5 Forbidden Stars
“The son pays for the father’s sins”
I love stories about Italians, and the Mafia and I love a great forbidden love story. And as always, JM Darhower delivers brilliantly! Two kids caught in the war of their families want nothing more than to be together. She, the only daughter of one of the most powerful mafia families in NY, and he, the first-born “heir” to the other most powerful mafia family.
One tragic day many years prior, caused the one-time family friends to turn on each other. The Galante and Barsanti children were raised to always be on guard and never trust the other family. Each was out to bring the other down, sparing no one in the process.
This caused her father and brother to become over protective of Genevieve “Genna” Galante, which forced her into rebellion. She was a wild, carefree risk taker. Getting arrested wasn’t a big deal – there would always be family to help her out. Her brother, and best friend Dante, vowed to do anything to keep her safe.
Matteo “Matty” Barsanti had never felt important to his father even though, by birthright, he stood next in line as the boss. He was kept away from his family for many years. He felt like he was a ghost. Someone that no one noticed. When his mother fell ill, he came back home. He certainly didn’t come back to his place in the family as the next to take over the Barsanti crime family.
It was one fateful day in a broken elevator that Matty and Genna meet. The connection between the two was undeniable. They had no idea they were enemies. Each family hating the other. They should hate each other, simply because of their last names, that’s what they’ve been taught. But they couldn’t.
“Because you know who I am.”
“And I’m telling you I don’t care.”
“But it changes things,”
“It does,” “We have to be much more careful now.”
And they try to be careful, but fate has a way of catching up with you. When their families find out, the powder keg of revenge blows. The question remains, will these two ever have a life together?
The romance and suspense in this book kept me glued to my Kindle. Reading this in one sitting, my only regret is that I do not have the next book in my hands! I
want need it NOW! With fantastic writing, characters, and plot, this story has me begging for more!
“Look, Matty, I’ll tell you what someone told me once, a few years ago, when I got curious about a girl… don’t plant your seeds in someone else’s garden or you’re liable to get buried six-feet under with fertilizer.”
“What do I have to live for?”
“Me,” “Live for me.”
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