Sunday, February 22, 2015

ARC Review: By Any Other Name (Forbidden #1) by J.M. Darhower

A deadly rivalry. 
Two families at war. 
Nobody is safe, not even the innocent. 
Especially the innocent. 
Blood will be spilled. 

Genevieve "Genna" Galante knows a thing or two about causing trouble. After all, it's engrained in her DNA. As the only daughter of Primo Galante, notorious boss of the Galante crime family, her life is dictated by a certain set of rules… rules Genna was never very good at following. 

Matteo "Matty" Barsanti never wanted anything to do with the family business, but as the first-born Barsanti son, certain things are expected of him. It's his duty, according to his father, to help take down the enemy... even if that enemy means something to him. 

A chance encounter on an elevator changes the course of lives, causing the biggest trouble of Genna's young life. The only good Barsanti is a dead Barsanti. She's heard it said time and time again. So what happens when she falls in love with one of them? 

The story of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the biggest rivalry New York has ever seen, determined to make it… if only they can survive their parents' feud.

Pre-order By Any Other Name on Amazon: Releases on Feb. 23!


Amazing! I can't tell you how much I LOVE this author's work. I've been a huge since Carmine and Haven from the Sempre series and now...Matty-B and Genna are high up there as my favorite couple!

Mafia life. It's all about revenge, family and loyalty. And this book not only covered the bases of all that, but it was so much full of steam, passion and romance. 

Genna Galante, only daughter of Primo Galante, is fiercely protected by her father and brother. But Genna is eighteen, wild and wants to do what she wants to do! The Galante family have gone through tragic events in the past that involved the Barsanti family--and this caused family rivalry over the years.  

Matteo "Matty-B" Barsanti comes back to NYC, but doesn't want to be part of the "family business" that his father and brother are in. He's back because of his mother, but a chance encounter with Genna changes everything.

Genna and Matty meet unexpectedly and let me just say--it was hot and passionate! I immediately fell in love with these two characters. They were both so different, but in a sense, they were so much alike. They were alike by their upbringings of the Italian family traditions/values. 

Genna and Matty were taught that the Galante and Barsanti are enemies and out for each others blood. And of course, this causes major complications in their relationship. But their connection couldn't be broken. They are determined to make it work, because sometimes you just can't help who you fall in love with! They were loyal to their families, but they slowly learned to trust and be loyal with each other. 

By Any Other Name takes you through a wild ride of suspense, angst and plenty of hot moments between Matty and Genna. 

Of course, it leaves you hanging a bit at the end, but it's OK.  I cannot wait to read more about these families! 

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