Book Review: Belonging (First & Forever Series #8) – Alexa Land

BelongingBlurb: Can two damaged men build a future together from the shattered pieces of their lives?

Gianni Dombruso’s life was altered forever at the age of four, when his parents were murdered and he and his brothers went to live with their grandmother, the irrepressible Nana Dombruso. Now almost thirty, Gianni has spent his life bouncing from relationship to relationship, seeking but never finding the security and stability he so desperately craves.

Alexzander Tillane was one of the biggest pop stars in the world when he walked away from it all in the middle of a concert in 2002. Almost destroyed by the pressure of fame, Zan retreated to a life of quiet solitude in an effort to heal. But the cure backfired, leaving him with more issues than answers.

Zan knows he can’t give Gianni the stability he’s looking for, not with all his problems. He can’t even imagine why the beautiful younger man would want to get involved with someone so damaged, but the heat between them can’t be ignored. Giving in to it could be a huge mistake. Or maybe both men might end up right where they belong.

My wish came true when this eight installment of the First & Forever series happened to be Gianni Dambruso and Zan Tillane’s story. Yay! Back book 7 featuring Zan’s son Christian, there was already a brewing story bound to feature Gianni and I was hoping then that he would be paired with Zan! Lo and behold, we’ve got Belonging!

By continuously reading this series, I knew I was signing up for something outrageous and totally over the top. This book has it all from the crazy-ass Dambruso family with Nana as their ring leader to the ever-growing extended family! It almost felt like incest! LOL

The story has no angst whatsoever. Gianni’s confession of his insecurities was a pleasant surprise – seeing that he’s actually capable of such sensitivities. His low self-esteem was rather charming being vulnerable and shit – I know it shouldn’t be charming but with him – being all perfect and having that was just swoon-worthy in writing.

I would’ve given this a higher rating but the last three chapters totally destroyed it for me. The last scenes were predictable and way too forced for me. But like what I’ve said, outrageous and over-the-top right?

Published April 15th 2015

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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