Tuesday, March 16, 2021

REVIEW: Mafia Bride by C.D. Reiss


MAFIA BRIDE (The DiLustro Arrangement #1) by CD Reiss
Release Date: March 16th 
  Genre/Trope: Arranged Marriage/Mafia Romance   

  MAFIA BRIDE from New York Times Bestselling author CD Reiss is now available! Make sure you grab this dark mafia romance and get lost in book 1 of THE DILUSTRO ARRANGEMENT!  



Shel: Once again, D. Reiss has written a novel that held my complete attention and has me eager for the next installment. Mafia Bride has the most despicable premise--a young woman whose life is not really her own, taken by a man whose desire for her heart and mind is mostly shielded from us (and her) by his controlling and assholish ways. There are so many questions--why her? why now?--and only the most cursory of answers; just enough to give us the briefest of understandings and make us hungry for more. 

Court: Did we forget or just choose not to remember that C.D. Reiss is the queen of captivation, but also holding all of those secrets deep in her brain! She made us work for it, but I for one enjoyed every single word. This story was interesting, and definitely made me ask all kinds of questions to know more! 

Shel: Violetta is a young nursing student, eager to travel and escape the confines of her life for the summer. She dreams of Greece's sunny beaches and handsome boys and somehow ends up married to an older mafia boss in what seems like the blink of an eye. She's confused, hurt, bitter and she holds on to that for a vast majority of the novel (which makes sense and I liked her grudge, honestly--what happened to her was unforgivable and I was rooting for her to hold that grudge). Santino, while more charming as you got to know him, was also exactly the alpha mob boss you'd expect from CD Reiss. He's controlling and terrible and yet as we get to know him, vulnerable and deeper than I wanted to give him credit for. My ability to forgive and forget isn't there yet...but I sense it's coming because the more we get to know him, the more charming and forgivable he becomes. Damn Reiss for making me like him...though it remains to be seen, especially by the end, I know it's coming and I can't wait for the journey to get there. Court: GAH! Right...the characters and where they come from is very interesting. We get the low hanging fruit, but nothing is as it seems, and I know there is a shoe that is going to drop or a shadow that is lurking nearby and I cannot decide who might be the big bad wolf coming to get Violetta. Is it her new husband or is there someone far more sinister out there waiting? I can't decide, but I definitely am very excited about where this series is going. 

Shel: There's so much more to come, I just know it, and I'm eager to see where she takes these characters next and how much she tortures us before we get to that happily ever after ending.  Court: We will love every second of that torture, won't we! Read it, immediately, if you know what is good for ya!


  Blurb: An epic mafia romance trilogy that sets a new bar for just how dark a hero can get, from NY Times Bestselling author CD Reiss. Some girls dream of marrying a prince, but I never imagined I’d be sold to a king. Santino DiLustro. The king. The monster. The keeper of secrets. When he forced me to marry him, I cried for love I’d never know. When he locked me away, I cried for the freedom I lost forever. Every other tear I’ve shed is for my soul, because I’m falling for the devil himself.       About the Author: CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. To find out when her next book is coming out, sign up for her mailing list at cdreiss-dot-com.   Connect w/CD Reiss: Website: http://www.cdreiss.com NL Signup: Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CDReiss.writer Instagram:https://instagram.com/cdreiss/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CDReisswriter Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/CD-Reiss/e/B00AYLW7T2/   

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