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The Good Daughter: A Mafia Story (Vista Security #1)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  558 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Most good daughters would say they owe their fathers everything. Marisa Peruzzo, Mafia princess, would. She owed him for killing her fiancé. She owed him for destroying her mother. She owed him for chaining her to the 'family business'. And she owed him for taking away her lifelong friend.

Payback's a bitch.
Published April 29th 2012 by Black Gold Books (first published January 4th 2012)
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Mimi Barbour
The Good Daughter
Marissa’s best friend, Sandro and his wife were in trouble with the mob. Carlos, the mob boss, was Marissa’s father and totally responsible for every rotten thing that had ever happened to her. For the torturing and lobotomizing of her beloved mother—for auctioning her virginity off to the highest bidder while she was still a child—and for turning her brother into the same hard-hearted beast as himself. Finally, even he went too far in his never-ending list of disgusting deeds
Triin from T's Bookish Moments
From my blog.

My thoughts:

Well, I got the book for free for my Kindle and the moment I saw the phrase 'Mafia princess' I knew I needed to read it. So far I've loved every Mafia-themed romance novel I've read and there's something compelling about being a Mafia princess. Rules don't really apply there, do they? It's all about 'family' even though in this book, family isn't a good thing at all. Marisa's family kind of hurts...

The book covered different point of views, showing everyone's side of thi
3.5 stars

This book had a good premise. A mob boss daughter hooking up with an FBI agent to bring down her Mafia, head honcho father and her skivvy, evil brother was enough to intrigue me. I always enjoy when a relationship develops between twp people despite seemingly insurmountable circumstances.

Throw in a superstar soccer player who the mob wants to kill and uses his family (wife and young son) to reel him in and it was a good story. It just had a little too much back story for me that I real

Excellent read! I just finished ‘The Good Daughter,’ by Diana Layne, and my heart is still pumping with adrenaline! This book is very well written; the characters are so real, they practically jump off the page.
The two women centered in the story are Marisa, daughter of ruthless mob boss Carlo Peruzzo, and Nia Crocetti, a world-renown soccer player. Both are strong and beautiful, with very different pasts, and seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome. FBI agent Dave Armstrong, and Italian soc
Sophie Moss
I've never read a mafia romance before and this highly exceeded my expectations. The pace was fantastic, the story gripping and the characters were smart, savvy and fearless. It was very well written and each character was carefully and thoughtfully developed. I especially loved the setting of Little Italy and found myself longing for a cannoli while I read it! The best part about The Good Daughter is that you actually get two romances for the price of one! I really felt for the heroine, who wan ...more
Suzanne aka Lily
Well it's nearly 2am and I've just finished The Good Daughter!
It kept me on edge and there was no way I wanted to put it down. Marissa holds a grudge, no multiple grudges against her father, a mafia boss, that as so caught up in his world that he failed to see his biggest nemesis. And he'd upset many others, including the world famous soccer player, Sandro. Thinking he had everything in control he plays his hand, but his enemies have a counter move that they are keen to use.
Dave, an FBI agent
I have not read books based on mafia, yet, after reading the description of The Good Daughter, I thought I'd try. I am so glad I chose to read this book. This book is absolutely great. I couldn't stop reading. Page after page, I was intrigued. Very well written. The story was absolutely awesome. The characters were well thought out. The Good Daughter is an action packed, suspense filled thriller that will keep you glued to each page. Even some of the 'bad' guys were good in their own way. I high ...more
Danielle Taylor
I really disliked both the male characters in this book. Dave, the FBI agent attempted to rape the women he was in love with when he was younger. But not only that, he never understood why she didn't end up with him and kept insisting to himself he could have made her happier. Sandro, the Italian soccer player Nia did end up marrying "got in bed" with the mafia but blamed everything on the FBI. No responsibility for letting the mafia use his restaurant to launder money at all. Of course the FBI ...more
This book was a change for me but I liked the story line. It was fast paced and action packed but still had the love story. The characters were great with the women being very strong when needed but yet still human. Very disappointed with the open ending. I want to buy an author's books because I really enjoy reading them not because I need to find out what happens to a couple of the main characters. Up until the ending, this was a 5-star book.
Shirley Worley
FBI agent Dave Armstrong joins forces with Marissa, the daughter of a Mafia king, in hopes of bringing down the evil empire and helping Marissa escape the family that has caused her a lifetime of heartache and torture. When the wife of a mob informant is kidnapped, the focus turns to bringing her and her child back to safety, as well as keeping her husband alive. Dave and the informant have something in common that they both love; the informants wife. Although the pain of losing her to another m ...more
A romantic, suspenseful story regarding a Mafia princess who is determined to bring an end to the abuse and ties to the family. Especially her father and brother. She decides to help her long time friend and ex-fiance to bring them down. Sandro wants out from the business he was blackmailed into. Now his wife, son and unborn child are in the hands of the evil monster. Dave Armstrong is an FBI agent who has been trying to break up this ring for a long time. He has also been in love with Sandro's ...more
Joan Adamak
Action packed, romance, mob violence

This is a great Mafia story packed with action, romance and mob rule. Whereas in most Mafia stories, the women are kept at home subject to the demands of their husband, in this story you have two strong women in Marissa Peruzzo, daughter of the Mafia boss, Carlo Peruzzo, and Nia Crocetti, an American soccer player and wife of Sandro, who was champion soccer player of Italy. Carlo had threatened Sandro in Italy and forced him to lose the Italian soccer champion
Dolores Ayotte
Wow...this is one great book! I could not put it down. It is action packed, fast-paced, and suspenseful. It is not very often that I enjoy a novel so much that I don't want to see it come to an end. "The Good Daughter" by talented Author Diana Layne is more the exception rather than the rule. I was caught between wanting to know what was going to happen next and not wanting to read too fast so I could draw out the story and stretch out my enjoyment.

FBI agent Dave Armstrong shows his humanity in
Margaret (Margot)
Duped again. I mean seriously people, 5 stars? The writing alone would not justify five stars. This is one of the most contrived plots I've read in a good long while.

There are so many things that are off about this book. And I'm throwing spoilers out there so strap in folks.

Most of the characters are Italian. The author uses Italian in the story but doesn't always translate. I hate that. I could care less if you know how to speak Italian. I don't and I don't want to read a book with words I don'
I saw this for free on Kindle and it sounded interesting enough to give it a shot. While many elements are similar to other mafia-type stories, bad guys watching their backs, struggling for power and laundering money, preying on the innocent and so on, what caught my attention was that the daughter wanted out. She didn't just want out, she wanted vengeance on both her father and brother, knowing that the only real way out was to kill both of them. But does she have the guts to see it done, and t ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Suze rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suze by: Won from author in TRR 2nd annivparty
I found this quite a compelling read, fast paced. The story is generally of one woman's revenge on her Mafia family and for me, quite uncomfortable at times. I know these things exist but as I prefer the ostrich approach, stories like this do make me uncomfortable if I think of them in RL.
Marissa, the 'Good Daughter' is the central character and has suffered extremely at the hands of her family. She felt kind of closed off to me, I didnt get to feel how she was thinking but in terms of her as a
A page turner!!

Marisa is the mob boss's daughter. He used her, he sold her, he killed her lover (an Italian cop), and he destroyed her mother. It was time for to get her freedom which meant revenge against her father & brother.

Sandro was an Italian soccer star who fell in love and married Nia, Dave's (now an FBI agent) childhood friend. He is now part of the "family" because he was forced to throw a soccer game so the mob boss could win a bet. Now, he can't get out of the business. He, too,
Dana Delamar
Revising this review, since when I wrote it, I'd somehow missed that this book is a prequel to a series!

Good mafia story, with some romance woven in. Diana Layne has a gift for dialogue and drawing characters with a few words; I could picture her characters quite clearly and "hear" them perfectly. She also writes vivid, punchy, action scenes. The story has a number twists and turns, along with surprises, both good and bad. I very much liked the characters of Nia, Sandro, and Angelo (one of the m
Sherry Vaughan
What do you want when someone destroys your childhood and hurts the ones you love? You plan your revenge. Marissa hates her father. He hurt her mother, pimped her at the age of 9, and killed the man she loved. She plotted her revenge, working with the FBI, and an old friend. This book starts slowly but sucks you into this world of betrayal and vengeance. I really was disappointed with the ending but it is probably more true to life. See what you think.
I enjoyed the story. I liked how connected the characters were to each other. The book is titled The Good Daughter but I sort of feel like she wasn't the main character. The end leaves you hanging but it seems like it might be for the best. I can't picture how those two very broken people could make a relationship work together. I love it when the good guys win and the bad guys get dead.
Great book. This shows real true love can survive almost anything, including a hit on your placed by the mafia and how different that world can me. There was a happy ending, but not all of the outcomes were happy. Isn't that what life is like? An excellent novel fill with suspense!
Leanne Davis
Thrilling ride! I enjoyed Nia and Sandro's role in the book and how the mafia invaded them and brought Marisa and Dave into the story. I loved Marisa's character, and felt her need for revenge was so justified. She had such a miserable life due to what her father did to her, and her father deserved what she had planned for him. I was surprised by the ending, but I felt like it was totally realistic and in fact what would have happened. It left me thinking about the book after I finished it. I di ...more
It was a difficult story line to follow with all the jumping around from one couple's tragedies to the other's. The ending is horrible. All I could say was what?? Are you kidding? I hate I wasted time on this one.
Brandi Matherly
I loved that fast pace of this book. I love the characters with all of their flaws and the multiple layers of complexity in all of the relationships. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Carleen Faatz

The Good Daughter was a great read. I enjoy a book that keeps me interested all the way through it. I would recommend to all!
I look forward to reading another book by Diana Payne. Carleen
Nancy Steinle gummel
The Good Daughter by Diana Layne is a mafia story that could be true. It's very believable and the characters are colorgul. You can actually visialize them. You have Marissa, the Mafia Princess trying to thwart her fathers plans and seek revenge against her father, Carlos, and her brother Massimo. Then there's Sandros standing up against Carlos, the mafia don. Carlos puts a contract out on Sandros and kidnaps Sandros wife Nia, and son Daniele. Next the calvary arrives with FBI agent Dave who fin ...more
Brie Eccles
I don't quit books, but I feel like I could have with this one. The pacing was slow and I felt like the characters thought-processes were repetitive.
Tashia Iluvbeinarattler
D'FUQ did I just read??? That ending was horrible! This is a disjointed romance story. There is no real chemistry between any of the characters, even the married ones. I only give it two stars because the action was pretty good. The dialogue was corny; even in my soap opera brain I couldn't make it sound good (you know what I mean)....

The idea of the story is good, but I've read better fanfiction mafia stories. In fact, I think I'm gonna go read some now.
Carol Edholm
FBI Man: Wants the Mafia Mob Boss and his gang in prison for the rest of their lives. Mafia Princess: Wants Mafia Mob Boss and his son dead for betrayal of her and her mother. FBI Man and Mafia Princess try to work together toward different outcomes for the Mafia Mob Boss and to their own ends. Throw in Italian and US Soccer stars, and it makes for great edge-of-your-seat reading, especially the last couple chapters. Get the book to find out what happens to the Mafia Mob Boss and his son. Twists ...more
Beverly Brown
I loved this book.

this is one of those books I couldn't putdown

This is one book I couldn't put down. I can't wait to read the next one.

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Native small town Texan Diana Layne is a homeschooling mom of six kids who grew up riding horses and motorcycles, practicing the piano and reading every chance she could. As an only child and only grandchild she naturally made up fictional friends and entertained herself with endless adventure stories with her imaginary playmates.

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