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Becoming His Mistress

(Zanetti Famiglia #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  68 reviews
As an Underboss for the Zanetti famiglia, Arlo Zanetti has agreed to marry for duty rather than love. In fact, he abhors the woman he’s forced to walk down the aisle with.

However, duty and the famiglia mean everything to him. He’s not a man that skirts his responsibilities, even to his own detriment.

That is, until he sets his sights on Elenora Lewis. She’s everything h
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published October 28th 2019
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Ana Laura
Update: Evoking petty emotions such as anger, anguish and disappointment in any corner conversation in a neighborhood it's something possible and easy to do. Now a GOOD WRITER is intriguing and creative. Write about sexist, paternalistic and misogynist patterns? Nop, this has been written for centuries. This is just lazy and stingy. Nothing new here.

I'm sorry, but any woman who finds this ridiculous shit acceptable or thinks this is love ?! Deserves to have an equal. If it was a fake wedding? Ye
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Weak heroine
Cheater hero

I am not fan of either of these tropes. However, I totally enjoyed it, don't even know why.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay so I was really really excited for this story as the idea of loving someone but couldn't have them really touches something deep in my heart.

Arlo is dumb enough to marry Wynter knowing very well that she's an A class bitch. See what happens after his dumb-ity.

Elenora is independent, strong girl. But I really found her irrational at more than one point. She loves Arlo enough to let go his 'being married' thing!! I think she should have fought more actually she should have FOUGHT in the first
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The blurb had me at "marry for duty rather than love" and I knew I knew I had to read it. She was forbidden in every way because his loyalty is to The Famiglia -yet he couldn't help himself still took what was forbidden. There many times that I wanted to smack Arlo because he was living a double life that was going to cost him dearly. Lenora knew he was dangerous, forbidden and that she should be scared-BUT she was anything but scared. She felt safe, wanted and loved with Arlo but she could feel ...more
Beeg Panda

wth have I been reading lately...

“Maybe she’s not as strong as I thought she was. If a little gun butt to the head sends her this far into herself, maybe she isn’t the woman I need. I second guess my affection for her.”
Jun 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So 1 stars and gonna keep this short.

But this is about Carlo and Leonora, they meet when he’s about to marry this other woman (we h8 her). Anyways, crazy enough this could’ve been a 4/5 star read for me if it wasn’t for a part and the fact the h was pathetic and couldn’t resist the H even after finding out he cheated. In fact, the first time she sees him after she found out he cheated, they have sex in the bathroom.

So he gets married to this woman he HATES HATES HATES but still had sex with her
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cheating
Would of made him suffer some

Elenora more falls in love with Arlo who is the undergoes in the Zanetti family. Only problem is that he is getting married.

He married Wynter, he says he is doing is for the famiglia. How's we he drags Elenora along and he sleeps with both of them.

I just really wish that Elenora had a backbone. I mean his wife trashed her shop has it burnt down. He disappears all the time and when she finds out about wife she stayed away for a whole week. WEAK!
Elle Jay
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The heroine being a mistress is totally out of the box for me and got me so excited. Till 50% of the book I was convinced this would be a 4 star reading. HOW WRONG I WAS!!!!

Arlo is a total jerk and full of himself since day one and in the beginning I forgave a lot of terrible things he said/did because I was cheering for sweet Lenora to be happy. BUT WTF!!! Soon enough I realised that if I were to cheer for Lenora, she should be miles easy from that jerk. And he keeps getting worst and worst. At
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Oct 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

HAYLEY FAIMAN'S MAFIA STORIES ALL PALE IN COMPARISON TO SOME OF MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS...but i still keep coming back because I'd like for ONCE to really enjoy a 4 stars (AT LEAST) story from her. WHILE I ADMIT I WAS REELED IN BY THE CHEATING IN THIS BOOK, AND I WANTED TO BE OPEN MINDED ABOUT IT, I FELT LIKE THE HERO DID NOT GROVEL ENOUGH AND THE HEROINE SHOULD HAVE STOOD FIRMLY ABOUT PUSHING HIM AWAY. I was excited as a pup when she was firm not to be a mistress, but it was all hot air when s
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

You know how you know you are in the presence of a great storyteller? When you have to remind yourself while reading that this book is fiction not reality. You get so engrossed in the story that you feel like you are in the actual book while events are unfolding. Hayley Faiman is a master storyteller.

Becoming His Mistress is the latest book in the Zanetti Famiglia series by Hayley Faiman. Arlo Zanaetti is marrying for duty rather than love. His duty and responsibilities are everything to h
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

Hayley Faiman is my only rule breaker when it comes to my love for romance. Honestly she mostly writes what I veer away from (I'm not a fan of OTT angst and cheating but to each their own...) but there is just something about her words, those alphahole heroes, the women that steal their hearts whether they want them to or not, and the emotions she evokes in every book I've read by her that drives me in almost every. single. time.

Becoming His Mistress is the second standalone book in the
Anne Milne
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm slightly twisted but I love a good cheating book so as soon as I saw the title I knew I had to read this book.

Arlo is a man bound by duty to his family and because of that he's getting married to a woman he despises. Lenora is like a breath of fresh air in his dark world and he can't resist her pull. I loved every angst drama filled second of the story. This is a mafia book and Hayley doesn't spare the reader any of the grittier aspects of that life. Arlo makes some questionable decis
Brandy Roberts
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow another amazing story by a truly talented author Becoming his mistress in book two in the Zanetti famiglia series but can be read as a standalone I do recommend that read the first book though so you can meet the couple. I'm such a huge fan of this author and becoming his mistress is one of my favorites and I can't wait to read more by her and to see more of these characters in the future . ...more
LaToya (Readingbythebayou)
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was great to come back to this world. I loved Arlo in the first book and I was excited to get his story. Arlo was determined to do his duty for the famiglia and marry a woman he despised. He didn't expect to fall for a beautiful woman weeks before his betrothal. I immediately liked Lenora she was so sweet and naive. There was so much going on in this book. I loved both characters and rooted for them to figure things out. This was a great addition to the series. ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Becoming His Mistress is my first Hayley Faiman book so I wasn't sure what to expect at all. It started out really good and very different and surprising from other mafia books. Here's why:
Most Mafia men in romance books are nothing like "real" Mafia men or the versions we see in the movies. They are usually watered down, "good at heart", romantic heroes who just happen to be career criminals. What I loved about this book was that Faimen wrote Arlo like a true asshole mafioso. He is NOT a good g
Jennifer Pierson
Hayley Faiman is one of my top favorite authors, as I'm addicted to her writing like I am with coffee in the morning, so I went back & forth how to write this review as I was very conflicted. However, even with all the things that set me the hell off, I STILL couldn't put it down, and that's why I gave it 5 stars. See, Arlo Zanetti is an Underboss in the Zanetti Famiglia, and it's not off the wall for these men to have arranged marriages, as they marry for duty most of the time, and not love. So ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story in this one going series.The story was filled with romance
intrigue and betrayals and it had a great cast of characters that we absolutely loved and we have to say we loved the twists that we never saw coming.

Arlo's story was a train wreck waiting to happen right from the very beginning and the whole time you waited on pins and needles just waiting for the ball to drop all the while waiting to see how he was going to get out of the mess he created.I have to say we wanted to s
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becoming His Mistress by Hayley Faiman had me at the blurb and I knew I wanted to read it. Imagine agreeing to a marriage to fulfill a duty only to meet the love of your life afterwards? Arlo Zanetti knows honor and duty to the famiglia is first and foremost. So, when he is asked to enter a marriage of convenience for the benefit of the family, he agrees. Even if he hates the woman he is now committed too.

Then he meets the woman that will take his breathe away and will own his heart. He knows h
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So the first thing I will say is I hate cheating. Cheating and drugs are like my two biggest triggers in a book and life. Becoming His Mistress is on a very thin line when it comes to the cheating aspect of that. So at some points in reading this book, it was hard to read. That is why I went down one star since there was no trigger warning.

I loved Arlo in the first book and was excited to read his story. Of course, we knew in the first book that he had to get married and assumed
Xavier Neal
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read enjoy mob/mafia romance, darker themes, twists, and an HEA.

Side Note: Well helloooooo Hayley! She brought it with this one. I immediately fell for Arlo, like school-girl crush levels and his relationship with Elenora was very swoon worthy. While she handled that aspect with grace and sexy sweetness, what I appreciate even more is the way when she didn't cower to deliver the grit that should come with mafia/mob romances. She leaned into it hard. Surprised me. Gave me many mome
Tammy Cole
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG, this book had me from the very beginning! Going in you know what kind of storyline it is from the title but what I didn't know was the level of angst, how my heart would be racing from chapter to chapter trying to figure out how it was going to all come together! Arlo is a man who is devoted to his Italian mafia family and he'll sacrifice anything for them, even his happiness. That is until he runs into Lenora. The chemistry and the attraction between these two is seriously one of the best ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What can I say about Hayley Faiman except she is pure genius! She draws me into her books from page 1 and then doesn't let me go until the final word. I simply love this series (and everything else Hayley has written!), particularly because Hayley can write Mafia/Bratva books like no-one else.

I'm not about to spoil the second installment of this series for you except to say yes, it does involve cheating and yes, Arlo is an arse! So read with caution and an open mind!
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Becoming his mistress

I'm a little torn over this book. It gave me the feels and emotions and that's what great wiring is supposed to do. But the hero made a few decisions that i just couldn't deal with. Spoilers below, don't read the next bit if you don't want to know.

I could forgive him marrying her, even though he was given an out that he didn't take. But i don't think there was any need for him to sleep with her (they both hated each other apparently so could have easily said we
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Arlo in book one. He was a happy dude, doing his thing in helping Gavino become a bada$$ Boss and a great husband to Luciana. He was a little sketchy at the end there, but I was like, whatever, the man needs to help the famiglia, sacrifices need to be made. Well, let me tell you, in book two, he infuriated me to a level where I was wondering what was the best way to knee him in his imaginary balls!!! Good news though. The story does have a happy ending. And he redeems himself. What a dam ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

This cast of characters are absolutely amazing. They are written so well that you just love everyone involved. That’s a talent since this book is all about being the ow. Then to top it all off the storyline is a web of what the heck is going on. The combination is just a great read.
Amanda Thomas
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put down.

I loved and hated Arlo in equal measures. Lenora definitely deserved better and should have made him work a bit harder to win her back. But! I couldn’t put this book down. Every word kept me reading and wanting more.
debby holguin
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#2 of Zanetti Family

I am sooooo enjoying the way your words are in this series,I only recommend to someone is start with first book you don’t want to miss a thing with who’s who’s and the way you worked it ALL together 😊📚
Marcia Carter
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I was skeptical that I would like this book I was wrong. The story sucked me in and I fell in love. I do wish Lenora had made Arlo work harder for her forgiveness. Great writing and awesome story.
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