Book Review: Bastard's Brew

Bastard's Brew (Family Portrait # 3) by Gillian Felix: When L'Wren's ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L'Wren's heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L'Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L'Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L'Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he'd be damned if he let her have his heart.

Julie's thoughts: **I was gifted a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion**

Bastard’s Brew is the 3rd book in the Family Portrait series by Gillian Felix. I’ve been lucky enough to get the opportunity to participate in the book tour for the release of this book.

Where to begin with this review? I have so many things I would LOVE to talk about but can’t. I don’t want to risk ruining anything for those who may be reading reviews to decide whether to try the series. (If that’s you, you really should give it a try!) There is so much happening and a few really big secrets coming to light (or about to be blown wide open).I can’t imagine how I will make it through the wait for the next book. I am not known for patiently waiting on anything, especially in reading a series.

I absolutely love the bond that the Banovic siblings have with each other. As a parent, I would certainly disagree with some of the things going on and the way Kevin, as the older sibling and the one in charge, handles them. But as far as the sibling relationship itself, I love it. I love that Kevin knows without a doubt he can count on his sister to help with anything, no questions asked. I love how both boys take care of Adriana when she needs them. One of my favorite scenes was when Adriana woke up from a nightmare and went downstairs and cuddled up on the couch next to Kevin. How sweet! Now, in this book, Kevin does something that could potentially harm Adriana. I question why he went as far as he did (and that he wouldn’t know that what he did could have caused harm, but I’ll overlook that since the book isn’t written to be totally realistic), but I’ve seen parents react in a similar fashion about similar issues with their children. I know he meant to help her, and probably protect her, in the long run.

This book also deals with a more serious issue that I don’t want to mention and give anything away. However, I will say that because of this, I would categorize this book as NA. Nothing is described in detail, but I wouldn’t want my 13 year old reading it, although I would be ok with my 17 year old reading it. I hope that we will get to watch how the characters deal with what happened as they continue to live their lives. The subject, as Ms. Felix has written it, is one that many people shy away from, but one that does happen.

I am enjoying the writing format Gillian Felix uses for this series. It is easy to follow and understand, but it moves at a quick pace. As I’ve mentioned before, there is never a dull moment. I like having a bunch of different characters to follow, especially when they all link together in some way as well. Please note that each book does tend to end on a cliffhanger, just as a TV episode does each week. I feel that is important to mention since some people are completely against cliffhangers. Honestly, I am one of those people. I hope we don’t have to wait long for the next book.

Just as you expect when watching a TV show, there are characters you will love, those you will hate, lies you are dying to see found out and others you hope stay hidden, relationships and/or friendships you enjoy watching come together and those you can’t wait to watch fall apart. There is one thing I think I have figured out and am dying to bounce off of someone else. So, if you are reading the series and want to discuss it, feel free to contact me!!

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