Bella Di Corte
Gangsters of New York, #1
Publication date: May 8th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Told in the first person. Alternating persons.
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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.
Vittorio lives for the family business. Our meeting him is short or is it. Mariposa can’t seem to catch a break. If you want to see someone who is at rock bottom than you will see that here. Sympathy may be your only option. Or is it? For some it may be a trigger because you have been in a similar situation. Capo is a man who sets things into motion.
Think of some of your neighbors. You can’t do anything for the character in the book but the people in your town, even those that live elsewhere in the country, is a different story. Especially during this current time where a lot of people feel helpless. It’s a part of the story where you’re mind, and maybe something else, will get involved.
I really liked how the author went about getting her story to unfold. Looking at the cover and then getting to see part of this world, you think this is his story to tell. But then she really lets the reader get to know Mariposa and then you think it’s her story. By not having her on the cover, you get to come up with what she looks like in your mind. Theirs is a world that engaged my mind. I felt as if I was standing in the background watching everything unfold. That includes Mariposa standing up for herself. I even liked how Capo seemed to have little patience since I didn’t either.
This is a story with heart. Yes, there is the word gangster in the series title but that doesn’t mean that some of them don’t let their heart get involved. Capo showed that sometimes it’s hard not to. The author does a good job at showing that happiness is possible, no matter who you are. She even found time to get me to chuckle at the end. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series is going.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to reach out.
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