The first time Cassio meets his fiancée, she calls him “sir.” After losing his wife, Cassio is left to take care of two small children while trying to establish his rule over Philadelphia. Now he needs a mother for his children and someone who can warm his bed at night. But in a world as traditional as his, choosing your wife is duty not pleasure.Rules have to be followed, traditions heeded. That’s how he ends up with a woman—a girl—barely of age. She may not be what he and his children need, but she’s lovely and a sweet temptation he can’t resist. Giulia has always known she’ll marry the man her father chose for her, but she never expects to be given to someone so much older. Suddenly she’s supposed to be a mother to two small children when she hasn’t even held a baby before.Giulia quickly realizes that Cassio isn’t interested in a relationship on equal footing. Her mother has warned her that men of power, like Cassio, don’t tolerate insolence. Tired of being treated as a nanny, Giulia decides to fight for her version of a happy family.
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Cora writes some amazing romance mafia books, not too hardcore and a great amount of romance....... I’ve basically read many of her series and I’ve never been disappointed. I loved that this book doesn’t have a struggle romance where something bad had to happen where they split and come back together and their relationship just built over time and gotten stronger.
The age gap wasn’t something I was going for or the kids but it drew me in, I started the book today and binged it, the book was interesting and primitive, not something you have to think hard on and I liked that.
The only thing I don’t really like about this stand-alone is that Luca is the don so everyone has to obey him :( I didn’t like that Cassio was an underboss for Luca he deserved to be capo in my opinion but I figured they all can’t be dons so I had to accept.
I love everything by Cora Reilly and I’m slowly adding my favorites to my audio library. The narrators. Wren and Kai were perfect choices for the lead characters. Awesome story too!
This age gap, arraigned marriage grabbed me from the beginning and held my attention until the end. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved Cassio and Giulia’s journey. I highly recommend this read. Narration by Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott was fantastic!