Erryn reviews ‘Angelo (The Marchesi Family Book 2)’ by Silvia Violet. The ebook was published June 2, 2020 and is 242 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Dean, released on June 23, 2020, and is 6 hrs and 35 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I have enjoyed other Silvia books and so nabbed this one.
Cameron didn’t realize how much he loved his grandparents’ bakery until Angelo Marchesi, a man he’s hated since high school, threatened to take it away.
But Cameron owes Angelo a debt.
A debt he can’t pay…
Unless he accepts Angelo’s indecent proposal and risks finding out how thin the line between love and hate really is.
I’m not always a fan of mob books. Anything that glorifies violence and criminal behavior has to be taken with a grain of salt, so to speak. Or in this case a cup of flour as there is serious baking involved. Man, my mouth was watering at all the Italian treats. Made me want to run to the bakery. Alas, it’s too far from here so I had to simply enjoy reading about all those carbs.
Angelo and Lucien and brothers. Devil was born around the same time as Angelo so although he’s a cousin, he’s like close family as well. Lucien has taken over as head of the family business with his lover Peter by his side. Peter understands this is a devil’s bargain, as it were, and accepts his role. That was book 1. Book 2 finds Angelo calling a debt owed by a reprobate. A reprobate who has died under mysterious circumstances. A reprobate who left everything to his son. A son Angelo knew from high school.
Cameron left town a long time ago and never intended to look back. When his father is killed, he plans to come home, sell the bakery, and move back out west. Except things are never quite that easy. He’s overwhelmed by nostalgia for the way the bakery was when his grandparents were alive and running it. He decides to restore it and run it the way it used to be. Except now he’s discovered his father was heavily indebted to the mob and Angelo is there to collect the debt.
I love morally ambiguous characters and Angelo is that. The extortion made me uncomfortable, as did the D/s relationship that felt a bit forced. Cameron suddenly obeying Angelo in his sexual demands felt…off. But then this book wasn’t meant to make me feel good. In the end, Cameron winds up making the same devil’s bargain and gets in bed with the mob. I didn’t read Lucien and I have yet to read Devil and I will read both, but with the same lens of this isn’t really right. Yes, these guys are doing some good things and yes, they’re only killing ‘bad’ guys. Killing is still violence that we don’t necessarily need these days – so consider yourself warned.
Michael Dean narrated the book and he brought that extra something special that he always does. Like I said, I’ll pick up the other books in the series as well as I did enjoy most of this one.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, and curling up with her favorite books.