STOP IF YOU HAVE NOT READ MINE (Ties That Bind #1) by Natasha Knight and A. Zavarelli YOU MUST GO BACK AND READ IT! This can not be read as a Standalone.
I was so anticipating this book 2. It ends with so many unknowns at the close of book 1.
Book 2 is as incredible as book 1. So many pieces were left open ended in book 1. We needed book 2 to see how it all came together.
Lev’s character evolves into a protector and trustworthy man. He does seem to shred his mafia foot solider ways quickly. In book 1 Lev was a true antihero. You didn’t know where his loyalty lies. If he was going to step up for Kat and Josh or just fall back to his uncles demands. In book 1 you aren’t quite sure how he will get to be the guy they need. You see his struggles with the way he has always lived his life to seeing what he needs to be for Kat and his son Josh.
Kat’s character has a little less depth than I wanted her to have. She doesn’t truly question Lev. She seems to go along with it. I do think she has strength she just isn’t pushing against Lev’s demands. I did have moments where this bothered me. The story is just as sexy and hot as book 1. Lev and Kat are meant to be together. The do have a connection.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I loved the twist as to who Lev and Kat’s histories are slightly connected. I loved the “Family” that comes up in the end. Sometimes books like this are “too clean” in the ending. They seem to tie things up in a nice neat little bow, taking away from the angst and mayhem that was through out the book. His did not have a too perfect ending. It is a Happily Ever After, but not a sickening sweet one.
This was a 4.7/5 read for me. I was a little disappointed we didn’t see more of fight out of Kat, like we saw in book one. I was really hoping for at least one big rebel from her and I didn’t get it. Overall, the story flows well, the ending does not disappoint. It also has a good twist.