I never imagined the protector I longed for would be a mob boss who demanded complete control.
I shouldn’t have gone to Lucien’s office.
Once I looked into his eyes, I couldn’t leave.
He commanded me to kneel.
I couldn’t help myself.
One taste, and I craved more.
Lucien vowed to protect me from his enemies…
But who’s going to protect my heart from him?
This MM mafia romance is the first book in the Marchesi Family series.
“Yeah. You’re all danger and power, and you fit so well here, among all this.” He gestured around, indicating the balcony and my room.
If he thought this house was extravagant, I couldn’t wait until I could take him to our house in Weston. “There’s no point in doing what we do if you’re not going to enjoy the spoils.”
“I guess not, but there’s always someone wanting to kill you, isn’t there?”
“Or kill my family or take everything I’ve worked for or all of the above.” I took another long pull on the cigar and blew out the smoke.
“And it’s still worth it?”
“You name anything you want, and I’ll get it for you.”
“I want to know you’re safe.”
I shook my head. “You know that’s not what I mean. No one, not even a nondescript accountant who’s never done anything more criminal than drive sixty in a fifty-five can promise you nothing will happen to them. Any of us could get hit by a car tomorrow.”
Peter scowled at me, and I smiled. I loved that he wanted to protect me too. “If you don’t tell me what you want, I’ll just keep buying you gifts until I find something that wows you.”
“You think I’m not wowed by everything you’ve done. I’m sure this robe cost more than the nicest outfit I’ve ever owned. I’ve never had clothes like the ones you gave me, and my bedroom here is about the size of my whole apartment. But I… I don’t need those things.”
“I want you to have them.”
Peter sighed. I know and… thank you.”
I nodded. “Better. And I will keep giving you gifts because I want to.” And it’s a way I can show you what I might not ever be able to say.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I enjoy suspending reality for things like the mob, and people getting murdered because of some wrong done by them. What I didn’t really like is how quickly Peter literally kneeled for Lucien. And totally accepted it, even though he had never done anything like that before. Lucien didn’t take the time to explain anything. Just “I own you now”. Uh, ok.
The blurb doesn’t SAY BDSM, but you would assume that. If you did, you assumed wrong. It was less BDSM and more Lucien is a control freak. Ok, fine. But with that, Peter just seemed like a wet noodle.
Peter. Poor Peter. His parents died, he works as a temp, and one of his cousins skirts the wrong edge of the law. But he has his uncle, who raised him after his parents died and still looks out for him. Although maybe not very well if he doesn’t realize that Peter moved out of his crappy apartment and in with Lucien like IMMEDIATELY.
The mob stuff was kind of twisty turny and fun to read. I wanted to smack Devil more than once (a cousin and underling of Lucien the boss). But the main focus was heavily on Lucien and Peter and their relationship. Such as it was.
Ok, no, I didn’t love it. I rolled my eyes a few times. It was still fun and readable. And yes, I probably, definitely, will read the next installment. Especially since it moves to a new couple and doesn’t continue the Lucien show.
3 Pieces of Candy
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