ARC Review: Scared to Love (Mazzone Mafia, #3). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Scared to Love by Siobhan Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Serena has felt trapped her entire life, living a lie because it was demanded of her. 

Years of torture at the hands of her sadistic husband have left her battered and bruised, but not defeated. She needs to stay strong for her children, and she’s determined to reset her future. 

The future she has all thanks to Alessandro. 

He saved her that fateful night when her husband died, and he continues to save her as she struggles to piece her life back together. 

Yet the closer they get, the more it terrifies her because no man has ever made her feel like this.

It can’t work. 

She’s too broken. 

He’s too young.

And she’ll never trust a made man again.

Women never get under Alesso’s skin—until Serena. They share an intense connection that can’t be ignored, no matter how hard she tries to push him away.

He knows she’s scared. He is too, but she’s worth the risk. Alesso vows to be patient, until danger resurfaces and now all bets are off. Serena needs to understand how much she means to him and he will do everything to protect her.

The situation grows more tense as the DeLucas plot against Bennett Mazzone and the surviving mafia heirs. But Alesso will lay down his life before he lets Serena get hurt again. 

Now his walls are lowered, the gloves are off, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Even if it means letting her go. 

Life in the mafia is definitely no walk in the park!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚🖤❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: ☺️😭😢😳😊

The heroine: Serena – her father married her off knowingly to a sadistic Mafia Kingpin and she had two children with him. Her husband and her father both recently died and she is afraid that someone might come after her in retaliation. She is staying with her sister Sierra and Sierra’s husband Ben who is the Mafia Don and believes herself to be to broken for Alesso despite being attracted to him.

The Hero(s): Alessandro (a.k.a. Alesso) – Bodyguard to Sierra. Alesso also watches over Serena and her children when they are with Sierra. Alesso has been watching Serena for years and knows what her husband did to her.

The Story: Alesso has always been attracted to Serena and they become good friends, often spending evenings together after she puts her children to bed. As they become closer, plans are put into place to make Alesso into Ben’s consigliere. But obstacles are in the way and danger is on the horizon.

I liked the storylines in this book, the one about Serena overcoming her trauma, the search for Alesso’s father, the commission with Ben at the helm trying to consolidate all the Italian mafia within the United States. However, I did get quite confused at times when different mafiosos were mentioned. There were so many different Italian names mentioned at times and most weren’t characters, just mentioned for background information on the issues Ben and Alesso were dealing with, so it was hard to keep them straight and understand exactly what was going on at times.

The romance was a slow burn, which makes sense when the heroine is overcoming rape and abuse. Alesso was a terrific Hero with a good heart and the patience of a saint. Serena was a broken heroine who was determined to build herself into something stronger no matter the odds. I thought I didn’t like her much at the beginning because she was so down trodden, but when she starts to put herself back together, she shows that she has a backbone and isn’t afraid to use it.

I have to admit, I was a bit bored at times as I read this, but like most mafia romances there was a killer ending which I really enjoyed and I did really like the romance between Alesso and Serena, though there could have been more chemistry between them at times.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own


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