Tuesday, October 12, 2021

REVIEW: Mafia Queen by C.D. Reiss

  MAFIA QUEEN (The DiLustro Arrangement #3) by CD Reiss 
  Release Date: October 12th 
  Genre/Trope: Arranged Marriage/Mafia Romance   

  MAFIA QUEEN from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is now available!  


The ending of Mafia King had me DYING to read Mafia Queen, so the instant this baby downloaded on my Kindle, I was on hiatus from my real life so that I could find out what in the world was going to happen with Violetta and Santino.

This third and final book in the trilogy started off just as excitingly as the previous book ended. There was no wait, no long exposition, no stringing us along. NOPE. We were in it from the start and I feel like I didn't really take a full breath until I reached the end. 

Because it's so action packed, I'm not going to talk plot points in Mafia Queen, instead I want to focus on what a badass couple Violetta and Santino are. I loved the power dynamic within and between the two of them and I also loved how that power played out in their 'family'. I enjoyed seeing Violetta start to inhabit her power and own her space in a way that was honest and commanding; her evolution was gratifying and relatable in her struggle to grasp how to wield her power. I also enjoyed how Santino viewed her--his love and respect for her, especially after how they started out, was exactly how I wanted him to view and treat her. 

As with the previous novels in this series, and many of Reiss's novels, the steam factor was high, the prose was stripped down to its spare parts, and the balance between exposition and dialogue was perfect. This entire series kept me on the edge of my seat and while I'm sad to see it end, I'm so very satisfied with how it all played out. I'm eager to see the spin off of this series and where it will take us. 

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  Blurb: What doesn’t kill you makes you a killer. Santino DiLustro changed me. You can’t spend time in bed with the devil without getting addicted to the heat. Before him, I was a girl. Innocent and weak. Now, I’m a woman. A fighter. A killer. I’ll burn the world down for him. Shatter the sky. But I will not break. No. I will rise up and destroy whoever dares to threaten what my king has built, because I am forever his queen.  


  About the Author: CD Reiss has a long history of aimlessly moving from place to place. She finally settled in Los Angeles where she earned a master’s degree in cinematic writing from USC. After graduation, she ultimately failed to have one line of dialog put on film, but stayed in Hollywood out of spite. Since screenwriting was going nowhere, she switched to novels. Soon after, luck arrived with a complete set of baggage. She now has over two dozen titles under her belt. Two of those are NY Times Bestsellers and a handful more are USA Today bestsellers. Her audiobooks have won APA Audie Awards and Earphones Awards, swelling her ego to an inhuman size. She lives with her family, two cats and her long-suffering husband in a small Hollywood house that’s been outfitted with huge, ego-sized doorways.  

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