Award-winning author Theresa Rizzo delivers a thrilling crime novel packed with suspense, romance, and redemption.
The Scarfilis and Donnatellis love deeply and protect fiercely. “Family takes care of family” is the code they live by.
So when a hacker threatens Gianna Donnatelli’s life, Dr. Joe Scarfili is determined to keep her safe, only he has no police or tech experience, and Gianna’s penchant for aiding Detroit’s underprivileged is the same kind of altruism that got his wife killed. Gianna protects Joe with the same unyielding resolve.
Gianna pushes all his insecurity buttons. Joe tries her patience like no other. But together they’ll fight to save each other and their love… Or die trying.
When family means more than just the blood line in between you, and can be your greatest asset, or worst enemy...
I read a lot of romantic suspense, and I love fast paced action on them. This story has lots of crimes committed, drive by shootings, car bombs, breaking ins, assaults, you name it. But the way the story is built, it is more about solving a riddle, or finding the correct pieces of the puzzle, instead of action. The Russian mafia, the Italian mafia, the gangs and dangerous of Detroit, it is all involved. And since both Gianna and Joe come from money, or from families with a comfortable lifestyle, and Gianna about to make it big with her invention in the medical world, there are lots of potential suspects, when the attacks come close to home, and their lives, and the lives of their family members, are in danger.
I liked the story, I think the plot was greatly thought out, with surprises, and unexpected twists, and turns. The story had a nice flow, and it was well written. I think it could have moved on a bit faster, the slow tempo of the story ate a lot of the intensity of the action and crime, leaving the suspense only lukewarm for me. The story could have been compressed a bit, at least in the beginning, in my opinion.
Joe and Gianna were well built characters, they had their strengths, and weaknesses, they had clear temperament, and both were likeable. Gianna's attraction towards Joe came loud and clear from the beginning, and had a humorous side to it, as well as the desperation she had felt since a young girl. Joe's attraction came later on, but with palpable force, even though he made a good effort to fight it.
I liked them together, there was something very much like 'home' in their interactions with each other. The relationship they had to work on, to hold it together, and the love that grew from the passion, friendship, and years of knowing each other, with a strong side of protectiveness, was something special.
Some of the secondary characters I wasn't a fan of, but they gave a great deal of spice into the tale.
Interesting mystery, with a clustered mix of the mafia, gangs of Detroit, medical and technology world, well thought out and researched plot, and passionate forever kind of love
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she now lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty-two years.