Chasing Karma(Karma #1) by C. Shell
Release Date: April 2, 2014
My name is Karma Gallo. If you have heard of me than I am sure you are remembering a story about a police raid, missing person report, or an FBI probe into my family. There are so many stories and unfortunately most are true.
*****Nothing in life is ever as it seems and once you are in the mob, you are in it for life. Karma meets two gorgeous men in college and both will fight to win her love, but neither is what they seem. While one wants to protect her the other plans on using her for his own agenda. Once all is revealed will love be enough or will all the lies and deceit tear everything apart. This is book one in a two book series
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I'm really looking forward to part two - Catching Karma! There's no cliffhanger ending, making you crazy waiting for the next part, it's more like a kickarse taste of what's to come. But I digress, I'm doing this backwards!
Once you've read the synopsis and excerpt, you'll kjnow that Karma is Principessa to the Gallo crime empire and her family consists of her and her dad, and all the staff and bodyguards. She's going off to college to have both a scholarly and life education - a chance at some kind of normalcy away from the closed in world of home.
But here is where she meets Travis, and there's something about him that reminds her too much of home. That doesn't stop the sparks between them though and can't keep them away from each other - despite him nailing the skank in the dorm room next to hers the third time they meet!
There's also something off about Joseph whom she meets at her first college mixer; something not quite right.
Karma is trying to attend college and explore life outside the Gallo Empire, and work out a FWB system with Travis. She doesn't expect what happens and who's behind it, or even the way she finds out.
This is an enjoyable read with some hot, sizzling action between Karma and Travis. Really makes my wish I'd tried harder to go to university now!! Oh, the stuff I missed!
I do like multiple POV's too, and there wasn't enough of Travis' in my opinion. I really would have liked to be in his head a little more, but I guess once we find out why he's there and who he's working for, it's about the journey for her to find that out too. Still, though, I'd be interested in getting to know Travis through his eyes.
I also have a soft spot for his lovingly restored Mustang too! Purrrr!
Looking forward to Part Two!
Twelve days until freedom. Well, not exactly complete freedom, but more than I currently have living in the same home and city as my father, the all powerful scary mob boss of Chicago, Toni Gallo. The sooner I can get out from under his thumb and watchful eye the better. Don't get me wrong, I love my father and understand his reasons for being overprotective when it comes to my safety and well being, but understanding it does not make it easier to handle.
Between losing my mother to cancer when she was only thirty-four and being the principessa to one of the top mafia crime bosses in the Chicago area, my pops is scared to death of losing me to both natural and un-natural causes. There are not many things that scare my dad. He is used to taking what he wants and controlling all those around him as if he is playing a game of chess, but I am the last family he has left, and the apple of his eye. He has always been overprotective and cautious when it comes to my welfare. It has been hard growing up surrounded by security detail and having my every move tracked, but I understand his fears. I swear if he could lock me in my room for the rest of my days he would do it. In all reality he is less strict then most father's in his position of power.
I met another principessa named Gloria at an Italian gathering my father made me attend around two years ago. The poor girl seemed lost and so unhappy, not that her family gave a shit. She was not allowed to make her own decisions and even her future husband would one day be chosen by her father. My dad might be many things, but unlike others around him, he respects me as a person and does not try to hold me back. For the last four years I have been plotting my escape with an acceptance to college. My one chance to get away and experience something that resembles a normal life. One that does not involve police raids, sketchy business dealings at all hours of the night, and friends that try and befriend me out of fear and intrigue instead of true friendship.
On my sixteenth birthday I made a pact with my dad. As long as I kept my grades up, stayed out of trouble, and graduated at the top of my class than he would allow me to leave Chicago and go off to the college of my choice. I would get a chance to live in the dorms anonymously without his best men tracking my every move. I would get to be normal in a city that would not jump with fear and awe at the mere mention of my last name. Hell, I am nineteen years old and have yet to have a normal date because all the boys were afraid to ask me out due to my father's wrath. Jimmy Evans was my only boyfriend in high school and after my father found out through one of his trusty men that Jimmy and I were having sex; my father threatened his life and swore to tear his balls off and feed them to him if he ever broke my heart. Two weeks later Jimmy and his family moved away and I never heard from him again.
What kind of life is that? I feel trapped. If I don't get out soon I am afraid I will awake one day and no longer recognize the carefree happy girl I once was. Seeing death, drugs, and even torture on a daily basis can do that to a person. After keeping up my end of the bargain my dad has reluctantly kept his and in twelve days I will be leaving this life and beginning my new one at the Rice University in Houston, Texas. A who new life where I can be Karma Gallo, college student and carefree teenager, instead of Karma Gallo, daughter of renowned mob boss and weapons dealer. In twelve days my life will finally begin.