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?
I have to say that I enjoyed this book tremendously.
Jag is our hunky stud muffin hero, who is part of the Mafia who runs areas in California. He will do whatever the family ask of him and never question their orders. Until he is told to stay away from Catarina.
Catarina is a Mafia princess and has decided that she is sick and tired of men wanting to be with her just to get closer to her father. After finding her last man with another woman, she has decided that men are more trouble than they are worth...Until she meets Jag.
These two meet while Jag is visiting his boss and Catarina is in full blown drama mode.
From there on the drama doesn't stop.
The chemistry between Catarina and Jag was off the charts, and the fact that everyone was telling them to stay away from one another made them want each other even more. The story had a great flow to it, I loved the fact that even though Jag was this big Mafia man, the way he treated Catarina was endearing, caring, I was in fact jealous at times that I wasn't her. Catarina was such a strong female character that just in the first few pages of this book I was totally addicted to her strong personality and her no holds barred strength.
The road to happily ever after was rocky at times, but you knew that as strong a connection these two had that eventually they would get there. I was definitely not disappointed with the final result of their union.
This book had a perfect amount of sexual tension, sensuality, and tenderness that was never offset by the mafia type violence, secret meetings, a few shocking betrayals, as well as a few revealing secrets. I found myself hurrying to the next page to see what was going to happen next.
If you like your book full of action packed scenes, you will love this one. I'm really hoping the author brings us more stories based on some of the side characters since I am intrigued beyond belief about some of them.
*** Review by Tammy ***
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.