Gripping my chest is the only way to hold myself together, or what's left of me will fall out. The past week has enlightened me on one thing - I don't care. - Megan
I didn't even hesitate. I took two strides and blasted him in the face with my fist. He was ready for it this time - unlike in church. He tried to hit me back, but I ducked and smashed him again. - Antonio
You can't help what family you're born into or what lies they keep from you. You can't help it if they mold and shape you just the way they wanted. Are monsters born or made?
Antonio and Megan have a timeless issue. They were told to stay away from each other. They try, they really do. But they are drawn to each other.
Antonio is 18 and the up and coming mob boss of Palmetto, New Jersey. Megan is a girl uprooted from the grassy plains of Ireland at the age of five. Now she's 17 and faced with horrors she never thought existed.
Get caught up in an Italian mafia romance novel!
©2012 Amy Rachiele (P)2015 Amy Rachiele
I really enjoyed the dual voices of Antonio and Megan. The narrators added life to a story which was already good. I also liked the dual POV of both major characters.
I haven't read any other books similar to this one. The author doesn't sugar coat the violence in the lives of two teens raised in mafia life. But she delves deeply into who they are and portrays them as real kids trying to deal with it by separating their lives into compartments, both dark and light. Within a mafia world of crime, these two people experience love, fear, compassion, and hope just like any other couple.
No. This duo read the story masterfully; truly a step up from reading the book in print.
Yes; the moment when Megan decided she wanted to commit to Tonio, in spite of his mafia responsibilities, realizing he was a product of how he had been raised. It doesn't excuse it away, it just explains how Tonio became who he was. All kids want to please Dad. Antonio was raised to please Dad by becoming an enforcer. He knew no other life.
Also, Antonio's tenderness and devotion to Megan, in stark contrast to his behavior in the midst of gun fights and "doing stuff for his Dad", were sweet and protective. I also liked that he did not push Megan into sex. These are teenagers. I know some teens have sex but Antonio respected Megan. She was "it" for him and his willingness to get to know her and woo her first was sexier than any bedroom scene.
I had already purchased and read this book and its sequels in e-book format when I won this audiobook in a contest via the author's newsletter. I enjoyed the audiobook rendition even more the second time around. Bravo, really. Highly recommended.
Robert Burton as narrator and the twist the author gives the story.
I thought this was a great story with a wonderful plot however it does end with a cliffhanger which takes a little bit away from the story for me. This book is about two teens who like from afar. Megan's family wants her to stay away from the bad mob son who truly has adored her since they were young. Megan finds him hard to walk away from. This was a lovely story of young love and all they have to deal with to be together. The author throws in some major twists that you will not see coming. The characters are adorable, the language is true mob so be prepare for some bad talking. I think it adds to the story but some might not care for it. Antonio is adorable in how he loves from afar. These two young people get their hearts broken and you will feel their pain. I do not want to give the ending away but these two will have to do some major foot work to find their HEA.
Robert Burton did a wonderful job he really sounds very mob like and brought the characters to life for me. He voice is strong and clear, his character voices were great. There are no breaks just a clear audio that you will enjoy. His male voices were just as good as his female voices. I could really feel the emotions of the different characters.
Cheyenne Madison as a narrator just didn't do it for me. It was a clear audio with no breaks but it sounded like she was just reading. Her different voices sounded close to others. I didn't care for her male voices at all. I just didn't feel the emotions the character where going through.
I loved the two different narrator idea, however I think the female should have done the female voices at least all of Megan's talking. With Robert doing all the males however his female voices were great. The author really throw me on a major twist which will leave you with you mouth hung open. I didn't care for the cliffhanger and I didn't enjoy it enough to buy the next audio only to have it most likely end with another cliffhanger. The story and plot is great I really did enjoy it. I do hope the author picks a different lady to narrator. I know many will enjoy this just be prepared to buy the next book to find out just what happens. I loved the different characters they add so much to the story. I didn't care to much for Megan's mother I just do not understand what her problem was. It is almost like she thinks she is better than anyone else. I think this is the only one I didn't care for. Just wait until you see the twists it will blow your mind.
I won this in a give away.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
very good to listen to. narrator did a wonderful job and so did the author
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