Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted...my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him.
I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself.
But the only person able to do that...is my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it.
Im cursed so I did it.
I'm numb so I held it.
I'm wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins.
The only way out is death..yours.
Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family.
Eagle Elite, a Mafia-owned private college in Chicago, is the unique setting for this overly complicated contemporary new adult romantic thriller. A recently arrived Sicilian family, the Nicolosis, challenges local don Nixon Abandonato, a senior at Eagle Elite, for dominance of his turf. Luca Nicolosi left Sicily to settle a score with the head of an Abandonato ally; his quest for vengeance poses a direct threat to the love of Nixon's life, Tracey Rooks, the granddaughter of a rival don. In order to keep her safe, Nixon assigns his cousin Chase to pose as her boyfriend while actually being her bodyguard. The only problem with that arrangement is that Chase is also crazy about Trace. Whenever Nixon sees any kind of physical contact between the two he's filled with rage, even though he knows it is supposed to be all an act to fool Luca into overlooking the connection between Trace and Nixon. The fairly straightforward retribution story line is pulled down by the weight of multiple additional subplots, but Van Dyken's characterizations and humor pull an otherwise overwrought, overpopulated story out of the dumps.
Rex and Mo's story just broke my heart. I literally sobbed when he came to say Good bye to her. It was the only way he new to keep her safe. So glad it turned out better for them at the end. This is a must read I couldn't put it down.
*SPOILERS* I am not happy
I’m disappointed.. This is book 4 & I feel like I’m reading the same story all over agin. There’s always a “boss” that’s bigger & badder & the group has to take him down somehow. Also, Mo was shot in the leg & right after she wakes up from surgery she wants Tex to have sex with her?? Really?? Let’s be realistic. She lost a lot of blood. The last thing she would want to do is have sex. There’s also a lot of improper grammar thrown around in the story. On page 296 your is used instead of you’re. “Whatever your about to say, don't say it. I don't think I could handle it, don't think I want to.” Quotation marks are also often misplaced & makes the sentences confusing. Page 254 “I awkwardly staggered to my feet and grabbed the rag from the table, wiping his face as I answered, "The same could be said of me, I wiped across his lips, the blood had already started to dry, I'm not blood, what does it matter to the Campisi heir?” It should be “I awkwardly staggered to my feet and grabbed the rag from the table. I wiped his face as I answered, “the same could be said of me,” I wipe across his lips, the blood already starting to dry, “I’m not blood, what does it matter to the Campisi heir?” Lots of run on sentences & bs that makes me lose interest. The author needs a new publisher that actually proofreads her stories. I’m not sure if I’ll even read the next book because I feel like I’m wasting my time. Surprise surprise, Phoenix faked his death. It’s almost like another character did that too?? Right, it was Nixon.
Dang-- just love these stories!!!!
Tex and Mo are great!!! Loved loved loved it!!! All their stories !!! Edge of your seat!!! Can't wait for more !! Rachel , you write well!!! Love these stories!!!