A shadow meets the light …
When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don't call him the Shadow for nothing.
This time, it's a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.
Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.
It's a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it's the unknown that holds her back.
It takes one look …
One dance …
One word …
One smile to captivate a man.
And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.
Not all monsters hide in the shadows.
How are you supposed to see them coming?
This story Captivated Me Completely and Stole My Heart. Joe Rossi and Liliana Marcello knew from a glance that there was a “something” between them. A something that lit a spark, that ignited a flame, that started slow and cautiously, but eventually combusted.
The Marcello Family and The Rossi Family come from different states but live the same life. Two different Cosa Nostra families that don’t mix unless a favor is needed. And when a Marcello needs a specific favor, Joe Rossi is asked. Beginning with the trip from Chicago to NYC, the captivating writing of this author begins to weave a journey filled a purpose, a mystery, an infatuation, and a sassy and fiery relationship that grows into a love story. I literally couldn’t stop reading about Joe and Liliana.
Joe is the strong, dominant, silent type of man......like a Shadow. He has a special skill set within the Rossi family. He loves his family but his life within the family is written in stone. Liliana is a Marcello principessa. Her father is Lucien Marcello. She’s a dancer, a survivor and a bit sassy. They have a quick and dynamic banter that is high on sexual tension and snarky retorts. They find an ease with one another that is both surprising and calming in each other’s eyes. But their journey is filled with omissions that will test them because of the life they lead and who they are.
But this story, besides being about Joe and Liliana, is also infused with members of both families. They play key roles in the story as well as in this couple’s relationship. Joe and Liliana’s relationship occurs because of business between the two families. So while this is a love story, it is also very much a story within a story, of righting a wrong, and of finally handling an issue that has gone on far too long unhandled.
I loved the relationship between Joe and Liliana’s father, Lucien. Both men were men of few words and were very similar. Watching Joe walk the tightrope of protecting Liliana and also falling in love with her, while her father was ever present was another element of the story that shined for me. And while there wasn’t a lot of intersection between Joe and Johnathan, Liliana’s brother, there was a scene that melted my heart. And then I could start on Joe and his brother, Cory. So much of this story I absolutely loved, loved loved!!
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