Gangsters of New York, Book 1
SPOILERS MAY BE PRESENT!!!
It’s hard barely living, just surviving, and no one ever sees you.
Mariposa Flores has been through everyone’s worst nightmare, loosing the people who love you the most, twice. Barely living, unseen to almost everyone, all she needed was to be acknowledged. Yet, nothing in life is free, ever, even kindness.
Capo Machiavellian wants Mariposa as his wife, an arrangement; You do for me, I do for you. He is gorgeous, rich, secluded, and always in the shadows. Hands down the most ruthless man in New York City. The secrets he keeps are locked away, however she might be the only person to unlock those secrets.
Machiavellian is a suspense, romantic novel written by Bella Di Corte. Set in NYC and Italy, it has all you want in a mafia book; suspense, romance, internal and external battles, family and secrets. This is the first novel I have read of Bella Di Corte’s and I have to say I loved it. I could not put this book down and might have missed out on some sleep!
Mariposa’s character is complex. A woman who is strong deep in her soul that has been hit the so much bad luck that it is hard to keep going. Even life’s necessities are a struggle to maintain. You can feel Mariposa’s emotions and I know my soul hurt for her.
Capo’s character is strong, silent, man of few words. Though he may not speak more than a sentence or two at a time, he is always thinking 10 steps ahead. He lives in the silence, however you understand the reasons behind it all. The connection Capo has with Mariposa runs so deep that the universe can’t even keep them apart. My heart broke for this man many times throughout the book.
The way Bella Di Corte describes places throughout the book takes you right to the location along with the emotions of both characters. I could feel myself in Italy and NYC, though I have never been to either place. The sights, sounds and rhythm of life poured from the pages and I felt that I was right along with the characters.
I know that some people love suspense but could live without the romance, as I do have some friends who have mentioned this to me. With equal parts suspense and romance taking place in a world of the mafioso, this is a perfect blend of genres that would draw in and keep fans of either. As I greatly enjoy both types of stories, this is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it to anyone.
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