4.5 Tesoro Stars
“I swear my breath, blood, and being to Cosa Nostra, la famiglia – our thing.”
The second book in the Filthy Marcellos series is Giovanni Marcello’s story. He’s the youngest Mafia Prince; the troubled one, the black sheep. He is lawless and reckless. It’s his way or no way.
Gio is searching for something, chasing something that has him using all the vices available to someone with no boundaries and a limitless supply of cash.
Gio meets Kim, a beautiful mystery woman, at his oldest brother’s wedding. They have a memorable one night stand...
and their paths don’t cross until months later when fate deals them a dangerous blow.
Gio and Kim’s story is a slow simmer. Theirs is a forbidden attraction that betrays La Cosa Nostra...
“Nothing says I love you like spilled blood.”
...and could end in more than just broken hearts.
Their attraction is real and volatile. They take stupid risks and tempt fate countless times.
“You do that to me, too, Kim. Get me high. Stupid. Reckless. You make me think I’m going crazy.”
“Loving you is going to kill me, Gio.”
Gio and Kim are intense and this is an emotional journey for both. When with Kim, Gio no longer is seeking anything; he's at peace and for Kim, Gio is the one person who wants nothing from her but to make her happy.
Gio is completely different from Lucian, in the first book and that is what I liked the most about it. Yes, they are both La Cosa Nostra. Each of them has the power, the danger, and the ruthlessness that the Mafioso have ingrain in them yet their souls are unique and so are their loves.
There's lot of tradition and knowledge of the Mafia in these stories and their way is very much the silent storyteller as this love and the danger it brings unfolds.
“Respect danced hand in hand with fear.”
“Quiet men were dangerous men. Below their surface, a volatile rage simmered, waiting to flare. A hard coldness saturated them...violence and viciousness were their drugs of choice.”
I'm really looking forward to the third and final book about Dante. Both books have hinted at Dante's situation and the ending of this book shares with us some of Dante's fears and just how big those pressures are upon him.