𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕂𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 𝔹𝕖𝕘𝕚𝕟
Gia runs from an arranged marriage that her father is set on. She finds herself living in a bad part of town, working as a maid at a nice hotel.
She ends up chit-chatting with three successful men on a chance encounter at a bar. As they rattle on about how hard it is to meet women when they are so busy, she proposes a wife without strings. That “wife” is her. She would go as their date to all of their important events. In exchange, she gets to live in a beautiful apartment and receives a stipend for clothing for these events. They brainstorm the details and sign a contract. Yes, it includes a set night weekly for “romance.”
As the years go by, there are ups and downs in all of their lives. She is able to save money and go to college.
There is a second plot happening as well. Tracey, a well-known judge and museum board member adopted by a high society family, is actually a serial killer in Raleigh, North Carolina. After many years, a reporter has picked up on the consistences of his murders.
Then Gia meets Tracey on a cruise. How does he fit into Gia’s world, or doesn’t he?
I enjoyed The Killings Begin. The contract between Gia and the guys is rather gross when you think about it, but the authors don’t go into graphic detail with the sex scenes. The story jumps along, skipping years in between.
The three men stick to the contract, but it isn’t always easy. Gia struggles at times as well. How could there not be issues with a contract like this?
The Killings Begin does include drug use and addiction and how it can change a person. It also deals with a gay man who hides who he is due to his career goals.
I enjoyed the atmosphere of the setting, which was Madrid, Spain. Reading stories set in places I have no experience with is always interesting.
The story kept my interest, but sometimes it skipped over too much time, meaning I would have liked to know more about those years. There are two more books in this series waiting on my shelf. I am still in the air with how Tracey fits into Gia’s story. The chapters about him are scattered throughout the story as we learn a bit more about him and the murders he commits. I assume it will fit together later on.
Thank you to the authors for providing this book for me to read and review. I am looking forward to continuing the series.
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