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Blanka Lipinska’s The Next 365 Days ARC Review

Thank you to Blanka Lipinska, Atria, and NetGalley for the advance reader copy of The Next 365 Days. The final book in the 365 Days series.

Well well well folks, I saw this on NetGalley and I just had to because curiosity killed the cat.

The global phenomenon and USA TODAY bestselling inspiration behind the Netflix film of the same name—the 365 Days series—continues as it follows the sizzling story of Laura and Massimo.

As the wife of Don Massimo Torricelli, one of the most dangerous Mafia bosses in Sicily, Laura’s life is a roller coaster. She is often at risk, the potential target of Massimo’s unscrupulous enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy the powerful man. And when Laura is seriously injured in an attack, pregnant and fighting to survive, Massimo faces the toughest decision of his life. What will his life be without Laura? Will he be able to raise their child alone? What will the fate of his family be, and whose 365 days may come to a close?

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: It is time for the final instalment and our characters have not changed much. Their worse traits have only been amplified but that was Blanka’s doing. There’s an author’s note at the end where she literally refers to Laura as stupid. And oh boy is she ever, many times throughout this book. Massimo’s toxic alpha-ness got even more stifling. Ogla remains the most entertaining character and really the only one I can stand.
  • Setting: This story is set all over the place. So naturally, we spend a lot of time in Sicily and Poland, but there was one section that had my fave setting. We escape off to Lagos, Portugal at one point and I love Portugal so at least I got something out of this book.
  • Pacing: This book feels like it drags. It took forever for me to finish. If I was not incredibly curious about how this ended, I would have abandoned the ship. I have consistently had the same problems with the writing style. I could not tell you if this is a problem with translation, maybe it reads better in Polish. I am not the type to fall asleep while reading and I did that multiple times while reading this.
  • Romance: It was so nice to see Laura begin to realize that Massimo was not some hot and sultry mystery man. That really he is toxic. Nacho at many times seemed suspicious too. Realistically if I was Laura I probably would have run back to Poland, many books ago. But she does fall victim to wanting the wealth and lavish lifestyle that these mafia men can provide. I do like Blanka’s overall message of being selfish in love, don’t settle and don’t excuse bad behaviour.

The Next 365 Days receives two out of five stars.

Thank you again to Atria and NetGalley for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!

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