Since I enjoyed Mafiosa Princess so much (you can read my review here), the author, Liza Malloy, kindly asked if I’d be willing to read and review Mafiosa Princess – Sacrifice, book two in the Mafiosa Princess series, a contemporary mafia romance. Of course I said yes. Check out what I have to say.
Title: Mafiosa Princess – Sacrifice
Series: Mafiosa Princess, book two
Author: Liza Malloy
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Mafia
Pages: 311 pages
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Publisher: Teal Street Publishing
Love is a dangerous game.
Blurb: Giada Conti is determined to set her life back on track. Sure, Luca Marino is charming, generous, and dangerously good in bed. But he’s also, well, dangerous. Giada’s ready to accept that she chose the wrong man, but Luca isn’t making it easy for her to leave.
Adrian’s thrilled when Giada finally sees Luca’s true nature, but his relief is short-lived. When the Conti family business thrusts Giada into harm’s way, pretending to date Luca is the one thing that might keep her safe.
As the lines blur between Giada’s true feelings and what’s just for show, Adrian isn’t so sure where Giada’s heart will lead her. And as Luca lays all his cards on the table, Giada questions if she was so wrong about him in the first place.
Mafiosa Princess: Sacrifice is the enthralling second book in the steamy mafia romance series that has everyone talking.
The second book of the series is an intense emotional ride for the characters and the readers. Giada “Gia” Conti has many decisions to make, and her portrait was written wonderfully by the author. She really captured the confused state of a twenty-one-year-old navigating life as a new adult attempting to become a full adult. The growth of Gia is done perfectly as she struggles to come into her own.
As for Adrian Patras, he has found his path, and he knows it’s up to Gia whether she wishes to follow him or not. I really enjoyed how Adrian took a step back, no matter how much he was hurting, to see if their love was true enough to withstand everything thrown at them.
As for Luca, he really came alive in this novel. He is so much more than the “bad boy.” He is a complex man with a complex life, and readers can understand why he does the things he does, even when he tends to self-sabotage what he truly desires, all because of how he was raised and the lifestyle he honours and follows. I loved how he let Gia see into the deep secrets of his heart and mind. Well done, author.
Then there’s the family. They are center stage again, impacting Gia’s decisions.
The pacing is tight and has a natural flow to it as the reader navigates the love triangle of Gia, Adrian, and Luca. The internal narration brings alive the characters feelings. The dialogue is true to character. And the setting is painted with the right amount of description without becoming too much.
The story flows so well, with so much conflict and intensity, that I was easily turning page after page. And I must admit I was tempted many times to read ahead because I wanted to know badly what would happen next. But I stopped myself and behaved LOL.
As for the ending, nooooo. That is all I will say about that. I felt for Gia because I was just as bummed LOL.
This is a wonderful news series the author has created with a heroine readers can root for. I recommend you continue reading Gia’s journey in the second book of the series. You won’t be disappointed.
Have you read Mafiosa Princess – Sacrifice? If so, do you agree with my review? If you haven’t read the boo, would you be willing to now?