Machiavellian was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Author: Bella Di Corte
Publication date: 8th June 2020
Genre: dark romance
Rating: 4 stars
Machiavellian is the first of three books set in the savage world of the Gangsters of New York series.
I hungered to be seen.
There were three things I knew about Capo Macchiavello:
He was gorgeous.
He was reclusive.
He was considered one of New York’s most savage animals.
And he wanted me as his wife. A simple arrangement – you do for me, I do for you. Nothing owed, no expectations. Except for one: never leave.
Life was never that simple, though. By the age of twenty-one, I was parentless, jobless, and homeless, and I had come to learn the hard way that nothing was ever free. Even kindness comes with strings.
Capo might’ve been the only man to ever see me, but I had made a vow to myself: I would never owe anyone anything. Most of all, the man I called boss.
I killed to stay hidden.
Mariposa Flores thought she owed nothing to no one, but she owed everything…to me, the ghost the world had once called The Machiavellian Prince of New York.
A genre I loved as a teenager! This story really brought me back. I had so much fun following this mafia romance.
This story kept me really intrigued it was very tense, very suspenseful due to the secrets being held back from our main character Mari and also the reader.
Mari our main character has had a tough life but agrees to a very difficult arrangement to get herself out of a bad place. Mari is a very likeable character. She can be very feisty and doesn’t let anyone walk all over her.
Capo our second main character is one cold man who has also been through a lot and raised in the mafia. He is very cold but we do see a nicer side to him in flashes throughout this book.
Bella Di Corte has some very beautiful writing and I had so much fun with this book. This story was so descriptive and beautiful. I could really feel, smell and see what the characters were. I absolutely adored this writing.
Due to the genre of this story there is obviously some sexy, smutty times within this story which were fun to read. These scenes weren’t too graphic but also weren’t fade to black. So if you don’t like reading smut it can be really easy to skip through as these scenes aren’t too long and don’t hold much importance to the plot.
This story is very fast paced and kept me reading from beginning till end. If you’re looking for a new mafia romance this one is for you.
About The Author
Bella Di Corte has been writing romance for seven years, even longer if you count the stories in her head that were never written down, but she didn’t realize how much she enjoyed writing alphas until recently. Tough guys who walk the line between irredeemable and savable, and the strong women who force them to feel, inspire her to keep putting words to the page.
Apart from writing, Bella loves to spend time with her husband, daughter, and family. She also loves to read, listen to music, cook meals that were passed down to her, and take photographs. She mostly takes pictures of her family (when they let her) and her three dogs.
Bella grew up in New Orleans, a place she considers a creative playground.