Rosie’s #BookReview Of Contemporary Mafia #Romance A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR by Nat Chelloni

A Favor For a FavorA Favor For a Favor by Nat Chelloni

3 stars

A Favor For A Favor is a contemporary Mafia romance set in Boston. 

Julia is a young widow who tries to live her life away from her Mafia family, but one evening a phone call sends her on a solo rescue of her nephew and his friend from a nightclub owned by ex-Mafia prince Domenico Bonacci. 

Domenico, or Dom to his friends, left behind the world of crime after his father’s murder; he is now an honest businessman, but Julia refuses to believe that he could possibly change. However, there is a passionate spark between them and Dom pursues Julia, determined to disprove her opinion about him. 

Meanwhile, Dom is visited by Russian thugs who have ‘business’ propositions for him. He turns them down knowing that these types don’t like being told ‘no’. As the story evolves, Dom finds it harder to keep himself and Julia safe and away from the pressures coming at him from more than one dangerous adversary. Will he remain true to himself or will he be forced back under the control of the Mob? 

There’s a good market for these style of romances which hover on the edge of danger, especially with passionate Italian characters. This book had a huge cast of characters and I did struggle to keep up with them all especially with the mixed use of first names, nicknames and surnames. The story was fast-paced and at times jumped ahead making me feel that I had missed vital details. I would have liked to have connected more with Julia and Dom, both were a little too shallow for me, I wanted to feel the passion and edgy tension rather than to be told about it. The copy I read had lots of editing and proofreading errors which I hope have been picked up. As a debut novel this was okay, but it missed the opportunity to add something new to the genre and in the end I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped to. 

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Book description

A time for love can’t be more deadly…

Julia Leonardi thought she put her past behind her. The widow of a mobster, all she wants is to steer clear of the criminal elements. Then she meets Domenico Bonacci…

Dom is handsome, charming, and intense. The world knows him as a prominent businessman, but Julia sees him as everything she fought to escape.

Once the scion of a powerful Mafia family Dom left the world of organized crime after his father’s death. And he swore he would never go back.

No matter how hard she tries, Julia can’t seem to ignore the powerful spark of attraction between them and her growing feelings for him. But when Dom’s shady past catches up with him, the two forbidden lovers find themselves trapped in a deadly game.

Will Dom renege on his vow and lose the woman he loves, or he will manage to break free of his past for once and for all? 

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My #Bookreview of #RomanticSuspense Wild Card Undercover by @karilemor

Wild Card Undercover (Love on the Line, #1)Wild Card Undercover by Kari Lemor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wild Card Undercover is a romantic suspense novel set in Miami.

Meg O’Hara is trapped working in a bar as a waitress because of a debt owed to crime boss Salazar Moreno. Moreno keeps all her wages and some of her tips, and he’d also like her to become more than just a waitress for some of his privileged customers.

In a different location, FBI agent Chris Shaunessy is gathering intel on Moreno when he first meets Meg. She’s trying to dodge an angry hotel manager who has caught her using his hotel facilities for free. Chris offers Meg an escape from the situation, pretending to be her boyfriend. But, later when Chris discovers where Meg works, he considers that she could be a useful informant.

A solid storyline with a good dose of suspense to equal the sexual tension that simmers between Meg and Chris. Ideal for a quick read.

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Book description

All that glitters in Miami is not gold . . . 
  
Lured in by a bad ex-boyfriend and the moonlight of Miami, Meg O’Hara is trapped in a nightmare situation, waiting tables for a crime boss and fearing for her life. When undercover FBI agent Christopher Shaunessy offers her a way out, she seizes it. Getting the goods on Salazar Moreno might not be easy, but she’ll do anything to be freed from her servitude and Moreno’s sexual advances, even if it means moving in with the charismatic agent.

Chris Shaunessy pretends to be Meg’s lover in order to keep her safe, but he steels his heart against further involvement. Passion has no place in the sordid world of organized crime. And yet, the closer they get to cracking the case, the stronger his feelings for the spirited waitress shine. It’s a dangerous game he’s playing, and taking Meg in his arms for real could prove a fatal misstep.

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