Dante Galante has evaded death a few times in his life, but held captive in a sweltering basement, he’s certain that death has finally caught up to him. Bloody and barely breathing, he tries to stay strong, but there’s only so much a man can endure before darkness takes over.
As a critical care nurse, Gabriella Russo witnesses suffering often. Thick-skinned, forever cautious, she doesn’t take her work home with her… until Dante Galante lands himself in her hospital. Recklessly grieving the sister he believes he’ll never see again, Dante needs a friend. Just a friend. That’s all it’s supposed to be.
But life has other plans for them, just as it had for Matteo Barsanti and Genevieve Galante. Away from the chaos, building a life of their own, there’s only one thing that could ever bring them back to New York: Dante.
Rules get broken and boundaries are crossed as the fight between rival families continues on, drawing them all deeper into a war they want far away from… for good reason.
JM Darhower is the the QUEEN of mafia books! I just finished reading Sweetest Sorrow and I loved it. It was worth the wait to get this second installment of the Galante and Barsanti clan. Of course for this one you gotta add in a ton of other families into the mix.
The book switches back and forth from Matty and Genna’s story to Dante and Gabby’s story. Both are amazing and not once was I confused by the switching. In fact when one story ended and another began I couldn’t wait for it to switch again. I was just captivated and obsessed with all the characters and of course the story.
The Galante and Barsanti families have hated each other for decades (you can learn about why in book 1 – By Any Other Name) and everything seems to come to a head in this story. I was able to predict one thing out of this book and the rest I was completely surprised by. There’s so much going on in this book that it’s hard to recap and I’m of the belief that you should read it for yourself to experience it all.
I can tell you that you you will need to block out some time in your schedule because once you start you won’t want to do much of anything else. I hardly slept last night because I needed to get to the end. Totally worth picking up.
I do recommend reading By Any Other Name first before picking up this one. Both are totally worth it! Trust Me!!!
*ARC provided for honest review*