Monday, July 14, 2014

BOOK REVIEW...Love and Sacrifice (The Pierce Family Trilogy #2) by Chelsea Ballinger

Title:  Love and Sacrifice (The Pierce Family Trilogy #2) 
Author:  Chelsea Ballinger
Publication Date:  May 13th 2014

Plot:  “I never really understood the love my brother and Claudia shared. I just thought they were being dramatic. Now I’ve realized that I was scared of it. I was scared to love someone to the point of no return. That’s where I am now… the point of no return.”
Ella Pierce has just graduated high school and is looking forward to starting the next chapter and leaving Eastbrook and joining her brother and her friends at college in New York City. Ella never expected to run into the hot guy that was a waiter at her graduation party. Ella easily becomes intrigued by Tommy Dumas as they have the summer of their lives. Tommy admires Ella and her no nonsense attitude and her love for her family. But Tommy Dumas has a secret he is keeping from Ella. He is not in Eastbrook to start a new life. He is there to watch the Pierce family. He is there for the man who loves him as if he is his own son. Tommy Dumas has been a part of the Valentine Organization since he was a kid. Mickey Valentine has been the savior of his life, but also the reckoning. But Tommy is willing to be loyal to Mickey, no matter how far he has to go. But what happens when Tommy finds a new savior in Ella Pierce, the daughter of notorious ex mobster, Roman Pierce, who is also the man Mickey Valentine wants to kill. 
What starts off as a mission for vengeance, turns into a choice between sacrificing loyalty or love.

 My Review 

☆I received a review copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!☆

Love and Sacrifice was another great read from Chelsea Ballinger. And like book one, our main characters are faced with forbidden love.


The story:
What would you do if the person you fell in love with is the daughter of the man you were told to kill? Not to mention, you were honor bound to take out the designated person’s entire family as well?

Well, this proves to be the case for 20-year old Tommy Dumas:


A man with a gritty and jaded past and who takes up refuge under the sworn enemy of the Pierce family: Mickey Valentine (from the notorious Valentine Organization). Under Mickey’s wing, Tommy is trained to be an obedient and efficient killer and guises himself as a server at Ella Pierce’s graduation party, only he didn’t expect to gain a conscious and lose his heart in the process…

So Ella:


Ella, is the daughter of Roman Pierce and sister to Donovan. She is straight up, in your face, and a no- nonsense type of spitfire.

Having recently graduated from high school, the sky is the limit for Ella and all signs of danger look to be a thing of the past. Or so Ella (and her family) think.

But when the mysterious Tommy Dumas steps into the picture: she finds herself falling head over heels for him, the type of heart quenching love that she's only seen shared between her parents and Donovan x Claudia; while not knowing of the true danger and deadly secret that he’s withholding from her.

What will the future hold for Tommy and Ella? Is their love meant to be? And with secrets, betrayals, and revelations unveiling themselves, will it end in blood and ruin?

Read and you will find out!

#Over all, a great installment to the Pierce Family Trilogy!! I will (sadly and reluctantly) comment though that there were still some editing issues, BUT, story and content wise I enjoyed it a lot. I appreciated that the author does not give a fairy tale type of ending but keeps things reasonable and ethical. I mean, with that much dirt against you, it wouldn’t make sense to get off without a scratch. So hallelujah for that!

I definitely can’t wait for the third and final installment where we see Donovan and Claudia's ++ Tommy and Ella’s story line's now merging for the last hurrah!! What will it entail? Marriage? Babies? And will Tommy and his big brother Joey have more of a foreclosure and show actual bonding between the two of them? GAH, I can’t wait!!

My Rating:
-Overall : 8.75-9
-Plot : 8.75
-Writing : 8.75
-Characters : 8.75
-Cover : 8.5

 About the Author 

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I am a dreamer who aspires to be a therapist and writer. I'm obsessed with Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Scandal, and good people.
Since I was a kid, I've always had a an imagination that consumed me in more ways than one. I've always created these stories and pictures in my head, but never thought I would actually get a chance to do something about it. All I can say is thank God for Amazon Self Publishing! I used to think I was weird because of it, but due to the people who support me, I realized God gave me a gift. So that's my story. I want to do what makes me happy and creating stories makes me happy. If I'm not writing, I am either in deep thought (Analyzing everything), chillin with my family and friends, listening to music,reading, watching movies, or daydreaming.Well actually I daydream while doing all of that stuff but in the end God Bless love, technology, and pop culture!
My advice to people is do what makes you happy and use the gifts God has blessed you with.

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