Defying Her Mafioso

Terri Anne Browning
Defying Her Mafioso
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Release Date
October 2016
Book 1 of The Vitucci Mafiosos
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Ciro Donati was many things:
My father's most valued and trusted soldier.
My brother's best friend and second in command.
And the only man I would give up everything for.

I fell hard for the Mafioso at the tender age of eleven. This beast of a man who I knew made people disappear—and probably enjoyed every second of it—was also the sixteen-year-old boy who had picked me up after I'd fallen flat on my face during my dance recital and told me I was the best ballerina he'd ever seen. He's watched over me, protected me like I was the most precious thing in the world to him.

And then he sent me away.

Scarlett Vitucci was many things:
The daughter of the biggest Cosa Nostra boss from New York to Chicago.
The sister of the man I would gladly take a bullet for.
And the only woman I would ever love.

Sending her away was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I didn't deserve her or her love. For three years I stayed away, ignoring the gnawing ache that her absence left in my chest. Now, she was back and fighting what I felt for her was impossible. Letting her go had been a huge mistake.

One I would never repeat.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 28, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
106 people found the following review helpful
What is it about a delicious bad guy (not to be confused with the typical "bad boy") that makes me drool?

As the daughter of the head of the Cosa Nostra mafia, Scarlett Vitucci is used to bad men in her life, but none hurt her more than her father's capo, Ciro Donati. Ciro backed away from his attraction to Scarlett, but now that she's back in town, he's finding it harder than ever to keep his hands off of her. In Ciro's line of work, anyone close to him can be used against him, and he just can't put the woman he loves through that. But staying out of trouble hasn't come easy for Scarlett and her twin Victoria, and a dangerous man has turned the Vitucci family and Ciro into a game of catch and mouse. Maybe it's best to keep Scarlett as close to Ciro as possible instead of turning her away...

DEFYING HER MAFIOSO, the first book in The Vitucci Mafioso series was FAB.U.LOUS. The tense tone begins immediately, the characters were introduced at a rapid clip with details about them coming through as the story progressed. Ciro and Scarlett already has an established, volatile relationship…they wanted each other fiercely, but Ciro had too much blood on his hands to think he could be a good match for Scarlett. But he can't seem to live without her either.

As the story progressed, the anger between them turned into fierce, yumtastic sex that had my kindle smokin' and my bedroom door closin'!! There were a few things that prevented me from giving this a 5 star rating, however. First, I felt like the danger element could've been so much MORE. The potential for a jaw dropping scenario or 2 was there, but that aspect really fell flat. Also, there are quite a few editing mishaps in here that were distracting. Even so, I enjoyed DEFYING HER MAFIOSO very much and am looking forward to more in this series!

Bottom Line: No OW/OM or sharing; no condom use; no BDSM; no kink; no sexual assault; murder/violence.
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