By: Angie Derek
Lessa Noelle grew up never knowing she was the illegitimate daughter of a mafia king pin. After his murder, she finds herself a surprise heiress immersed in the dangerous world of organized crime with only the guidance of Marco Santos, her father’s second in command, to help her.
An uneasy attraction blossoms between the two as Marco searches for her father’s killer. He tries to keep the realities of his life from touching her and an already dangerous situation turns volatile when a killer turns his attention to Lessa.
Lessa Noelle is on top of the world! She is a successful cheerleader for the NFL team The Orlando Manatees and other than a few threatening letters from a jealous cheerleader who couldn't get on the squad, her life was pretty fantastic! But everything changed in one morning and it literally shook Lessa's world to its foundations!
Firstly, someone tries to knock her over with a car! Then a devastatingly handsome man called Marco Santo brings her a letter, revealing that she is the illegitimate daughter of a Mafia King Pin whom has just been murdered and that her mother has lied to her her whole life!! So now Lessa finds herself on a plane to meet all of the rest of her new family! One whom knows nothing about her.
Marco Santo is not only Second in Command to Tazio empire, but he is also the ex-fiancé to Clarissa Tazio, but he feels desire for Lessa and wants to protect her from everyone including the family, But in his pursuit who murdered his boss, he scares Lessa and she runs and he decides to give her space. But nothing is simple in the Tazio world and Leesa is kidnapped and Marco will do anything to get her back. Lessa and Marco soon realize nothing is as it seems and Marco fights to find the killer before he can claim another victim.
Now I'm a total Mafia nerd and when I saw this book, I knew I just had to have it! I'm glad it didn't just stick to the lives of the two main characters, as the author chose to include all of the Tazio siblings and I'm hoping that means we have more books in this series (please please!).
The whole storyline was refreshing and not too bogged down in the history of the crimes of the family, but focused on the people and their dynamics and the plot twist at the end wasn't in anyway predictable! It completely took me off guard. The writing was smooth and gripping and the characters were three dimensional and I have to say I would really like to see more from Nina and Jio and I'm completely intrigued by Tony!
With all that being said I really end loved this book and I can't say enough that I'm hoping this turns into a series! Which is why I give Mafia Secrets 5 stars!
Her mother should be working the swing shift at the hospital, so she auto-dialed her mom’s cell number. It rang twice.
“Hi honey,” Erin Noelle said.
“Hey Mom.” Lessa glanced away from Santos, who was now listening closely to her side of the conversation. “Are you busy?”
“I can talk for a moment. What’s up?”
The background noise of the hospital faded out as her mother probably ducked into a room to hear her better.
“I need to ask you something.” She struggled for courage to ask the question which could change everything.
“What now?” Erin laughed.
Lessa took a deep breath. “Who is Jiovanni Tazio, and why is he sending me a letter saying he’s my father?”
Erin made a startled sound and the line went quiet.
“Mom?” Dread filled her. Her mom was supposed to say she didn’t know who the heck Jiovanni Tazio was.
“How did you find out?” Erin demanded.
“It’s true?” The line went silent again. Lessa spun to focus on the photo from the long-ago trip to Disney. Of the three of them smiling—her mother, Lessa, and the man she’d thought was her father. Who maybe wasn’t.
“Of course it’s not true. Peter’s your father. You look just like him.”
But she didn’t. She closed her eyes. She and Peter had similar coloring. Blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin. But her features were like her mother’s.
“Just send the letter back to this man. He obviously got the wrong person.”
Her mom’s voice was too cool, and Lessa didn’t believe a word. “You mean hand it back to the courier?”
Erin gasped a second time. “Get away from him. Jiovanni’s men are dangerous.”
“Who says it’s a man? And who says it isn’t Jiovanni himself?” The depth of her mother’s lies started to work through her. She pressed her hand against her burning stomach.
“You have to get away from him right now.”
She shook her head even though her mother couldn’t see her. “You lied to me. All these years, and you pretended Peter was my father.”
“Sweetie, listen to me, they’re dangerous people. I had to lie to keep you safe. You need to stay as far away from Jiovanni as possible.”
She almost choked on her outrage. “That shouldn’t be a problem since, apparently, he’s dead.” And with him dead, she’d never have the chance to find out who her father really was.
Angie Derek writes paranormal and romantic suspense. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, two daughters, two horses, two cats, and a dog.
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