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There are three reasons that will get you killed by the hands of your own family.

Three rules.

They are simple.
Don't disobey an order.
Don't betray your family.
And don't touch a made man's girl.

For her, I'll break them all.


Mario Leoni had left his home in New York with no plans to ever look back. Taking a job on the opposite side of the country to escape the life he'd been
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The Book Bee
REVIEW: 3.5 STARS
"Her lips, my lips, had always made perfect sense."


While I've seen Melissa Ellen's name making the rounds on Facebook, I hadn't been able to squeeze her onto my calendar until now. I did have one of her books on my TBR, but the minute I saw Honor, I knew I needed to make time. I'm glad I finally did, because I got to not only introduce a new author to my lineup, but also a new series that I need to follow. New author. New sub-genre. The neat thing is, this was my first mafia
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Catherine Cowles
I absolutely devoured this mafia romance! With twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end and chemistry that had me fanning myself, Melissa Ellen kept me up way past my bedtime to finish this story. If you like suspenseful reads, couples that feel fated in the stars, and action that will keep your heart pounding, you don't want miss Honor!
Patricia Maia (The Bookery Review)
Thrilling story!!! I absolutely loved reading this book!

Fast paced and suspenseful, this mafia based story kept me glued to my kindle.
Honor is part of a series but it can be read as a standalone, as there's no cliffhanger in it and there's no loose threads, everything clicks just right in the end.

Mario is one sexy and intelligent man. I loved to see his interaction with both his family and Lena.
Lena is such a strong woman! I love characters like her, that doesn't stop fighting for what she
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Rochelle
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book from Melissa Ellen that I have read and I really liked it. Why haven’t have I read her books before? This is a great mafia romantic suspense story. It had plenty of twists and turns and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will cry, fight and root for Mario and Lena to see if they get their happily ever after.
Megan Goodman
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely well written book that I found hard to put down. Plenty of twists and turns and lots of feels.
Emma Renshaw
Melissa Ellen had me glued to the pages from the very beginning. I couldn't get enough of the characters, the suspenseful story, or the gripping writing. If you're in the mood for a stellar mafia romance—look no further! Melissa Ellen knocked it out of the park with Honor! I can't wait to read more.
Andrea
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mafia book? Check! Romance? Check! Suspense? Check!

Honor by Melissa Ellen has a lot of elements involved which made this book so good. This is the first book that I have ever read by Melissa Ellen and it won't be my last. The writing was great, the characters were likable, and the story line kept you on the edge of your seat! I need to run out and find more books by Melissa Ellen! I haven't read a lot of mafia themed books but this makes me want to read more about this "theme." I am Italian
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LaGina
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read from author Melissa Ellen and I think she did a wonderful job on Honor. It was well written with a great plot that was filled with so my emotion. It was so suspenseful and it had so much drama and action. Mario and Lena's world of the mafia and forbidden love will keep you wanting more.
DG Book Blog - Daisy Gal
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
With its mafia storyline and one twist after another, Honor, the first standalone romance in Melissa Ellen’s new Made Trilogy, kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end!

Lorena Moretti, or Lena, was promised to Lorenzo Ricci, the next in line to take over her father’s roll in the Italian mafia. She was also trapped in her families’ business with no hope of getting out.Lena's character truly pulled on my heartstrings. I admired that she was strong-minded and courageous in trying to stand
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Ri
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mafia at its Finest

If I ever had to choose a sub-genre in romance that was my favorite it would be mafia. There is just something about the dark undertones knowing that the characters are teetering on the precipice of being good and bad. Nothing is black and white in Mafia. They are considered criminal and yet live by a sense of loyalty that is not often felt to the same degree in other cultures. Loyalty is demanded and I love to watch the characters vacillate how to stay loyal while also being
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Teri
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that was a read I will think about long after the read, isn't that how it's supposed to be?? I haven't read this author before and man have I been missing out. This mafia read is filled with the normal killing and take overs and women being used as pawns by folks they love but man take it up a notch and you might reach where this author took us. There's plenty of suspense and some real serious twist that make this an awesome read. While the heart is the initiator for all that happens it is ...more
Melissa Schaub
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am so happy that I took the chance. This is a mob family romance that is filled with double crossings, secrets, lies and loyalty. The characters were great and i never saw the end results coming. The writing kept me hooked into the story and I read it all in one sitting.

Mario and Lena have a history filled with stolen moments and hidden feelings. But being a part of the family is much trickier than being allowed to love the person of your
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Bridget Hickey
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG this book is good.This book will definitely leave you with a book hangover.It just flows but keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.There is love ,violence in it but dam it's a mafia read.This is the best book I read this year so far.Outstanding job and I will definitely be reading more of Melissa work
Christy
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent read by Melissa Ellen! A theme unlike others I’ve read. Mafia, forbidden love, sultry, sensual, intrigue...you won’t be disappointed!

Mario and Lena make you want to always do whatever it takes for love. I related to their love story even though the circumstances are different. Their connection is undeniable.

She somehow always make the characters relatable; their stories captivating to the readers. Can’t wait for the next one!
Reva
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I am hooked on this series before it is even officially released! I love the relationships Mario has with the women in his life. His devotion to Lena is sexy and heartwarming at the same time. Melissa does a fantastic job of weaving storyline with detailed description of the environment so you can "see" the view of each scene clear in your mind as you read. I also loved how the ending wasn't a cliffhanger, but you know there is so much more to come! Can't wait to see how Declan's story ...more
Janet Taggart Baldwin
This is my first book by Melissa Ellen and it was amazing! I love Mafia Romance books and this one had me on the edge of my chair!

Mario Leoni has severed his family's Mafia ties, and gone to California with a security job. His father is in prison for a murder he didn't commit because of his loyalty to the family, and Mario left the love of his life behind, Lena Moretti, who is now engaged to Lorenzo, right hand man to Lena's father.

Now Mario returns home, he realizes he can't live without Lena.
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Katlyn’s Life of Books
I went into this book blind, not knowing what I was getting myself into, since this was a Melissa Ellen book and Melissa ALWAYS provides a girl with an amazing read. I’ve been reading Melissa Ellen’s books from the beginning, with her Blackwood series, and I was so happy to read about a familiar character. I am addicted to crossover series! I found Mario intriguing when I first met him in the Blackwood series and was ecstatic that he got his own book. Honor was fast paced and grabs your ...more
HEATHER
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hidden twists to a story and a powerful love.
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Mario had loved Lena , his childhood companion since he was nine years old. As they grew older their love deepened until he was forced to leave her for her own safety and for his. Such a love would not be allowed by her mafia father so he left but never forgot. Years later he returned with a plan that would see a reunion of their love and the safety of his family. I enjoyed the drama of this story, the suspense and the twisted ending that
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CS
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly intense and compelling for this genre that can overly bloody and raw. This one seemed to have just the right amount of violence, intrigue, mixed with passionate romantic overtones.
The heavy presence of evil, twisted in with the ideals of warped mafia family loyalty lay like an oppressive canvas over this whole story.
Mario knew he faced death and destruction of his family for the love of his life Lena. An impossible star crossed lovers scenario that seemed destined for failure.
I
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Kristen Lewendon
Wow. I have no idea where this series is going to go next, but if this book is an example, I want to be there to see it. There ae so many cleverly plotted twists, turns, and miss-directions that I was starting to doubt my own loyalty by the end. Mario and Lena were positively adorable together. The only issue I had was my own fault. There are some mentions in the story to previous events that left me scratching my head, wondering what I’d missed. Well, what I’d missed was just about the whole ...more
Chele R
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fist time I have read one of Melissa Ellen’s books, but I have to say I am now a fan. Honor is a Mafia romance full of suspense with twists that will leave You hanging out for more. Mario left the life behind including Lena the daughter of another mafia family, deciding to go back home he knows Lena is the one for him problem is she is now engaged to one of her fathers men, can he break tradition and the rules of their world by going after another made mans woman risking his life and hers ? Best ...more
Tianna McPherson (Anna Lee)
If you have ever read any of Melissa's book you know that she keeps you on your toes and this one is no different. This one is a fantastic mafia story that we meet some great characters and some shady men. They make you really think, Mario is one guy that makes our hearts pump but at the same time gets what he wants. Lena is his heart and soul and they try everything to be together but things sort of go downhill but come full circle at the end. This series is going to be great I can't wait t I ...more
MsquaredBookBlog
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am so happy that I took the chance. This is a mob family romance that is filled with double crossings, secrets, lies and loyalty. The characters were great and i never saw the end results coming. The writing kept me hooked into the story and I read it all in one sitting.

Mario and Lena have a history filled with stolen moments and hidden feelings. But being a part of the family is much trickier than being allowed to love the person of your
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Kaitlyn Boylan
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I didn't think I would love mafia books and the more I keep reading them the more I can't put them down. This book was about a young man fighting for his family. He had a plan, a mission to make sure everyone was protected. But sometimes, there is a price to be paid. What's the price? His life? Who will you Honor in the end?

The twists and turns in this book were so captivating that there was no way I was putting this book down. I am so happy that I stumbled upon this author and thank
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Jennifer
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read by Melissa Ellen and it definitely will not be my last. Honor has a lot of elements involved which made this book such a great read. Intense and compelling for a genre that can get overly bloody and raw. This book had just the right amount of violence, intrigue and thrilling suspense interspersed with overtones of passionate romance.

This is a mafia/mob romance that is brimming with betrayal, secrets, lies and family loyalty. The cast of characters were
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BP34
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Made Series and started the series off with a bang. Well written with strong characters and an engaging storyline. Once you begin this book, you'll find it hard to put down. I read an advance reader copy and enjoyed it so much that I voluntarily chose to review. Mario and Lena will take you into the world of the mafia and forbidden love.
Nate
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one... Love my mafia books. Great characters. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more. Lots of twists & turns. I'm voluntarily leaving an honest review for a copy of the book via booksprout.
Lucinda
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really great book!! I loved the characters and the story was very captivating. It was well written and I really enjoyed the book! I would recommend it to others!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Susan Becker
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
One of my first reads by Melissa Ellen but will be most definitely reading more. Mafia/mob romance that it full with betrayal, secrets, lies and family loyalty.And a relationship that I'd worth risking all. Loved the one the story line keeps you in I can't wait for the others. ...more
Cindy Stone
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Great mafia read!! Looking forward to next in series- Salvation. Intriguing storyline. Highly recommended ...more
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