Title: Blood & Loyalties
Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: Mob/Mafia Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2015 Cover Designer: Melissa Gill MGbookcovers Photographer: Kruse Images & Photography Cover Model: Josh McCann
Family meant everything.
Good, bad, right, wrong, legal, illegal—none of that mattered when it came to family. Family was and always would be number one.
Catarina Lambardoni stayed on the legal side of the family businesses by running Lambardoni Enterprises. Professionally, she was beyond successful. In her personal life, however, she was not, having just walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her.
Jag Maratelli, the boss’s right hand, worked extremely hard to sustain his position in the family and honored it with his life. When he was summoned to the East Coast for an unexpected meeting, a chance encounter with Catarina and one look into the fire within her made him a very determined man.
The chemistry between the two scorched hot, and Jag had been with enough women to know Catarina was something special, something he couldn’t allow himself to walk away from. Life had other ideas, though, when a betrayal in the family sent him two thousand miles away from her while danger lurked closer than anyone realized.
Would their connection be strong enough for both of them to pursue more?
Or would people and events from the past and present make that choice for them?
Respect. Loyalty. Family
Respect. Loyalty. Family
There is nothing more important to the Lambardoni Family. Jag Maratelli, a big shot in the Lambardoni family, might not be related by blood but he has been accepted as family in every way that counts. He's on the East Coast to handle some issues for the family when a chance encounter with Catarina Lambardoni has him reeling.
Catarina, niece to a mob boss and daughter to the second in command, stays on the legal side of the business by running Lambardoni Enterprises with her cousin, Keira. When she first lays her eyes on Jag she is instantly curious to know more. Her overprotective brothers and extremely fresh break up are no match for her attraction to this man.
Will these two be able to make things work amidst obligations, expectations, and meddling brothers or will it all be too much to handle? What happens when an outside threat is thrown into the mix, when the risk is more than just a broken heart?
Catarina is a strong, driven, and independent woman. She works hard and enjoys her life. She's had bad luck in the romance department but she doesn't let it control her life. I liked how Catarina wasn't some naive damsel in distress. She is a smart, capable woman who knows what she wants and works to make it happen, and what she wants is Jag.
Jag is tough, charismatic, loyal, and drop dead sexy. He's devoted to his job and the people he works for. When he meets Catarina, he knows he wants her.
Their chemistry is off the charts. I loved these two together. They had their sweet moments and their fiery, passionate times. It was intense and I love every minute of it.
Ryan Michele created a fabulous romance but took it even further with an underlying sense of suspense. There was always something going on in the background, at first with the family and Jag, and then later with Catarina. She gave me just enough to keep me guessing. I love trying to fit the pieces together and being taken by surprise. Things did come together a bit quickly and with a little less explanation than I would have preferred but I wasn't left confused. I had a clear understanding of what had happened. I just loved the story and the mystery so much, I would've liked even more. I wasn't ready for it to be over.
This was the first book I've read by Ryan Michele and it certainly won't be the last. These characters and this story left an impression on me and I'm eager to read more! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.
Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.