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Monday, February 23, 2015

Filthy Marcellos: Lucian by Bethany Kris

Filthy Marcellos: Lucian
Book One in the Filthy Marcellos Trilogy
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Organized Crime, Suspense
Length: 98k, full length
Release Date: February 2nd, 2015


Lucian Marcello is aware of the expectations following him as the oldest son of one of North America’s most infamous Cosa Nostra Dons. Family in his world is more than blood and sharing a last name. It’s the honor, respect, business, and the life. Being a Capo is just a stepping stone until it’s time for him to take on the role of underboss but a chance meeting with her could be the one thing he’d risk it all for.

She is exactly what he didn’t know he was looking for.

Jordyn Reese spends her time trying to stay under the radar of a man who wouldn’t think twice about killing her. Unwillingly affiliated with a dangerous MC gang, her life is dominated by the men surrounding her and her future rests solely in how useful she can be for them. The last thing she needs is some Mafioso gaining her more unwanted attention from the club.

He is everything she should stay away from but can’t.

Notoriously violent when it comes to getting what he wants, Lucian will stop at nothing to make the target on Jordyn’s back disappear. But sometimes the worst threats are the ones you can’t see until it’s too late. The truth behind Lucian’s history is about to take center stage in more ways than one, and it’ll either save him … or kill him.

This world leaves everyone a little filthy.

Donna's Review:

Lucian Marcello wasn’t always his name, but that was a long time ago when he had nothing and no one, until his father’s best friend found him, took him in and made him the man he is today.

Jordyn’s mom took her away from her father when she was a toddler and died of an over dose when Jordyn was a teenager, leaving her in the care of the MC they had become involved with. Life’s not easy when the president doesn’t like you and it only gets worse when he makes you club property. Jordyn has no hope for survival.

Ok, first I want to start off by saying, being raised in an Italian home, I was taught to call the close friends of my grandmother Goomah, the term for godmother. Imagine my surprise when, while reading this book, the term was used to indicate a mistress. Wow, what a shock, gotta love dialect!

“I know, but if someone really wants to kill me, sweetheart, bulletproof glass isn’t going to save me.” Jordyn frowned. “Thanks for the reassurance.”

I loved this book, absolutely LOVED this book. Again, being of Italian descent, this book reminded me of my childhood with the big Sunday meals and the tons of extended family, the closeness of us all. No, my family is not a part of La Costra Nostra or the Mafioso, but Italian is Italian. Lucian is a hot blooded Italian man, full of passion. My iPad screen was steaming up because of him, mmm mmm mmm. Jordyn has absolutely no idea what she is getting herself into, but she never falters. One life is the fire and the other the frying pan and believe me when I say, she can handle the heat. She is one strong woman!! I cannot wait until the next book in this series is released. I give this book  5 stars and 4 hands down the pants!!

Stephanie's Review

WOW, WOW, WOW!! As much as I read, review and have books that I have loved and re-read (multiple times), this is the first time I read a book from start to finish in one day. I could not put this down! OMG, this book was amazing!

This book is a story about Lucian, a Marcello son, a Mafia prince with a troubled past, because he was an illegitimate son of a previous boss....we meet him when, at the age of six, he is living on the streets, until he is taken in by Anthony Marcello.

We meet Jordyn who works at a strip club that is owned/frequented by The Sons of Hell MC Club. And even though she was promised she wouldn't have to do the nasty things the other girls do, she find herself very vulnerable.

"Being an old lady doesn't help when the one guy in the club who protects you is gone and the highest one up is gunnin' on you something awful. I can't even tell you to run, because it sure won't do you any good, but you can do this." 

Through a series of events, she meets Lucian and while he is at the club for a business meeting with his brothers and father, he steps into a situation to save her from being raped. Unfortunately, that makes her even more of a target.

His instant connection with her will not let his mind rest, and so he finds out where she lives only to find her beaten within inches of her life. He quickly takes her with him and vows to protect her and make her feel safe.

"Sweetheart, we just had a discussion about my sex life, my lack of relationships, and the confusing mess we're in. I've seen you without clothes. I'm standing behind you while you're wearing practically nothing at all right now. So yes, when I say that I see you, that is exactly what I see, Jordyn. Something beautiful, which was what I thought of you the very first time I met you." 

The rest of this book is an emotional ride of ups and down and who is behind trying to get to Jordyn. I loved all of these characters, with the exception of one that I loved to hate!

"This Thing of Ours."
"La Cosa Nostra." Lucian placed his hand on hers over the word. "Honor, devotion, and loyalty." Then, he trailed a line with one finger down the tatoo of his surname. "Family." 

This book was amazing!! And had me wondering what was happening until the very end. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Out of the corners of his eyes, Lucian did see part of her bare shoulder and the black curls hiding her face, though. It wasn’t so much the amount of flesh she was showing as it was the peeks of what looked like a cherry blossom tattoo crawling over her shoulder and dipping down her back where it disappeared from his sight.
“Hello, guys. I’m Jordyn. I’ll be serving you tonight, or something close to it. What’ll it be?”
The sultry tone of her voice was something Lucian and his body noticed the moment she spoke. It was almost like a mixture of innocence and experience, if that were possible. She didn’t sound entirely bored, but she didn’t sound like she was in it to win it with her job, either.
Dante looked to his father, his earlier comment about not consuming the drinks being silently said again. Antony must have took note.
“A bottle of Jack, unopened. Four—” Antony stopped up short, his lips tugging down into a frown as he passed a glance towards Gio. The youngest brother certainly didn’t need to be drinking tonight. “Make that three glasses. We’ll pour.”
Leaning forward was the worst mistake Lucian made since waking up that day. He certainly hadn’t expected to see her again. At least not in a place like this. She was on his mind all damned week, those eyes of hers, cream-like flesh, and a mouth that just at the sight alone, make his own water.
What’d she call herself? Jordyn, was it?
Shit was right—he was in so much of it.
Suddenly, Lucian was not in the zone like he needed to be.
He was so incredibly fucked.
Also, Lucian realized he was right about his first assumption when he thought she had ink under her dress that day at the confessional box. Cherry blossoms started somewhere beneath the lace and leather bottoms she wore and trailed up over her side, before crossing over her left breast which was also covered by nothing but a lace and leather brassiere, and then curved over her shoulder.
There was another tattoo, too, but in the darkness, Lucian couldn’t read the scripted words.
Strangely, the immediate rush of possessiveness that flooded his veins surprised him. She was still so beautiful, like crazy. The more skin his gaze crawled over, the tighter his pants became. Lucian caught himself wondering what those blossoms would taste like under his tongue.
Yeah, he was not where he needed to be. This unknown woman knocked him off kilter and she probably didn’t even know it. What was wrong with him?
Unfortunately, his father seemed to realize his son’s abrupt change in posture and mood. “Lucian?”
At the sound of his name, the girl’s—Jordyn, he reminded himself—eyes flashed to meet his in the corner, those dark lashes of hers blinking rapidly like she also didn’t believe what she was seeing. Lucian swallowed the thickness building in his throat. Thankfully, Jordyn didn’t act like they had ever met or seen one another before. She simply went on doing her own business.
“Unopened bottle of Jack and three glasses. Anything else?” she asked, avoiding Lucian’s piercing gaze.
“Yes,” Antony said, still watching Lucian closely. “The owner is Ron Daney, correct?”
Jordyn stood a little stiffer, her shoulders squaring. “I beg your pardon?”
“The owner is Ron Daney, Vice President of the Brooklyn chapter of The Sons of Hell,” Lucian said gruffly, trying to swallow back the huskiness forming. “We’re not ATF or the feds, let’s just be clear on that, sweetheart. Ron, he’s in tonight, yes?”
Jordyn nodded warily. “Always is.”
“Good,” Antony replied with a grin. “Send him a drink, whatever he likes. Do be sure to tell him it’s from a guest. Antony Marcello and his crew. Do not mistake my name when you tell him. Be sure to point me out so he sees me. Understood?”
“Got it.”
 With that, the woman Lucian simply needed to glance at to turn his skin ablaze and his heart stuttering, was walking away.
She didn’t look back.

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Top Ten Characters in Filthy Marcellos: Lucian
Thank you for having me on today. I would love to introduce you to the ten most important characters in Filthy Marcellos: Lucian and give you a little look inside their lives and heads.
Lucian Marcello (hero): Twenty-seven, almost twenty-eight-years-old, hazel eyes, dark hair. Originally named Luciano Grovatti. The oldest son (adopted) of Antony and Cecelia Marcello. The only adopted brother of the three. Lived on the streets for two years after his parents’ murders until Antony found him. A business man, and a Capo for his Cosa Nostra family. He’s particularly good getting deals done through city officials and working through the shipping district with his brother Gio. Fluent in Italian. Prefers jazz music. Loves his weed and whiskey.

Jordyn Reese (heroine): Twenty-one-years-old, blue eyes, black, curly hair with a streak of maroon behind her ear. Works at a strip-club, but she isn’t a dancer. Instead, she’s a server who also takes care of the club and the working girls. Her mother died when she was thirteen from a heroin overdose. She’s affiliated with The Sons of Hell, a dangerous MC gang. At twenty, her long-time boyfriend and member of TSoH was killed, leaving Jordyn without his protection. The leader of the gang cares very little for her and has made every effort to hurt her in whatever way he could.

Kate Catrolli Grovatti: The wife of Lucian’s biological father, Johnathan. She’s an angry, bitter woman who makes no qualms about trying to hurt her dead husband’s son that was born from his mistress. Younger sister of Cecelia Marcello. Daughter of a former Cosa Nostra Don. Late forties. In her early twenties, she was arranged to marry Johnathan for the sake of business, but the man never loved her, which she resented.

Dante Marcello: Twenty-six, going on twenty-seven. Dark hair, green eyes. The second oldest son (biological) of Antony and Cecelia Marcello. Works alongside his father at Marcello Industries, as well as in la famiglia as his father’s underboss. He sometimes has a cold disposition, but he’s fiercely protective of his family and loves his brothers.

Will Vetta: President of the Brooklyn chapter of The Sons of Hell. Involved in drug and weapons trafficking. Has a drug and drinking problem, along with some anger issues. In his early forties, cruel, and has a serious hate-on for Jordyn. He was, at one time, involved romantically with Jordyn’s mother, but the now deceased Sandra refused to give him what he wanted—a commitment. He is suspected of being somehow involved in Sandra’s death.

Giovanni Marcello: Twenty-five-years-old. Dark hair, green eyes. The youngest son (biological) of Antony and Cecelia Marcello. He owns a few businesses, mostly clubs, but the majority of his work is spent for Cosa Nostra on the streets as the Skip—a Capo. His family believes he has some substance abuse issues, and parties a lot. He, like his other two brothers, is proud of his Italian lineage and Cosa Nostra roots, and is extremely protective of his family.

Antony Marcello: Father to his three sons Lucian, Dante, and Giovanni. Husband to Cecelia Catrolli Marcello. The leader—Don—of his Cosa Nostra crime family. Italian-American. An extremely wealthy, successful business man on the legal side of his life, and an especially vicious and prosperous crime boss on the illegal side. He doesn’t trust outsiders easily. Killed his father-in-law for murdering his best friend. God, honor, Cosa Nostra, family, and his home are the most important things to him.

Johnathan Grovatti: Deceased biological father to his illegitimate son Lucian (whom he named Luciano). During his life, he was arranged to marry Kate Catrolli so he could receive his inheritance from his father’s side, and gain control over Kate’s father’s Cosa Nostra crime family. Had a mistress on the side, Lucian’s mother, and they had a child together which he kept a secret, one he took to his grave to protect his son from his father-in-law. After being accused of beating his wife, a statement that by all accounts was a lie, his father-in-law had him killed. (Note: While John is deceased during the time of the novel, his character is an important one, which is why he was included in this list)

Cecelia Catrolli Marcello: Mother to her three sons Lucian, Dante, and Giovanni. Wife to Antony Marcello, and they married for love. She was the daughter of a former Cosa Nostra boss who was later killed by her husband. Older sister to Kate Catrolli Grovatti. She holds God and family above all else. She’s incredibly good in the kitchen, but is overly anal about the space, therefore insuring her sons’ and husband stay far away. Supportive of her husband and sons in every way. Regal, graceful, and as her son describes, “mafia royalty”.

Ron Daney: Vice President in the Brooklyn chapter of The Sons of Hell. By all outwardly accounts, he appears to be only the right-hand man to Will Vetta, but in reality, runs most of the club’s business himself. Respected by his men, but not feared as Will is. He was the father to a now deceased Gabe, the man Jordyn was previously involved with before his death. Owns and runs Legs and Leather, a popular strip-club for the MC club. Boss to Jordyn. He tried to protect Jordyn from Will’s cruelty after Gabe’s death, but eventually gave up.

Filthy Marcellos: 

La Cosa Nostra is not just a choice of regime and routine, it’s a culture. Born as mafia royalty, the Marcello brothers were raised ingrained with the beliefs and rules of what it meant to be a Mafioso prince. It is for life. Their status is considered a given right. They will always be these people. They will always be Marcellos.

Coming Soon
Giovanni, Book Two
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Dante, Book Three
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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she can find the time.

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