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Marauder (Gangsters of New York, Book 2) by Bella di Corte



He stole my heart out of revenge.

There was one thing I always thought was mine to give: my heart.

I never imagined a marauder would steal it out of vengeance—vengeance that had nothing to do with me. His greatest enemy happened to be the man in love with me, and somehow I became nothing but a pawn. I was no damsel in distress, though. More like an archer, ready to battle.

And my target? The marauder himself.

Cashel “Cash” Kelly.

Kelly might have been as gorgeous as he was ruthless, but he had no idea what I’d do to steal it back. Or better yet, get even.

She was determined to keep what was mine.

They say hearts can’t be stolen unless they’re willing to be. Tell that to the man everyone on the streets called “the marauder.”


Because by the time I was through, Keely Ryan’s heart would be mine. And my enemy’s? As good as broken. Trouble was, the archer was precise with her aim, and her arrow was pointed at my heart.


“Some men are born more animal than man. It’s just who they are, what’s running through their veins,” the old man used to say. He’d tell me that bad men don’t know they’re bad, and they usually don’t believe it when they’re told. In the eye of the beholder, the end always justifies the means. In our world, it is what it is.

Cash Kelly is a take-no-prisoners kind of animal. A rougher, tougher Robin Hood, if you may. After 10 years in prison, he’s out for revenge and screw those who get in his way. It’s time to find out what his enemy has kept locked up in that heart of his so he can steal it from him.  

Keely is savage with a bow and arrow and it’s aimed straight at Cash where his heart should be. She’s a fixer and she plans to fight for his heart because he stole her’s for vengeance.

Ms. di Corte’s way with words is so soothing and menacing at the same time. Her characters are so complex and her intricate plot lines are riddled with suspense, surprise, and danger.  Such an extraordinary trademark of this author.

I have read this series out of order and I have to admit I like Marauder best of all. It could be Keely’s kickass confidence and sass. It could be Cash’s charm and Irish lilt. It could be that I laughed a lot more while reading this book. No matter the reason, I enjoyed Cash and Keely’s struggle to never back down and admit their feelings for each other though they showed it in every action and every touch they shared. There are terrific supporting characters as well with Father Flanagan being one of my favorites.

I recommend this engaging and gripping romantic suspense novel for those who love protagonists who fight for what’s theirs, who love to skate that fine line of justice, and who love happily ever afters after a mountain of chaos.

Please check out my reviews for Machiavellian (Book 1) and Mercenary (Book 3). They can all be read as standalones, but to get the full effect of this fantastic series, I recommend you read them in order.

Thank you once again 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 CorteBella 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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