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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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?