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Today, I’m hosting bestselling author L.K. Shaw and her latest release The Devil I Don’t Know, book one in the Brooklyn Kings series, a mafia romance.  Be sure to check out my review.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.


Title: The Devil I Don’t Know
Series: Brooklyn Kings, book #1
Author: L.K. Shaw
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Genres: Adult, Mafia Romance


My father is dying, and I’ve been called back to Brooklyn to take my place as the head of the Italian syndicate. After a seven year absence, my first test of loyalty is to marry the granddaughter of the Irish mob’s leader. I may not want a wife, but I’ll kill anyone who tries to harm her.

I only hope she doesn’t expect love in our marriage. I can’t–won’t–love her. Not ever. I don’t have it in me.


That’s all my life has been. Then, my grandfather signs a marriage contract, and I become a pawn in an alliance between the Irish and the Italians. Once again I’m bound by duty.

I’ve always been invisible–the person who fades into the background–except soon my new husband begins to see me.

He’s a Brooklyn king, but will our enemies destroy my chance to become his queen?

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“You’re a dangerous woman, Brenna Ricci.”

“How so?” I ask, a little too breathless.

“Because you make it difficult to maintain control.”

A rush of pleasure surges through me at his words. I’m not the type of woman that makes men lose control.

I’m too bookish.

Too quiet.

Too invisible.

Except Jacob seems to see me.

“I wouldn’t mind, you know,” I whisper.

“Wouldn’t mind what?”

I bite my lip before answering and his gaze drops to my mouth before meeting my eyes again. “I wouldn’t mind you losing control.”


As soon as I saw the blurb, even the title, I was in for reading and reviewing this book for the blog tour.  And I wasn’t the least bit disappointed.  Even when I saw a prologue, I charged on (because I am not a fan of prologues).  I learned right away the prologue wasn’t necessary.

As for the two main characters, I adored these two, as individuals, and as a couple.  Why?  Because Brenna was so innocent and sheltered, yet she displayed such courage and strength.  She was no shrinking violet.  When she had to stand strong, she did.

As for Jacob, the duty-bound son, he went into the forced marriage determined to show his bride respect, but not expecting to fall in love.  I really liked his attitude.  He didn’t make Brenna pay for his father’s orders.  He rightfully turned his anger onto his father and understood Brenna was as much as a victim in the scheme to join the two families, as he was.  Wonderfully done, author.

The chemistry between the two was a slow burn that quickly caught fire.  I loved how the author showed this slowly unravelling until it exploded.

The cast of characters also didn’t overwhelm the story.  They were there to do their part and add to the plot without detracting from the leading couple.  But the secondary characters were also very interesting, leaving me hoping to see more of them in the series.

The mystery was also a nice twist to the plot.  It gave it a hint of romantic suspense without taking away from the meat of the plot, which is Brenna and Jacob’s love story.

The writing was strong.  The descriptions weren’t overwhelming but gave me enough of a visual to use my own imagination, which I like from authors.  The dialogue was true to each character.

By far, this is my favourite mafia romance I’ve read to date.  If the author does another blog tour for the second book in the series, for sure I’ll be reading and reviewing.

If you love mafia romances, I recommend you purchase yourself a copy.  L.K. Shaw is a new author to me, and I really enjoyed reading this novel.


LK Shaw is the bestselling author of the sexy, sinful suspense. She resides in South Carolina with her high maintenance beagle mix dog, Miss P. An avid reader since childhood, she became hooked on historical romance novels in high school. She now reads, and loves, all romance sub-genres, with dark romance and romantic suspense being her favorite. LK enjoys traveling and chocolate. Her books feature hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love.

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2 thoughts on “L.K. Shaw – The Devil I Don’t Know

  1. Diana Hardt says:

    It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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