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He gave his life for hers, but she didn’t remember him.
Vittorio Lupo Scarpone is the Pretty-Boy Prince, the oldest son of Arturo Lupo Scarpone, head of the Scarpone family, one of the five families of New York. He has one younger brother that he does not get along with. They share the same father but have different mothers. When Vittorio decides to protect a young girl, he puts his own life in jeopardy and his father has no problem using his own son as an example that you do not cross him. Vittorio reinvents himself with help from The Fausti Family, a family that no one crosses in New York., and now he is out for vengeance and retribution for what he went through that night in the alley. He is now a ghost and known as Mac Machiavello.
Mariposa has been in the system since she was ten years old and lost the only family she could remember. Now that she has aged out of the system, she is struggling to make rent, buy food, and wear decent clothes and shoes that fit. She is hungry, cold, and on her own for the most part. She finds herself standing in front of a fancy restaurant looking in dreaming about the steak when a man dressed very nicely gets out of a car that pulls up in front of the restaurant and she notices how everyone in the area stares at him and the man from the restaurant that just gave her a hard time about looking in the windows, falls over himself to greet the man that just arrived. She can’t help herself she is drawn to this man and can’t seem to forget him.
I really liked this story, it’s packed with action, secrets, betrayal, and vengeance. The characters are brutal, entertaining, and well written. Vittorio and Mariposa have a history, but they have not seen each other in years. That doesn’t lessen the draw they have to each other, nor does the age difference between them. Mac believes that he has no heart, but unbeknownst to him, a young girl stole his heart when he was a teen and never returned it. She still holds it after 18 years. They find each other again after Mariposa decides that she is done struggling to survive and wants to find a way to live and poses as someone else. I give this story a 5-star review and recommend it to readers that love to read mafia, vengeance, survivor, or suspense stories with a twist. I look forward to more of the Gangsters of New York.