Book Review | Machiavellian @XpressoTours

This was a great book to consume my weekend, today I am delighted to help kick off the tour for Machiavellian.

I hungered to be seen.

There were three things I knew about Capo Macchiavello:

He was gorgeous.
He was reclusive.
He was considered one of New York’s most savage animals.

And he wanted me as his wife. A simple arrangement – you do for me, I do for you. Nothing owed, no expectations. Except for one: never leave.

Life was never that simple, though. By the age of twenty-one, I was parentless, jobless, and homeless, and I had come to learn the hard way that nothing was ever free. Even kindness comes with strings.

Capo might’ve been the only man to ever see me, but I had made a vow to myself: I would never owe anyone anything. Most of all, the man I called boss.

I killed to stay hidden.

Mariposa Flores thought she owed nothing to no one, but she owed everything…to me, the ghost the world had once called The Machiavellian Prince of New York. 

Machiavellian is the first of three books set in the savage world of the Gangsters of New York series.

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It’s been a while since I’ve read a mafia romance and I am a bit of a sucker for them, so I was excited to dive into this one. I was pretty consumed by it actually, it is the kind of book that I kept wanting to get right back into every time I had to put it down.

I liked that there was a lot going on in this book, I have to say on occasion I did have difficulty keeping up with who everyone was, but there was a lot more than just romance between the pages of this book, there was action and deception as well which kept things interesting. It is quite a long book but it actually didn’t feel like it because there were so many strands to the story.

Admittedly I wasn’t sure about Mari at first she does some things that seem really odd at the beginning of the book and whilst I understand that she is desperate I feel like because I didn’t know her well enough by that point it was hard not to feel a bit weird about it. As the book went on I did warm to her and there were maybe a few choice phrases that were a little grating but she definitely became a character that I was rooting for.

Capo was the perfect amount of intense and mysterious, I don’t know why I find myself so wrapped up in this type of character but he definitely had the right appeal to keep me reading more. The chemistry between the two of them was great, I enjoyed that Mari was unpredictable around him and didn’t bow down to him.

I did enjoy getting to see their romance blossom in Italy, even though it has made me desperate to travel, I felt like the setting at this point in the book really jumped off the page. It was the part of the book that made me feel the most emotional as well.

I haven’t read any books by this author before but since this one was very entertaining I will have to see what else she has written and I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Bella Di Corte has been writing romance for seven years, even longer if you count the stories in her head that were never written down, but she didn’t realize how much she enjoyed writing alphas until recently. Tough guys who walk the line between irredeemable and savable, and the strong women who force them to feel, inspire her to keep putting words to the page.
Apart from writing, Bella loves to spend time with her husband, daughter, and family. She also loves to read, listen to music, cook meals that were passed down to her, and take photographs. She mostly takes pictures of her family (when they let her) and her three dogs.  
Bella grew up in New Orleans, a place she considers a creative playground.
She loves to connect with readers, so don’t hesitate to email her at if you’d like to reach out. 

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