Title: Outside the Lines
Series: On the Run #1
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Format: Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published: January 19th 2016 by InterMix
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses
As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town.
Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can.
But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them. And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire...
Outside the Lines from author, Lisa Desrochers, made for a decent start to a mafia themed series, which I am glad to start seeing more of! Love me some mafia romances! With the intriguing premise of a crime lord on the run with his younger siblings, unknown dangers, and an unlikely romance between said mob boss and an innocent school teacher; I can't say that the story entirely lived up to all of my expectations but it didn't disappoint.
The story opens with Robert Delgado, the prince of a Chicago crime family. He's taken over the family business from his imprisoned father... that is until someone decides to take a hit out on him and his siblings. Now they're hiding out in a small backwater town on Florida's coast, under the government's protection, as far from their lavish lifestyle as they could get. Rob was a sexy and dangerous character who while trying to keep his family protected, also seeks vengeance for whoever would dare try to take him out. Was it a rival family, or someone from his own? This mystery will keep readers in suspense throughout the book.
In the meantime though, Rob and his four younger siblings must adjust to the quaint and quiet life they now find themselves in, which means the youngest of the Delgado's (Now known as the Davidson's) must begin school. Enter the fresh-faced teacher, Adri Wilson. Adri has just returned to her home town after the death of her mother to be with her father, the local police chief. As her first teaching job, she knows that she has to impress in order to keep it. But when the older brother of her newest student walks in, filling her mind with the most delicious of inappropriate thoughts, she realizes that may be harder then she thought. Adri was a delight to read, she got adorably flustered whenever Rob was around and often caught that 'foot-in-mouth' syndrome. She's also a fixer, so when she see's the tension between Rob and his litter brother Sherm, she can't help but nose her way in and try to help. But something just isn't meshing with the "Davidson's" and their supposed background.