Title: Amore Part 1
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2016
“It is not love that defines us, Julietta. It is love that destroys us.”
I’m just a normal girl.
Or so you would think.
I’ve never thought of myself as anything different.
Until I met him.
He doesn’t think I’m normal.
He thinks I’m special.
Special enough to be in his life.
Special enough to enter his world.
Special enough for his bed.
Rafael Lencioni. Dangerous. Beautiful. Terrifying.
My story is the one that’s never told.
I’m not the daughter.
I’m not the wife.
I’m not a sister or a mother.
I'm not his enemy and I'm not his friend.
I’m not who you think I am.
So for me to fit into their world, I have to do something I never wanted in my life.
Something I would have frowned upon until I met him.
I have to change who I am.
I have to shut down my heart.
I have to accept my place.
My body belongs to him.
My heart isn’t permitted to.
Those are his rules.
But rules were made to be broken…right?
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“Let me go, Raf,” I breathe, trying to move away from those intense brown eyes.
“Not until you tell me why.”
“I’m in love with you.”
Brown eyes connect with mine, and in a low, husky voice, he murmurs, “I told you not to do that.”
Julietta is looking to have a good time with her friend Celia at a new club in town. Her parents, especially her father, warn her that the club is tied to the mafia and to be careful. She’s just looking for great dance music and good drinks. When she’s there she gets the attention of Rafael Lencioni by acting the fool in front of the club’s two way mirrors. He makes sure to introduce himself. Julietta is immediately smitten with him (I picture him as a young Andy Garcia in my head) and they eventually end up having sex. He has a proposition for her-he wants to make her his mistress in exchange for things he can give to her to ease her financial burden. She’s a nurse, drowning in student loan debt. But he’s married and she knows this can’t turn into anything more than just sex. He lets her know his wife, Maria is well aware of his affairs with other women. His is an arranged marriage. She is there to provide him sons.
He has restrictions for this relationship. Ones that are iron clad and must never be broken.
“There are only two rules, Julietta.”
“And those are?” I say, looking up at him.
“Don’t fall in love with me and don’t ever, under any circumstances, mention who I am or what I do.”
“That’s it?” I say, skeptical.
“And obviously I ask that you do not communicate with my wife for her respect.”
So it begins. Stolen moments and lots of mind blowing sex. But for each time Rafael shows tenderness, he makes Julietta’s head spin with the way he can shut things down.
“I told you, my business is my own. Stay out of it and just do as you’re fucking told.”
Nice guy huh?
Here's my problem with this story. While I am intrigued by the POV of the “other woman” it is understandable that she may develop feelings for her lover. She’s not a prostitute who does this solely for the financial gain. But Rafael blows hot and cold too often for me.
Fuck. Why do I care so much? She’s just a mistress. She doesn’t matter to me.
He’s done this many times, and often instigates moments where Julietta will see him with Maria. That is just too hurtful for me. Julietta needs to grow a spine and show some back bone to this guy. Instead, every time she asserts herself and pisses him off, he gets her back by having sex. Agghhh…
And then there is his motives. Julietta has some powerful connections that she is not even aware of, but Rafael is more than aware of what information she can provide to him. Is that a factor for staying with her?
There is so much deception going on. I don’t think anyone is without an agenda here-Rafael, his wife, Julietta’s family. No one is what they seem.
This is a cliffy and I’m not sure how many more installments will follow. The ending was a shocker, and I may read the next one just to see how things play out between Julietta and Rafael.
Bella Jewel is a self published, USA
Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release
was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon
release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a
bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is
currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella
has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013
she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling
modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her
writing career, planning many new releases for the future.