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*New Review* Blog Tour: Femme Fatale by Kirsty-Anne Still

7:07 AMAlma Lopez

Title: Femme Fatale
Author: Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date: Nov 7, 2014
They call me the Femme Fatale.
But only because they don’t know me.
My job - seduce men to the climatic point of falling in love with me and then deliver their death sentence.
I work for my father’s business. I’m his secret weapon. I’m the one that gets away with murder.
For years, I’ve given in to my father’s demands, lived the life of a mob princess, fell into this merciless realm where he presents me with a man and one goal – to kill. 
When it’s to keep the Abbiati name from ruins, I’ll run with the wolves and protect it fiercely.
However, when he brings a new name to the table, I know my newest mission could well be the one that breaks me - Don’t feel, don’t deviate, kill Zane Maverick. 
It should be simple, but how am I supposed to choose between the man who raised me to be this 
heartlessly strong female and the man I could only ever love to death?
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“You’re fucking insane,” I cuss at him and push him away but his stance is too heavy, and he doesn’t budge.
“I know you, Amelia. I know how you loved him once. You’re so fickle as it is, why wouldn’t you be fucking him to bide some time. The way you walk around here like you’re queen bee too, sickens me. You will never run this place, and soon, everyone will look down on you like me and PapĂ  do. Everyone sees this strong, beautiful woman, but maybe we should let them see the real you. The weak victim you hide from everyone.” He leans in close to me to a suffocating degree. “What would happen if I were to run this down your face?” he asks and presents his infamous switchblade. The knife shoots from its hilt, the light glistening from its metal edge. “I didn’t get you a gift, but I have a perfect one for you now,” he says and begins to lower it to my face. “A scar right down your face would be a perfect reminder to keep you in line. Even Maverick wouldn’t want a butchered bitch.”
I close my eyes as I prepare for that piercing bite on my skin, but Giovanni’s weight suddenly disappears, and I’m left cowering to an empty space. Once I pry them open, I see why. Bruno has arrived and has Giovanni thrown over the pool table by the collar of his shirt and blazer.
“You are one sadistic bastard, Giovanni,” Bruno spits and releases Giovanni enough to allow him to turn to face his brother. “I knew there was reason I fucking despised you. If I didn’t have cause before, what I just witnessed was a real clincher.”
“Get the fuck away from me,” Giovanni grunts, straightening his shirt and jacket back.
That ignites more hate in my brother. “One day you are going to wake up with your balls shoved down your throat, Gio.” Bruno terrorizes Giovanni while we all stand and watch. Bruno towers over our brother when he is riled up, and I have to admit, that look of fear on Giovanni’s face is too fucking good to miss. “And I’ll be the one holding the knife. Threaten our little sister again, and I will make your biggest nightmares come true. Capisci?”
Clapping resounds after Bruno’s warning, and we all turn to see our father standing in the doorway. I sense Giovanni stand up, straightening himself and regaining his composure.
“I knew you still had that Abbiati fight still left in you, Figlio Mio.”
“Cut the fatherly duty, Salvatore. I am far from your son.” Bruno’s demeanor doesn’t relinquish its hardened stance. If anything, our father’s sudden appearance only bristles Bruno furthermore. “I’m here to celebrate my sister’s birthday, not tear away psychopaths from permanently scarring her.”

Well what can I say. This one was a doozy. Lots of angst, conflicting emotions, passion, and betrayal. What more can a girl ask for? Oh yeah, a full line up of hot mobster brothers and a forbidden love all set up for quite a storyline. Amelia was a strong, but broken hearted woman.  Everyone knows that you don't mess with a woman scorned, which is why her broken heart is what fueled her to become so successful at being the Abbiati family's secret weapon. She was a seductress and a killer, but she was still a woman, and all women have their weakness, no matter how hard they try to keep it hidden. Her's just happen to come in the form of a sexy detective, who consequentially became her next hit. I was hooked in right from the thrilling start.

"Don't feel, don't deviate, just kill--it's my motto. The one that sees me through every kill without so much as a flustered thought, but here I am, a wreck."

Amelia thought she was doing a good job of just getting by with her life, with just a few flickers of her morale heart showing once and again. She buried the guilt of all she does down deep, but it was only a matter of time before it would all come to the surface. It all came barreling down on her when her father gave her the name of her next hit--Zane Maverick. The one man she ever loved...was also the man to leave her with nothing but a cold fragmented heart. As if that turmoil wasn't enough, her father and sadistic brother Giovanni were hell bent on demanding her obedience and loyalty to her family.  *Cue dramatic music* There will definitely be nothing but trouble to come with guns a-blazing...who will come out alive?

"Just because I share his blood does not give me an automatic pass to freedom. I am very much a prisoner in this life, but he has me as a secret weapon. I am the empowered, cherished, praised secret weapon."

Despite her initial tough facade...knows she is in huge trouble right from the start, with a capital T, when it comes to Zane Maverick. Old emotions come flooding in , and they do nothing but complicate things even further. How can she possibly actually kill him? If he ever found out what she really is, could he look past it and love her regardless?  Even if she ran away, could she really have a chance at a normal life? Will love ever be enough? Will her father actually be so heartless to kill her if she doesn't go though with it? Eat or be eaten...kill or be killed. Life can be so cruel. 

"Our love is toxic. It doesn't just involve Zane and me. It involves my entire family, jeopardizes my standing, kills my chances of surfing long enough to see the end of the week. For that reason, it must remain on lockdown, laced with poison and presented as a threat that he could be my own death sentence wrapped in a tidy fucking bow. I have to fear it."

Damn there was enough inner turmoil in there to give you a serious case of whiplash. There was some profound revelations on Amelia's part, but her back and forth really drove me to the very edge of insanity. The storyline was crazy and action packed enough to keep me reading, but there was a bit of repetitiveness that took away from the story for me a little. Also, there were more than a few times that I thought some of the situations that were supposed to be "mob family" related, felt a little implausible, which took away from the authenticity. These were the reasons my rating wasn't as high as I initially was going to rate it. Honestly, the story was good, the characters were strong, so don't be discouraged. The passion and angst that Kirsty-Anne Still is so very good at instilling in her books, is still very much present and fiery as ever.  At the end, I was left an edgy, heart broken, hot arse mess. Kirsty-Anne successfully left me shattered and desperate for more with another Kindle-shaking cliff hanger ending! Why Kirsty...shakes fists in the air...why???!!! I would definitely recommend this book to my fellow book junkies out there who love their romance novels filled with angst and some dark betrayal. 

3.5 out of 5 Fist Pounding, Passion filled Stars! 

I used to be just another Fanfiction writer! That was until one person showed real interest in my work. And then another, and then another, until I had this whole group of people reviewing like crazy and wanting original work from me. I’d spent years writing for free online, I didn’t believe I had it in me to publish something!
But I’m glad I did!! I never imagined pushing my work and striving to reach my ultimate. I never imagined I’d be the girl who started The Viper Rooms! But who am I to deny the inspiration when it hits?
I love writing, it’s a lifeline. I love creating a world that others fall into. I love having the control to make a whole new world. It’s like a dependency, an addictive one. It’s one of the things I’m extremely proud of.
As much as I complain, I love the mini dialogues that go on in my head, the plotlines that attack me when I least expect them to. The ones that jump to life at the most inappropriate times and drive me totally crazy!!
For now I split my life between writing, dreaming, working, and volunteering with children.

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