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Release Blitz: Forbidden Mafia Prince by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank

Forbidden Mafia Prince | Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank

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Release Date: July 25th, 2022

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Blurb

“What are you going to do with me?”

“Whatever the hell I want.”

In Manhattan, tensions are rising.

In a play for power, the Rossetti family has made a decisive blow, crippling their rivals—an act that has forced the Fiores to make a desperate move to maintain their supremacy.

Many miles away, Luca Davis, a young medical student, has no idea his life is about to change.

No idea that everything he’s been told about his life has been a lie.

Enter Domenico Rossetti, the ruthless Mafia prince. Powerful and unforgiving, he’s a savage in a suit—and the one who holds the cards when it comes to his new captive.

But when the war escalates and both are forced into seclusion, the two men are faced with a new threat: the rising sexual tension between them.

You don’t fall for the one person you’re supposed to hate, but it’s a temptation neither can resist.

Because falling in love with the enemy isn’t only wrong—it’s forbidden.

And the cost for defying everyone will be their lives.

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About The Authors

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Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author best known for writing romantic comedy and M/M romance. Her novels lead with humor and heart, but Brooke never shies away from throwing in something extra naughty that will scandalize her conservative Southern family for life (bless their hearts).

She’s a choc-o-holic, lives for eighties bands (which means she thinks guyliner is totally underrated), believes it’s always wine o’clock, and lives with the coolest cat on the planet—her Ragdoll/Maine Coon mix, Jackson Agador Spartacus.

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Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite Preslocke series. Her Prime Time series has been praised as “highly entertaining!” and “sexy as hell!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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Powerfully dark opener from Brooke & Ella

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As is the norm with these two writers when we get a duet, this is only the first half of the tale and it ends with a humdinger of a cliffhanger.

The romance itself isn’t usual though, it’s not really a romance at all in this first book, very much a case of enemies full of lustful passion and a need to consume the attention of the other.

Quite often with an enemies to lovers romance there’s not really much in the way of enemies, more a strong dislike. Not here, this is absolutely hatred at first on the part of Mafia Prince Domenico Rossetti when he gets his hands on Luca Davis.

Poor Luca, I felt so badly for him, he has no idea who he really is, he’s grown up in a normal family, away from the violence and corruption of the New York mobster life. When he’s taken captive by Dom he’s terrified.

However, as the situation between the families escalates, Luca and Dom slowly begin to connect, albeit in arguments and outbursts of defiance. When things get even more heated, the passion between them explodes.

Don’t expect Brooke and Ella’s usual swoony romance though, this is brutal, harsh, unforgiving and incredibly hot and powerful.

The final chapter did have me questioning Dom’s position as ultimate Mafia Prince because he makes a ridiculously stupid mistake which felt a bit like it was there to push the plot along.

But, it works and it’s not too far from the bounds of possibility given the circumstances and it sets up the delicious second entry which I cannot wait for.

#ARC kindly received from the authors via Valentine PR in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Alec and Hunter fight hard for their happy ending

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jay Hogan has such a talent for addressing complex and complicated issues without ever making the book a depressing drag into the darkness.

Here in her second book set in the world of fashion, she looks at the appalling way models can be subjected to both casual mishandling and full on sexual assaults, alongside the abject lack of responsibility on the part of model agencies to police what happens on photo shoots.

Our protagonists are the wonderful farm boy turned New York-based model Alec and top photographer Hunter who were last seen flirting up a storm in Ryan’s book Flare.

We find out they had a steamy but somewhat fraught encounter in the back of a pub after Ryan’s show and then Hunter did a runner.

So when their paths cross once more, Alec is determined not to let his bruised heart get any more damaged by the flighty photographer. What we get next though is a beautiful story of second chances, of two men falling in love because they’re destined to be together.

And two men who, when things get really tough (read the trigger warnings), must fight to keep everything together as they fall ever more deeply in love.

This book was un-put-downable from the moment I first started reading until I got to the very fulfilling epilogue a few hours later. The chemistry between Alec and Hunter is scorching, they spark off each other with biting wit, humour, tenderness and a lot of exchanges of control.

I loved both of them dearly but Alec stole my heart because he shows such courage in how he deals with the major plot point at the centre of the narrative and Hunter proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that his running days are behind him as he builds a solid rock for Alec to lean upon.

With guest appearances from Rhys and Kip, Jay kept the pacing tight but never overly rushed and I’m now eagerly waiting for book three when Kip will finally get his ever after!

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