Leo Rising (Fire and Water #1) by Christine Besze


Genres:  Romance, New Adult, Some violence

Published:  July 24, 2015

Read:  February 26, 2017

My Rating:  5  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


POV:  Told in first-person perspective, primarily from heroine.

Series:  Fire and Water:  #1 Leo Rising; #2 Aries Fire


Tattoos, muscles, and dimples ̶ Theo’s the whole package. And that package should come with a warning label.

He makes my mouth water and my body burn.

Trouble…that’s what he is.

Now my house has been blown up and we’re on the run.

My name is Victoria “Tori” Gracen ̶ high school senior ̶ currently the mob’s most wanted.

***This novel is intended for readers 18+ due to mild violence, sexual situations, and language. This is also a stand alone novel, no cliffhanger endings.***


My Review:

Leo Rising (Fire and Water, #1)Leo Rising by Christine Besze

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover: 4

Genres: Romance, New Adult

How is it I never read anything by this author before?! I could not finish this book fast enough! From the very first page, I was intrigued. Leo Rising is a fantastic novel and I can’t wait to read more in this series. There was romance, of course, but so, so much more. The suspense and mystery aspect sucked me right in. I really hated the couple of times I had to put my Kindle down. Darn ‘life’ getting in the way! 😉

Usually when I’m browsing for what to read, I try to read as many reviews as possible. I don’t like cliffhangers and don’t read them if I can help it. But I will if I have the the whole series in front of me if I am a loyal fan of the author. That said, this book had no cliffhangers but the series will go on with different characters.

Organized crime, mob etc. are not usually my first choices either. But after reading Christine Besze’s Leo Rising, I need to change my selection process so I don’t miss out on great novels like her’s.

Another fact I loved about this novel?…..

Perche` io sano Italiano me stesso, ho apprezzato il fatto che molti dei personaggi parlavano la lingua spesso. Because I am Italian myself, I appreciated the fact that many of the characters spoke the language often.

Tori/Sophie and Theo…..

Tori grew up in Texas with the best parents. (So she thought) Her ‘parents’ not only cherished and cared for her, they taught Tori how to defend herself. We’re talking guns, knives, and martial arts! That’s right…Tori is a bada**! At the same time, she is a loving, caring, respectful daughter as well as a loyal friend.

Tori had a perfect life.

Or so she thought. Apparently the one value her parents didn’t give her was honesty. The truth. When that truth was revealed, it blew up in their faces. Literally. And Tori’s house along with it!

Theo…..Theo had one job. Protect Sophie/Tori and bring her home unharmed. I want to explain more about Theo’s role in this story, however giving the smallest details will ruin the suspense for you. Trust me on this. Though I will say the author takes us on a roller coaster of mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance, some violence and the epitome of evil and immoral bad guys. My emotions were all over the place. There is so much going on in this book. There are so many characters that play some role in the plot. I loved everything that was going on! Sophie’s friends were just awesome and I can’t wait to read their books. Theo and his boys were sexy, alphas that you don’t want to mess with. Unless of course it’s between the sheets. 😉

~A great New Adult romantic suspense.
~Talented and well-though out storytelling.
~Characters that you will love and even some you will love to hate. I wanted to kick some        ass myself.
~Appropriately placed humor.
~Sexual tension well and truly felt.
~Intimacy was erotic and written perfectly considering Sophie was just 18 to Theo’s 22.

Theo was so considerate of Sophie when they were intimate the first times. He was an amazing and passionate lover/hero. Book boyfriend for sure! That boy had me swooning. Where were the Theo’s of the world when I was in high school?

The next book in this series is Aries Fire that will feature Dani and Jeremy.

If I had one wish for this book that would have made me loved it even more, it would have been to have an equal amount of POV from Theo.

Me e` piaciuto molto questo libro!
I absolutely loved this book!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this novel given to me by the author. My opinions are honest and unbiased.*

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Author Bio:

Christine Besze

Christine Besze is a writer, reader, mother, wife, and lover of all things wine. She lives in her own world of crazy most days, because the voices inside her head hold some great conversation. When she does have to come back to reality and act like an actual grown-up, she spends her time with her handsome hubby Z, their two gorgeous gingers and their mini-herd of German Shepherds. Born in sunny Southern California, she recently made the big leap with her family to the East Coast and couldn’t be happier. You’ll still find her in flip-flops—with a full glass of wine—all year round.