Nero: Made Men Novel #1 is written by Sarah Brianne and was released June 27th of this year, which makes it super super super new. Nero was Brianne’s debut novel. So here goes the review, and I hope it helps yall more than the Amazon reviews helped me.
Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power.
Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear.
The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to.
The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line.
The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows.
Her mouth is sealed.
I just want to be a fu**ing made man.
I’m just a fu**ing waitress.
I admit that when I bought this book, I bought it solely because all the reviews ravved about how great this story was, and I was excited, especially since it had so many positive reviews and it was the first day it had been published. While the reviews were detailed and descriptive, the book lacked severly. The book was really hard to get into for me, and it was partly due to the strange 3rd person/1st person narration that didnt flow well and just lack of details. To me, the writing was slightly juevenille in technique and therefore, hard to follow. Now I well commend Sarah Brianne on her plot, it was good, in that tragic Romeo and Juliet way…..if Romeo had been in the maffia and Juliet a lying waitress. After struggling for a while, and almost giving up in the book itself, I finally pushed aside all my mental grammar fixing and focused on the story and characters.
Elle is a character I both liked and hated. Here we have this 17 year old girl, who after experiencing horrible things in her fancy prep school, works every night just to afford the tuition so she doesn’t leave her best friend Chloe, alone to deal with the bullies at their school. That part didn’t bother me, what bothered me was that she did nothing to stop anything that was happening to her and her friend and even went as far as lying to her parents about everything to protect these bullies. In my opinion, if she had stepped up and spoken about what was happening, a lot of the bullshit that she experienced wouldn’t have happened. Why lie when you can be stronger than the bullies and stand up to stop them?
Nero is that handsome bad boy that for some reason, seems to have the kind of power associated with a power hungry corrupt CEO, and in a way, he’s on his way to become one. He is your typical player who doesn’t care about women or really anything besides serving the family. It doesn’t help that his father is the Head of the Caruso maffia and his brother is the underboss. But Nero doesn’t care, in fact, he’s wanted to join the family maffia every since he was a boy. After being forced to be with Elle after she witnesses the maffia in action, we follow them down their confussing path to love. It seems to me that Nero loved her from almost the begining and was in denial through most of the book while Elle was more focused on hiding the truth and protecting her friend to really notice that she was falling in love with the maffia’s new family member. Will the maffia ultimatly destroy their love or will they both stand up and fight for what they want?
All in all, this was a pretty decent novel, and on a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 7.5. While you may struggle to get into the plot, once you do you can’t help but read until it’s over. I would reccomend this to those who want a short read filled with drama, violence, and possessive maffia sons.