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Since I was a kid all I ever wanted to be was a gangster. I wanted to be feared, to be respected, and for everyone to know my name.
And then she came into my life.
I never planned on falling in love with the mob boss’ daughter. She was forbidden but somehow she became mine. She made me crave things I didn’t even know existed and made me forget about the things I thought I wanted. My quest for power faded away and was replaced by my undying love for her.
Until reality bit me in the ass and I was sent to prison for three years, doing time for a crime I didn’t commit.
Now I’m out and she is creating a life for herself, just like I always wanted for her. Only I’m not a part of that life. I won’t ruin her any more than I already have with my poisonous lifestyle.
No matter how tempted I am.
I wanted him from the very first time I laid eyes on him.
He was everything to me, my first love and probably my last.
Then my father ruined our perfect little life, and he walked away from me.
I tried to fight for him, for our love, but he pushed me away.
When the love you crave is beautiful, yet forbidden, you can’t help being tempted.
So I’ll fight for him. For us.
Even if I’m the only one fighting.
Book #2 in the Tempted Series (Can be read as a Standalone)
“It’s only me, baby.”
Yeah, well, “only” isn’t a word I can associate with Anthony Bianci. Sexy, powerful, protective, bull-headed… yeah, those are better words to describe him. But, the vulnerability he shows Adrianna (and allows her to show in return) with those simple words is exactly why this book rocks.To understand how deeply Janine pulls you in to their story, you need to know that I am the world’s worst highlighter. As a blogger, we are supposed to be thoughtful as we read. And I am, I swear. But I NEVER remember to highlight unless something is so freaking amazing. I highlighted twice within the prologue. THE PROLOGUE PEOPLE!
“Those sad eyes held me captive, wishing like hell that I had never left my f*cking cell: because the brokenhearted girl sitting before me tore my heart to shreds.”
“For the life of my, I can’t understand why I don’t hate you. I want to hate you, I want to hate you so bad, but something inside me won’t let me.”
See what I mean?????
I was sucked into this mob world, hating the men that seemed to control the lives of these two lovers as much as they did. I wanted to kill, maim, brutalize, etc. Victor for everything he did, every move he made. But, can I blame him? I dunno, but I want to. You’ll have to decide that one for yourself.
I think one of the most powerful aspects of this book was the lack of glamorization of the mafia. So many mob books make it out to be a livable lifestyle, and while this is fiction, I need my fiction to be a tad more believable. Janine nailed it. The depravity of that life, the harsh reality of those who are stuck in it (whether it’s by birth or by choice), the near-impossibility of being able to leave. All of that. It’s there.
Anthony was so focused on being someone, he lost sight of how amazing he already was. Adrianna, sheesh, she is captivating. Strong, determined, forgiving, loving – she is an amazing woman. Their circumstances were unfair (to say the least), but how they (and by they I mostly mean Anthony) handled them were not exactly well thought out. In other words, they were human.
I have not read book one, but you can bet your sweet bippy I will now. There are few authors that can claim the fame of making me cry. Janine has done it with two books now.
Absolutely 5 Cups
ABOUT JANINE INFANTE BOSCO
Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.
She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.