Welcome to my tour stop for The Lagotti Family Series by Leopold Borstinksi. Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for my stop on the tour! Check out my review of book one and let me know what you think!
Two generations and four decades in the lives of Frank, Mary Lou and the rest of the gang
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Published by Sobriety Press in paperback and ebook formats on 30th June 2019.
Book One: The Heist
After leaving Baltimore Penitentiary, Frank’s get rich quick scheme to rob a bank requires his girlfriend, Mary Lou to sleep with an inside guy and for his gang to stay together long enough to take down the vault. Meanwhile Mary Lou falls for the inside man and can’t decide whether to go with him or Frank. If she chooses the wrong fella she’ll be penniless and wind up dead. How would you choose between a fool and a dreamer?
The Heist is the first novel in The Lagotti Family series. It is fast paced with some humor and characters that were purposefully written to be crude. This is a story about a bank robbery so it totally makes sense.
The one thing that I wasn’t really expecting was the amount of swearing, sex and violence the novel was filled with. The swearing and violence didn’t bother me as much (though be warned, it is graphic), however the sex scenes were a bit too detailed and I felt they disturbed the plot sometimes.
The plot on the other hand was really good. I liked how action-packed this was. There were moments with car chases and the like that had my heart pumping, which is exactly what I was hoping for.
Frank is a strong character, though not super likeable. He is written that way and I applaud the author. It isn’t easy to write a character like Frank as the main character, but again, this is a bank robbery. The secondary characters were all similar but each stood out. I didn’t find any cookie cutter characters at all.
Overall, I think the story is great with a bit of humor mixed in. Fast-paced and strong characters. I was not a fan of the descriptive sex scenes, but I would still read the rest of the series because this does end on a cliffhanger and I would like to find out more.
3.5/5☆ (rounded to 4 for Goodreads and Amazon)
Book Two: The Getaway
After ex-con Frank and his girlfriend Mary Lou rob a Baltimore Bank, they must flee across country before the Feds find them and the mob ices them for stealing from an organized crime boss. As they dash to California, trust becomes the most important currency as Frank and Mary Lou grapple to decide whether love is enough to keep them together. And by the time they reach their goal, they must fight to the death to survive hired guns and trained police shooters. If they don’t kill everyone in their way then they will die themselves. Would you risk everything for a sack of greenbacks?
Book Three: Powder
When Mary Lou takes the proceeds from a bank robbery to start up her heroin dealing business, old enemies circle overhead and threaten the lives of her twins. How will she keep them safe in such a dangerous place and what is she prepared to do to secure her new venture?
Book Four: Mama’s Gone
When Mary Lou makes some bad decisions, her twins and her husband must decide whether she’s losing her mind. If they can get that cleared up then all they have to worry about is their feud with the Russian mob. And then someone goes and ices the old lady. Who would have the cajones to murder the head of the Lagotti family?
Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.
There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.
He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.
Let me know what you think!