#Review – Blood & Loyalties – by Ryan Michele


A Mafia Romance

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?



I don’t read many mafia stories but this one had me hanging on needing to know what’s next. I love strong female characters and Catarina is about a fierce as they come. I also love strong take charge males and Jag is that and so much more.

Catarina Lambardoni is the daughter in one of the mob families. They are ruthless with others and loyal to their family. Mess with one you get them all. Catarina runs Lambardoni enterprises with her cousin which is one of the businesses that run on the legal side. We first meet Catarina when she takes care of her boyfriend well exboyfriend now because of his actions. She proved she didn’t need her brothers, dad or uncle to take care of things for her. She did a bang up job on the DB.

Jag Maratelli runs things for the Lambardoni’s in California when he is called to the east coast for business. While there he meets Catarina and his world is tilted. He never had a woman make him react the way Catarina did.

Can they survive with his business in California and hers on the east coast? Will his past and her families past be the death of them?

The insta-love was amazing the twists this book had kept me wanting more. The ending WOW never saw that coming. Great story line that kept me hanging on. I truly would love to hear Kiera’s story but I totally understand.

Ryan Michele found her passion in bringing fictional characters to life. She loves being in an imaginative world where anything is possible, and she has a knack for special twists readers don’t see coming.

She writes MC, Contemporary, Erotic, Paranormal, New Adult, Inspirational, and other romance-based genres. Whether it’s bikers, wolf-shifters, mafia, etc., Ryan spends her time making sure her heroes are strong and her heroines match them at every turn.

When she isn’t writing, Ryan is a mom and wife living in rural Illinois and reading by her pond in the warm sun.


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