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Bleeding Heart (Medici Protectorate Series #1)

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In the heart of Pittsburgh awaits a secret half a millennium in the making.

After her father’s brutal murder, Franki discovers she and her three sisters are the only surviving, secret legacy of the Medici. The same people who brutally murdered her father now target her and her family for assassination. Unprepared to battle an unknown enemy, she finds her safety depends on
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Kindle Edition, 405 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Lagan Press
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Runningrabbit
I downloaded the sample and it looked like it wasn't going to be pretty good, but I regret the $2.99. This wasn't written too badly and I'm sure it would be a fine read for those who favour a fairly simple romance. The first half wasn't bad, but as the book continues it becomes all to obvious to the point it was probably going to repeat itself x 3.
Harmony Kent
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
An old prophecy ... magic daggers ... hot men sent to protect and safeguard four corporate females who don't want said protection ... a dead father ...

An enjoyable read with unexpected steamy passages and plenty of aggression. The author does a good job of mixing normal everyday stuff with things more on the magical side of the spectrum, and it all blends wonderfully. Despite my feeling tired and in a 'not bothered' mood when I began this book, the characters gripped me within the first few page
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Mae Clair
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bleeding Heart is an intricately plotted story that weaves together the lives of two groups. The Notaro sisters who run an architectural design firm have just lost their father, John. The patriarch of their family, he was brutally murdered by unknown factions.

The sisters come to learn they are descendants of the Medici, a bloodline that dates back to the time of Michelangelo. Another group, the Brotherhood of Medici Protectorate has safeguarded the Notaro line for centuries. When the sisters le
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Irene
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if one day you discover you are the last descendant of an ancient Italian family destined to greatness by a prophecy? Probably you'd brush everything off like a tale for patsies or the ravings of a madman.
That's what happens to Francesca Notaro and her sisters, one day not long after their father's murder. Even those who break the news to them, those who say should protect and guide them, are skeptical deep down. But then strange things starts happening. Accidents, attacks, ho
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Carmen
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bleeding Heart blends in an exquisite way mythology, mystery, romance and traditions. It’s a bit for everyone's tastes – steamy romance, history or intrigue.
I loved Giani DeSantos and Francesca Notaro. The chemistry between them is palpable from the very first moment they meet, even if there’s a bit of misunderstanding shadowing it. Giani thinks he is about to meet the four sons of the recently deceased patriarch, when in fact the heirs are four daughters. His first perception of Francesca he
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D.L. Finn
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

"Bleeding Heart" is a book that has a little bit of everything: history, culture, magic, romance, mystery, and action. The characters are strongly written and include four sisters who lost their father and a group of 'brothers' whose job it is to protect them. Gianni is one of the brothers who shows up at the architectural firm the sisters own and meets Frankie, the oldest sister. They're passionately drawn to each other as he tries to protect her without her knowing and she unwillingly accepts
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Jacquie
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book opens with a wounded hero trying to save the men he's pledged to protect- except they aren't men, and he's dangerously attracted to Francesca Notaro, the eldest sister of an ancient Italian family.

Giani knows it's his job to keep the Medici descendants safe; he and his brothers carry stone daggers which allow them special powers, for this reason, but Franki isn't making it easy. She's willful, independent, and passionate. He's captivated by her beauty.

Franki is, at first, skeptical of
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Michele Jones
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Staci Troilo crafted a paranormal romantic thriller set in the heart of Pittsburgh about four sisters who have a secret destiny. After their family suffers the devastating loss of their patriarch, John Notaro, his daughters are the only surviving ancestors of the secret Medici legacy, and are now in danger, slated for the same fate as their father.

When the sisters they finally learn the truth about their legacy, they realize just how much they depend on the Medici Protectorate, the men specifica
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Julie Holmes
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bleeding Heart reveals a secret organization that has protected the Medici family for generations in preparation for a prophesied prediction of the family's return to power. Now that the predictions are starting to materialize, there's more to bringing the family back than the Brotherhood expected, not to mention the conflict between the protectors and their wards.

I loved the interaction between the women who are the descendants of the Medici family and the men who are charged with keeping them
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Abby Shimpeno
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intriguing, & Sexy Read

I was genuinely surprised by this book. At first the prophecy confounds you and then you are not sure what to expect, but after the first and second chapters you are hooked.

I find Ms. Trio's characters fun, dynamic, and their personalities easy to getting attached to. Her ability to submerge the reader is the details of the characters surrounds with out going overboard is wonderful!

I would suggest this book to anyone likes a bit a fantasy with their reality with some s
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Staci Troilo grew up in Western Pennsylvania writing stories in her free time, so it was no surprise that she studied writing in college. After earning creative and professional writing degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, she went on to get her Master's Degree in Professional Writing and worked in corporate communications until she had her children. She later became a writing professor, and n ...more
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