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Villain of Secrets

(Verona Legacy #3)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Nora Abato is the kind of girl people gravitate to.

Sassy. Selfless. Stubborn.

She knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it. And Nora wants her very own mafioso, the bad boy with a tortured soul who will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

Enzo Marchetti is the kind of guy people run from.

Rash. Reckless. Ruined.

As the Marchetti crime family's new enforcer,
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published February 10th 2021 by Delesty Books
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Feb 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
1,5 ★
This is me thinking I was going to like this, just because the first chapters were angsty and interesting, knowing damn well this is a second chance romance and I have a complicated relationship with those, but anyway...

I want to divide this book into 3 parts:
The first part(50% of the book):
Nora and Enzo barely talked and interacted, they were both in different places, Nora was constantly crying because Enzo didn’t love her and Enzo was “suffering” for her while fucking every girl that a
The Romantic Rush Blog
3.5 stars. I love LA Cotton- her brand of angsty new adult drama is right up my alley, and I’ve loved this series because she’s been able to make the love even more epic and dabble in some darkness. Ari and Nicco’s story is a favorite of mine- and made me fall in love with this world and these characters, including the brooding and volatile Enzo and the feisty, endearing Nora.

I’ve been so thirsty to crack open both of these characters and see what makes them tick- and given the personal trauma
The Magical World of Reading
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Some books are read superficially as if you were just an ordinary observer of an action. Yes, they are enough to satisfy your curiosity and that's all. But there are also books that, without apology, drag you into all their vicissitudes, grab you and do not even allow you to breathe, but make you experience every moment just like the characters, just like the author. The book ‘Villain of Secrets’ is just like that, with enough cruelty and pain that will make you want to leave the book, yet you f ...more
Alexandraa W
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Our relationship wasn't made for the sunlight. It was nutured in the dark, made strong only by the shadows and secrets that surrounded it. But come morning, they would turn to ash, and everything would go back to how it was before.

5 Gattina stars!

**Trigger warning: rape on-page (not by the Hero), violence and gore, strong language**

Ever since PRINCE OF HEARTS where Enzo and Nora find themselves in a compromising position in a darkened bathroom, I knew their story would be full of angst and d
Izzie d
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
He’s the bad guy. The villain. The bad apple. So why can’t Nora stay away? In darkness... some can see the light.

Villain of Secrets was a real page Turner. It’s recommended that you read the other books in the series. Enzo’s story isn’t for the faint hearted. He comes from a bad family and when the secrets start to come out he’s lost. Nora is the one person who can ground him but Can someone like our villain find love?

I’m really enjoying this series and this book was great. It has some good tw
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Star Rating : 4/5 Stars

POV : Dual

Cliffhanger : yes

Hero : Enzo

Heroine : Nora

Pace of the story : moderate

Angst Rating : 8/10

Heat Rating : 6/10

Triggers Involved : rape (not by the H)

Plot Summary :
Enzo is a Dark character , as dark as the soul that resides within him. He never had an easy life growing up and always wanted his father's opinion. Until one twist messed up his whole life. Now he is not sure of anything or who he
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,5 "His Gattina!!!" stars***


"Sometimes you had to go through darkness to get to the light."

I love L.A Cotton's books very much and I was anticipated Enzo & Nora's story since i've read the first book in the series... And can I tell you a secret??? I know that many of you will disagree with me, but this couple has become my favorite... Not that I didn't like Nicco and Ari's story, but I love my heroes troubled with a side of darkness and in here, Lianne delivered a co
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate:  4,5/ 5 stars

I knew Enzo was gonna be a tough shell to crack and boy was he. This tough guy was so unbelievably broken by what he recently found out and had to do. That one thing made him question everything and drove him to prove himself to the famiglia. Gotta be honest Enzo was such an a**, the way he acted, the things he did, the things he said to Nora ugh. Sometimes I wanted to shake him. He was pretty frustrating most of the time because he was undivided between what he wanted and w
A Book Obsessed Brit
This book, THIS BOOK! it gets all the stars from me. I loved Nora and Enzo throughout Nicco and Ari's duet (Prince of Hearts and King of Souls) and the teaser into their story at the end of King of Souls fed my angsty soul, I have been craving this book ever since. Let me tell you I devoured this book from start to finish, legit could not put it down.

The Fallout from Enzo killing his father is the main drive of the story throughout the novel, it's what influences Enzo's behaviour and the events
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
After the ending of Ari and Nicco’s duet, and the hints of Enzo and Nora we had throughout those books, I was so ready to read their story, but it fell short for me, which was disappointing.

Nora and Enzo had this incredible chemistry, but after the events that unfolded at the end of King of Souls, Enzo goes into a downward spiral, pushes Nora away and leaves Verona County. Nora tries to seek comfort with Ari but feels like she’s on the outside of the Marchetti family as Ari starts her married li
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
(𝑨𝑹𝑪 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.)

𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑 𝒘𝒂𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒏𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕. 𝑰𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒏𝒖𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌, 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒕. 𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒔𝒉, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒈𝒐 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆.

I have been waiting for this book for ever now, and i can't tell you how happy i am that i have finally read it. I have a weak spot for twisted and damaged heroes, the second i read Price o
Book Maniac Forever

⭐️ 4.5 "Gattina" Stars ⭐️
After meeting Enzo and Nora in Prince of Hearts and King of Souls, I couldn't wait for their own book! L.A. Cotton reached all my expectations with this fantastic novel. Villain of Secrets was suspenseful, with a lot of sexual tension and so much feels! Seriously, this couple owned me completely!

Enzo! That tortured hero! I loved him even more knowing all his inner thoughts and the reasons he is so closed off and cold at times. I wanted to squeeze him in a big hug fro
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
You won't be able to put down this book until you finished it!

This book is about Nora and Enzo; lately, Enzo has had a rough time, since a recent discovery turned his world upside down... He pushed Nora and his family away and is leaving for a while. Will he finally come back to Nora and let her be there for him? However, life has other plans and Enzo being stubborn isn't her only problem!

Oh my my! There is no way how to describe this book. Once you start reading you won't be able to stop, so
Villain of Secrets is book #3 of the Verona Legacy series by L.A. Cotton. It is a stand alone story told from both points of view and ends with a happy ending for the couple. Genres: New Adult Tropes: College Mafia Romance. Maturity content: sex | violence | rape

Because of her BFF status with Mrs. Arianne Marchetti, Nora Abato has already been through a scary ordeal once, but she’s not deterred by it. On the contrary she’s more determined than ever to be there for the Marchetti’s enforcer, Enzo
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*arc kindly provided for an honest review!

I don't know if I can put into words how much I love Enzo and Nora's story, it's just amazing.

Enzo was someone who intrigued me since the first book, he was always angry, he was chaos and I liked that about him, I liked it a lot, in this book we can explore more about his life, and the fucked up way his dad used to be with him, we can also see how this man is dealing with the things he did in the past book, related to his dad and Nora, we read about him
Bookish Barbi
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I have not read the first two books in this series, but Villain of Secrets can be read as a stand alone and you will not feel lost. Although it’s been said reading the series in order heightens the experience.

In this book we are told the story of angsty, sexy Mr. Mafioso Enzo and his beautiful, sweet all forgiving Nora. We are taken all around the world with the emotions and what Nora goes through to get her HEA like others in the series have gotten. Enzo isn’t making it easy for her but you can
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
"We all need darkness to shine. And you make me light up like no one else ever has."

This is a hard review to write. I hate leaving a negative review! But... I have to stay honest and true to what I think and feel. As much as I wanted to enjoy this book, I didn't.

Although I admit I did feel a little bored while reading, my main problem was struggling to connect with the characters. I loved Nora in the first two books, and while I wasn't sold on Enzo yet, I was hoping I would come to love him.
Weronika -  Little Steamy Reads
„I see you. I’ve always seen you.”

What a deliciously angsty ride! I was looking forward to read Enzo's story and L.A. Cotton outdid herself with this book! It's a real rollercoaster of emotions, keeping you at the edge of the seat with tension. More than once I wanted to throw my Kindle out of the window from the frustration I was feeling, and then to bawl like a baby from all the feels. Villain of Secrets hooked me from the start, making me unable to put it down even for a second. Nora and
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, arc
Verona Legacy #3

Releases 10th Feb

Enzo & Nora                   Leap of faith

#arc #arcreader #amreading #currentlyreading #reader #reviewer #romance #mafia #veronalegacyseries #secrets #gripping #darkmafia #lies #darkmafiaromance

After the events, turmoil and deceit that was uncovered in Ari and Nicco's books. It's Nora and Enzo's turn.
Enzo (Lorenzo Marchetti) is the Marchetti Crime Family's Enforcer. Growing up without a Mother, only his Aunts as female in
Behind Closed Doors Book Review
Amount of sex 3.5 / 5
How explicit are the sex scenes 3.5 / 5
Story 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5


Villain of Secrets is the third book in the Verona Legacy series and can be read as a standalone mafia romance. Even though this is true, I recommend reading the series in order. I believe that it will give you a better foundation for understanding and appreciating the storyline. However, just know that this is only a suggestion.

Villain of Secrets tells Enzo and Nora's story, and I’ve been looking
Christina ( The MasqueReader )
LOVED Enzo & Nora!
My favorite of this series so far!

Enzo was this sexy devil and fiercely loyal to the core! Deep down he wanted something he felt he didn't deserve and just wasn't in the cards for him. Nora...I was so torn on her a few times because I love strong determined female characters and even though Nora seemed as though she didn't fit this at some points...ultimately if you look deeper she really did. It take more strength than most women possess to stand in front of the person you lo
Evie_Book_Revs (Gen Gen)
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Twists, Turns, and...Tantalizing!💞

Finally, Enzo & Nora!...After building tensions reach a dangerous point in the Marchetti family, Ari’s bestie and Nicco’s cousin have no other choice than to face one another. Can Nora warm the Villain’s frozen heart?💙

Enzo is the dangerous, brooding bad boy you won’t soon forget! The twists. The turns. The intense, dark, lustful push-and-pull between Enzo Marchetti and Nora Abato will take you on an fiery ride like no other! And Nora’s onslaught of sass, strengt
Julie Workman-Bookaholic Sisters Blog
Enzo has always intrigued me, the brooding angry faced man with dark soulless eyes, I always wondered why he was the way he was..We see bits of him in prince of hearts and king of souls but in the villian of secrets its all him, and I absolutely loved it!

If I could give it more stars I would 🌟

Nora always came across as strong in the face of anything, the girl who helped hold her best friend arianne together when she needed it the most, this time we get to see just how strong she can be. I abso
Sheila Schoenauer
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I knew I was gonna love this book but I didn’t realize just how much. Enzo and his bad broody ways won me over. I knew that no matter what he would end up being the anti-villian just waiting for the right woman to melt his cold dark heart. Nora was that amazing woman and I was so happy. She deserved her HEA after all. But the things she has to deal with to get there? The things they both had to deal with? That broke me. These two have a minefield to go through.

I have been waiting for this book
Mandy’s Book Reviews
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sooo good ! I’ve been dying for Enzo’s book my dark damaged boy and this author delivered! I loved this book it was dark angsty heartbreaking emotional suspenseful I’ve been anticipating Nora and Enzo’s story since the last book I felt so much for these characters their journey is not a easy one by any means it’s filled with heartbreak longing angst and twists and turns galore there is so much pain especially by Enzo he is definitely suffering from his conscience and his past and Nora sweet beau ...more
Sophie Ruthven
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I prefer it when this author goes dark, and dark she definitely went!!
I am loving this page turning series, and this book certainly was no different.
The fact this couple's story was in one book rather than two, meant the action and blood was pouring off most of the pages, making it impossible to look away.
Every time I thought I had it figured out, yet another curveball was thrown, making you second guess everything.
This love was hard fought for, running you through a gamut of emotions over and o
Sophie Koufes
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Villain of Secrets: A Mafia Romance Standalone (Verona Legacy Book 3) is a angsty new adult novel intertwined with the dangers of a mafia world. Enzo and Nora lovestory is dark, and intense with explosive chemistry. The writing style is captivating and the characters are compelling. Secrets revealed in layers, unexpected twists intricately weaved and dark moments dredged within the pages of this intriguing read. I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next book in this unforgettable series. I lo ...more
Amour.Rebelle92 (Bran.d)
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gosh I love a broken bad boy!! Enzo is heart breakingly broken. He truly believes that he is not worthy of love and nothing that Nora does or says can make him see himself differently.

...After everything Nora has been through she most definitely deserves love. My heart broke for her when she chose herself but she had to—Enzo would never realize his loss if she didn’t.

I soooo want a bonus scene with them at Edge!!!
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