Review & Giveaway: Black Collar Empire (Black Collar #1) by A.N. Latro

Posted September 5, 2014 by bookstobreathe in Book Review, Giveaway / 0 Comments

Review & Giveaway: Black Collar Empire (Black Collar #1) by A.N. LatroTitle: Black Collar Empire
Author: A.N. Latro
Series: Black Collar #1
Published by A&A Literary
Release Date August 21, 2014
Genres: Mystery/Suspense
Pages: 323
More Info: Goodreads
Purchase From: Amazon US
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After two years away, Seth Morgan has returned to New York, desperate to honor his father's dying wish for a unified family. But the heir’s welcome is sadly lacking: his family’s criminal empire is divided, the woman he loves hates him, and his brother Caleb has become a cold stranger.

When a brotherly spat becomes a vicious misunderstanding that ends with Caleb dead, Seth is left reeling, and unsure who to trust.

Emma Morgan grew up while her closest cousin was away. She’s been sheltered her entire life from the realities of their family—something Seth has every intention of changing upon his return.

But not everyone in the syndicate is happy to have Seth home, and there are secrets surrounding Caleb’s murder. The deeper Seth and Emma dig, the clearer it becomes that not everyone shares their dream for the Morgan Syndicate, and not everyone wants the heir to ascend.

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Black Collar Empire by A.N. Latro is out now and as an added bonus, you can get 2 novellas from the series for free! Book information for each and the giveaway is listed below.

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My Review:

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. This was an interesting one for me. I was drawn in from the cover instantly, and the synopsis cinched it for me. And while I really enjoyed it, I will admit that I skimmed more than usual. I think for me, the spoken dialogue vs internal dialogue was not to my liking. The characters were there, the storyline was definitely there, but something was just off. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the two prequels. While I would have appreciated and enjoyed more detailed back story, there was still plenty of character development. One the we got about midway through the book, it really picked up and I was completely entrenched in what would happen next. As odd and against nature as it sounds, I found myself rooting for a relationship between Seth and Emma. I know, once you read it you’ll be all, what in the heck Sarah? But there was just a love between them that I can’t nor want to explain. It just was. I wouldn’t even call this book a romance. There were definitely romantic undertones, but the sole or even secondary focus wasn’t on that. It was a book about family, power, dysfunction, greed, wealth, loyalty, and passion. But mostly it was a book about secrets. Secrets uncovered only to reveal half-truths and more secrets. Like an onion, I peeled this book back until the very last page. And even then I was left with a sense of foreboding. While there is no cliffhanger, there’s definitely a feeling of continuation. I cannot wait to see where this leads!

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Black Collar Beginnings: Cuba (Black Collar, #0.4) 

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Alone in Cuba, Seth Morgan isn’t mafia royalty—he’s a thug with a gun, and everything to prove. When the shadowy kingpin behind the Cuban syndicate finally takes notice, nothing in Seth’s world will ever be the same.

Before the Empire, there was exile. A novella, set just before Black Collar Empire.


Black Collar Beginnings: New York (Black Collar, #0.5) 

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Caleb Morgan is the black sheep of the family. Two years of his brother’s absence has left him cold and alone—except for Emma, the youngest Morgan. Because with Seth gone, there is no one else to teach—or protect—their innocent cousin.
But teaching isn’t always pretty—not in family who peddles in crime. 

About A.N. Latro

AN Latro loves good wine and the ocean, and prefers to write with both. She has a passion for bad boys in books, and stories that make you feel. She can most often be found along the Florida coast.

So, what did you think? :-)