Title: Passion Under Fire
Can their love overcome the danger coming their way, or are they doomed to die?
Georgio is the third son in a powerful mob family, but he has never agreed with their violent or illegal ways, so he joins the resistance in an attempt to right the wrongs that his family has done. But, by doing so, he puts himself at great risk of getting caught. And if he is, his older brothers would have no problem ordering him executed, their sibling or not.
Tito is a runner for the family. While he hates the gang, he has a sick brother at home to take care of, so he has to take the job because it pays so well. The last thing Tito expects is to form an attachment to Georgio.
While Georgio tries to deny his feelings for Tito, he finds himself drawn to him as well. But, if they were to be caught together, they could be killed on the spot. Will their love be able to survive so many obstacles? Or can they find a way to happiness?
Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the An Unconventional Chicago anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.
Author: Stephani Hecht
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Unconventional In Atlanta , Dragon's Heart
Series: An Unconventional Chicago
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: No Bravery, Love Don't Die, Ganging Up on Love, Bonfire Heart
Published by Totally Bound Source: Publisher
Published: December 19, 2014
Genres: Crime Drama, Male Male Romance, Suspense
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Chicago. The Windy City on the shores of majestic Lake Michigan. Home of such luminaries as Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, Al Capone and of course, Wrigley Field. Great city, Chicago, with a spectacular if checkered history.
An Unconventional Chicago is an “alternate universe” or so the publisher wants us to believe. This is a universe where the city is ruled by “gangs.” Crime and payola are the rule of the day. Protection rackets are common place. The rich get richer and the poor . . . well, they might be allowed to live, but on the riches terms. It is not the place an average person would want to live.
Chicago has been divided into “wards” with each being ruled by a different crime family. Passage between these wards is restricted. One must have “papers” to pass through and the lower class, being non entities with no money and all, just can’t get the required papers.
For those who have been following this series, you know the “resistance” is trying to move a “package” from ward to ward to get it where it needs to be to overthrow the crime lords. It is not always easy and usually extremely dangerous. But following this “package” from ward to ward is what makes this series so very interesting.
Each episode is written by a different author, who adds their own voice and flavor to this saga. It adds dimension and diversity, not to mention excitement to this expanding world.
Ward Three is featured in Passion Under Fire and ruled by ruthless twins Michael and Luciano. These guys are so vicious even their younger brother, Georgio, cannot stand them.
Georgio also has the fear that his brothers will find out about his sexuality, something that is not at all accepted in this world. He had to quietly sit back and watch as a good friend, Dirk, was severely beaten for fear his brothers may pick up on something that wasn’t there. It is of little surprise that so many of the featured characters of this loving “gang” are in the “resistance.”
I like how in this one the romance between Georgio and Tito develops over the course of the events. It allowed for more development of the world and action in the story.
It will be interesting to see how each episode follows the “package” and if characters will reappear down the road. I need to go read the next episode now.