By Any Other Name (Forbidden Series #1)
J. M Darhower
23rd February 2015
:::: SYNOPSIS ::::
A deadly rivalry.
Two families at war.
Nobody is safe, not even the innocent.
Especially the innocent.
Blood will be spilled.
Genevieve “Genna” Galante knows a thing or two about causing trouble. After all, it’s engrained in her DNA. As the only daughter of Primo Galante, notorious boss of the Galante crime family, her life is dictated by a certain set of rules… rules Genna was never very good at following.
Matteo “Matty” Barsanti never wanted anything to do with the family business, but as the first-born Barsanti son, certain things are expected of him. It’s his duty, according to his father, to help take down the enemy… even if that enemy means something to him.
A chance encounter on an elevator changes the course of lives, causing the biggest trouble of Genna’s young life. The only good Barsanti is a dead Barsanti. She’s heard it said time and time again. So what happens when she falls in love with one of them?
The story of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the biggest rivalry New York has ever seen, determined to make it… if only they can survive their parents’ feud.
:::: TEASERS ::::
“A Roman Coke,” Genna mused. “What’s that?”
“It’s rum and Coke. We just call it a Roman Coke around here.”
“Because you’re Italian?”
“And because when you get drunk enough, it all just slurs together anyway.”
“Ah.” Genna picked hers up, motioning toward him with it. “So what are we drinking to?”
He nodded. “Right now, this moment. Let’s drink to it.”
Smiling, she clinked her glass with his. “Today, then.”
They threw them back at the same time. The liquor hit Genna’s taste buds and she grimaced, the vicious burn seeping down her throat and settling deep in her chest. “Ugh, is there even any Coke in this damn thing?”
Matty laughed, setting his empty glass down. “Just a splash.”
“I couldn’t tell.”
“That’s because I prefer it that way,” he responded. “Strong and rough, enough to leave a lingering ache. I like it to hurt just a bit.”
Oh good God. Those words sent a chill down Genna’s spine, one she couldn’t hide, as Matty waved for the waitress. Eyes never leaving Genna, he ordered another round of drinks.
“Another?” she asked, picking up the water to take another sip, this one to soothe the sting in her chest. “You said one drink.”
A sly smile curved his lips. “I like to keep them coming.”
“Is that right?”
“Absolutely.” Matty stood, leaning across the table, his lips near her ear. “Maybe you’ll let me show you later.”
:::: KFF’s FIVE STAR REVIEW ::::
By Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
I am putting it mildly when I say that this book is dynamite in capital letters! In fact, I would go so far as saying that it’s one of the best reads of the year for me. I love the fact that the author’s knowledge of the New York City Mafia is not only right up my street, but told in such detail. I was literally on tenterhooks throughout it. This nail-biting story leaves so much to the imagination. The plot is so well thought-out resulting in a read which I found unputdownable. My husband agonised over my one sleepless night, and my running commentary actually opened his interest! Yes; this story which revolves around two families has a backlash. Flipping the pages in fifth gear left us both exhausted.
Can you possibly imagine borrowing someone’s car without permission? What a one-liner! “I’m Italian,” he said. “That’s kind of the name of the game.”
Writing this review at this very moment is causing me heartache and pain as I have had to relive this tragic story. How on earth can two best friends reach a point in life when common sense blurs any reasonable doubt? Any possibilities are out of reach; many questions go unanswered. Who has to pay the priceless tag for the Roberto Barsantis’ and Primo Galante’s hatred? What was it that actually triggered off their undeniable quest for vengeance? Their sons, Joey and his best friend Matteo, were eight years old when a horrendous act had catastrophic repercussions. Matty will be marked for the rest of his life. Why?
Do you believe in destiny? I did in this story. Every mundane act, move, simple whispers of promise; sold me! Sucked up into believable scenes made me cry my heart out! The main protagonist is a feisty and spoilt piece of work. But she’s really a softy at heart. I. Loved. Genna!
There’s nothing like being in the most inopportune of places; or maybe in right place at the wrong time! When she set eyes on Matty — blinkin’ heck! This scene had me so wound up with its many innuendos, my breath was taken away. And even though the attraction between them is indescribably sizzling, both of them play the cautious game as their backgrounds demand it. Neither of them have any idea of who is who. Secrets will slowly be revealed as their relationship becomes more solid; as trust sets in. Genna’s father is overly protective. And as Matty’s existence has been incognito for years, he’s not even prepared to tell his story. When the truth is eventually revealed, the consequences are cataclysmic.
I just adored Genna’s brother. Dante is a guy between a rock and a hard place. His undeniable protectiveness towards his sister is more than feasible when you discover why his actions are like they are. Loyalty is ingrained from the very beginning of this heart-rending story. Saying that, another brother had also won my heart. Matteo’s sibling, Enzo. Loyal to the medulla. Superlatively fast and furious to make decisions, deadly dangerous and prepared to take the helm of one of the stongest Mafia familes.
Ms. Darhower, how you could have pulled this novel off to such a degree is quite unfathomable. I am in awe of you! I am truly and sincerely spellbound by your written words!
To sum up with one word for this outstanding read has to be ‘bravo!’ You have done justice to this word for the reader. Your penmanship is quite outstanding. Do you think that leaving me hanging over the Cliffs of Dover is fair play? Bravo to you because you have managed to make me suffer like no other read has done this year! Don’t keep me waiting too long for the next instalment of this tremendously impeccable read! Or else!
:::: ABOUT THE AUTHOR ::::
J.M. Darhower is a USA Today bestselling author, best known for her Mafia romantic suspense novels. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t busy writing (or being a fangirl) she’s usually ranting about those things.
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