Life in the mafia is definitely no walk in the park!
The following ratings are out of 5:
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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