Title: Amore Part 1
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2016
“It is not love that defines us, Julietta. It is love that destroys us.”
I’m just a normal girl.
Or so you would think.
I’ve never thought of myself as anything different.
Until I met him.
He doesn’t think I’m normal.
He thinks I’m special.
Special enough to be in his life.
Special enough to enter his world.
Special enough for his bed.
Rafael Lencioni. Dangerous. Beautiful. Terrifying.
My story is the one that’s never told.
I’m not the daughter.
I’m not the wife.
I’m not a sister or a mother.
I'm not his enemy and I'm not his friend.
I’m not who you think I am.
So for me to fit into their world, I have to do something I never wanted in my life.
Something I would have frowned upon until I met him.
I have to change who I am.
I have to shut down my heart.
I have to accept my place.
My body belongs to him.
My heart isn’t permitted to.
Those are his rules.
But rules were made to be broken…right?
Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.
I love when an author steps outside their comfort zone and tackles a new genre or writes a story that hasn’t been told. Bella Jewel (whom I love) new release Amore tackles a very touchy subject matter it’s the story of the side chick well in the mob world a “goomar” (mob mistress). Now, now before you get all upset and write the story off it’s a very complex story and goes a lot deeper than just cheating. Rafael is the Don and as a representation of status a lot of made men have goomar’s. It’s the “norm” where they are from. But what of these kept women? Many don’t hear about their stories or how they came into the life until now.
Rafael has a wife Maria who is the ideal traditional Italian woman. She knows the life and what is expected of her. She knows her role and plays it well. Because she is silent and dutiful many disregard her but you know what they say it’s always the quiet ones you have to worry about.
Rafael is an alpha male. He lives life by his own rules and every decision is calculated. Julie (the goomar) has her own life. She is a nurse and a fire cracker. I struggled with her character because she was so back and forth with Rafael. One moment she was giving him the business (telling him off) and the next she was weak for him. On one hand I hated her weakness for him and loved that she would blow up any moment and embarrass him.
He has two rules: Never fall in love with him, and no one can know who he is, or what he does. Simple right? Let’s just say this story isn’t the average he falls for the side chick story and they live happily ever after. It’s so complex with plenty of twists and turns that you won’t see coming. Every character has a purpose and fits into this puzzle somehow. I know, I know it ends on a cliffhanger but the author promises it won’t be long before the next one is released. And honestly with that explosive cliff hanger I am waiting impatiently for the follow-up.
Now you know it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t discuss some of the issues I had with the story. Rafael claims he is only married to Maria out of obligation so that she will bear him children. But, when he is with Julie he sleeps with her unprotected. And follows up with the, “I’m clean and are you on birth control”? Umm…how can you be trying for kids with your wife and sleeping with Julie unprotected? I did love the contrast of his relationship to Julie and that of his wife. The author doesn’t make his wife out to be a villain. It’s a great mix of blurring the lines of wrong and right. You might be surprised whose side you end up on while reading this book.
Although Julie annoyed me it was hard to understand the pull he had over her. I know he likes her challenging ways but we got rare glimpses of them being together as a couple only the intimate parts. I didn’t understands Julie’s thought process why would she confront her father? Hasn’t she been lying as well? And if you are leaving why go somewhere they can find you so easily? One thing I will say is that Julie is a runner she will state her case and leave. This story had some funny moments with Julie and her friend Cecilia. But with that being said it was a lot of WTF moments as well that left me scratching my head. This story had some crazy plot twists and turns. Readers please judge this book for yourselves and not based on this one review.