If Mario Puzo and Jane Austen crossed the time-space continuum and mated, “First, I Love You” would be their literary baby. Imagine being a detective with a mobster for a father, or a mobster with a straight arrow, good cop for a son. This is a relationship that is tricky on its best day. Add in some well-meaning meddling from a mob princess sister, an arrogant DEA agent, and gangsters running a human trafficking ring and you have a recipe for a book that refuses to follow the rules. Told from the perspective and point of view of each the six main characters this is the first novel in a trilogy about love, loyalty, revenge and redemption.
Omaha Detective Tommy Gates has kept his gangster father at arm’s length his whole life. Mickey Downey has spent the better part of the last two decades trying to find ways to get back the son he lost through Witness Protection. Now Tommy has taken an opportunity to work on a Federal Human Trafficking Joint Task Force in Chicago where his father lives. Tommy’s sister Kiki and his mother Mary see this as an opportunity to build a relationship between the two. Tommy’s new DEA partner James Hoffman sees it as an opportunity to gain leverage over Mickey Downey. Tommy’s other partner, FBI Agent Ginny Sommers wants to keep Tommy’s family as far from the case as possible. When Kiki and James join forces, sparks fly and it sets fire to a maelstrom of unexpected consequences for everyone involved.
One part The Godfather, two parts Emma and a dash of Casablanca mixed together, “First, I Love You” isn’t a detective novel, a gangster novel, a mystery, a romance or a family saga. It’s a little of all of the above.
OK, first of all...full disclosure...I was given an ARC in order to review this book...that said, I was in no way influenced to give any kind of review...and I read the synopses and asked for the ARC because I liked what I read...I am not finished the book yet but my review had to go up today... That said...I am loving this book...It has not disappointed, I am happy to say:) I can't wait to get to the end!
This is a great read and I can't wait to get to the second book because, you guessed it! I also agreed to read an ARC of that one, because I am enjoying this one sooo much:) The characters have quickly become favorites of mine and when that happens I tend to revisit them...that makes me happy that there is a second book! the Title of that one is...Second of All...Can't wait to read it! I will do a review of that one when I have...but here is a teaser:)
“…for there is nothing so perfect as a thing with no ending and no beginning such as a family of souls intertwined…” This introspective sequel to First, I Love You takes you deeper into a tale of interwoven roles, divided loyalties, and personal conflicts.
Detective Tommy Gates and Agent Ginny Sommers struggle to balance their growing personal relationship with their task of finding his father. Back home, Kiki Downey and James Hoffman are facing their own internal and external pressures. After Mary Gates is led on a different trail by Mickey's Irish kin, they are all given pieces of a puzzle that it will take the whole family to solve. Interlocked within the narrative are glimpses into how Mickey Downey became the man he is today. Throughout their journeys, past and present, they all must struggle with what loyalties and loves come first, and what comes... second of all.
Sounds like a winner doesn't it!?!
So, OK....My rating?
Now that is a a 4.5 hearts out of a possible 5! So pretty darn great wouldn't you say:)
Here is a little info. on our author of the day:)
Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist. She was raised mostly in Nebraska, partly in Arizona. She has a Master’s in Anthropology and worked as an Applied Anthropologist for years (even ran her own research company for a while) before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She loves passionate (rational) debates, reading, and libraries… oh, and Chicago and high-heels and chocolate and target practice and gangster flicks and anything with the FBI in it and run-on sentences. She lives in Nebraska with her three brilliantly diabolical children and one incredibly funny husband.
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And now for Second of all:
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So there you have it! Enjoy, and as always...