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Monday, December 28, 2015

#BlogTour & #Review: Miles Away by Addison Kline

Title: Miles Away
Author: Addison Kline
Genre: Mystery/Suspense 
Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

The mafia couldn't kill him. 
Prison couldn't break him. 
Going home threatens to do both. 

Miles Capadonno has made some mistakes. Once part of the Capadonno crime family, he took the fall for another member of the crime family who once tried to kill him. At age 17, they put a contract out on Miles' head for neglecting to complete a job. It was a matter of priority. Miles went to his dying mother's side instead of picking up stolen merchandise from the ship yard. When you're in with the Capadonno's, whether you're blood or sworn in, when they say jump you jump, when they say kill you kill. Ignoring an order is an offense of the highest degree. When they couldn't kill him, they let Miles take the fall for another Capadonno family member. Now 15 years later, Miles is being released. He is ready to put his past behind him. There's only one problem. There is still a contract on Miles' head. This time, Miles is man enough to collect on owed debts, and he will not back down from the family that stabbed him in the back. 

Leticia "Letty" Alves is a saucy Latina and Miles' old high school girlfriend. She was only 16 when Miles was arrested, but she hasn't stopped wondering about the boy who charmed her all those years ago. Now working as a nurse for a home health agency, Letty's priorities are to take care of herself and her 18 month old son, Gabriel. But when Miles walks back into her life everything changes, and suddenly, the family that she had avoided all her life, is now breathing down her neck looking for Miles. Letty is no damsel in distress, though. She's a fighter, and she never backs down from a challenge. 

Sparks fly when Miles and Letty reunite. Can they put their differences aside to become one again? Can Miles set down his pride and accept the help and love that Letty can provide? Will Letty get over her resentment over being left so long ago when Miles was arrested? Only readers know for sure. 

Welcome to Carrion, New Jersey, where the Capadonno's call the shots. Miles was away for so long, but now the prodigal son has returned. One thing is for sure, the family business isn't ready for a bastard like him.

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The author gives her readers a glossary (she says decoder) so that you will understand more about the characters that she has created.  And the book doesn’t start with a Prologue.  It starts with a little history of the families involved in this series – and it’s not to be skipped.  Especially since this is the first book in the series, it gives you some understanding as to what you are about to read.  If you love to listen to music as you read, the author has also included a Playlist and she lets you into why she chose that particular song.

Miles Capadonno has an agenda he intends to fulfill.  A reader may glamourize the men that make up the “families” but the author includes a reminder of the danger of associating with them.  Leticia “Letty” Alves has known Miles for a long time but things have changed after one fateful night.  As I was reading I kept thinking about not going back to the things as they once were.  And in this case that is so true.  They have been apart for quite a few years and there are certain issues that keep getting in the way.

Some might find that 335 pages are a lot to tell this story but don’t forget that this is the first book of a series.  The author has created a family from scratch and needs to give the reader a world that continues on to the next book.  I can’t give you a hint as to what the second book is or when it’s coming out so you have plenty of time to check out some of the author’s other work.  It will also be interesting to see if any of the characters here make an appearance in future books.

Addison Kline is an award winning, best selling novelist who writes mystery, psychological thrillers and romantic suspense novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, their sons and two rambunctious dogs.

Addison has had a love affair with the written word since before she entered school. Her grandmother taught her the glory of taking an adventure in the pages of a book. When Addison isn’t writing, you can find her reading, going for an adventure with her sons, or traveling with her family.

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