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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  809 ratings  ·  167 reviews
A shadow meets the light

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they dont call him the Shadow for nothing.

This time, its a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.

Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 9th 2018 by Bethany-Kris (first published June 4th 2018)
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
And the Queen of mafia romance has done it again! I dont know how she does it, but Bethany-Kris has once again outdone herself. How does she constantly give me exactly what I need? She gives me these characters that grab at my freaking soul! They touch some part of me that I didnt even know existed. She evokes emotions that I didnt even know I had in me. And every time I pick up one of her books, no matter the subject, no matter the consequences, no matter what she puts me through, all I ever ...more
"Life. Love. Forever."

Captivated is a non-stop action mafia romance with smoking hot passion and tender romance. Joe Rossie is a highly respected Chicago hitman for the mob. When he is called to New York City to assist in a special project for a New York crime family, he meets the beautiful mafia princess Liliana Marcello and he is completely captivated by her. Liliana is a professional ballet dancer who is no stranger to the idiosyncrasies of the life of a crime family. Although she has
Jun 10, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Joe Rossi and Liliana Marcello


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Re-read October 2019 - Loved it just as much this time around, this author just does it for me

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Captivated. That I was, totally and utterly.

Only Bethany-Kris can take two young characters, give them old souls and make it all about them rather than their ages. And she did it with Joe and Liliana to perfection, once I started their story I never gave it another thought. Theres no NA drama or melodramatics

Another thing I adore about her writing is her characters. I love the way they
Lorraine Lesar
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When The Marcellos call...everyone comes running

Out of all the Bethany-Kriss books I have read so far, The Marcellos and The Rossis hold a very special place in my heart. They are like the Royalty of the Mafiosi. But when united together, they arent just Royalty, they become Kings of the Mafia and all others, just mere Pawns.

This is Joseph Rossi (son of Damian Rossi) and Liliana Marcello (daughter of Lucian Marcello) story and I absolutely adored fact, 5* adorness.
No one saw him coming.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mobsters, alpha, arc, 2018

4.5 'Tesoro' stars

Joseph/Joe Rossi (the son of Damien and Lily Rossi, Chicago Outfit)
"When the Outfit wants someone gone...they send the Shadow." Because he moved quietly, as though he wasn't there at all. Because he blended in with the crowd, and was never really seen. Because in darkness, and in the shadows, he was the most dangerous.

and The Marcellos called upon his services...
More in fact, Lucian Marcello had a personal agenda and a retaliation in game but the risks of having a
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 The OneStars

This story Captivated Me Completely and Stole My Heart. Joe Rossi and Liliana Marcello knew from a glance that there was a something between them. A something that lit a spark, that ignited a flame, that started slow and cautiously, but eventually combusted.

The Marcello Family and The Rossi Family come from different states but live the same life. Two different Cosa Nostra families that dont mix unless a favor is needed. And when a Marcello needs a specific favor, Joe Rossi is
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Wow I just loved this book.

That one line could actually be my review. Anything else just seem unnecessary. So its going to be brief.

Joe Rossi is an amazing character. But then hes Damians son so I didnt expect anything else. I loved him from the get go.
He was captivated by Liliana the instant he caught sight of her.
Liliana was equally drawn to Joe. Shes the Marcello principessa. But past events have left her feeling wary and unsure. But Joe feels safe.

I only have one complaint. It it ended far
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review. Im hooked on Bethany-Kris Mafia books. She has this ability to create these worlds whose imagery, mechanics, and characters I can immerse myself in with very little effort.

The plot hooked me from the start. I felt the connection between Liliana Marcello and Joe Rossi like if I was there watching it happen. They had great chemistry. As individuals, they were more realistic because they had flaws and made mistakes.

There were a couple of grammatical/prose issues I noted. For
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia-romance
Captivated is my first book from Bethany Kris and it wont be my last. I enjoy a good mafia romance and with Captivated the author has created a very entertaining story. I was immersed immediately thanks to her writing which was straight to the point, no holding back, and intriguing characters. Joe and Liliana caught my attention from the start and their connection was instant. Joe is a fascinating man who kills or make people disappear. One would think his soul would be very dark but he has ...more
A Klue
Captivated is exactly how I felt while reading this book, my fellow mafia romance book loving friends. You know what Im talking about. When you have a long list of things you really should be doing, but instead find yourself pinned to your chair reading page after page because you just cant help yourself.

It also perfectly describes how Joe Rossi felt the moment he first laid eyes on sweet Liliana Marcello. She had him even moments before their first official hello. One glance and he was pretty
Ari Reavis
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, mafia-mob
*Received from author*

Well, it comes as absolutely no surprise that I loved this book. I was ecstatic to meet the Rossi's again and see some of the Chicago outfit men, and of course my precious Marcello's.
Joe, The Shadow, was a quiet mystery and it took nothing more than a look for Liliana to get under his skin and mask. She was everything Joe needed to open up and he was exactly what she needed to trust again. I loved seeing her passion and sacrifices for ballet throughout the book. Their sex
Bethany-Kris came through on this one. It was fully of passion, mystery, suspense and lots of cameos of characters from her prior novels. The narrator Daniel James Lewis was a really good choice for Joe Rossi because there wasn't excessive emotion in his voice, he was rather chill/calm just like Joe was described.

Joe Rossi is the "shadow" enforcer for the Chicago Outfit (mafia) and he avoids being seen and heard. When he is called to New York to handle a problem and Joe didn't expect to find the
Carlene Inspired
4.5 Stars

If Bethany-Kris writes it, I read it. I'm always up for mafia blood shed, the dialogue she writes so well, and the sexy moments the characters share when the world isn't all guns and action. Captivated has been a long-awaited book for me, I've been dying to know about the ballerina Bethany-Kris has been writing about since she first started hinting about her. Liliana Marcello, daughter of Lucian Marcello, is graceful, delicate, and fairly naive when it comes to her family's name and
Kim  Brewing
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anytime I am in a but of a slump I know right where to go - a Bethany-Kris book!!

Joe and Liliana are both children of the mob. One totally entrenched in the lifestyle and one living on the fringes but with just one glance their lives change. This story has it all and I soaked up every word. A great standalone, but with names that will be recognizable to a Bethany-Kris reader.
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as couldnt-finish-dnf
Shelves: no-cheating
DNF 31%

So this is mob slash romance book but Heros name is Joe and he is 21. Do i have to go on?

S.M. West
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, the cover is ENOUGH to want to make you pick up this book! BUT let me tell you, the story is just as gorgeous! Dare I say CAPTIVATING!!!

I loved Joe and Liliana's story and didn't want it to end. Not only was this an amazing love story with two characters that you can't help but root for from the moment they step on the pages, it was also filled with thrills and chills like only BK can give!!

Bethany has a way of drawing you in and you don't even realize. Like Joe, the moment he saw Liliana,
S. Popi
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 + stars because that was fricking intense...

I'm very frustrated that no matter how much I try, I can't write a review to do this book any justice.
I can't say it took me by surprise how flawless this story was because I've read all of Bethany-Kris books and I know that for me, she is the best mafia writer bar none
But the intensity, oh God... I have no words to explain how this book left me.
My head's still spinning.
Mia Bui
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Tesoro stars!! Such a sweet story !! A great combination of Marcello's and Chicago Outfit!! I really love those books of Bethany Kris!! Excellent read!!
Let's start off by saying that this is a new author for us and we are really enjoying her stories.

I really enjoyed this tale it was griping suspenseful and a really great love story.I have to say I really loved the main characters Joe and Liliana were complete opposites yet fit each other so well.One thing they do have in common is that they are are both from powerful crime families.

Liliana's career as a ballet dancer keeps her very busy which keeps her away from the family business although she
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He is her Shadow.
She is his Light.

Captivated by Bethany-Kris is a story of Liliana Marcello and Joe Rossi. Both grew up in the same kind of life, both know what to expect but being in so way alike they are so much different.

Liliana is a princess of The Marcello family. She loves dancing and ballet. She seems so fragile but under her facade she is much tougher than she seems. She has a backbone and she proved a lot of times that she is a strong personality. I loved it in her. She is not a
Sammy ❤️Just Let Me Read Blog ❤️
Captivated was a sexy and suspenseful story that completely blew me away. Bethany-Kris is absolutely brilliant in this genre and she proves it once again with Joe and Liliana's story, weaving together heartfelt and emotional romance with just the right mix of suspense and angst.

Bethany-Kris writes her characters so well, bringing their feelings emotions to life through her words. I loved the way Joe and Liliana came together; the sweet, sheltered ballerina and the deadly enforcer known as
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you didnt know, now you KNOW! Bethany-Kris is on FIRE!!! I can say with complete confidence this is probably one of the best, most phenomenal stories Bethany-Kris has written!

I could convey the obvious...flawless scenes and characters. I could convey the richness of the history of both families incorporated throughout the story. OR I can tell you about chapter 16!!! Have you ever read a story and you knew without a doubt something wasnt kosher with a character? And then something happens and
Izzie d
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: insta-love, mafia, arc
Joe and Liliana.
This is a perfect mix of the Marcello and Chicago War series as it's the next generation.
Joe is Damian Rossi 'Ghost' and Lily's son and Liliana, is Lucian Marcello and Jordyn's daughter.
I don't want to explain too much so as not to spoil it.
I have marked this as an insta love because as soon as they set eyes on each other they feel a pull but it takes time and work for them to sort things out to be together.
Their getting together is not simple due to 'business' and Joe is a very
Tanaka K (The Romantic Angel Blog)
You probably know that I am a huge fan of Bethany-Kris. If you didn't, well now you know. Bethany-Kris is one of my favourite authors. Her books are simply well written and magical. She spins explosive tales that leave my soul a prisoner all the time. Whether, it is a pulse hitting and action packed mafia thriller or a sweet and suspenseful mafia romance, Bethany-Kris always delivers world class. Just like Captivated. Man, Captivated was PHENOMENAL. Captivated was an INFERNO. Burning and ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

A shadow meets the light.....When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob called on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don't call him the Shadow for nothing. This time, it's a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job. Lilana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I love reading a book but I love listening to a book. I swear I can see and feel everything that is happening on each and every page. This book is so beautifully written that the moment it started with this is a book from audible I was hooked. The narrator Daniel James Lewis did an AMAZING job reading us this mafia love story.

The two main characters Joe and Liliana are both from Mob families and when Joe is asked to come to New York to do a job he meets Liliana and he knows right from the minute
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Lord! Bethany-Kris' mafia is life!!! I am seriously so addicted and can not get enough of her words. I absolutely love her unique storylines and the fiery connection between her heroes and heroines. Captivated was AMAZING!! I loved Liliana and Joe. They were sexy and combustible and their story had edge!!

This story is a complete standalone, but if you have read other books by this author they will ring a bell. Without giving away any spoilers just know that this story makes you feel. I laughed,
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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and three dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she can find the time.

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