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Machiavellian (Gangsters of New York, # 1) by Bella Di Corte



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.
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He wants loyalty. He wants her safe. He wants her forever.  She wants stability. She wants honesty. She wants him exclusively.

The slow development of Capo and Mariposa’s story is sad and hopeful. They have both been betrayed in their lives, but together they build on the attraction and desperate love they deserve.  However, will the wolf’s need for revenge destroy all they have?

Capo is a ruthless, and lonely man, but it’s his promise to honor and protect Mariposa which shows his true character and commitment to someone he cares about. Mariposa is a perfect match for Capo with her strength and spunk and watching her grow into a confident and caring wife who slowly unwraps her mysterious husband’s secrets layer by layer without knowing her charms is a pleasure to see. 

Overall, this is a wonderful start to a new series with all of the suspense, angst, romance and love to keep you reading well into the night. I look forward to reading more by this author.

Thank you to Ms. Di Corte for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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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.
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