Mafia Casanova by Rachel Van Dyken and M. Robinson

Published: November 17, 2020

They are killing me! This book was so freaking good. Like so good. I wanted it to continue. The only thing I didn’t like about the book and the reason it got 4 stars was because the book goes back and forth between the past and present. What that necessary? Yes, and it didn’t really take away from the story but set up for it. Eden was so good. Well, I think she had a lot of potential to be even better but she did fall a bit short with her husband Tristain. In my opinion she could have fought back. She is a strong woman and though she was scared she was also trained just as well as both Tristain and Romeo. But she had lost herself and her strength in the marriage though she had found it again whenever her son was threatened. Her relationship with Tristain was awful but the relationship with Romeo wasn’t much better. However, that was his fault because he kept pushing her away. He loved her and would give her the would so he gave her to Tristain who ended up being a monster. Romeo has to live with that knowledge and the fact that he missed out on six years with Eden. Those were things that he could never get back.

In true mafia fashion there was a lot of blood in this book but the storyline was so gripping. I was able to read it in one day by ignoring all of my other responsibilities but I still finished it and that’s all that really mattered to me. I liked getting to see a different side of Andrei’s empire and there was even a cameo from Pheonix in the novel. Though the older generation doesn’t play much of an influence in this one I liked that the familiar names and faces were there and we got to see a different side. I will say that I’ve never read Robinson’s books so I don’t know who were her characters and who were just new ones but I’m thinking I might be picking up her mafia ones as well. Though I haven’t read the Eagle Elite series so it might be a bit yet. No matter. This book stands fully alone and is absolutely gripping. Don’t miss out on it. The ending is a doozy.

—“Typical Italians. / Someone dies? We drink. / Someone’s born? We drink. / It’s a Tuesday? We drink.” -Eden—

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