Good Samaritan, Fake Marriage and the Mob!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 🥸😯😎☺️
The setting: Philadelphia, PA
The heroine: Erica – 23 years old and recently lost her abusive and drug addicted Father after he took a swan dive off of a local bridge. He was selling Heroine for the Mob, but he used most of it and owed the money for it to them. Now they are coming after Erica and her mother. The mob boss, Cosimo is trying to force Erica to marry him in lieu of payment. His latest attempt included running them off the road in their car.
The Hero: Gavin – A doctor in the Emergency Room at Mercy hospital where Erica and her mother were brought. Gavin overheard the mafia enforcers threatening Erica and he said he would help her by marrying her. It serves both of them because Gavin has been a bit of a playboy with the nursing staff and wants to be taken seriously by his superiors and be considered for a new position.
The Love Story: Erica agrees to a fake marriage which starts to feel more and more real as time goes on. Gavin and Erica are attracted to one another and he is doing his best to protect her.
When I first saw this book I thought it was a new series. Since the previous books I have been reading are all about the Leone and Volkov Crime syndicates. However, the mafia guy, Cosimo that is bothering Erica works for Dante, who is the top boss in Vincent Leone’s organization. Dante, Vincent and even Hedeon (head of the Volkov syndicate) all play a role in this book.
I really liked Gavin and Erica and their relationship moved at a great pace. There was no insta love and I could see a romance developing like this even with the oddity of their situation. I have said this before but you can always count on B.B. Hamel to have a great story and plenty of steam. I like the fact that her books have standard tropes like Mafia, Possessive Alpha Men, Fake Marriage, etc… Plus they are fairly short (@ approximately 200 pages) and they are just great palate cleansers between books that really get into your head. Plus, they are always cheap and and can be counted on to be great.
All the books are standalone, even though when they are part of a series, so really you can pick up any of her books and not feel like you are missing anything. Though I must say since I have read the series, I hate that Vincent and Dante were such good guys in their books but are terrible people in these last few books. I know they are Mafia guys so should be terrible people in general, but they should be terrible people to other Mafia types, not innocent people just caught in the middle. I guess it is just hard to see someone as a Hero in one book then as a villain in another.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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