I love the forbidden romance and thriller aspect of this love story. Lucy is a mafia princess, always ruled by her father with a tight leash on everything she does and everyone she talks to. As an act of rebellion, she applies and is accepted into the American Ballet Company to follow her dreams. Unknown to her, her father order Pietro to follow her.
Pietro is a bit of an enigma. He's an enforcer of sorts with a dark past. Taken in by his uncle as a young boy after his parents are brutally murdered, Pietro becomes enchanted by Lucy upon arrival. Knowing he can never act on his attraction to Lucy, Pietro becomes her best friend instead. When he gets the news that Lucy is leaving for New York he thinks this is a blessing. Something that will force him to keep Lucy in the friend zone. All of that goes to waste when he is ordered to follow her to New York and be her shadow.
Lucy continues being the doting best friend with Pietro hiding her true feelings for him. She has no idea that he was sent to spy on her by her father. When she invited Pietro to New York to visit both have a hard time keeping things friendly. When they give in to their desires, things start to go downhill.
Pietro's past comes back for him, Lucy's father finds out about the relationship, and Lucy ends up in danger. After everything is taken care of, will their love survive?
I'm not a huge fan of Mafia romances, mainly because the primary preference is cheating is ok, the male alpha can do what he wants and the "heroine" is a doormat. This story surprised me greatly. I fell in love with Lucy and her will to make it on her own outside of the Mafia. Pietro is every bit the hot alpha you would expect, but has a tenderness to him when it comes to Lucy, you can't help my ne endeared to him. The story as whole has a nice plot and isn't just about the sex. It build their love story over time all while tying in to Pietro and his past so everything is spelled out. You aren't left asking "what am I missing?" I enjoyed this story a lot and would not hesitate to tell you to 1-click it today!