Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

Today, I’m hosting author Kaci Rose’s latest release Midnight Rose, book one in the Fabled Mafia Wars series, a dark, contemporary, mafia romance.  Be sure to read my review.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.


Title: Midnight Rose
Series: Fabled Mafia Wars, Book 1
Author: Kaci Rose
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance

She’s the mob boss’s daughter. He left everything to build his own empire… for her. When a rival family tries to lay claim on her he will tear the city part and everything in his way to protect her.

Growing up I had one friend.

One person brave enough to befriend the Mafia Princess.

Then one day it all went away I was locked in a tower on my family estate.

I know the deal.

I’m nothing but a bargaining chip in a contract for the better good of the family.

Then I get a taste of freedom.

My first day out in town one family tries to kill me and another kidnaps me.

Why is this my life?

Now I sit in front of that brave little boy who made friends with me all those years ago.

Only he’s head of his own family now and he says I’m his.

The problem?

My dad will burn the town down to find me and he says he will burn the town down to keep me.

And I just want my freedom.

A Mafia Dark Romance, Rapunzel Retelling.
Check out the other books in the Fabled Mafia Wars series! 

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I enjoy a good mafia romance, so when I read the blurb, I was all for reading and reviewing.  I’ve also read and reviewed a couple of books by the author, so I knew I was in good hands with this one, and the author didn’t let me down.

I’ve never read a “retelling” novel before.  I will admit I avoid them because they’re not just for me, but I was curious to see what the author would do with a Rapunzel retelling.  I must say I enjoyed it.

Ruby aka Rapunzel was best friends with Orlando when her powerful mafia father separated them and locked Ruby in a tower.  But she has hope because someone always leaves a midnight rose for her, what Orlando used to do when they were kids.  She has no escape until given a chance to further her schooling.

Orlando has quietly built his own empire, albeit not as powerful as Ruby’s father’s, but he has enough backing to save her from the clutches of her awful family who see her as a pawn and nothing more to gain more power.

I must I really liked both characters.  Ruby may appear a damsel in distress, but she’s far from it.  She possesses a lot of inner strength to endure what she has, and she’s also loyal to the friend she once had.

As for Orlando, he is the consummate hero.  There isn’t anything he won’t do for Ruby.  AS a matter of fact, his life, as he grew up, centred on freeing Ruby.

This is a beautiful romantic tale of two lovers torn apart.  The writing is wonderful.  The setting is gorgoeusly painted without being overdone.  And the dialogue is true to character.  Do yourself a favour and get a copy.  It’s the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to learning more about the romance between Orlando and Ruby.


Kaci runs on coffee, chocolate, and Oreos. She loves her book boyfriends with tattoos, muscles, beards, and a little dirty.

Kaci loves romance books and has been jotting down ideas since she was in high school and is now putting the ideas down on paper. She believes in satisfying, happily ever afters with a lot of steam on the way.

She was born and raised in Southwest Florida but is wholeheartedly a mountain girl. She has been reading as many books as she could get her hands on since grade school and loves to travel when she gets the chance.

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3 thoughts on “Kaci Rose – Midnight Rose

  1. K says:

    This sounds like such an interesting read– I can’t wait to get started! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your lovely review of Midnight Rose, the cover is gorgeous and the synopsis intriguing, I am looking forward to reading this story myself

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