The Valesky Crime Family Book 2
by Tina Donahue
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
The Valesky Crime Family Book 1
A Russian kingpin wants her dead… the only one who can stop it is the man sent to murder her.
Toni Flores loved her dream job working for a respected US senator until he raped her. She’s determined to bring him to justice, no matter the cost.
For years, Dimitri Valesky, head of a Russian crime family in America, has bought off those in government. Just like the senator responsible for Toni’s assault. When she won’t keep quiet about it and risks Dimitri’s business, he orders his stepson Michael to kill her.
Michael’s a lobbyist not a mafia enforcer. He refuses the insane demand, but Dimitri insists. The power he holds over Michael and his brothers is absolute… or so he believes.
Rather than murder Toni, Michael intends to romance her. Once he convinces her to keep quiet about the Senator, she won’t be a target any longer and Dimitri will back off on the hit. The plan falls apart and now they are dodging mafia enforcers, bullets, and Dimitri’s outrage.
Michael and Toni fight to stay alive and save those dearest to them as they also fall hopelessly in love.
This is book one in the Valesky Crime Family series and has an HEA.
Publisher’s Note: This contemporary dark mafia romance contains elements of mystery, suspense, action, adventure, adult themes, and possible triggers for some readers.
Tina’s an Amazon and international bestselling novelist who writes passionate romance for every taste – ‘heat with heart’ – for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. She’s won Readers’ Choice Awards, was named a finalist in the EPIC competition, received a Book of the Year award, The Golden Nib Award, awards of merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competitions, and second place in the NEC RWA contests. She’s featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
On a less serious note: she’s an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, brakes for Mexican restaurants, and has been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally while wolfing down tostadas. She’s flown a single-engine airplane (freaking scary), rewired an old house using an ‘electricity for dummies’ book, and is horribly shy despite the hot romances she writes.
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My Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5
She wants to get vengeance for the death of her twin, but her own police department and partner on the force won’t help her. In fact, they seem to be stalling her and ignoring her claims. District Cop Lia Blosky is now alone in the world, with the exception of her neighbor Mama L. Lia’s lost a lot since her family immigrated to the US. However, the worst loss is her twin and the way she lost him. Now she’s determined to make those involved pay. The only problem is that the people she’s after are dangerous and already have Lia in their sights.
Special Agent Adrian Kalin wants to break away from his family, along with two of his brothers that just want to live their lives on their terms but being the stepson of a mob leader is not easy. It’s not easy to live your life without him making threats for favors or for making a man do his dirty work. When Adrian’s stepfather, Dimitri Valesky orders him to get rid of the woman that wants to kill him, Adrian is put in tough situation and if he doesn’t do as he’s told those he loves will pay.
I really liked this story, and the characters were great. The story is action and suspense packed. Lia is a smart woman that is always thinking things through to get the results she wants, and Adrian is a man that has been on the edge for so long under his stepfather’s thumb that he can’t seem to see a way out. When Lia convinces Adrian that her plan will work, they have to go through a lot to get the results they are hoping for. I loved the mall scene and Lia’s grit and determination to stay alive and escape Adrian was both smart and dangerous, but she felt that she had nothing else to lose. Her willingness to die for what she believes shows her character and unfortunately, her loneliness in the world. This was the first book I read in this series, but I was not lost as to what was going on because Ms. Donahue covered what was needed from book 1 to know what was going on in book 2. I give this story a 4-star review and look forward to more in the series.