ENTANGLED: Guzzi Duet, Part Two
Guzzi Duet #2
Publication Date: August 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Mafia, Romance, Organized Crime
Gian Guzzi has everything a mafia boss could want, but it comes with strings. He shouldn’t be wasting time on a redhead he can’t have, when men like him are not allowed to be affected by silly things like love. A boss’s job is never done, and Gian has far better things to worry about—what with someone wanting him dead, and someone else wanting him in prison for good. Yet, he keeps risking it all for one more taste of Cara Rossi.
A man without love is no man at all.
Cara Rossi is left devastated by the things Gian Guzzi didn’t say. She also can’t forget all the things he did say. She needs to focus on moving on from him, not falling right back into his bed once more. Then again, reality has a way of ruining those plans with far more beautiful, unexpected things. Even if it means Cara is forced to question everything, from her morals to her reputation. All to be one woman to one man.
A woman without respect is a dirty word.
Duty. Legacy. Love.
Always in that order.
Or … that’s how it should be.
But life is messy, when entangled with love.
Rules don’t apply.
“Are you going to corner me somewhere and make me talk again?” Cara asked without turning around.
“No,” Gian said, his voice a rough murmur.
“Good, because I’m about to leave.”
“Is your date waiting outside?”
“That’s none of your business,” Cara replied.
“Maybe not, but I asked, Cara.”
She turned slowly to face Gian, taking note that he still seemed a hell of lot more tense than he normally did. Even with his hands shoved in his pockets, she could still see his unease in his narrowed gaze and tight jaw.
“You have no business asking anything,” Cara reminded him.
Gian’s jaw ticked. “So you don’t want to answer, then?”
“There’s nothing to tell, and you don’t get to ask.”
“Don’t you have a guest at your table?” she interrupted, her annoyance rising fast.
“It was over ten minutes ago, but it took him this long to realize I wasn’t interested in the conversation he was offering. Enough about me, let’s get back to you.”
Cara bristled. “Excuse me?”
“Who was that man?”
“None of your bus—”
“Cara.” The quiet way he said her name, so heavy and thick, made her back straighten as a shiver crawled up her spine. Damn him. Gian took one step closer to Cara, ensuring she couldn’t move, as she was backed into the goddamn bar. “At least tell me who he is, that’s all.”
“A date, someone I met. Happy?”
Gian’s eyes flashed with his jealousy, and she hated him for that, too.
“No, I’m not happy.”
“Well, don’t ask if you don’t really want to know.”
“How long?” he asked.
“I’m not answering that one.”
“I’ve seen him here before, with the owner. I could always … ask around.”
Cara stiffened a bit. “You have no right to do that, Gian. Whether or not I see someone, or go out with someone, or fuck someone, isn’t for you to know or have an opinion on. I’m not yours, now. You don’t get a say in anything I do. Learn that, and fast.”
By the time she had finished her tirade, her voice had turned into a harsh whisper.
Gian barely blinked a lash at her rage.
“It fucked me up,” he said, shrugging one shoulder, “seeing you out with somebody else. Smiling like you do, and it just … fucked me up, Cara. I thought, who the fuck is he, and what in the hell is she doing, and why? And it’s fucking disgusting how fast I thought about finding out who he was just to kill him. And you—Jesus, Cara—you don’t even realize how pissed off it makes me that you smiled for him, mon ange.”
Cara sucked in a low breath, willing it to give her some sense of calm.
It didn’t help.
Screw him for the fact he made her hot and bothered, and all he had to do was threaten a man he didn’t even know. God, she hated this and the confusing way it left her feeling.
“You don’t get to say those kinds of things to me. We’re not together. I can date whoever I want. I already told you that. And stop calling me your pretty French pet names, Gian.”
“Why? It still fits. My angel.”
“I’m not yours,” Cara snapped. “Not anymore.”
Gian smirked, his arrogance becoming all the more apparent. “Oh, Cara, you’re always going to be mine. Sempre, amore.”
“I beg to differ.”
“Do you want to play this game?”
Part 2 of the Guzzi Duet, Entangled is the second half of Gian and Cara’s story. It’s a thrilling conclusion and MUST be read after Unraveled.
Much angstier than the first, Entangled did not disappoint. The trials and tribulations the couple has to go through are heartbreaking, and this story is more emotional than I was expecting it to be. Pushing and pulling at each other, they weave a story that is addictive. With everything against them, Gian and Carly try to be together in a quickly paced, action packed tale.
*Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads*
Guzzi Duet, Part One
Cara Rossi’s life has been a mess ever since her identical twin was killed. She blames the mafia, its ways, and the people within the caustic culture for a painful reality that turned her world on its side. In an attempt to momentarily pause her misery, a night out puts her on a path with a man she shouldn’t get involved with simply because of his last name—Gian Guzzi.
He’s the kind of man that makes it hard to say no.
Gian Guzzi’s problems are piling up fast. A murdered grandfather, an unpredictable mafia, and a new boss that threatens both his family’s legacy and his life. As a Cosa Nostra underboss, Gian has a duty. First to la famiglia, and only then to himself. In the midst of the violent uncertainty that has become unrelenting in his days, Cara Rossi should only be a distraction for him to enjoy.
She’s a happiness that he was never allowed to choose before.
It all unravels eventually.
“I’m sorry about your grandfather,” she said quietly.
Gian let out a sigh. “Thanks.”
“The funeral was a couple of days ago, right?”
“It was. I didn’t see you there.”
Cara shrugged as she slid the drink across the counter. “Don’t take offense, but I try to stay away from family business, you know.”
“So you told me in bed.”
At the mention of their hookup, Cara’s cheeks flooded with a pretty red. It wasn’t quite the same shade as her hair, but it was damn close.
Gian chuckled. “How—after that—can you be shy with me?”
She shot him a look, her lips curving with amusement. “A gift, I guess.”
“Well, speaking of that night,” Gian started to say, reaching for an item he had in his pocket. “I have something for you.”
Cara’s brow lifted. “Oh?”
“You forgot it. Or I broke it and you probably didn’t think much about it after that.”
Gian pulled the thin, double-wrapped choker with a small bow from his pocket. He had taken it to a jeweller to have the velvet fixed, and the small piece of the chain that had broken repaired as well.
“Here,” he said, holding it out and letting it dangle on two fingers. “Ready for you to wear again.”
Carefully, Cara plucked the item from his grasp. “You didn’t have to—”
“Of course, I did. I broke it; it’s only right that I fix it.”
“It’s just a cheap necklace, Gian.”
“Maybe. I liked the way it looked around your throat. I might like to see it on you another time.”
All over again, Cara’s cheeks reddened.
“Huh,” she said quietly.
“You do still owe me coffee, mon ange.”
“I figured you would have forgotten about that by now,” she admitted, glancing up at him.
Why on earth would he have forgotten about her? She was not easily forgotten, even with the sudden craziness his life had become. Gian fully intended on learning more about Cara Rossi, even if he knew that he had zero business doing so.
“For starters,” Cara said, “because we hooked up and that’s all it needs to be.”
“Tell me that’s all it is, though, and then and only then, will that be all it needs to be, Cara.”
Cara didn’t get the chance to answer.
“Gian, you’re early!”
He spun on his heel, whiskey in hand, only to come face to face with a stone-faced Claud Rossi. Constantino stood at his father’s side, his hands shoved in his pockets.
Claud passed a look between Gian, and Cara. “Busy night, Cara?”
“Busy enough, Zio.”
“Good, good.” Claud turned his gaze back on Gian. “Thanks for agreeing to meet with me. Constantino says he’s sure we can work something out about the little problems the guys have been having on the streets, if you’re involved.”
Gian nodded. “Sure.”
He hated to end his conversation with Cara short, but …
“That coffee,” he told her over his shoulder, “is happening soon.”
He didn’t even leave it open to question.
It was no longer an offer.
Cara nodded, but quickly headed to the other side of the bar.
Then, as Gian turned back to discuss the business at hand with the father and son Capo-duo, Claud was still watching him. It was a pensive sort of stare that put Gian on edge.
“What?” Gian asked.
“Should I be asking you that, Gian?” Claud asked.
Constantino cleared his throat. “Dad—”
“Did I see you give my niece a gift like you’re friendly with her?”
Gian resisted the urge to tell Claud to mind his business, though he had every right. “And if I did?”
“What in the hell are you doing, Gian?”
That was the million-dollar question, wasn’t it?
Even Gian didn’t have the answer.
Unraveled is book 1 of the Guzzi Duet. It’s the story of Gian and Cara.
This book is hard to review without revealing spoilers, but it’s one heck of a twisty ride. The characters are complex and hard to forget. They change a lot throughout the book, and we are left just aching to know what is going to happen next with this duo.
Unraveled is quickly paced, well written, and leaves you just desperate to know what the conclusion is for the couple.
*Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads*
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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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