Since the dawn of time, waging war on those who have wronged us has been embedded in the very fiber of mankind’s true nature. The thirst for vengeance and retribution has always prevailed overturning the other cheek to one’s enemies. Creating chaos and bloodshed is preferable to being subjected to vapid dialogues of peaceful negotiation.
None hold this way of life more sacred than made men.
These are the codes of conduct of every mafia family.
However, the same cannot be said when dealing with their enemies.
Throughout recent decades, in the midst of civil evolution, an ancient war was being fought. From both sides of the globe, blood was spilled in the name of honor, while the brutal carnage each family bestowed upon the other was anything but noble. Soldiers, kin, and innocent lives were lost on all sides, and the inevitable extinction of the mafioso way of life was fast approaching.
In the most unlikely scenarios, six families came together in an undisclosed location to negotiate a peace treaty. As the leaders of the most influential crime families in the world, they recognized that a ceasefire was the only way to guarantee their endurance. Should this attempt fail, then their annihilation was all but imminent.
The treaty was effectively simple.
Each family would offer up one of their daughters as a sacrifice to their enemies. Marriage was the only way to ensure that the families wouldn’t retaliate against one another. It would also guarantee that the following successor’s bloodline would be forever changed, creating an alliance that would continue throughout generations to come.
Not all in attendance were happy with the arrangement.
The deep scars gained from years of plight and hatred can’t be so easily healed or erased. However, even the cynical and leery knew that this pact was their best chance of survival. Although the uncertainty of the treaty’s success was felt by every mob boss there, one by one, the families swore an oath that would bind them to it forever.
And as the words spilled from their lips and the scent of blood hung in the air, they made sure innocent lives would yet again be deemed collateral damage to their mafia wars—one last time.
Their daughters would have to pay the price of peace.
Whether they wanted to or not.
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I was sold to my enemies.
There was a deal made to keep the peace. War wasn’t good for business. But deals were broken all the time. What did these powerful families have as collateral? Their daughters. A decade earlier, they decided that we were expendable, that we could be sold in marriage to keep their dealings honest. I didn’t matter more than the security I could bring to the marketplace. I was twelve when they decided that, in ten years, I’d belong to the Hernandez family. Everyone knew what was coming for me. Everyone…except me.
I have no choices. The daughter of mobsters, I now belong to the Mexican Cartel. But even the terrible images those words evoke are nothing compared to what is coming for me. My new family will discover I am more than just a pawn in their chess game. I’m named after a flower, but I don’t wilt. I am determined to come out ahead in their Mafia Wars.
*Gunmetal Lily is a full-length reverse harem novel in the dark and twisted Mafia Wars world.
* Recommended 18+ due to mature language, adult situations, and sensitive content.
Lily is marrying Alejandro of the Mexican Cartel. She didn’t know that until this morning. No one bothered to tell her and she’d been going about life in Chicago, studying and working on her graduate degree in anthropology. Now she belonged to the Cartel. What’s worse, instead of letting her join the festivities her husband sends her off with his brother Francisco.
That would be the first clue something was off but let me tell you once they arrive at the apartment, things certainly heat up as Francisco flirts his way into her bed. He also tells her that she and Alejandro would only be roommates. Something that becomes even more apparent when Alejandro arrives and finds them in bed together. He isn’t even a little upset.
Javier her other brother-in-law comes into play a bit later on and she’s surprised to find out the tattooed man is a doctor.
Then there’s the housekeeper/cook Guadalupe with her unusual and somewhat scary affliction. There’s quite the story there as we learn later.
Aside from Lily adjusting to her new life, and the relationship that grows between her and all three brothers, there’s something going on with the business.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I truly love the way everything unfolds. There’s drama, laughter, tears and plenty of sizzling heat.
I can’t wait for the next book in this multi-author series.
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As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.
I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.
I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
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