La Famiglia is book 4 in the Bataglia Mafia Series and it did not disappoint! Mynx brings the heat in a serious way among the three main couples and there is action, conflict, and some resolution to many of the problems that have been building over the last three books. There are snakes in the Battaglia garden and we all know that there are no limits to what Gio, the Capo di tutti capi, will do when it comes to protecting the Eden he wants for his family. Is it wrong of me to find Gio's aggressiveness hot as hell? Oh, well, the heart wants what it wants and so does the libido!The ending is left open and I can't wait to see where Mynx is leading us next.
La Famiglia has a bit more steaminess than the previous books, but I didn't mind it at all! Giovanni is still the sexiest Don I have come across and I love him and all of his alpha flaws and craziness. Mira is still struggling with her role as the Donna, but despite her fears and anxieties, continues to fight for the love she has for her family and marriage. Lorenzo and Marietta take their love affair and genuine craziness further and further into new realms of "what the hell is wrong with ya'll". Their relationship is like a watching someone jump from a plane. You hold your breath and pray everyone lands safely. Domi and Catalina continue to struggle finding their roles with each other, themselves as individuals, and their places in the family. Mancini continues to force his influence on his daughters lives and the truth of his convoluted and painful past comes to light.
The Battaglia Series is one of my all time favorite series, not just my favorite IR series. Mynx transcends the basic story of race and it's role in the relationships formed in her series. Race of course plays a role in he the story, but it is not the only theme. Mynx solidly looks at the dynamics between a strong and determined man and an equally strong and determined woman; a Don and his American Donna; and the coming together of broken people who are all trying desperately to form, foster, and strengthen a family that will be bound and committed to one another above anything and anyone else. Bravissimo Ms Mynx! Another wonderful addition to your series!
“Never question my heart, my courage, my loyalty! To my men and to this family I am all things. But to my wife I am only one. Husband.” – Don Giovanni Battaglia.
The year is 1992. The Battaglia family awaits the birth of the newest members to their clan. Twin boys will be born to the capo di tutti capi of the Neapolitan clans. By an African American woman who has married the most powerful and feared Mafia boss in all of southern Italy.
Before the birth Don Giovanni Battaglia makes a decision that shocks the family. He will move his wife out of the Campania to his homeland of Sicilia. Against the advisement of his consigliere and uncle, the family relocates to the beautiful seaside beach town of Mondello. And unbeknownst to the Don the lies and secrets he keeps from his wife are already unraveling as well as his empire. His cousin Lorenzo Battaglia who has suffered a humiliating banishment plots secretly to return. The men of the Camorra, organize against him to take control of a region they feel he has left open to his enemies. And the most powerful Don in Sicily, Marsuvio Mancini, is determined to expose his famiglia tie to Mirabella Battaglia. It is an old Mancini family secret that will bring forth cataclysmic consequences.
And while Giovanni and Mirabella fight to hold onto their marriage, the family bonds that keep them strong begin to crumble. Will the Don realize the true meaning of preserving honesty, love, and faith in his marriage in time? Will Donna Mirabella find the strength to forgive her husband of his lies to keep the family safe from his wrath? And what will become of the others who are caught up in their cyclone of drama?
I am so happy that book 5, Amore is scheduled to be released sometime this year so I'll keep you posted as soon as I hear more!!
If you get sucked into this series like I did there is now a Battaglia Mafia Fanpage that's run by Sienna and where you can keep up with Battaglia news and find out what other fans are saying, reading, and doing.