Thursday, March 26, 2015

Suffocate - Melissa's Review of BY ANY OTHER NAME by J. M. Darhower

Title:  By Any Other Name (Forbidden #1) 
Author:  JM Darhower
Release Date:  February 23, 2015
Publisher: JM 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.

JM Darhower is the author of the New Adult Sempre series (Sempre & Sempre: Redemption), and the paranormal romance novella, Extinguish. She lives in a 
tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words 
than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passionfor politics and humanrights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. 
Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction.  
You can find her there.

I was so excited when I read that JM Darhower was releasing another Mafia themed story. Sempre was fantastic, and I was genuinely excited to see what she had in store for us next. I'm a sucker for a great mafia tale, not to mention a sexy bad-boy, put them together and I'm all set.
BY ANY OTHER NAME did not disappoint! It was an utterly fantastic story about love, loss, and family loyalty — in no particular order.
We start with Genna, a lost girl, raised by a broken and vengeful man (Primo)— and an overly protective older brother (Dante). Their family has felt more loss in the span of 20 years than any family should ever have to endure. Each of them living with their grief in different ways. Genna with rebellion and confusion, Dante with his unwavering devotion to his father and permanent gratitude toward Genna, and Primo with his tough love and no-nonsense ways. Genna's never been allowed to fully live her life or make her own decisions. Dante has always been a step away, making sure no one ever crossed the line — and Primo has always been the puppet master, pulling his strings.
In walks Matteo, or Matty for short. He's the man of Genna's dreams. Devilishly handsome, smart, wealthy, and much to her delight — Italian. She thinks she's finally hit the jackpot in the love department, like she's finally found a guy her father will approve of, until her and Matty discover the truth about one another.
Their whole lives they've felt like their family has held them back from something. Like their families have tarnished their chance at happiness. Both are hesitant to reveal themselves to one another — not realizing they're falling in love with the enemy.
Matteo is the long lost son of the Barsanti crime family, and Genna is the ice princess and guarded daughter of the Italian Mafia boss, Primo Galante. While the two families used to coexist peacefully, even acted like family, but that hasn't been the case for many years.
Now they're rivals. Arch enemies in a war that no one could ever possibly win. A war fueled by hate and love and greed.
Even though they never really stood a chance, Matty and Genna do their best to avoid the crossfire and be true to themselves, but they didn't stop to consider if either were ready to accept the consequences.
Two families. One War. Two lonely souls, and a Love worth dying for.  
After all, all is fair in Love and War.

J Holiday - Suffocate

Other Song Rec's

Ride - Somo

Love Story - Taylor Swift <- couldn't help it. It's corny, but I always had it in 

the back of my mind.

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