Machiavellian by Bella di Corte | Review

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Machiavellian Book Cover
Machiavellian Gangsters of New York #1 Romance, Suspense ebook 456 pages Amazon | Goodreads | BookBub

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.

Machiavellian is the first of three books set in the savage world of the Gangsters of New York series.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for participating in the blog tour and providing a review. This review contains my honest opinion of the novel.

Review

This was an entertaining story and not exactly what I suspected.

Our main characters find themselves together in an agreement, but not everything is what it seems. They each have a motive but secrets are divulged as the story develops that create complications. Capo and Mari were and interesting pair. Both are independent and head strong characters. However together, they really work. I appreciated that this novel showed their relationship grow. You were given small moments where the couple got to know each other and saw growth in each of them. Not everything was about sexual tension.

There was a bit of violence in this novel. It is a mafia story after all, so that is to be expected. The scenes weren’t explicit, but I wouldn’t recommend to readers who are sensitive to violence and assault. I also found the arrangement to be off putting given the power dynamics at play, but character development helped ease this.

Overall, I found myself devouring the novel and couldn’t put it down. Although long, the pace was well balanced, and I didn’t lose interest in the slower moments. I thought that the author did a good job creating the world around the characters and I developed an interest in many of the side characters as well.

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Murder, Rape, Homelessness

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.
 
She loves to connect with readers, so don’t hesitate to email her at belladicorte@gmail.com if you’d like to reach out. 

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