Dante Cavallaro’s wife died four years ago but her memory still haunts him. On the verge of becoming the youngest head in the history of the Chicago Outfit, Dante needs to remarry or risk appearing weak.
Valentina is chosen for the role.
She, too, lost her husband, but her first marriage has always been for show. Even after her husband’s death, Valentina carries the weight of his secrets with her— to protect the honor of a dead man and herself.
With her wedding to Dante, her castle of lies threatens to crash.
Valentina fears the wedding night might reveal her secret, but her worries prove unfounded when Dante ignores her. Soon, her fear turns to confusion and anger.
Valentina is tired of being ignored. She’s determined to get Dante’s attention and desire, even if she can’t get his heart that still belongs to his dead wife.
Ava Lucas as narrator is perfection.
Cora took the widow trope and made it even better, two widows for the price of one. Can they heal the broken pieces of each other soul? Don’t forget this is the Mafia we are dealing with.
I have to say the one person that stood out the most to be in this story, was Valentina. Finally a heroine that is deserves to be a Capo’s wife. Not only do we read about Valentina’s beauty, but what stands out the most about her is her loyalty and utter refusal to be ignored. Did I forget to mention she works? We actually got a female character that begged for a job, rather than sit idle stewing in all her emotional turmoil.
Dante Cavallaro, not going to lie there were times whilst I was reading that I said to myself, Valentina you deserves so much better than him, okay fine it was more like 100x I said it. Yet, Valentina still pulled off the impossible, she melted the ice man. If Cora had written the cracking of Dante’s cold demeanor and the instant blossoming of their relationship, it wouldn’t have been believeable. One thing I can say about them as a couple, whatever they lacked in tenderness and closeness, they sure made up for in the bedroom.
“I’ll try to be the best husband I can possibly be, which probably is still much less than you deserve.”
Dante and Valentina are forever my favorite Born in Blood series couple.