This is the third book in the Gangsters of New York series and another one that I’ve been looking forward to after the sneaky peak we got at the end of book two.
I had something to live for.
The moment I saw him, I knew.
His eyes would hypnotize.
His lips would speak the most beautiful promises.
His body? Made for pleasure.
But if Corrado Capitani thought that he could fool me into thinking he was a good man, he was wrong.
The moment I saw him, I knew the truth.
Those eyes hid his poisonous heart.
Those lips were vessels of deception.
That body? Made for inflicting pain.
He wasn’t sent from heaven. He was sent to drag me back to hell.
I had something to die for.
Alcina Parisi had a price on her head, and she’d eluded the best. She thought no one would ever find her, but I did. Everyone in our world called me Scorpio—the man who never let the enemy go. But she was a weapon, not an adversary, and I’d claimed her as mine.
I have been looking forward to this book but was also apprehensive, I’m not entirely sure why but I suppose because I have enjoyed this series so far and was hoping that this book would be just as good. Turns out it was better than I expected, I was glad that it was two new characters because it meant a new storyline but with the familiar faces that we know and love.
The story dived straight in and was pretty action packed the whole way through, I really didn’t want to put this one down, there was a little bit of everything to make a pretty great mafia romance. I will admit that even though I did get confused at first with the various members of the families and how they all connected to each other, eventually it sorted itself out.
The characters were addictive, Corrado was shrewd, definitely a man who gets what he wants no matter the consequences and whilst I won’t say too much about it he has a lot of issues from his past that cause a lot of tension in this book. There is also Alcina to keep him on his toes, I quite liked that you find out about her before you meet her and that she both is and isn’t the person you assume her to be from that information. She is resilient and fiercely loyal and puts others before herself and of course has off the charts chemistry with Corrado.
I have to say that there were so many other characters in this book that I loved as well, Alcina’s sister Anna and Corrado’s cousin Brooklyn definitely stood out, I feel like Brooklyn could have had a story all of her own. I liked that we got to see more of the secondary characters in this book, it definitely solidified the close family atmosphere and added a little extra colour to the story too.
Like the first book in the series as well as being in New York there is some time spent in Sicily and I am once again desperate to jet off to somewhere sunny with amazing food, the author builds the setting so well that I almost felt transported there. However I was also glad of some familiar places from the Gangsters of New York world and getting to see Mac, Mari, Cash and Keely again, even though of course there is some tension between the men.
I feel like I could read even more from this world and these characters and even though this is the last book in this series I’m hoping maybe we’ll see them again and I’m also looking forward to diving into some more books by Bella Di Corte.
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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.
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