New York Times bestselling author Missy Johnson asks a burning question: What happens when love is undeniable—and taboo?
Pietro Gustovi is loyal, polished, and hard as stone, the kind of guy women want and men respect. At twenty-three, he’s survived tragedies that would break men twice his age. And he owes it all to his father’s closest friend, Giovanni Spontagio, who took him in as an orphaned teenager. Pietro would give his life for Giovanni . . . but his heart belongs to Giovanni’s daughter.
Raised in Chicago under the spotlight of power and privilege, Lucia Spontiago feels most alive on stage. Determined to become a prima ballerina, she escapes her father’s protective gaze long enough to audition for the ballet in New York City. Soon, however, Lucy realizes that she is not alone. Pietro is watching her back. And though he’s like a brother to her, Lucy cannot deny the thrill she feels knowing his eyes are on her.
Pietro could never betray his mentor by sleeping with his only child. But Lucy follows her passions, no matter how forbidden. Soon their nights are consumed by explosive, red-hot temptation—a dance that will expose shocking secrets and burn everything else to the ground.
Note: Code of Honor ends on a cliffhanger. Pietro and Lucy’s story continues in Code of Love!
Praise for Code of Honor
“Yet again Missy Johnson slays us with an impeccable story and characters that make us think. A beautifully written tale of a life we can only imagine, Code of Honor is one of the best books of the summer.”—Ashley Suzanne, author of Raven and the Destined series
“Code of Honor is dark, sexy, and deliciously enthralling. Missy Johnson takes you into a dangerous world you won’t want to leave.”—Cecy Robson, author of Once Kissed
“In a beautiful love story I couldn’t put down, Missy Johnson weaves together mob action with an element of stepbrother taboo. She’s for sure an author to watch!”—Laura Marie Altom, author of The Escort
“[A] dramatic tale of Chicago mafiosi in love . . . Stubborn and feisty, Lucia doesn’t shy from making hard choices. Every step is a hard-earned victory and her relationship with Pietro is more than just passion.”—Publishers Weekly
“The passion between Pietro and Lucy was quite hot, I admit. They’re very good together, and I’d love for them to have a happy ending.”—The Booksnake Etc.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it. Pietro’s heartache from losing his parents and hiding his feelings for Lucy are very well written.”—Majorly Delicious
“Sexy and sweet . . . As you’re enjoying the exploration of romance and love, the mystery element and mob life aspect is building in the background. But boy oh boy, when it starts, when the action picks up, it feels right to be rattled by where things go.”—The Book Enthusiast
“I really can’t wait to read the sequel! It’s almost impossible to wait!”—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends
“The flow was great, the characters were well represented and Missy did a great job of letting the characters personalities shine.”—Trina’s Tantilising Tidbits
“I loved this story. I loved the playfulness that ensued between Lucy and Pietro.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
This dramatic tale of Chicago mafiosi in love ends on a frustrating cliffhanger. Pietro Gustovi's parents were executed by the Mafia when he was just 15. He is consumed with finding out why his parents were killed, but no one will give him a straight answer. Giovanni Spontagio, a family friend who took him in, knows something, but claims Pietro is not ready for the information. Pietro's distant cousin Benito knows, but won't say a word. Giovanni's only child, Lucia, stays out of her father's business, but she chafes at his restrictions. At 21, she is ready for independence; she moves into an apartment in New York so she can perform in a premier ballet company, and she takes Pietro as her lover. Stubborn and feisty, Lucia doesn't shy from making hard choices. Every step is a hard-earned victory and her relationship with Pietro is more than just passion. Given Pietro's dedication to earning a master's degree in economics, not to mention how his parents died, his willingness to enter the shady world of crime and murky mob politics is incomprehensible. There is joy, but with the Mafia looming in the background, it's hard to see how there can be a happy ending.
I received an ARC from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I wound up really enjoying this book. I admit that it was a little slow in the very beginning but it picked up quickly and had a nice pace to it. It was easy to fall in love with Pietro & Lucy because they were just so darned cute together. They seemed like everything a young couple in love should be, minus the whole mafia issues. Pietro's emotions really got to me. He seemed so desperate to know why his parents were killed and at the same time desperate to be a part of Giovanni's life as a "son" to him. Through it all, his love for Lucy was more than anything to him.
What I was not expecting with this book was a cliffhanger! I was totally shocked when I got to the end. I had no clue this was going to be a series so now I am on pins and needles because this was one big cliffie! Good book and expecting it to be a good series!
Code Of Honor
Missy Johnson is a wonderful author ! Always keeps you intrigued ! Can't put her books down!!
Pietro lost his family and watched his mother die at the tender age of 15. He moved in with his father's friend after that. He had a daughter, Lucia "Lucy" Spontiago. Pietro fell in love at first sight.
He also knew he could never act on those feelings or it would be a grave insult to the man who took him in. So he kept his feelings to himself. Loved her from afar, hurt with more pain, he follows her to New York so she can pursue her dream of ballet dance.
Lucy has an overprotective father. She knows his business dealings are shady, but she never feels threatened by them. After losing her mother, her father seemed obsessed with her safety and by college age, she is quite sick of the smothering. She wants to live!
Her father sends Pietro to keep an eye on her. Lucy has no idea that he is so close. She catches him and figures it out. They start their friendship anew. Possibly with benefits - as long as it is in secret. Until tragedy strikes and they have no choice but to come out in the open. Can they keep it from her father while dodging danger?
So many surprises are in store for the reader! If you love adventure, suspense and hot romance - this book is for you!! I thought the characters were victims of a romantic tragedy, until I read all that goes on.
***This ARC was given from Netgalley.com and its publisher for review purposes only.