"Emily A. Myers is a new to me author and once I finished this book I immediately put her other two books on my TBR shelf and my Wishlist. [...]
As this year is coming to a close soon I am going to go ahead and say that this is in my top ten reads for the year, and my top three for authors new to me!" - Nadine, Goodreads
Published: December 1st 2022
From award-winning author, Emily A. Myers, comes a standalone, full-length Mafia Romance novel.
Alister Amato is rich, powerful, and feared by all who know the truth. He’s the Blood King, a mafia boss with a lust for blood and an infinite reach. Everything in me screams I should stay away. But when my Organized Crime Task Force is called to investigate the slaughter of a rival criminal syndicate, I know that isn’t an option. The way the men were killed is something I’ve only seen once before—eighteen years ago when my mother was murdered and I was orphaned. I don’t know how my mother wound up in the clutches of the mafia. But, after all this time, I will stop at nothing to discover the truth. Even if it means aligning myself with the dangerous, mysterious, and undeniably handsome, Blood King.
They call me King, but I am nothing but a prisoner. The world of darkness I belong to has stolen everything from me—my mother, my sister, my happiness, my freedom. Most of all, it has stolen my ability to love. If it weren’t for my sister, Sophia, I would walk away from the throne I never wanted and let New Orleans burn. But even that would not set me free. My name and my blood have placed a target on my back and cursed anyone who stands beside me to the same fate. Which is why when FBI agent Ariana Valentine weasels her way into my life and heart, I do everything I can not to fall for her. My love is a death sentence. And, after everything this world has taken from me, I won’t let it take her too. Even if it means I have to walk away from the only woman I’ve ever allowed myself to love.
STANDALONE – DUAL POV – ITALIAN MAFIA – FORBIDDEN LOVE – SLOW BURN
From Alister’s POV:
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With each passing year, my family loses a member. My mother was killed when I was sixteen during a botched hit meant to take out my entire family. My father died last year, nearly twenty years after my mother. Unlike the bullet that took her from, cancer was his poison. And my sister Cara, she was taken in the night from her dorm room shortly after my father died and I came to power. The rest you already know. Except, perhaps, one thing, the most important thing. Why?
Why would someone put a hit on my family? Why would my eighteen-year-old sister be ripped from her bed, sold into sex slavery, and killed? It’s because of our blood. We are the Amatos, the gatekeepers of the criminal underworld stretching from the Texas border all the way to the Florida Keys. For the innocent, we are the only thing standing between them and full on anarchy. Though, they wouldn’t know it. For those privy to this world of darkness to which I unfortunately belong, we are royalty. And like the kings and queens of the past, we are flush with wealth and connections carefully attained by our ancestors and modern-day business deals that help keep our illegal drug trade secret. Our wealth and reputations accompanied by our unique network of connections in Mexico, the Caribbean, Chicago, and New York City make us targets of those looking to make a name for themselves among the world’s most dangerous and vile. But what was once a powerful and untouchable dynasty is now only a brother and sister desperately trying to survive.
From Ariana’s POV:
“No, no.” I giggle as he stalks toward me with glistening chiseled abs and hair the color of midnight. “I submit. I submit,” I squeal as Alister reaches me. But that doesn’t stop him from wrapping his arms around my body and pulling me against his chest. As he holds me, I can feel the hardness of his chest, the strength of his muscles, the beat of his heart. His entire being cradles me, making me feel safe despite my vulnerable position. “I submit,” I whisper once more as his dark eyes stare into mine.
“Smart girl.” Though he’s acknowledged my defeat, he does not let me go. That is, until a rumble of thunder and snap of lightning pulls us both back to reality—the one where I’m the FBI agent who despise the monster within him and he’s the Mafia king who hides his true nature behind expensive suits and legitimate business ventures.
“We should probably go inside, unless the final act of this date is me being barbecued by a lightning bolt."
About the author:
Emily A. Myers is an award-winning author of romantic suspense. Her first novel, The Truth About Unspeakable Things, was a First Place winner for the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBA) Clue Award (2021) for suspense/ thriller fiction. The Truth About Unspeakable Things was also a finalist for the CIBA Chatelaine Award (2021) for romance and a semi-finalist for the Somerset Award (2021) for contemporary fiction.
Emily followed up her stellar debut with a sequel, completing the Unspeakable duet, and has now branched into Mafia Romance with her latest release, Mine to Protect.
When not writing, Emily enjoys traveling, devouring the latest Netflix series, and scouring the shelves of Sephora.
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