Gangsters live dangerous lives!
I don’t know why but I usually don’t like stories where the heroine is a journalist. I suppose it is because it usually involves lies to get a story and pretending that she is someone she is not. Though I liked this one. The heroine Mona first meets the Hero Vincent at a party where she is working for the caterer and is a waitress. She tells him right off the bat that she is a journalist and he is still interested despite being in the Mafia. Vince is a mafia Capo and son to Don Leone, head of the Italian mafia in Philadelphia.
Mona talks Vince into letting her do a story on him, without revealing his identity. Though Vince knows that reporters are his enemy, he is attracted to her and wants her from the start and so he agrees with a few conditions, including that she stay at his house while she is working on the story, shadow him everywhere he goes and that he gets to read the story first.
In the beginning, Vincent is extremely cautious and says things like he owns some businesses and works in sanitation. He says he isn’t a gangster or in the mob. However, when things between the familia and the Cartel heat up, he loses all pretense. Though by this time she has signed an NDA with an additional clause about her story, so Vincent’s father, the Don has the final say in the story.
“It’s a dangerous line of work, sanitation,” I said.
She laughed. “Sure sounds dangerous,” she said.
Mona finds out how soft and naïve she was coming in to Vince’s life and in order to continue she realizes she has to change and toughen up. I enjoyed the steamy romance between these two and the story was terrific. There was danger, murder, mayhem and all the good things I like about Mafia romance, plus a lot of chemistry and steam between the two main characters.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.