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La Cosa Nostra, This Thing of Ours

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  440 ratings  ·  65 reviews
This is a standalone book meant for mature readers.

Harper Troy, like most students, was working her way through college barely making it by. She hears about an opening at a well known gentlemen’s club, The Guardian, ran by a very well known Chicago Family, the Tarseta’s. Even though the uniform is very revealing and the other waitresses are catty bitches, the money is wo
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Published July 11th 2014 by Amie Nichols (first published June 6th 2014)
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Eye Candy Bookstore
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a tough one for me to review. I took a few days to think about what to write first and what rating I was going to end up with. My indecisiveness comes from the fact that the book started off SO perfect- characters that were strong, sexy, passionate, confident...and so right and wrong for one another. Then it took this turn and I was so disappointed in how the characters changed from everything that made them great into these people that could not communicate, that did very childish and ...more
It started out really well and despite the sometimes childish behavior of both MCs, I was enjoying it. Then midway, the POV changed from Harper (Petal) to Liam and it went downhill fast. His backstory and the rushed Italy trip caused me to lose interest. I did enjoy it to a point and will be open to reading more by this author.
Lily Rose
Jun 14, 2014 marked it as to-read
The Italian translation of the title is correct but for a moment I've thought this a book about mafia because "cosa nostra" is another terminology we Italians use to address it. ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I LOVE the cover! That alone would have sold me on this book, but luckily, the story inside was just as hot. It was a beautiful combination of the expected and unexpected that drew me in from the prologue and didn't let go until the end.

As the synopsis states, Iowa farm girl Harper Troy is working her way through college and decides it's time to find a more lucrative job by way of The Guardian, a well known gentlemen's club owned by the Tarseta family. She's hired even th
Olivia Howe
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At first, I was spectacle about reading this book because of the title, I had no idea what it meant. I was very happy I decide to read this. I wasn't expecting this book to turn out like it did. I really couldn't stop reading this book. I finished it within 24 hours.

Harper is a college student in Chicago. She's a farm girl, who doesn't have a lot of money to support herself and pay for her schooling. She has worked her butt off to pay for college, student loans, and rent money.

Liam is a young b
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~

Harper Troy isn’t making much money at the little diner she works at, so when she hears people on her college campus talking about The Guardian, a gentleman’s club, and how much money you can make. Harper decides to go and apply. The minute Harper walks in the door and looks around she knows that The Guardian is way out of her league and turns around to leave. Matty Tarseta stops her and convinces her that she i
Ghiselle James
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
A sweet read in parts, but a major let down in others.

This was soooooooooo not what I thought it would be!!! I can't even express how disappointed I was while reading this. This had the makings of a great mafia romance. There was indication that it would be and from the name, I REALLY thought that it would have been, but I was thoroughly let down. The only reason I'm giving this 3 stars is because of the action I got towards the end and for the beginning of the story when I thought I would have
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Harper Troy needs to earn a decent amount of money so she doesn't have to take out more student loans, so she applies at The Guardian an upscale bar where the waitresses wear little more than a bandana.

In walks Liam Tarseta, the son of the boss, and Harper immediately gets a case of the hots. Knowing that messing with anyone right now, especially the boss's son, is a bad, bad thing, she does her best to ignore Mr. Hot and B
Ruthie Taylor
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

This is an interesting book to read as it pulls together a mafia based mystery, a girl making her way through college, a playboy, and obviously, a hot romance. The prologue is clever as it sets everything up, but then we seem to veer off the subject for a while. I enjoyed the bar scenes, as Harper is wonderfully sassy and unaffected by the craziness around her. It was maybe a little too neatly packaged in places, and seeme
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

"I'm not letting you go, because right now I don't think I can keep breathing without you..."

My Review:

Oh yum, what a sassy little tale. A hot-headed wealthy playboy falls head over heels for an inexperienced, yet independent young woman, working her way through college in his family’s club. Spark fly, misunderstandings ensue, hot sex occurs, and even international travel results to delve into family history. Nearly a perfect storm. I had never heard of this author but am now a
Tobia James
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars
Disappointing read. It had promise. Started out great with a great push & pull romantic quality....and then the characters got annoying. It had the potential to be a great mafia romance & I think that is what I was looking for which is why I was so disappointed. Maybe the author ought to put that this is not a mafia romance, so readers like myself don't go in with that thought process. Great sexy parts, I must say, which kept me entertained; and the action towards the end gave it a sl
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked how the story started. I liked how the main characters have strong personality, I was a bit disappointed that they appear to be weak and somewhat immature in the middle of the story. I feel bad and sad that Liam's mother died though :( ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the 2nd time reading this book I love the storyline...Liam and Harper are a cute couple ..he's not your average Mafia guy's has a sweetness to him as well as alpha...good read
Lustful Literature
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

I love a good Italian Mafia book, so one look at the blurb and I was sold! The story had me mesmerized from the prologue up until the very end. It was beautifully written and had a lot of expected and unexpected things that had me on the edge of my seat.

We meet Harper Troy, a girl who was raised on a farm with her parents and two very protective brothers in Iowa. Harper is in college and is having a hard time making the rent and bills working in a diner. She h
Monique Machuca-Austin
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Harper Troy is a farm girl from Iowa attending The University of Illinois in Chicago who needs to work through college to pay the rent and her tuition the student loans do not pay. Unfortunately, the waitress job she has a local small diner is not covering all her expenses. One evening, Harper overhears a group of girls talking about a friend of theirs working at The Guardian making $500 in
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
I am an Amie Nichols fan so I was excited to read this book seeing that it had a different spin than her other books I read and loved. I was immediately hooked , I love a bad boy , playboy that is relentless to gain the strong willed independent girls attention !!

The 1st part of the book we get Harper's POV. She is in search of a new job trying to make money so she can finish Veterinary school in Chicago and not have to go back home to Iowa. She loves Iowa and life on the farm but the opportuni
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4 Italian Goodness Stars
Copy provided by Author for Honest Review

I can see why so many people said this would be a hard book to review. The first half told from Harper’s POV I thought I had pegged but the second half changes the setting and POV to Liam making them seem like two separate parts.

This was a very quick read, I finished in a matter of hours. I do wish the story was more fleshed out. Everything seemed to happen at hyper speed from Liam and Harper hooking up to declaring their love for
4 Stars!!!
4 Flames for Hotness!!!

I wanted to 5 star love this book in the worst way. I was just on the fence at too many points of the book for a 5 star review.

What I loved about the book:

The overall story is good – Rich Italian Playboy falls hard for a regular Midwest farm girl. Liam knows what he wants and goes after it. The sex scenes are hot. Liam is a swoon worthy kind of guy. Liam is vulnerable, he has mommy issues and the straight out fear of someone he loves leaving him. Harper is an in
Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
Another steamy hawt, mysterious read from Amie Nichols! Boy does this lady know how to throw in the unexpected on you. Harper Troy is college a college student needing money to make ends meet. Her parents run a farm back in Iowa and she has made it a point to make it on her own earning scholarships and working part time jobs. Part time is still part time and it's hard to make a buck. So when she hears of a spot opening up at the local gentleman's club and hears the money these girls make she hop ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Liam Tarseta never knewh is mother. His father wouldn’t talk about her or what happened. He’s been raised privileged, always living the good life. Liam is beyond good looking, dark eyes, dark hair and a ladies man, he’s never had to beg or lie to a woman to get what he wants. “. . . he’s the Italian sex God.”

Harper Troy comes from a good family, two over protective older brothers and loving parents. Raised on a farm, she has always wanted to be a large animal veterinarian. Living in Chicago abou
Tammy Santiago
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
this was given to me as an arc for honest review, so I must say I both loved and hated this book.
our lady of the novel Harper Troy is a veterinarian student at U of I and is in need of more money to continue her schooling so she takes a job at a more high end bar/club.She is hired as a bartender and told by her employee friends to stay away from Liam Tarsete as he is a very well known ladies man and as she isnt into that sort of guy she decides it should be easy to stay away from him.
Liam Tarset
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book but OMG let me just say....I freaking LOVED it!!! I was hooked from that prologue and did not want to put it down till the end.

Harper Troy is a farm girl who is living in Chicago to attend college. She doesn't have a lot of money so she is trying to support herself and pay for her own schooling. The small diner where she works just isn't paying off. She over heard some people talking about the money you could make in tips alone in one night at Th
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars. Harper is a college student excelling her way through undergrad so that she can get into a graduate program. She has several bills to pay and accepts a job at The Guardian as a bartender. The Guardian is one of several businesses owned by the Tarseta family and this is where she meets Liam, the youngest Italian Tarseta who comes in with a different woman each time. Even though The Guardian employs many attractive girls, Harper doesn't escape Liam's notice. Harper comes from a farm in ...more
Samantha  Kurtz of Sammy's Book Obsession
3.5 Stars

TITLE~ La Cosa Nostra, This Thing of Ours
AUTHOR~ Amie Nichols
GENRE~ Contemporary Romance-New Adult
PUBLISHED~ July 8th 2014
MY RATING~ 3.5/5

(From Goodreads)

This is a standalone book meant for mature readers.

Harper Troy, like most students, was working her way through college barely making it by. She hears about an opening at a well known gentlemen’s club, The Guardian, ran by a very well known Chicago Family, the Tarseta’s. Even though the uniform
books are love
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall good book. Enjoyable read. there were some things that just didn't mesh for me.


Liam: he was rough around the edges. A total ladies man but vulnerable and sweet too. When he fell in love he fell hard and made mistakes. He also was wary at first but boy did he make up for it. the gestures in Iowa wowza. He was totally turned around once in love. A few times his insecurities got the best of him and once he was a douche canoe but once he figured out Harper wasn't going anywhere and was
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it has it all love, heart ache, drama.

You know from reading the synopsis that Harper Troy starts working at a gentleman’s club to earn extra money to pay her way through college. This is where she meets Liam Tarseta and this is where the sparks fly and the hotness sets in. Liam is known for his bachelor ways and according to tabloid magazines his past is full controversy.

I really liked how the story was split into two parts, part one is told from Harper’s point of vi
Broadway Girl  Book Reviews (Beth Lattanzi)
I loved the concept behind this book! I thought it was great! Some of it seemed a little out there for me but overall I thought it was a good book!

First let me start by saying I love the name Liam!!!! So HOT! The name alone says sexy! That is exactly what Liam Tarseta is.... SEXY. He gets what he wants and constantly has women at his side. That is until Harper Troy starts working at The Guardian. From the first time Liam lays eyes on Harper he is hypnotized by her. Harper knows she will only en
Southern Belle Book Blog
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don’t know how to review this book. I liked it. I liked the idea behind it. It was unique. But there are parts I really didn’t like. I felt a lot of parts were rushed. I felt like the author pushed through scenes that could have been expanded on so much.

I love how the beginning of the books started. I really do. It was simple, a college girl needing to make more money going to a gentlemen’s club to find work. It’s different. And it was well written. I really loved Harper. I liked how she was s
Melissa Miller-Mattern
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first night Harper is working at the Guardian, she finds herself drawn to the son/nephew of the well known Tarsetas, who happen to be her bosses. Liam is your typical, sexy, cocky bachelor and goes through beautiful women like water. Liam is in complete and total shock when Harper turns him down-this has never happened to him before; he is used to women throwing themselves at him. Although Harper also feels the connections, she tries to play it smart and stay away from Liam but eventually ca ...more
Samaris Creech
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Harper is a woman that comes from the farms of Iowa and is now living in Chicago going to school and working on her Veterinarian degree. To help with bills she gets a job at a high end gentleman’s club run by the notorious Tresta family. She has seen many pictures of all of the Tresta men but Liam is yummy to the bone. Seeing him in person has an immediate effect on her. Liam sees Harper working behind the bar and is instantly drawn to her for reasons unknown. His attempts to get to know her in ...more
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