by Bethany-Kris & Erin Ashley Tanner
Gun Moll #2
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Genres: Adult, Mafia Romance, Interracial Romance, Erotic Romance
As a newly Made Capo in the Pivetti Crime Family, all eyes are on James “Mac” Maccari, and not for a particularly good reason. The way to his new position in the family was paved with blood, and that left some all too suspicious of where—or who—he might be going after next. Mac isn’t interested in playing to the politics of other Made men or Cosa Nostra. His only goal is to keep his promise and be waiting for his gun moll when she’s finally released from prison.Until all hell breaks loose … again.
Fresh off her six month sentence, Melina Morgan is all too ready to get back to life, and Mac. The mafia life has been one learning curve after another, but with Mac at her side, there’s nothing that they can throw at her that she can’t handle. Even with a ring on her finger, and a new last name to go with it, Melina won’t be domesticated. But with a man like Mac, he wasn’t exactly looking for that kind of a woman, anyway.
Sometimes, wedding bells bring bloodstains …
When directed attacks start to happen, taking the lives of some of the highest Made men in the Pivetti family, distrust and unrest begins to breed throughout the ranks. Someone is making a move on the boss’s seat, and it seems far too easy to put the blame at Mac’s feet when every single attack is somehow connected to him. All over again, Mac and Melina find they’re fighting an uphill battle to keep each other safe and survive.
But this time, they might not be fighting alone …
“Seems jail did well for her,” Luca said as he lifted his own glass for another drink.
“She doesn’t seem any less of herself, I suppose.”
Mac chuckled. “Melina? Less than herself?”
Even Luca smiled, the ever-cold and standoffish man that he was known to be. “You have a good point. I gather you would have much rather been at home with her than here, hmm?”
Mac had no shame. “A little.”
Luca laughed. “I appreciate you indulging my wife. She worried.”
Mac passed his boss a look, taking note of the content on the man’s features. Luca didn’t seem to notice Mac’s surprise at the fact that his boss seemed a little happier than normal, for whatever reason.
And he’d almost thanked Mac.
He’d said he appreciated his actions, which wasn’t entirely a “thank you” but it was damn close.
Luca Pivetti never thanked anyone unless it was well deserved.
It was all a little strange.
“So,” Luca drawled, turning to face Mac fully, “… what of it? What have you figured out?”
“About what, boss?”
Luca tipped his head in the direction of the chatting women in a subtle way. “She’s out—you’ve made yourself a name in la famiglia and earned a proper position. Don’t you think you owe her the same respect?”
All over again, Mac did a double-take of his boss.
Was Luca saying what Mac thought he was saying?
Was he suggesting what Mac thought he was?
Luca’s next words confirmed Mac’s suspicions. “Wasn’t it you who said you had been working on the wife thing before the arrest happened?”
“I did,” Mac replied.
Months ago, Mac would have laughed someone out of his face had they told him that Luca approved of his relationship with Melina, never mind wanting to see it be a more permanent, proper thing. Luca had had little to no qualms with speaking against Melina when Mac had first started bringing her around, and even went as far as threatening her. He’d disapproved—vocally and often—on just about everything Mac had chosen to do with Melina.
Yet, Mac did his thing, knowing it pissed his boss off.
He’d needed to keep his lover safe, and he wanted her with him, no matter what.
“You amuse me when you’re confused,” Luca said more to himself than to Mac, smiling in that way of his again.
“I’m not confused.”
He was confused as fuck.
Luca only patted Mac’s shoulder with one hand, turning to go back to the wet bar and have one of his maids pour him another drink. Before he went, he said, “She gave up a great deal to protect you—freedom is the one thing none of us want to have taken away, and hers was, for a time. I have no doubt in my mind that she didn’t do it for my sake, or the sake of our famiglia, but I have to respect her for doing it, even if it was only for you. Do you understand, Mac?”
He did, finally.
Melina’s loyalty was an admirable trait.
And God knew Luca liked to give credit where it was due.
“I’m still working on the wife thing,” Mac said instead of replying to Luca’s statements.
Mac didn’t answer right away.
He wanted to agree, because that was what he needed. But he still wasn’t sure on Melina’s plans or desires, and that was where he always paused. He was just waiting on a sign from her so that he could put the ring burning a hole in his pocket to good use.
“Working on it, boss,” Mac said instead.
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James “Mac” Maccari’s career in the mafia is at a standstill. As the best solider in his Capo’s crew, all he wants is to be noticed enough to get Made in the Pivetti Crime Family. But instead, his Capo’s interests seem more focused on keeping his solider hidden from the boss, and every other Made man he can. Seemingly stuck right where he is with no chance of going up, Mac doesn’t know what will finally get him the attention he needs to earn his button.
Until she shows up and all eyes are on them …
Melina Morgan survives—that’s just what she does. She’s never been able to depend on anyone but herself to keep her safe and get things done. When a chance encounter puts her in a bad situation with the cops and the mafia, Melina has no choice but to put her faith in the hands of a man that not only infuriates her with his cocky arrogance, but catches her interest, too. Playing pretend in a fake relationship with Mac doesn’t seem all that terrible, until pretend turns real and bullets start to fly.
A man is nothing without his woman …
When the attention on Mac and Melina turns from bad to worse, and someone in the Pivetti Crime Family decides the couple needs to go, they know they’re fighting an uphill battle alone. But making it to the end alive means Mac could get what he’s always wanted, and Melina might find what she didn’t even know she needed.
Together, they’ll make waves the mafia has no choice but to notice …
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ABOUT ERIN ASHLEY TANNER
Erin is the author of Goddess of Legend, the first in her Demi-God Daughters paranormal romance series. The follow up, Goddess by Chance was released in November 2014.
Dirty Little Secrets, a light organized crime romance was released in June 2015. Her next release, an Organized Crime Romance, Devious Little Lies is scheduled for release in June 2016.
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