Once upon a time, I fell in love with a blue-eyed boy who promised me forever.
We fell hard and fast, even though our relationship was forbidden.
Loving Angelo Morelli wasn’t my first sin.
It wouldn’t be my last.
Our families were friends before they were enemies, fighting for power in the city.
I was their bargaining chip, a pawn to be used by the most powerful men in Philadelphia.
I just didn’t know it.
Angelo was my white knight in a world full of darkness.
But someone had to pay for the sins of the past.
Too bad that person was me.
All consuming and enthralling….
I am currently going through a mafia reading spree, and I am always eager to find my next favorite series in the genre…. This first in a duet is a strong contender…..The premise is intriguing and the characters who are all morally bankrupt exhibit bonds of loyalty and love that somehow make the inexcusable more acceptable.
The relationship between the two main characters Angelo and Gia is both passionate and obsessive; they have been together since childhood and there is no one else for them… but they exist in a world of violence and criminality and even the strongest bonds can be broken under relentless brutality…..
The perspective of both Angelo and Gia is provided… in the case of Angelo this is particularly insightful because it demonstrates the spiralling path he is being led down and the effect it has on his demeanour and personality…. Angelo and Gia are products of their upbringing both smart, tough and in love… he has secrets and his hands are ‘dirty’..and she is a thrill-seeker and desperate to be part of Angelo’s life….the supporting cast provide shades of light and dark and whilst many are truly wicked and avaricious they all bring more breadth and depth to the story….
This is the first book I have read by this author and I have to say I was completely engrossed in the plot…. the author’s voice makes for easy reading, and the book is well written: filled with intrigue, great plot development, and plenty of heat….
I do have one niggling criticism: I was not a fan of the prologue, which described events that were to play out later on…this to me was an unnecessary spoiler and eliminated some of the growing suspense….it was a bit like a television programme where key highlights are broadcasted in the introductory titles…
That said…this story was all consuming and enthralling…as the first in the series, a cliffhanger concludes the book, but thankfully the next in the series follows close behind, and the fates of our characters, whilst hanging in the balance, will be determined imminently…