book is that I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL. Can’t wait to read REVERE.  I am literally sitting here writing this review and biting my tongue. So much I want to say but I don’t want to give it away.  IT’S A MUST READ.

I received this ARC for my honest opinion.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. alexandrareads says:

    Great review. LOVED IT. I so understand the pain of waiting for a sequel. It is like the authors want to punish us for reading their books. *Cries into the void*


    1. I was able to get an arc of the sequel. It was worth the wait.

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      1. alexandrareads says:

        LUCKY 🙂


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