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Broken Beginnings

(The Moretti Crime Family #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  175 reviews
The night I saved her eight years ago I knew a choice had been made.

Years later and I can’t manage to let her go.

She’s barely eighteen, virginal, and kind.

Touching her would be a sin, but letting another man have her would destroy me.

Every time I close my eyes I see her, standing there, she’s afraid of me, afraid because of that fateful night… she doesn’t know the lengths
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Published February 19th 2021 by Beck & Hallman LLC
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Over-protective enforcer!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚💙💜🧡❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📘📗📕📙
World building: 🌏🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂

The Hero(s): Lucca - a mob enforcer who loves his work. He is a hardened killer with dark desires. He met Claire when he was eighteen and she was ten and she lived next door to him. He feels protective of her and saved her from a dangerous situation.

The heroine: Claire - a sassy redhead with a crush on Lucca from the start. She is brave enough
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

Six years ago, Lucca did the unimaginable and saved a little girl from a lifetime of hurt and pain. From the moment on, he's made it his life's mission to not only protect her, but to be around even if it's only from afar. As the years go by, keeping his distance from Claire is becoming more and more difficult. But things are about to get a lot more complicated when he realizes that she's in danger and he’s the only one that can keep her safe.

I had a hard time getting into this one if I'm
Lady Raven RAVE!

Style: Dark Stalker Mafia Romance
Story: 3.5/5
Enjoyment: 3.5/5
Dark Level: 2/5
Sexual: Good
Triggers: Yes
Male: Sexy, Dark & Obsessive
Pages: loc. 3767
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

I am a fan of this series and the authors, but I have to admit, the story line disappointed me. It was not bad, but it’s not what I was expecting with the words Dark Stalker Romance. It was dark, but the stalking aspect, I felt a bit let down on that. Apart from that, it was still a likable sto
Book Maniac Forever

⭐️ 4 "Butterfly" Stars ⭐️
I had been so giddy to get my hands on Lucca’s story to get the answers I was looking for after the events that happened in Savage Beginnings. His story was quite the ride. Broken Beginnings happens simultaneously to the action taking place in Savage Beginnings and Violent Beginnings, but it can totally be read as a standalone.

I’ll start by saying this book had such a different vibe than the previous ones. I was expecting something darker and revolving more around th
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books



Star Rating : 4.5 / 5 Stars

POV : Dual

Cliffhanger : None

Plot Summary :
Lucca has always been a ruthless man. That is until he meets the little girl next door who is having a hard life. Seeing how broken she is , he decides to help her. What turns out as a Innocent relationship between them turns into so much more. Fast forward a few years and now Claire is all grown up and no longer a little girl. She is a woman he finds himself desiri
PP's Bookshelf
Broken Beginnings by J.L.Beck and C. Hallman mixes age gap, forbidden and angsty romance together with darkness and sharp edges. You get some flawed and twisted people with their complicated emotions. You get a fast paced action packed story line.A love story that was born from hate.

Lucca is the savior and at the same time tormentor to Claire. He killed an important part of her life while saving her. Claire is in love with him though she absolutely loathes his controlling ways. And Lucca knows h
Katie | Katieskindleaddictions
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 - Broken Beginnings (The Moretti Crime Family #3) by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
🤍Age Gap

I always love reading anything by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman because they always bring the heat, passion, and action. Although Lucca’s story wasn’t what I was expecting I did still thoroughly enjoy it! The writing by these two authors is amazing, and they always keep you on edge throughout the entire book! Although this is book 3 in the series it can be read as a standalone!
This story is a
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
*arc provided for an honest review*

Broken Beginnings is Lucca and Claire’s book and I really enjoyed their story! Both characters had really good character development that made reading their story even more enjoyable. Lucca’s character surprised me in a great way. His way of controlling his feelings towards Claire yet still wanting to protect was one of my favorite things about him. I also really liked the chemistry between them. Claire’s development was absolutely everything. From the beginnin
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
You ladies just slay it every single time! I don’t think there’s a book you all have written that I haven’t loved.
Lucca makes me want to kick his ass then climb him like a monkey. He’s hot then he’s cold. He’s yes then he’s no. (Katy Perry thanks for the lyrics!)
Claire is just a child when they meet. We get to watch her grow up and see her struggle with her feelings for Lucca as she starts to come into her own. To her, she thinks Lucca is playing hard to get, but I promise you he is not.

~ARC cop
Ana Elena
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A truly epic romance full of twists and turns and rich with intense emotions, delivering a captivatingly twisted and dark story that grips your soul and captures your heart with its passion!
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Id read the Novella/Taster of this book so i was eager to get my hands on the full length book. Oh boy did it not disappoint. Saying that ive yet to read a book by Ms Beck and Ms Hallman i havent liked and this book was no different.

An age difference/mafia romance. A childhood friendship between Claire (FMC) and her older next door neighbour - Lucca which turns into years of protection and stalking. Except Lucca lives in a dark, dangerous world that he doesn't want Claire involved in but she do
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Trigger warnings for this book: Sexual Assault, blurred lines of consent, kidnapping.

No matter how you look at it these character's story started with an 18 year old being weirdly obsessed with a 10 year old. While, technically, they didn't do anything until she was 18, lucca still jacked off while picturing a 16 year old.

The age gap isn't the issue, it's the borderline pedophilia.

There is a difference between a book that has dark themes, and this book.

*This book was provided by the publisher i
Natalie  Freese
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Claire and Lucca...we start out with give and take, will they won't they...more like SHould they or SHOULDn't they??? But then tension breaks and incomes the steaming teakettle, whistle-a-blowin'! Claire has grown up just outside of the danger zone and fiercely protected but when she is too old to be a mere witness she falls in deep. This dark romance has great pacing and character development. ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We met Lucca and Claire in Fragile Wings and now in Broken Beginnings we get their full story. These two just break my heart. Their  journey is definitely not the norm but it doesn't stop them from pursuing what they each want eventually. Lucca has sworn to protect Claire, his Butterfly, with everything he is and he does just what he promises.  It's not to say it's an easy path, especially when you have people coming for you and using the one person you care about against you. This story is so b ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

The night I saved her eight years ago I knew a choice had been made. Years later and I can't manage to let her go. She's barely eighteen, virginal, and kind. Touching her would be a sin, but letting another man have her would destroy me. Every time I close my eyes I see her, standing ether, she's afraid of me. Afraid because of that fateful night...she doesn't know the lengths I'll go to protect her. The bl
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book however if I had to pick a genre for this book, I would pick dark romance. Yes, there was a bit of the mafia lifestyle throughout, however it made up about 10% of the book. Now, I'm not saying that's a bad thing, I did enjoy the storyline.

I loved the main characters and how different their lifestyles are, yet they work. Even though all the ups and downs they still find each other. Their relationship should be uncomfortable with the amount of brother, sister references there
Julia Phillips
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars

This story is about Claire and Lucca. It takes place over many years, and begins by Lucca saving Claire from her father. From that point on, Lucca makes it his job to protect and care for Claire, even from afar. Claire has always been in love with Lucca in a sense, however she was only 10 years old when they first met. Throughout this story you watch Claire grow up with lots of confusion about Lucca’s role in her life. Luca originally treats her like a “little sister,” but ends up giv
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucca and Claire have a history together from when he moved into the neighborhood and this is his story that tells us why he has done what he has especially him disappearing. And we've come to know that he hasn’t left her and was never far from her. He’s just been protecting her from afar for six years.

Man, their story just got so dark, filled with twists and turns. Can't forget the chemistry and push and pull between these two. Lucca could get so possessive and alpha when it comes to Claire. Bu
Ana Manjić
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm sorry but I have to say I expected more from this book.
I enjoyed reading it but I had a hard time connecting with the way the story played out.

Their relationship was superficial. I don't know what other term to use.
He was supposed to be dark and deadly but I didn't get that from the story. We got only glimpses of his "job" as a mob enforcer. It was more based on their relationship - and that was also forced and rushed, without any depth or passion.

Yes, he killed her father when she was 10 (
Rhonda Ziglar
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 INTENSE STARS!! Wow, Lucca and Claire took me on one memorable ride with lots of twists and turns. This story kept me flipping pages and living every minute. You must read this book.
Misty Schott
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent dark mafia romance!

Claire met Lucca when she was a little girl. He moved in next door to her and her father. One terrible event changed everything for them. Lucca feels protective of Claire but as time goes by Claire develops a crush on Lucca and he must distance himself from her to keep her safe. When Claire turns eighteen she decides it's time to move forward since her love for Lucca is still going strong, but Lucca insists he doesn't feel the same way. Will Lucca man up and claim Cl
Books, Booze & Bon Voyage
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Moretti Crime Family series. This is about the family’s enforcer Lucca and his obsession with Claire. He works for Julian who you met in Savage Beginnings and there is also a catch up with Markus and Fallon from Violent Beginnings.

When Lucca moves in next door, Claire is fascinated by him. He is kind and allows her to chat away to him. She loves visiting him when her dad at work. He becomes the only friend she has and like a white knight who she thinks will never hurt her.
Krista Webster
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Moretti Crime Family series. This is about the family’s enforcer Lucca and his obsession with Claire. When Lucca moves in next door, Claire is fascinated by him. He is kind and allows her to chat away to him. She loves visiting him when her dad at work. He becomes the only friend she has and like a white knight who she thinks will never hurt her. When she is 10 years old there is an incident and she sees another side to him, he is not the man she thought he was. He used to ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Broken Beginnings ⭐️⭐️

Genre: Dark Romance
Author: JL Beck, C. Hallman

Broken Beginnings is tied into The Moretti Crime Family Series and sheds light on the beginning of Lucca and Claire, who have already been introduced to the reader in an earlier book.

The story spans over a number of years, starting with Claire at age 10, being brought up in a broken and abusive home. When Lucca saves his young neighbour from near death, he makes it his mission to be her protector. Flash forward six years and th
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ever since moving next to to eight year old Claire,Lucca who was eighteen at the time felt like she needed a friend.
He would gift her cute notebooks and treat her to chocolate.
Lucca finds himself in a serious situation involving little Claire and does what he thinks is necessary.
From this point on he makes it his life’s mission to protect her.
He vows it to Claire and he never breaks his promises.
Lucca has kept his distance from Claire but always still making sure she was safe and lacking for not
FS Meurinne
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Luca and Claires's story is an erotic mafia romance with an age gap and stalker as a cherry on top. I love the dark romance and so this one was one I wanted to read, this was a great story full of twists and angst, my emotions went for a wild ride with this one. The characters are interesting, the word-build was well developed, and the overall plot had me reading. Definitely want to read more from these authors, I would've thought it would go a bit darker, with all the triggering but overall is ...more
E Loprete
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Broken Beginnings by J.L. Beck/C. Hallman is a dark mafia romance full of danger, drama, violence and plenty of steam thrown in as well as characters from previous books mentioned in this story. Finally Lucca and Claire's emotional journey is revealed with Broken Beginnings. Lucca has always looked after Claire his little butterfly for 8 years as she was broken and abused by her father for years until one night he takes matters into his own hands when he finds her beaten and close to death. What ...more
Shannon Ricci-Mayronne
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Broken Beginnings is the third book in the Moretti Crime Family Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend devouring any and all books written by this fantastic duo.

6 years ago Lucca lived next door to Claire and her father . They formed an unlikely friendship until one night he becomes her savior.

After he helped settle her into her new life, he watched her from the shadows. Until, a new threat to her life forces him out. And, to save her this time, he will have to betray
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucca has always seen himself as the protector over Claire since she was young. Coming from a harsh background Claire has suffered like a child shouldn’t so she always looked to Lucca as her savior until one event changes it all and she sees a glimpse of the monster that lies within him. Years later and Lucca is still watching and protecting her even from a distance. While this does give her a sense of peace it always bothers her because she can’t seem to forgive his actions. Then someone else i ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy hotness homer! This incredibly impressive, extremely talented and uniquely gifted sensational duo unleashes one helluva boot-stomping smackdown with all the badassery you can take and handing out more, launching this hot little number to staggering heights. Sparks ignite exhibiting this action packed, hard hitting, heart pounding, pulse racing, adrenaline pumping, nailbiting, jaw dropping, spine tingling, block busting bombshell, sketchy lines and fr
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