Blog Tour: Outside the Lines (On the Run #1) by Lisa Desrochers
Outside the Lines On the Run #1 By: Lisa Desrochers Release Date: Jan. 19, 2016 Publisher: InterMix Add to Goodreads Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review Book Summary: From the author of the USA Today bestselling A Little Too Far series, the first in an edgy new contemporary romance series that follows a family on the run... As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town. Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can. But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them. And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire...
After reading Lisa Desrochers, A Little too Far Series, I have become a huge fan of hers. When I heard that Ms. Desrochers had written a new book, the start of a whole new series, I was beyond giddy. The On the Run Series focuses on the Delgado Family. Their father, Felix Delgado, is the head of the biggest old Sicilian Mafia crime family in Chicago. When he goes to prison, he negotiates to get his family into the witness protection program and secures a lighter sentencing; as part of the plea bargain established in exchange for giving information on a rival family. After a hit is attempted on nine year old Sherm, the family relocates to the remote and small island of Port St. Mary. They are given a new identity, a new history, and must leave their old life and previous contacts behind.
Outside the Lines focuses on the oldest brother, 24 year old Rob Delgado. Rob is determined to protect his family at all costs. He looks as their move to Port St. Mary as temporary, until he can figure out who wants his family dead, exact vengeance on their enemies, and reclaim their birthright. With the help of oldest sister, Lee, Rob takes on the brunt of family responsibility. The twins, 21 year olds, Grant and Ule aren't making it easy with their incessant bickering and complaining. The youngest sibling, Sherm, has withdrawn in to himself, refusing to talk, and showing fear of Rob, ever since he saw his older brother kill the man who attempted to murder him.
When Rob meets Sherm's new fourth grade teacher, Adri Wilson, he tries to keep his distance from her. Rob has warned all of his siblings not to get involved with anyone in their new town and risk blowing their cover. However, little by little, Adri worms her way into both Sherm and Rob's heart. She is very caring, compassionate, and can see beyond the facade that Rob has built, and the walls that he has erected. He can't seem to stay away from Adri, and she is determined to get him to open up to her, and learn all of his secrets. If Rob and Adri aren't careful, she could put herself and the Delgado family in danger....
The first part of the story was slow moving, as the author really took the time to establish the characters and foundation for the story. I was very interested, but was waiting for plot twists and action to speed up the pacing. Just as I began the second half of the book, the pacing of the story really began to pick up. I love how Ms. Desrochers really built up the anticipation between Rob and Adri. Their relationship was a slow-burn, and I devoured every little morsel. As I learned more about the danger that everyone was in, I too kept trying to figure out who their enemies were. Was it someone in their own organization, or a rival family? The mystery and suspense of this conundrum had me dying for answers. While we learn a little bit, we still have a lot more information to uncover.
The next book in the series, Over the Line, will be Lee Delgado's story. I loved her character in this story, and cannot wait to read her book. Lee is strong, independent, courageous, nurturing, and very protective of her siblings. She too has been trying to get more information on her family's enemies. It appears that she was in love with a rival mafia bosses' son, and thinks she was betrayed by him. Also, one of the detectives has a crush on her. Lee's story promises to give readers more answers, anticipation, romance, and suspense. I can't wait to read this whole series! I can tell I'm going to love it!!!
I give, Outside the Lines, by Lisa Desrochers, 4 Slow Burning Romance, Anticipatory, Mysterious, and Suspense-Filled Stars!
Lisa Desrochers is the author of the USA Today bestselling A Little Too Far series and the YA Personal Demons trilogy. She lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places and then take her by surprise. Connect with her online at www.lisadwrites.com, on her blog at lisadesrochers.blogspot.com, on Twitter at @LisaDez, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LisaDesrochersAuthor.