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Illicit Temptations

(Tempted #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  465 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Broken, lost, and alone.
That's all I was before New York's most notorious gangster recruited me.
Now here I am, following in my father's footsteps and breaking my mother's heart.
And I'm torn between the only life I've ever known and the possibility of something else.
Because the only beacon of light in this dark world is the one woman I can't have.
The Boss's daughter.
Paperback, 367 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 25th 2015)
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Dec 27, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No-one
Nope, I'm out. DNF @ 16% because I can't bring myself to read another nonsensical sentence due to the ridiculous lack of punctuation. Add to that I will probably end up detesting the hero because he's so juvenile and I'm calling this done. ...more
DNF @ 33%. This has an interesting premise and I liked the sample enough to download the full version, but I just wasn't feeling it. There was a lot of backstory, but other than that -- not much has happened. I was skimming at this point and I was just...bored. The h and H haven't even had that many interactions at this point. It might get better, but I'd rather move on...sorry. ...more
** ARC kindly provided for an honest review by Janine **

5 Mikey Stars!

This is a story about a man named Mikey Valente and a woman named Nikki Pastore growing up in a family of gangsters in New York . With a six year difference between the two, Nikki was a tag along whenever Mikey and her sister Adriana were together. He remembered Nikki as the little spitfire with braids and braces being a pain in the ass who called him Mikey, which he hated but only she could get away with it.

When Mikey loses
Pam Nelson
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: _finished-2016
4 Holy Mickey Star’s

I totally read this in the wrong order and that’s ok because stand alones weeee.

So let’s condense my 2 pages of note. Michael’s father worked for Victor and died for him. Victor has 2 daughters Nikki and Adrianna; Anthony works for Victor but has a thang for Adrianna.
Anthony comes after the death of Michael’s mom to bring him into the ‘family’ so to speak, Victor has a legit job for him not related to his business.

When I first meet Nikki, I thought oh god princess but that
Spoilers ahead

I started this series to get the backstory needed before I finished reading Drifter and honestly the writing style of that book was different to this one otherwise I'd have quit at maybe 10%

The mcs were very immature
The writing style and errors drove me bonkers
h had a boyfriend but he was proven to be a bad guy
Sex scene with H and OW at the beginning that was interrupted, this was before he'd seen the h again
They were childhood friends but she was a child with a crush on him so not
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Illicit Temptations
Janine Infante Bosco
4.5 stars

Michael Valente’s mother Maryann took him away from the Pastore Crime Family the day after they buried his father Val. His father was Victor Pastore’s best friend; they called each other brothers and that is exactly why his father threw himself in front of an ambush; to give his life for someone that truly wasn’t his own flesh and blood. His mother has to be the reason why after all these years that same man, the man he called Uncle Vic for so long
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2021
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Mar 27, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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ARC provided by the Author in exchange for honest review.

Illicit Temptations...what can I say?

Without going into too much detail (not until the release date), just take my word for it.

Michael Valente and Nikki Pastore are going to make you laugh, bite your lip, get your heart racing and can't help falling in love their story.

I've become a huge fan of Janine Bosco's stories since the Riverdale series (moment of silence for my dear, beloved hotness - Jake Lanza).

Illicit Temptations takes a bi
Julie Reveles (Juls ~ ILST BLOG)
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

**** I Love Story Time was gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest review ****

4 Stars!

I will admit that I was a little nervous to read this story. I loved Janine's Riverdale Series, and I didn't want to compare the two stories or the characters. I also didn't want to have too high of hopes because of how much I loved her previous books or that I might have held too high of standards for this story and be disappointed. I'm happy to say that this story was completely different then the Riverdale S
Elizabeth (Perusing Princesses)
Janine Infante Bosco weaved a tale of intrigue, crime, suspense and love.

Illicit Temptations is about children reaping the consequences of their parents actions. Nikki Pastore is the daughter of a crime boss... she has lived her life loving her father, although not approving what his business choices have been. She has distanced herself from that life as much as possible.

Michael Valente is the son of the crime boss' right hand, best friend and brother although not blood related. Michael's father
Ashley  Hayes
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a different kind of book for me. I don’t usually go for the mafia type romances because there is often too much suspense or drama involved for me. This one was unique in that it had an amazing love story threaded in between all the other stuff. Both characters, Mikey and Nikki, come from mafia type families which automatically means there will be some kind of drama going on that will try to keep them apart. . I can’t go into too much detail without spoilers but I liked this book. I wasn ...more
Angie Box
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted this book for my honest opinion and I have to say this is an amazing book it starts off good and then it gets great. The story line and meeting the charcters Mikey and Nikki was awesome I feel in love with their story. I gave this book five stars because of the way it was written and how it kept you on the edge of your seat I know I couldn't hardly put it down and the only times I did my Kindle was charging. I want to thank Janine Infante Bosco for giving me a chance to read and rev ...more
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This a mafia romance full of suspense, mystery and some of the steamiest sex scenes I have very read. I loved this book. The characters are so well written you feel like they are real and you know them. Michael was sexy and strong with a filthy mouth, Nikki was strong and beautiful with a dirty mouth too. They both fight their attraction, the mafia and every other obstacle in their way. I would definitely recommend this one to read.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
What I would want t know about this book:
Okay here's the skinny. It's an Mob book, all the usual trimmings. There is an OW scene, very short and not super bad at the very beginning, before getting together with the h. HEA and no cheating. Funny too. Some comedy. There is the lead in for the next book. This is a series.
An ok read. nothing spactacular to really talk about....
Eunice Lan
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Illicit Temptations
Author: Janine Infante Bosco
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Year: 2015
Got the Book By: Arc was given for an honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars
Michael Valente...
My father was the Underboss of an organized crime family. He was murdered when I was a teenager leaving me broken. My mother died in a tragic accident, her death annihilated me. My life was in shambles until Victor Pastore, one of New York’s most notorious gangsters and my late father’s best friend,
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley, blog-tour
Illicit Temptations thoroughly guides the readers into the life of Michael (Mikey) and Nicole (Nikki). They each has a different perspective of their current life and thoughts of every angle. Michael was grief-stricken on his father's horrible death who was a second in command of Victor Pastore crime family. He sacrificed his life to protect Victor. Now, all that Mikey has is his mother. Unfortunately, his mother was caught in an accident and holds a high risk in her current health and may not b ...more
JB's Book Obsession - Jennifer
Michael Valente has no direction. In his life, he has known many heartbreaks and tragedies. He lost his father to mob violence when he was just a teen. His mother immediately moved him away from the only home and friends he had ever known to keep him away from the bad element that killed his father.

Now years later he has to bury his mother after she dies in a tragic car accident. Feeling lost and alone, he decides to stay in the old neighborhood. Victor Pastore his father’s best friend and the
Melissa Mendoza
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

“She didn’t say a word, but a moment later I felt her arm around my waist and her head fall gently on my chest. I smiled slightly draping my arm around her shoulder and wondered if there was ever a time in my life if I had fallen asleep with a genuine smile on my face.”

5 sexy thrilling, fun stars!! This book was intense and so much fun to read. And it’s about the mob, this book had me at mob!! I love a sexy gangster/mobster.

Michael Valente...

My fat
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: will-read-again
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. I fell in love with Janine Infante Bosco’s writing when I read her Riverdale series and was honored to be able to get an advanced copy of Illicit Temptations.
Michael “Mikey” Valente was uprooted from his father’s mob family as a child after his father was murdered. He has been roaming aimlessly through life with no purpose, but drinking and random women until the last person in his life who he truly loves is tragically killed. He is thrown bac
Sammy ❤️Just Let Me Read Blog ❤️
I am a huge fan of mafia romances and this book is one of the best that I’ve read. The story was so well-written and had all the elements of a fantastic book: action, suspense, humor, and steamy romance. Michael and Nikki were childhood friends but haven’t seen each other for 10 years. A family tragedy brings Michael back into Nikki’s life, and as soon as they lay eyes on each other there is an instant attraction. They attempt to fight against this attraction but are eventually unsuccessful.
reading the sheets
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Michael Valentines life hadn’t been easy his father was a mob boss who was murdered,then his mother died, her death devastated Michael.His life was shattered he was alone until ten years down the line Victor Pastore a notorious gangster and friend of his late fathers offered him work.Michael was torn… his mother didn’t want the gangster life for him she wanted him to live his life away from all that,but everyone expected him to be like his father before him,take over where he left off.Michael di ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mobsters have the most interesting life but the most deadly as well. Someone is always looking to take out the boss and anyone who may or can get in the way. Innocent people always get in the way (collateral damage) and families are destroyed for it. Michael lost his dad because he put his loyalty to his friend over his family and Michael has been bitter towards a family friend for ten years, now he is losing his mother because of a drunk driver and the past is coming to get him and bring him ho ...more
Judy Miracle
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the characters in this book. Yes they are a part of the Pastore Crime Family by association or physically in it but this story is about more than just the crime family.

Michaels father was the right hand man to Victor Pastore until he was murdered 10 years ago. After they laid his father to rest Michael's mother moved them away from New York and Victor. In those 10 years Michael started to resent and hate Victor for ignoring him and his mother after they lost his father. But
Shelly Wygant
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mobsters, romance, drama, suspense, this story has it all and so much more.

Michael has lost his father to the mob and his mother to a tragic accident. Victor vows to watch out for him. When Michael returns to New York he sees Nikki, the girl he grew up with, but now she is a women and he can't help but be attracted to her. Nikki has a boyfriend that is king of the New York nightclub scene. She thinks that he loves her for her and not for her father, but the secrets will come out.

I loved that t
Lin ( Nerdy Bookworm)
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first time reading a novel by this author but not the last and I'm looking to read more.This is an awesome story full of secrecy, mystery and drama which starts at the beginning of the story until the very end. This story is about Michael Valente and Nikki Pastore and their history with an organized crime family. Michael was grieving about his father's horrible death who was a second in command of Victor Pastore crime family. He sacrificed his life to protect Victor and all that Mike ...more
Trish -  Novels In Heels
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-reviewed
5 Passionate and Intense Mafia Stars

Janine Infante Bosco really brings Mafia to the forefront. Believable and intense, you think you know these characters … but do you? I loved the way Janine always kept me hanging and captivated as to what was going to happen next.

Michael and Nikki’s story is one of passion and electricity.

Michael has had it rough ever since his father died. Being the underboss to one of the mob’s biggest gangsters will do that to you.

His circumstances are not good and he is f
Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I don’t normally go for mob-type romances, not really from any aversion but from simple lack of interest. I like other types of stuff more. However, I wanted to pick this up and I was pleased I did.

The Good:

This is a great quick romance that I enjoyed quite well. The story line was nice and entertaining and it kept me interested from the first page.

The Bad:

The placement of punctuation was very odd. Commas missing or in the weirdest places in the sent
Cassie Hess-dean
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! It was great to see the story play out where friends support friends & watch a friendship turn to love.
Mikey now needs to figure out where he is going in life. First he loses his father and now his mother. He feels like there is nothing good in his life anymore and that he doesn't deserve to be happy. But when Victor brings him back to Brooklyn to bury his mom with his dad, things seem to change. He doesn't want to be a part of Victor's business because that is what h
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Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong

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