Black Collar Empire is a wonderfully engrossing mafia read. I couldn't read this series fast enough! You really need to start with the two free novellas before you dive into Black Collar Empire so that you can get Seth's family history and all that has happened that made him into the man that returns at the beginning of book 1. The two novellas are very quick reads, but there's important information in them that will help set you up for book 1.
I love a good mafia book and Black Collar Empire sucked me in with it's depth of character development and amazingly crazy but wonderful story line. Treachery, violence, organized crime, and vengeance are all part of this fantastic book. After returning home Seth has to deal with betrayal from family and begin to forge new connections and resurrect old alliances. Seth is determined to take his rightful place at the head of the family empire and wants to have Emma at his side.
Emma is a sheltered daughter of a powerful crime family and the one person Seth had to return to. When Seth returns she is forced to face the hurt that he inflicted when he left. Emma has to decide if the danger of joining Seth is worth it. Emma starts out young and relatively naive but quickly finds her own strength and a ruthless streak that she readily embraces. Seeing Emma develop over the course of Black Collar Empire was fantastic and I look forward to seeing what will happen with her next.
Lantro has created a fast paced story laced with intrigue and danger that will leave you yearning for more!
**I received ARCs in exchange for an honest review.**
After two years away, Seth Morgan has returned to New York, desperate to honor his father's dying wish for a unified family. But the heir’s welcome is sadly lacking: his family’s criminal empire is divided, the woman he loves hates him, and his brother Caleb has become a cold stranger.
When a brotherly spat becomes a vicious misunderstanding that ends with Caleb dead, Seth is left reeling, and unsure who to trust.
Emma Morgan grew up while her closest cousin was away. She’s been sheltered her entire life from the realities of their family—something Seth has every intention of changing upon his return.
But not everyone in the syndicate is happy to have Seth home, and there are secrets surrounding Caleb’s murder. The deeper Seth and Emma dig, the clearer it becomes that not everyone shares their dream for the Morgan Syndicate, and not everyone wants the heir to ascend.
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BLACK COLLAR BEGINNINGS: CUBA BLURB
Alone in Cuba, Seth Morgan isn’t mafia royalty—he’s a thug with a gun, and everything to prove. When the shadowy kingpin behind the Cuban syndicate finally takes notice, nothing in Seth’s world will ever be the same. Before the Empire, there was exile. A novella, set just before Black Collar Empire.
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BLACK COLLAR BEGINNINGS: NEW YORK BLURB:
Caleb Morgan is the black sheep of the family. Two years of his brother’s absence has left him cold and alone—except for Emma, the youngest Morgan. Because with Seth gone, there is no one else to teach—or protect—their innocent cousin. But teaching isn’t always pretty—not in family who peddles in crime.
AN Latro loves good wine and the ocean, and prefers to write with both. She has a passion for bad boys in books, and stories that make you feel. She can most often be found along the Florida coast.