Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Literati Literature Lovers Blog Tour: First I Love You by Genevieve Dewey

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars 

One part 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.

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.


This book is very unique.  I have never read a book where there are so many characters point of views throughout the entire book.  Because of the many (6) points of view, it was hard to follow at times but I eventually got used to it.  This story had gangsters, special agents, a princess to the Mob king, a human trafficking ring, a son searching for a way to connect with the father that he never had in his life but never stopped loving him, there was plenty of storyline.  I did enjoy the fact that you don't get to see one love interest story develop here, but three - that felt like a bonus.  I've never seen anything done like this book before and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Because you get more than one storyline, it feels like you are seeing the whole family and all of their trials and tribulations.  The series is set up to continue so I can't wait to finish the other books.  

Author Bio:
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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ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.  No compensation was received for this review.  

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