*RC provided via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
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Author: Amy Rachiele
Release Date: May 31st, 20016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Series: Chicago Mob Series, #1
Followed by: Mobster’s Fate

Carlo Caruso runs the family businesses.
The son of mob boss Ennio Caruso, Carlo knows his place and he is up to the challenge of taking care of both the casino business and the not-quite-legal “other” business, all without drawing unwanted attention from the authorities. But when a group of cult extremists, headed by a guy who calls himself Priest, decides to target his family’s casino as a den of sin while attempting to recruit for their cause, Carlo may be in for a challenge he has never been trained for.

Anya was born inside the walls of a cult and has never known anything different.
Anya’s beauty has always stirred the wrong kind of attention from the leader and then, when he was gone, his son. Anya has had a complicated and volatile relationship with Priest since she was a little girl toddling around in the religious commune. She knows she deserves better but has no idea how to go about getting it.

Can Carlo and Anya overcome their upbringing and find love?

Short stories are tricky literary beasts: if you do not have the gift to set up a plot in a swift, to-the-point-manner, then you’ll end up with an undeveloped and rushed story with barely two-dimensional characters.
Sadly, this is the case with Mobster’s Gamble.

It started out well-enough, at least on Anya’s background story (Carlo’s b.o.r.i.n.g. and flat as sugarfree fudge), but it quickly spiraled into eye-rolling territory that lead me yet again to believe that some authors start writing a story, get bored by it, and wrap it up hastily without any thought of the reader who works herself up and is left hanging…
That’s what I call half-assedness, and I am not okay with it.

Amy Rachiele sure teased and promised a lot, but didn’t deliver.
E.g:
– the challange Carlo may be in for (as stated by the blurb)? Inexistent;
– the mob aspect on which this series supposedly leans? Barely (and poorly) hinted at;
– Anya’s beauty? She’s barely described, the trait the author seems most focused on is lotsa brown wavy hair, which made me think of It of the Adams Family; while we’re at it, let’s just put it out there by stating that this entire story is lacking in the description department. I couldn’t envision the characters, not a single one of them.

No, I won’t be coming back to this series.

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