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Publisher's Summary

A new angsty college mafia romance from best-selling author of the Rixon Raiders series.

Arianne Capizola is her father’s daughter.

Humble. Hardworking. Honest. 

She’d rather spend her days helping at the local shelter than brushing shoulders with her vain and entitled classmates.

Niccolò Marchetti is his father’s son.

Dark. Dangerous. Deceitful.

He’d rather spend his days getting bloody in the ring than attending class and keeping up pretenses.

When their paths cross at Montague University, neither of them are willing to drop the walls they’ve spent so long building. But he can’t resist the girl with stars in her eyes, and she can’t forget the guy who saved her that night.

There’s only one catch. Nicco isn’t Arianne’s knight in shining armor. He’s the son of her father’s greatest enemy. He is the enemy. And their families are at war.

Prince of Hearts in the first book in Nicco and Ari’s duet.

Note: Due to mature content that some may find distressing, this audiobook is recommended for listeners 18+.

©2020 L.A. Cotton (P)2020 L.A. Cotton

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Verona Legacy

Prince of Hearts (Verona Legacy Book One) is a new adult angsty college mafia romance.  Firstly, Chasity Falls series was my first love and will always hold a special place in my heart. That being said Prince of Hearts stole my heart. I absolutely loved this novel so much. Without giving anything away, this audio is brimming with all the right ingredients to create a euphoria of sentiments.  Highly addictive with suspense swirling around the pages at every chapter. I highly recommend listening to this audio.  An exhilarating contempo new adult college mafia romance. I will be on a paraesthesia till the next audio is available.

Narrators Sarah Puckett, Michael Norman Johnson duel performance brought the characters and narrative to reality.
Sarah Puckett is a absolutely fabulous narrator as her performance was impeccable. Her intonation changes when necessary and brings the right sentiments. My absolutel favourite narrator. I felt Michael Norman Johnson did well portraying Nicco's father. However, I couldn't picture him as Nicco though. His inflection sounded older and not the right accent. However, his performance was believeable though.

Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series when available.

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My Thoughts on Prince of Hearts

L A Cotton has reminded me yet again what a truly gifted writer she is with Prince of Hearts. It's different from other things I've read from her. But it was equally amazing.

I loved the whole Romeo and Juliet vibe I got from it. Both Nicco and Ari were well written, multi layered characters. I liked many of the secondary characters and the ways they contributed to the story. And of course there were several characters I pretty much hated.

The storyline itself is so entertaining. There is clearly more going on than the main characters know and then when new things are revealed, or terrible things happen I'm thrown for a loop.

The cliffhanger in book one was expected but of course frustrating. And it kind of broke my heart for both Nicco and Ari. I'll be jumping into book two asap because I'm fully invested and need to know what's going to happen to these characters.

The narration for this story was excellent. Once again Sarah Puckett drew me in and had me really connecting with the FMC. I thought Michael Norman Johnson did a really good job as well and it made for an overall great listening experience.

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Love, love, love!!!!

Nicco and Arianne's story is astonishing, so intense and emotional it will hook you from the first page. I couldn't put it down, all the twist and turns I never saw coming had me on edge. I need book 2 like now! I love Nicco, he stole my heart. Sarah Puckett and Michael Norman Johnson did a terrific job narrating this book, I certainly recommend them, you will enjoy this story as much as I did. Brilliant 5 stars!

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good book good story line but ending was crap knowing there's no book 2 unsure if I'll even buy book 2 now

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EPIC

The story of Nicco and Ari is an epic Romeo and Juliet type story of star crossed lovers. I've never really been a fan of mob/MC stories but this one blew me away.
Nicco was a softie under all that tough exterior and he would do anything for Ari.
I cannot wait for book 2.

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Star Crossed Lovers

LA Cotton is fast becoming a one click author for me-that included audiobooks 😄! Prince of Hearts is a modern day retelling of Romeo and Juliet, which Cotton adds her twists to. This new adult, forbidden, mafia, star crossed lovers book and me on the edge of my seat while listening. It has all the drama and angst in spades. It does end on a cliffhanger and I seriously can’t wait for book 2! I need it now!

Sarah and Michael did an amazing job with the dual narration! They brought Ari and Nicco’s characters to life!

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Romeo and Juliet meet Mafia Romance

I received this audiobook book from @AudiobookObsession. The narration of the book anf duel partnership was extremely well done. I enjoyed both the male and female speakers it dug you deeper into the book. I loved the overall storyline. Right off the bat I felt as if I was reading a modern day Romeo and Juliet book with a Mafia twist. The characters are relatable and you become invested with each of their stories. The story comes to an end with a cliff hanger which means the reader can expect more. I am excited to see where the writer takes us on this journey. # dowtimereading

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So Good

I devoured this, I just couldn't stop listening. It's well written and Nico and Ari are fantastic.

Nico and Ari are from enemy families, there's many issues and drama caused by them being together. But they compliment each other so well and have fantastic chemistry. The ending leaves me itching for the next book as I just have to know what happens next.

The narration was fantastic, Sarah Puckett and Michael Norman Johnson did an amazing job.
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That story though... 😯

Oh Emm Geee... this book! This audiobook checked off all my favorite things... mafia, enemies, college, dark, romance... it could NOT have been any better! Mafia and dark romances are one of my guilty pleasures! It's everything I love in a romance where two people are from crazy different worlds... they clash, tempers flare, hot, dirty sex is had. Nicco and Arianne had me so immersed in their world! LA Cotton pulled out all the stops and has probably written her best book yet... yes, I just said that! I was so wrapped up in this story that I felt the angst and drama.

Sarah Puckett always gives her characters identity and a personality that helps me feel the story fully, not just with my ears but with my heart. I liked Michael Norman Johnson and enjoyed the voices he used to kind of separate his characters but he didn't really feel like Nicco to me. He wasn't bad in the part but didn't fill Nicco's metaphorical shoes.

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Epic start to an addicting romance

This book consumed me. And I need more...now! I was a little hesitant to read it since it's book one in a duet and those always have killer cliffhangers. But I heard amazing reviews about it so I had to check it out. I am so glad I did. Nico and Ari are freaking epic. They shouldn't be together. They are from families that are enemies. Them being together is major drama. But love doesn't care. Nico is her savior after all. But that threat he saved her from isn't gone and Nico isn't able to always protect her. They go against what their families expect and chose love. That decision sets a chain of events that they can't come back from. And it's not over. Yes there is a cliffhanger but it's not as devastating as I was afraid of. But I do need the next book ... like now! I had so many emotions during this book. And so many characters I wanted to hurt myself! Warning before you start this book, it's will take over your heart. It was all I could think about as I listening. These narrators did an amazing job at bringing Nico and Ari's world and their story to life. I felt like it was all real. And I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book!

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 12-16-20

Intense

She's a hard-working girl who loves to take care of the local animal shelter. He is a fighter. He's fierce and intense when it comes to his matches. When they meet, they try to resist each other, but they can't. Only problem is that their families are enemies.

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  • C. Stewart
  • 10-25-20

Amazing book. Dark but a great read

I love this book. Narrator is great in my opinion, I was hooked very fast. Can't wait for the rest of the series to be realised.

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  • Zoe-Amelia
  • 06-21-20

Just Amazing 🖤

There's nothing better than hearing one of your favourite books come to life 🔥

Everything was perfect, I fell in love with the characters all over again, and my heart broke for them all over again 💔

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  • JuttaS
  • 06-08-20

Interesting story, great characters

The more I listened to this story the more I got sucked into it. The characters grew on me more and more and by the end...yeah I need to know what happens next. Sarah Puckett and Michael Norman Johnson bring the characters to life beautifully and I can tell just who is who. A couple of the things that happen did really shock me. I hadn't thought that they would happen, but they were in line with the story and true to the character. And they helped to build up the various dynamics between the characters.

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  • Ally WLbooks
  • 06-08-20

Swoony Romantic & Suspenseful First Installment

I devoured this first book in less than 24-hours! I could not put it down! These characters are so full of life and emotion! I laughed and cried with them! It's steeped in suspense and action! The relationship between Arianne & Nicco is beautiful and emotional. The author capture first love so well!
And the ending!!! Omg I was left yelling at my phone like a crazy person! I cannot wait for book two!!!!
Sarah Puckett gave another incredible performance and I greatly enjoyed Michael Johnson, it was my first time listening to him.
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  • Voracious Book Addict
  • 06-07-20

3.5 Stars! An angsty modern Romeo and Juliet

This is a modern day reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in a world of feuding mafia families.

Ari has spent the last 5 years locked away in her home and is finally getting to experience freedom when she is allowed to go to college. During her first weekend on campus she goes on a date with a family friend and popular student on campus, Scott, and he attempts to take advantage of the situation. Scott is a villain in the truest sense of the word. This book does have a lot of sexual violence and while I am not easily triggered, this book would be triggering for some. I absolutely loathed this character (which I believe the reader is supposed to).

There were definite high points in the book and the story had a lot of great twists and turns. The book started out a little slow, but once it hit its stride I had a difficult time putting it down. My biggest issue with this story was the way through most of the story Ari dismissed, ignored and or played the victim in order to prevent her family from finding out that she was being harassed and in harms way. There were moments when she did embrace her power but I didn't feel she maintained that power long term. I feel that Ari is a strong female lead and a boss in her own right, but I don't think she believes that yet, which created scenes where she acted weak when I wanted her to show her strength.

Narration for this book was pretty good. There were times where the Italian accents sounded forced and more Jersey shore than Italian, and some of the scenes where Nicco was engaging in conversation with multiple male characters it was difficult to discern the voices. Sarah Puckett did a great job infusing her performance with deep emotion, which was tangible to the listener.

Overall I think this book is worth a listen and I can't wait for the 2nd book in the duet! A solid 3.5 stars, angsty, mafia star crossed romance. I am an Audio Obsession Reviewer and I voluntarily give my review.

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  • Gillek2
  • 06-06-20

Nico and Ari!

Arianne has been shielded her whole life not only about her family but the truth about the past and her future. Although there are restrictions in place, she is finally getting the chance to spread her wings and attend college. One night changes everything and when Nico comes her aid their fate is sealed and neither of their lives will ever be the same.

Nico has been groomed since he was a child to assume control of the mafia family. He has always done what is expected of him until Ari as he knows that being with the daughter of a rival family could end in bloodshed for all but if the choice comes down to love or loyalty everyone in his life might just be surprised by the outcome.

The heat between them is intense and the depth of their love knows no bounds but with so many forces against them they are in for the battle of their lives. I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook and thought that both narrators were the perfect choice for the characters and the story. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 06-05-20

Prince of Hearts

Gah!! I love this book so much and need to know what happens next just as much as my next breath! You got your Romeo and Juliet kind of love here that is so consuming that it will leave you in tatters if these two don’t end up together with a perfect ending. I really hope the next part comes out soon.

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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 06-04-20

College Mafia Romance - Retelling of Romeo & Julie

Prince of Hearts: Verona Legacy by L.A. Cotton is a college mafia romance that I listened to audio narrated by Sarah Puckett and Michael Norman Johnson. This is the first book in the Verona Legacy duet.

All I can say is Wow! I absolutely loved this spin on a modern day Romeo and Juliet. Lianne is an amazing writer that just pulls you into her stories. I loved the chemistry between Nicco and Ari and cannot wait for the second book in the series King of Souls to be released on August 11, 2020.

Sarah and Michael did an amazing job on the narration. They both really know how to bring a story to life.

I would highly recommend this story if you love Mafia Romances, College Romances, or modern day twists on the classic of Romeo and Juliet.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 06-03-20

What a start!

I love a forbidden romance. I love a mafia romance. I love first times. And I love LA Cotton. Each of her books is original and has such a great story that it's impossible to stop listening! This one has so much in it, I don't even know where to begin. Arianne is the Capizola heir and to keep her protected, her father has a watchful eye on her. Now at college, she is taken with Nicco Marchetti, and little does she know that their families are enemies. This Romeo and Juliet story had me from the beginning. It's got an innocence that keeps me wanting to keep it that way and the gnawing undertone of danger that provokes me to keep listening just to see what is going to happen. It has characters I love, and others I want to strangle and just when you think it can't get any worse for this couple, the ending happens, leaving me wanting book two to see how it all turns out! Fantastic characters, exciting suspense, just enough angst and a love to end all others, LA Cotton has a winner.

Sarah Puckett and Michael Norman Johnson narrate this gem and together they become Arianne and Nicco. Emotions and frustrations all come through along with that thread of strong love in each of their voices. I am enjoying their performance and look forward to the conclusion!

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  • Kristie-Leigh
  • 01-06-21

Romeo & Juliet vibes meets mafia Prince Charming

Firstly I want to mention a trigger warning for rape. This is mentioned in this book so only purchase if you’re comfortable with reading about this.

I struggled to keep up with this story. I felt like it jumped forward too fast and I had to keep rewinding to make sure I hadn’t missed anything because it felt like I had. I really feel like their relationship went from 0 to forever way too quickly but I loved the Romeo & Juliet vibe. Nico is a badass but such a softy when it come to Ari. Even though he’s no Prince Charming he definitely gives off those vibes to his girl. It ends on a cliff hanger so be prepared to buy the second book in the duet.

Although I enjoy listening to these narrators I didn’t feel they fit the characters in this story, more so the male voice.

Over all I definitely became invested in this story and will be purchasing book 2 now to continue listening for their HEA.. hopefully!

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