Madame Moll by Bethany-Kris, Erin Ashley Tanner
Series: Gun Moll #3
Also in this series: Gun Moll, Gangster Moll
Published by Self-published on November 20, 2017
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In this life, nothing comes easy.
James "Mac" Maccari is proof of that. Having fought his way through the ranks of the Pivetti Crime Family, Mac is willing to do whatever it takes to maintain that position. His wife and son are his everything. But sometimes when a man thinks he has it all, life throws a curveball. When it comes to Cosa Nostra, some curveballs are deadly.
Melina Morgan Maccari never imagined having the life she does now. A powerful husband. A child she loves more than her own life. Newly secure in her position as a made man’s wife, Melina is finally starting to believe a happily ever after might exist. That is, until she's reminded that there is danger where you least expect it.
Some bosses are made, not born.
When the powerful Pivetti crime boss is targeted by law enforcement, his seat is up for grabs, and there is more than one man who thinks he is right for the job. But one man in power could spell disaster for Mac and Melina. Mac is left with no choice but to make one last attempt to secure the future for both his families or watch everything he loves go up in flames.
Come Hell or high water, when Melina vowed to be Mac's moll, it was for life. With an organization in chaos, and threats facing her family, she is ready to do anything necessary to stamp out the danger once and for all.
Sometimes, bloodshed requires a woman's touch.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Gone are the days when I am in search of good authors who write books I want to read. This week I had the envious task of deciding which Bethany-Kris new release I would read next. Mac and Melina’s book was my second choice for no other reason than it had been some time since I had read the previous books in the series. There was no need to stress, Madame Moll is written with subtle references to the past for which I sent a silent thank you for each time I came across a memory prompt.
Mac and Melina have become as close as possible to being the perfect partners in their marriage. Love, kindness and femininity were traits Melina retained as Melina remained true to the gun moll persona she had acquired early on in this series. Her husband’s respect and appreciation of his wife’s astuteness and indifference to action was a sign of his self-confidence. Together they are a force to be respected.
Boundaries continued to be pushed as expectations based on tradition are turned by Mac and Melina’s unusual roles. There were some aspects to the story I happily went along with because I was convinced by the character’s belief in what they were doing. This surprised me because normally when stories set in a familiar genre drift away from the assumed parameters it can be at the story’s detriment. In the Gun Moll series it worked well.
The threats to their happiness as Mac cautiously progresses up the hierarchy in the family are from within. With the fear of what could be, Mac and Melina were determined to be one step ahead of their enemy, the majority of the story focused on their lives and the adjustments they had to cope with in being new parents. Their new little bundle of joy was adorable. I could wholeheartedly relate to the anguish of being torn with time for each other and the fear of leaving your baby for the first time with loved ones.
What I had no trouble overlooking was the way they earned their keep and the aspirations they had in life. It took nothing away from the story that we got a glimpse into the lives of two passionate people who were building their own empire and embracing the beginnings of a family dynasty. The epilogue took me over the edge of delight. Teased with a token of the next generation, I can’t wait to see where Bethany-Kris and Erin Ashley Tanner take the Maccari’s next!
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