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Destino (Battaglia Mafia #1)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  908 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Mira Ellison is poised to have it all. In 1989, she is the first prominent African American fashion designer redefining change for both beauty and style among the renowned in Italy. That happens until the evening she meets a tall, mysteriously charming Sicilian businessman who orchestrates a friendship that awakens a wicked sexual heat she has long forgotten. Who is he rea ...more
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Published November 13th 2012 by The Divas Pen
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Kim
This has to be one of the best interracial romances I have read. It was a dramatic, passionate, roller coaster of events from beginning to end. Giovanni and Mira don't seem like likely match due to their completely different backgrounds and lives, but somehow they were perfect for eachother. The drama was at an all time high, and the Italian mafia backdrop only heightened it's appeal. This trilogy started out with a bang and seems to be one to be reckoned with. A month is too long a wait for the ...more
Deloris
I just came back from Italy, Sienna Mynx took me there in this wonderful book. This story was written so well I felt like I was right in the middle of it experiencing every moment. Mira and Gio were a wonderful couple to read about there story was sweet, sexy, dangerous , exciting and sad . This book ends on a cliffhanger but I still felt like I got a happy ending. I can't wait for the next in this series I know it will keep on the edge of my seat just like this on did.
Jooniebug
With all the hype I really wanted to read this story cos I truly love sienna's books. I found the beginning of the book so confusing cos giovanni had so many henchmen I got mixed up! Also why was kei who was mira's ex part of the plot? I did not want to read about mira's ex and how he kept her in bed etc....I thought it wasnt right as all I wanted to read about was mira and giovanni. I gave this 2.5 stars cos it really sounded so repetitive like most of sienna's books...eg the heist! Nothing spe ...more
Lenlyn01
What!!! was the first thing I said when I got to the end of this book. How could this be the end.. the ups and downs I mean I was expecting something totally different in the end. Anywhoo, The book was amazing I thought the connection between Gio and Mira was untouchable. Mira just ercked me at times. She had some kinda way about her really. When I read the description of the story and learned it was set in 1989 I was turned off by that but I gave it a try anyway. I'm glad I did but when is the ...more
Tracey
This was an ok read for me. I'm a Godfather fan and this book had toooo many similarities to the Godfather I, II, & III movies.
♡Meme♡Reads love♡
Well this was pretty darn good. I love mafia romances with a bad boy loosing his mind over a woman. I loved it! This was like watching a good movie I loved all the characters the good that bad the ugly this was a well rounded book I was given so many emotions love, anger curiosity, Hate, frightend worried, saddness deep deep sadnness oh the end wow! so this is a series and I'm going on to the next book to find out whats going to happen because OH! MY! G! did so much happen in the first! four sta ...more
Beth Evant
I liked this book okay. I am a big fan of Mafia love stories. I thought I would especially enjoy this book because the heroine is black as I am. I didn't like Mira so much. I am not sure why. Maybe she came across as stuck up or dumb - not sure. Something was just off about her. There was a lot of descriptive details in this book. I wasn't so interested in it because I am not at all familiar with Italy, so I was more interested in the love story not the scenery - sorry. I was impressed that the ...more
Fashionista
"Ooo...Giovnnani is so SMEXY! O_o I love his Alpha maleness! Although he is a serious tough guy most of the time, Mira brings out his softer more compassionate side. I love how his blue eyes turn that special shade of violet just for her.
I can just hear his Italian accent now - whispering in my ear: "Bella, Ti Amo!"
By the way...I absolutely love all of Mira's designs. I want her to design a wrap dress for me!
And...Sienna's rich descriptions of Napoli, Italy, give me a panoramic view of this be
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Monica **can't read fast enough**
This is the first book in the Battaglia Mafia series by Sienna Mynx. The story revolves around the whirlwind love affair between Mira Ellison, a designer on the verge of becoming a successful international designer with her own company which she has just moved to Italy and Giovanni Battaglia who is the Don of a very powerful mafia family. Giovanni is one hot Itlaian alpha male and Mira, despite being overwhelmed by him sometimes, manages to stay a strong willed and independent woman. I know some ...more
Didichan
This book has to many contradiction... for one Kei is described as controlling ... she says he control her... Giovanni does the same thing and its oh so very sexy... aaaaa Mira was a very annoying lead character... her personality and actions were all over the place...she was suppose to be strong heroine but she ended being another tstl heroine.. i grow so very tried of these types.. it would have being a good read... i just find the Miss Mynx heroines are are too loose and weak spirited for my ...more
Deena
I’ve never really been into Mafia/gangster romances, but after reading ‘Rallenti’ in the 'Scandalous Heroes' collection and loving it, I decided to download this book – I was definitely intrigued by these fly black chicks who were involved with these Italian Mafia guys and wanted to read more about them. I bought the book in July, but since it's so long (yay!!!), I decided to wait until I could devote a lot of uninterrupted time to read it. So, last month, while on an 8-hour international flight ...more
Jessica
Sienna Mynx is one of my favorite authors. I love her historical romances a bit more, BUT I couldn't pass up a good 90s crime war and passion novel. This was a great light read from my experience as a road trip passenger, annd I couldn't help but giggle at Mira & Giovanni's interactions beginning interactions:

luluz

They probably weren't that bad, but I just felt their relationship start was a little awkward. Between Mira's GF, Lorenzo, and Gio rescue of Mira--I felt they had this before and after
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Laura
Mira is a fashion designer who is moving to Naples, Italy, to expand her line. She’s not had much experience in love besides Kei, a Chinese businessman who’s a bit intense. When she meets Giovanni Battaglia, who is (unknownst to her) a Mafia boss, she can’t ignore the chemistry between them, although he is controlling and intense in his passions. Tensions are running high in the Battaglia family, however, and Mira and her friend, Fabiana, might have gotten too highly involved with the Battaglias ...more
raeneysa
five stars read but don't hold a candle to book buttercup to me anyway.
Tina
More plot driven than I usually like. I tend to prefer books that concentrate more on presenting the characters to me. And I found it a little difficult to connect with the heroine. I thought some of her reactions were odd. But not surprising since I think everything she did was to drive plot.

But the story was interesting and I found myself very much involved in the story. Doesn't end in an HEA, nd I find myself curious about Mira and Gio so I'll read the next one.

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M. Jackson
The year is 1989; Mira Ellison is an African-American fashion designer looking to expand her brand. Together with best friend and business partner Fabiana,she plans to take the fashion world by storm and that means a move to Italy. Don Giovanni Battaglia, is the Irish/Italian head of notorious Battaglia crime family. Gio takes no prisons.He rules his family with an iron fist & his brand of justice is swift and deadly. Mira has no idea that the space she occupies is owned by a rival Mob boss ...more
Shelby P
I don't normally like Mafia books because I stress too much when I read them. This book was pretty long and it didn't fully keep my attention. I put it down to do lawn work. What does that tell you?
Anywho. I visited Italy for two weeks back in 2003 and I truly felt like I was there with Mira and Fabiana. It was cool reading about these places in the story when I've actually been there.

Giovanni felt like a real "Don" to me. At times he had to be away from Mira to conduct business. He didn't fulfi
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Nile Princess
Ok, I am going to ATTEMPT a review but seriously, I think I need to read the two books in this series again before I can give a final review. But initial thoughts:

I don't like to compare authors/books by name so I will just say that this book bears a strong resemblance (storywise) to another inter-racial mob series(Russian). If you know it, you know which one it is and if you don't, then no harm done. Both heroines are into fashion, both heroes have cousins that were raised with them as brothers
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Chanta Rand
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, HOWEVER, the ending was not satisfactory for me. To put it in more sensual terms, it was like experiencing a marathon of love-making and never being rewarded with a climax. I invested a lot of time in these characters. At 370 pages, this is not a quick read. I felt like I was right there with Gio and Mira, living the surreal fantasy. I expected to have a happily ever after, or at least some closure at the end of the book. I didn't realize until afterward, that thi ...more
Joshirl
My eyes hurt so much trying to complete this book. Mirabella has what every girl want her own fashion house in Italy, and New York ...wow. She meets this hot italian stallion and she's really trying to keep it on the surface but he puts it down and she just can't get enough. It's a really well written book, with characters that have dept. This author has one of the best writing styles that I come across in a while.
Urenna Sander
I was not going to buy this book, but I bought it under the recommendation of a friend. However, I found out there were two volumes before La Sposa, so I purchased Destino, the first book in the Battaglia series. Fearing I would not like the novel if too erotic, I did not purchase Ti Amo and La Sposa. Destino has romance, sizzling passion, tension, and suspense. After I completed Destino, I purchased Ti Amo and La Sposa.
Struggling with past personal issues, undaunted, Mira Ellison is educated, s
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Cynthia
I am in the process of reading this book and it is so hot!!!!!! The sex scenes are provocative and sensual. They are so well written, they excite me in a room full of people. I can't stop reading it and can't wait to read all of her other books. This writer is very talented, well done so far. I will finish the review when I have completed the book. Now back to reading.
Bennita
Rarely do I give a book five stars, but this book deserved every last one. I was hooked immediately. I couldn't put it down. Mira and Gio were an awesome match. She brought out his softer side and I enjoyed their teasing exchanges. Gio didn't come off too overbearing like I find in a lot of these stories. His silent, commanding nature was sexy as hell. Mira didn't just fall for his seduction like some silly school girl. She went into their relationship with her eyes wide open and wasn't naive. T ...more
Joymzz
AWESOME! BOOKS LIKE THIS ARE THE REASON I READ. YES, THIS BOOK WAS 6 DOLLARS ON MY NOOK BUT IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT :) LONG,KEPT MY INTEREST AND AMAZING. i CONNECTED WITH THE CHARACTERS AND FELT SO INTO THE STORY THAT I HATED WHEN IT ENDED. THIS BOOK IS THE KIND OF BOOK YOU HAVE TO REALLY LOOK AROUND TO FIND BUT ITS SO WORTH IT! :)
Iamme
This book definitely deserves a five star rating. I LOVED it. The characters were emotional and utterly believable.

Gio and Mira are too cute. I felt their chemistry. They had a deep connection, more than their upbringing and race. I feel that Gio's upbringing has altered the way he views healthy relationships. The way he described the relationship between his parents scared me. How can the rape of a woman be justified.

I feel that alot of the unfolding drama could have been avoided with honesty
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Keishua
I love this book

I love this book

This book is a great read. It has all the things that you look for in a movie. Love, suspense, mystery,betrayal and death. I can't wait to read book two. This series would make a great movie.
Wishing4myedward
OMG!!! I love, love loved this book. Sienna Mynx did a really good job!! The book was well written and had the perfect amount of detail. I loved all of the characters and the plot points. And Giovanni is my absolute new fictional character crush!! The passion between him and Mira was so intense. I also loved how he shut down anyone who dared to raise an eyebrow about their romance. I just loved it!! Also, I loved how she gave all of her characters such depth. No one was all bad or all good. Ever ...more
Reshemah
3.5 stars
This was just an okay read too me. I enjoyed the love story but I'm really not into the whole mafia thing. The ending was not very satisfying and it did not leave me wanting to read the next book in the series.
T.
There was so much I loved about this book. I think the author or publisher does a disservice to the book by labeling it an interracial romance novel. There are readers that seek out novels of this type but it also goes unnoticed by the larger population. Let me tell you that you are missing out if you pass up this book! The stigma that comes along with their relationship is certainly an important part of the plot as it develops but there are so many layers to this story. Love, family, betrayal, ...more
Trickiegyrl

An good beginning to an enjoyable series. Be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart. Violence is very graphic as befitting a story about organized crime.
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