CODE OF SILENCE by Shantel Tessier Release Date: January 13th
Genre: Mafia/Arranged Marriage Romance
Cover Designer: Angelica Maria Quintero
4 Mafia Crowns
I absolutely love Mafia stories I am all about the dirty gritty drama that comes with them. And Shantel is a master at writing thoroughly addictive reads that you can’t help but fall in love with. Having said that, this book was a quick easy read, I blew through it in a couple hours and I was entertained but it was just lacking a little bit in the development for me.
We meet Luca and Haven immediately, they are together from the start of the story, and they have known each other their whole lives pretty much. But even with that history you don’t really feel the connection between them. I wanted to feel their kinship jump off the pages and slap me in the face! I wanted it to burn from the pages so fiercely you can’t deny what is between them.
And I am all about a strong assertive woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone. Haven for me lacked that strength, she just kind of went with it and didn’t really fight back. She would kind of start too and then it would fizzle. I want to see her push back, I wanted to see her stand up to Luca and be his equal in measure, and it just didn’t feel that way for me.
Luca is dark and demanding, I loved that about him. He’s grown up in the Mafia, so he has expectations thrust on him from the word go. Very early on in his life his father makes it abundantly clear that he will kill anyone including family once you’ve lost your importance, so he works tirelessly to never become expendable. Luca’s Alpha ways are incredibly sexy, but also the way he handles Haven, his overtly possessive side towards her is HOT!!! You can tell he cares; I just wish I could feel a little bit more of that come from the story.
Shantel is amazing at crafting these worlds that you just lose yourself in. Even though there were some facets of this story that I wish had a little bit more to them, I really enjoyed it. As I said before, I blew through this in a couple hours and honestly, I can’t wait for the rest of the stories in this series. I love Shantel’s words, her writing style is enticing and keeps you hooked, I will greedily read any and all that come my way.
ARC provided for a honest review.
Dangerous and feared.
Those words describe my future husband. Who just so happens to also be my ex-boyfriend.
It’s complicated. Two years ago, he broke my heart when he left me to do his father’s bidding. After months of crying, I finally accepted he was gone and wasn’t going to look back. That maybe he’d never loved me at all. I never wanted to see Luca again.
Now a cruel twist of fate has signed me over to him in a heartless deal. I’m his. He thinks he did me a favor, but I feel like I’ve been given a death sentence. He doesn’t want to get married because he still loves me. No, he did it for money. More power.
I’m going to be a mafia wife. And there’s only one way out of it. Death.
But as it turns out, someone else doesn’t want me to marry the ruthless Luca Bianchi. And if he has his way, I’ll see that early grave.
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About the Author:
Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.
She considers herself extremely lucky to do what she does while getting to work from home. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.
Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughters, along with their cat and dog.
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