Friday, 22 April 2016

Mafia Secret - Angie Derek - Release Blast & Review

Angie Derek
Re-Released April 12th, 2016
Thoroughweb Press


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.


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.

“Jiovanni’s dead?”


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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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Mafia Secret is the story of Allessandra Noelle, a professional cheerleader. Leesa is in danger, nearly being run down in the car park of her work she is encouraged to take some time off. Marco is waiting for Leesa at her home, and has a letter that changes everything she thought she knew about her life to this point. The letter reveals some information about Leesa's family and she is drawn into the Tazio family fold. Jiovanni Tazio the patriarch of a powerful crime family had been recently murdered and Marco a high level player is in charge of finding out who was responsible for his death. The Tazio's are a mob family and loyalties are tested when Leesa is thrust into a world of violence, secrets, lies and mystery. 

Marco is a traditonal alpha who is strong, smart, protective and definetly dangerous. Lessa and Marco share a connection that slowly builds as the book progresses. Marc struggles to find a balance between his feelings for Leesa, protecting her and loyalty to the family and finding Jiovanni's killer. 
I really enjoyed the supporting characters in this book the other members of the Tazio family are interesting and provide for interesting dialogue and dynamic to the book.

"As he picked her up and carried her to the bed, she raised her arms and cupped his face with her hands. Drawing him closer, she captured his lips with hers. He returned her kiss, gently at first and then with increasing passion. Tomorrow was soon enough to worry about what came next. For tonight, there was nowhere she'd rather be." 

Mafia Secret, is an enjoyable read with a great mix of romance, suspense and angst. The story line is packed full of action, with several twists and turns and an engaging mafia plot kept me glued to this book from start to finish.