Monday, October 26, 2015

[Release Blitz & Review] Blood & Loyalties by Ryan Michele

Title: Blood & Loyalties
Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: Mob/Mafia Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2015  
Cover Designer: Melissa Gill MGbookcovers 
Photographer: Kruse Images & Photography 
Cover Model: Josh McCann


Family meant everything.

Good, bad, right, wrong, legal, illegal—none of that mattered when it came to family. Family was and always would be number one. 

Catarina Lambardoni stayed on the legal side of the family businesses by running Lambardoni Enterprises. Professionally, she was beyond successful. In her personal life, however, she was not, having just walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her.
Jag Maratelli, the boss’s right hand, worked extremely hard to sustain his position in the family and honored it with his life. When he was summoned to the East Coast for an unexpected meeting, a chance encounter with Catarina and one look into the fire within her made him a very determined man.
The chemistry between the two scorched hot, and Jag had been with enough women to know Catarina was something special, something he couldn’t allow himself to walk away from. Life had other ideas, though, when a betrayal in the family sent him two thousand miles away from her while danger lurked closer than anyone realized.
Would their connection be strong enough for both of them to pursue more?
Or would people and events from the past and present make that choice for them?


Blood and Loyalties By Ryan Michele 
©Ryan Michele 2015
Chapter 1—Catarina

“You stupid fucking bitch!” Antonio seethed like a pussy as he looked up from the filthy-ass floor of the bar, holding his throbbing crotch. 

I laughed, tossing my head back for good measure. Bitch was the worst he could come up with? I had been called worse than that at work when I lost a client’s millions on a bum deal. 

I lifted the pointed heel of my black, stiletto boot and plowed it hard into his windpipe, crushing it as he gasped for breath, his eyes wide with fear. He needed to be taught a lesson about fucking over a Lambardoni. It didn’t come without repercussions, and I wanted to be the one to teach him. 

Unfortunately, I knew my bodyguards had called my brother Val. They always did when shit with me happened, and if I didn’t get on with it, Val would ruin all my fun. I was more than capable of handling this weak, pathetic asshole. Val should know that. He and my other brother D had trained me to fight and shoot a target with precision, but something about being “the sister” gave them the right to be overprotective and overbearing, even if I was older than both of them. 

As I removed my foot, one of his hands wrapped around his throat as the other continued to grip his aching crotch. The stupid fucker didn’t know whether to grab his balls or neck, his arms flailing in both directions as he rolled from side to side, trying to ease the pain. He gasped for breath, the look of confusion in his eyes laughable. I did pack one hell of a powerful knee thrust, though. No doubt his balls were shoved so deep inside he could taste them in his mouth. 

Wicked thoughts crept in my head. Using my best weapon of the moment—the hot ass boots my cousin Kiera had insisted I wear for the night—I picked a spot on his rib cage and began kicking it over and over, plowing into him, hoping like hell the blows would crack the fuckers. It was the least he deserved. 

I moved with him at each turn he tried to make, hitting him dead in the same spot. He grunted and attempted to bat my foot away with his hands as he tried to hold himself at the same time. His less than stealthy attempts only made him look like a bigger pansy-assed bitch. It was amazing how much actual joy I felt from watching him struggle. 

He tried to curl up in the fetal position, the dirt from the floor coating his clothes and both sides of his face. He groaned, taking each hit, but it didn’t feel like enough. The fucker didn’t even have the balls to really fight back. 

“Catarina, what the hell happened?” Kiera said loudly at my side, trying to compensate for the music blaring in the distance. She was my cousin, best friend, and pretty much sister in every way that counts. Regardless, my focus stayed on the fucker on the floor as I stepped farther back from his withering body. 

When Kiera and I had decided to come out to the club to let off some steam from a brutal week at work, I hadn’t realized I would be getting a hefty workout like this instead of on the dance floor. 

I stared down at the man I’d thought loved me, who had said I was the one for him. The only one. Stupid. I should have known by now that the only reason men found any interest in me was because of my father and family. Each one seemed to want that pivotal “in” to the business, and for some reason, they thought I could get it for them. 

I knew Antonio wanted to move up in the ranks with his family, but it wasn’t in the cards for him. That right there should have been a huge red flag for me, but I had trusted him when he told me if he couldn’t move up in his own family, he didn’t want to move up at all. 

Lies. All fucking lies.

5 Stars!

I adore this author. She is an amazing writer who gives you romance like no other. She has written, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, MC romance, and now we are on to her new style... mafia romance. And can I say that I am digging this particular genre lately? I love the edgy and gritty storyline they provide and Ryan Michele gave us that and so much more with this book.

I loved this book. It was sexy, sweet, fun, intense, passionate, suspenseful, and had one hero that will make you swoon and fall hard. It is no surprise this author is one of my top favorites. She has an amazing knack for writing and with each new book, she continues to wow me. This book will probably be one of my top reads for this year definitely. This book is a standalone

 This is Catarina and Jag's story. Catarina is a mafia princess and tough as nails. When she catches her current man cheating, she lets him know that is unacceptable. And then in walks Jag. He is part of the business and a total stud. She wants him bad and plans to have him... immediately. Sure he might be friends with her way overprotective brother, she doesn't plan to listen to anything he has to say.

What neither expect is the feelings they have for each other.. so fast and so quick. And when they are torn apart, Jag will have to show Catarina he is all in and never letting her go despite what she thinks.. Jag will stop at nothing to show Catarina she is the only one that he wants. Filled with twists, turns, and clouds of suspense, get ready for one he!! of a ride with Jag and Catarina.

I highly recommend this book.

5 Stars!

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, betrayal, suspense, twists & turns, blackmail, murder, secrets, and heartbreak.

This is Catarina and Jag’s story. Catarina has just caught her boyfriend and had to take out the trash. Now she knows her brothers are going to show up and also take care of the issue. When she meets Jag the chemistry is powerful. Can they resist? Or will Jag be just what she needs? They are of the same mindset and he already knows how the family works. The more time they spend together the closer they get but Jag has problems he needs to take care of and has to go back home. When Catarina starts getting threatening notes she pulls away from everyone. Can anyone figure out what is going on with her? Will she let Jag in or will she freeze him out with everyone else? Can Jag get her to understand he wants and needs her and will protect her with his life? Can she open up and reveal the secrets she knows even if it will hurt everyone?

I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.

I highly recommend this book.

Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.

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