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The Don : The Oath Duet

(The Valentini Family #1)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,123 ratings  ·  267 reviews
Blood stains my hands, my soul, my heart, yet I’ll shed more to keep her safe.
A chance meeting brings Jen MacNeill into my life—the woman born to reign at my side.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
How could my Lady be anything other than a silken promise taunting me with every breath she takes?
A new Don reigns over Manhattan.
But though I won the war, peace isn’t easily broker
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published August 26th 2021 by Serena Akeroyd Publishing ltd
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Sep 01, 2021 marked it as nopeeee
This has got to be the weirdest, most fucked up thing I've ever read.
She was a virgin but she's been having anal sex for years? for money
I don't know which one threw me off the most.
Yeah, I have no words... 😬😬
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4.5 stars!

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗼𝗻, part one of 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁, in 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗶 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 by Serena Akeroyd. Part 2, 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗱𝘆 is releasing soon after.

I did not expect such a swoony, sweet, yet dominant and sexy hero! Luciu Valentini is loving towards Jen and treats her like the queen she deservs to be treated as, yet is still a dangerous mafia Don you don’t want to F with.

Luciu Valentini is new to New York City and makes a name for himself as the he steps up as the head of the NYC Sicilian Mafia. Not Ita
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, 6-stars
Serena Akeroyd writes the most delicious mafia stories. They shine brightly, blindingly, or they are as dark as midnight, both scenarios are sensational!
Jen is a young woman who has had a hard life, and is a self professed gold digger. But when she meets Luc, it was instantaneous and visceral, a coming together of two people to become one. But of course Jen fights this pull, but Luc is unrelenting in his pursuit to change her mind.
I love how this story began, it drew me in immediately, and I cou
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Aug 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia
She was a witch... A witch who'd enchanted me. Bedeviled me. Tormented me. I was more than okay with that, so long as I enslaved her in return.

So...real talk. When a book starts off with the butt stuff and still manages to deliver on the sexual tension, you know I'm all over it, right? Right.

But really, I'm a sucker for a good mafia romance. I got introduced to Serena's writing with Storm and became an insta fan. The second I saw the promotion of this duet, I was itching to ge
Sep 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
1 "train wreck" star

Wish I had a bit more talent to make this into a funny review.

DNF at 15% but really, I'd had enough after the first 2-3 pages. That's a new record for me!

My general feeling right now: ickiness.
Why? you may ask. Well, the female character is a virgin anatomically but she's having lots of other sex, which I got to witness from the first page. Confused? Yep, so was I. But mostly feeling icky.

My top quotes from the inspiring female character below. The guy actually seems ok.

Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is one hot and sexy read!
You know you are in for a great ride when the first chapter literally starts out with with a hot scene! Luciu is introduced to us in the previous Filthy Fecker book, this is when he first lays eyes on Jen and in that scene you could feel the heat crackling between them then.
Luciu accepts Fi (Jen) for who she is and sees past all that she has been in the past, he only sees what he want in the future and what she can be. His Queen!
I loved all the familiar faces
The Smut Review
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“You taste even better when your smiling.”

OMG, so I fell in love with all of the O’Donnelly’s one by one, and prior to Filthy Hot, I always expected Jen to end up with Aiden Jr. I was so wrong, Luciu is freaking EVERYTHING. I loved him from the start, he treats Jen like a queen the entire time, and the love scenes are steammmmy! I hope everyone is ready for this Sicilian takeover, it was an amazing read. I love Luciu’s possessiveness and protectiveness towards Jenn, he never lets anyone disrespe
Intel Chicky Reads Romance (Kara Merideth)
The Don is the first book of the Oath Duet: An Italian Mafia Romance by Serena Akeroyd. It does end on a cliffhanger and will conclude with The Lady. Additionally, while not necessary, it is best appreciated after reading Filthy Hot. Luciu Valentini has finally moved into place to become the new Don of Manhattan. This Sicilian has a couple things on his list to do 1) remove the last of the Italians 2) find his family’s missing jewels. What’s NOT on his list is finding his Queen in a chance meeti ...more
Aug 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You know a book is good when you finish it and immediately want to restart it again….despite The Lady coming out shortly I already want to reread The Don.

I absolutely adore Luciu, he’s my Sicilian Finn. Trying to figure out how to get Serena to write me a man because she creates these amazing men that leave me 🥵. Jen surprised me because I was never a big fan of hers, but that’s where backstories matter. I think now that I understand her more I see why she is the way she is. And her change in p
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How do you know when an author has created a winning new cast of characters? When you finish the book and immediately miss them. I literally finished reading The Don and one of my first thoughts was how soon is too soon for a reread? The other thought was holy goodness what just happened?

Luciu and Jen’s chemistry is undeniable from the very first page. Luciu was in no way looking for a queen when he meets Jen, the top of his to do list was to reclaim the famiglia for the Sicilians. However, this
Cynthia Mejia
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Leave it to Serena Akeroyd to take what should be an archetypal mafia love story and turn it on its head! The Don was everything a mafia romance should be and so much more. Move over Italians. The Sicilians have arrived! What’s the difference? Oh, duci, let me count the ways! First, The Don is book one of The Oath Duet, the first of three duets in this series (a spinoff in the world of the Five Points Mob Universe).

Next, let’s talk about the fact that this mafia Don is not your typical Itali
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Serena nailed it!! I can't wait for the next book. LEGIT!! I was so excited to read The Don when Serena dropped the first chap, and now having read it, all my expectations were met. Serena's women are not all of the same cloth. Sometimes it makes me a lil mad, but overall, I usually love them since I prefer the female main characters anyway. Luc is incredible and a complete hottie. Gimme book 2 now! It's been a Serena summer! BYEEEEEEE
Ana Elena
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
PURE FIRE and so much more because nothing can stand in the way in which this book is irrevocably conquering your mind, your heart and your soul!
Jessica Bartley
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A must read!! I have read almost everything by Serena Akeroyd and as with anything written by the amazing Serena, The Don did not disappoint at all. I was very interested to see what his story was going to be like after reading Filthy Hot and man oh man I was not disappointed.

Luciu Luciu Luciu oh how I love you!! What an amazing first half of Luciu and Fi's (Jen's) story! The first chapter starts off with a BANG and it keeps you interested and invested in these characters throughout the entire
Tiffany Barnett
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: august-reads
Luciu Valentini is the new mafia Don. He's Sicilian (NOT to be confused as Italian) and just down right scrumptious. He knows what he wants and he wants Jen.

Jennifer MacNeill is a certified gold digger. She wants the finer things in life and is not afraid to be honest with what she wants. And she doesn't want Luciu...right?

Whoo the first chapter! 🔥 Right out of the gate! Holy Don of deliciousness.

Loved this story! This was just what I needed! Luciu knew what he wanted - his rightful place as D
Samantha Williams
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jen, so used to having to look after herself keeps finding herself drawn to Luc, she knows she shouldn’t!! He’s everything she says she shouldn’t ever go near, would break every rule she has for herself but still…..
Luciu, when I saw her across the restaurant that first time he knew his life was going to change because of her. Something about Jennifer called out to him but he had to finish what had been started 10 years ago, could he finally claim his seat as the ‘Don’ and pursue her?
Once again t
Steph W
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mafia, series
Absolutely amazing read! The Don (part 1 of the Oath Duet) starts off with a fiery bang on page one, and really doesn't stop the entire book.

Luciu Valentini, the MMC, is the new Sicilian Don in New York. He has so many layers that make up his person.. from fierce protector to sweet talking caretaker and everything in-between. His obsession and love for Jen, the FMC, could make the hardest heart swoon. What man can smite down your enemy one day, and then watch a chick-flick the next, simply beca
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
...with a single glance between us...

What an amazing read!

Never have I been more ready to tumble head first into the world of The Valentinis.

I didn't really like Jen all that much in Filthy, her character seemed a little selfish. But, like always, with a bit of insight, she is quite possibly one of my favourite female characters. She is out and out honest. She isn't ashamed of going after what she wants. She embraces her desires.

And, one such desire is the luxurious Luciu. Talk about hot as hel
Liz  Jamriska
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Goodness!!! This book was fire, like amazing!! I have loved all of Serena’s books, especially the ones in this combined world but The Don… hands down the best! I was so ready to see their story after the end of Filthy Hot and it did not disappoint one bit! Luciu and Jen were written so well. Each character was so unique and alluring. I especially love their connection with one another and just how hot and possessive Luciu is of Jen. I definitely enjoyed the temper Jen always had in store r ...more
Amber Embry
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing

There are so many words I could use to describe this book! The Don our or should I say my Luciu is beyond amazing! He might be tied for first place at this point. Everything about his possessive and protective nature when it comes to our lady Jen is just swoon worthy! The scenes between they are sweet and sexy and I do believe a twilight reference was made. My heart is so happy. Or it was until I reached the cliffhanger Serena gives us at the end. Oh she is a true Miracle worker with those. I ca
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Aug 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lucio was so swoony and this story is just getting started.

5/5 stars
Serena Akeroyd
Aug 26, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The Don is live!

Are you ready for this scorching hot dive into The Famiglia, the Italian faction in the Five Points Mob Universe?


You can get it here : Amazon WorldWide
Stacie R.
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Serena Akeroyd is hands down one of my favorite authors when it comes to mafia and dark romance!

This book was everything I hoped it would be. I’ve needed to know more about Jen (and have been wanting her to hook-up with a hot mafia man) since book one and let me tell you…Serena knocked this story out of the park.

From beginning to end this story was perfection. It had the perfect amount of suspense, darkness, and steamy moments to have me wanting to throw my book because I needed more. This book
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m Sicilian and I couldn’t wait for a book about a mafia Don that’s Sicilian and not Italian. It’s such a nice distinction. Gosh is Luciu hot. He’s hot when he’s angry, sexy, ready to kill, romancing Jen, etc. etc. He’s just fire. I’m glad that Jen is feisty and not some innocent doormat. She’s a fiery as Luciu, and they are an awesome pairing. I love Sicilian curse, spells, and prophecies. You don’t get much more Sicilian than playing into superstitions and otherworldly influences, so the plot ...more
Shawna Jimenez more.books.forever
This book was hot and sexy AF! You know a book is gonna be good when you Comin out the gate with hot sexy time! Yessss hunny!!! I really love Luciu and how he was able to connect with Jen and break down her hardened walls and he saw her for who she truly is and not what her past has made her out to be. These two were off the charts hot! This ride was dark, dirty and everything you need in your life. This author has an amazing way of writing her characters and building this entire world that you ...more
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Luciu is a dominant man when comes to women and when he saw Jennifer for the first time across the restaurant, he knew her life was in for a change, but he has unfinished business that had been started 10yr’s ago. Could he continue to pursue Jen after he finally claims his seat as Don.
Jen has always looked after herself, her first glance at Luc draws her to him like a magnet. He’s everything she shouldn’t go near, she knows the rules, but can’t break away from that sinful man.
What an amazing boo
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I could give more than five I would. This book starts off hot as Hades and doesn't let up. Jen is a jaded woman who doesn't realize her own self worth. Thinking she's only good enough to be a gold digger. But Luciu knows better and goes the distance to prove to her she's actually his Queen. Luciu is looking for revenge and to take back what was taken from his family. Along the way they meet in a fated meeting and he finds he must also own her heart, body and soul. Jen fights him at first but lea ...more
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Another fabulous mafia read from Serena Akeroyd! I've always liked Jen and was excited her story was going to be told. Luciu is the perfect match for her...alpha yet able to appreciate a fierce woman and able to to give her what she needs. This book is filled with drama, suspense and plenty of heat. Can't wait for The Lady!!!
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Aug 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ratula
I absolutely love Serena Akeroyd's stories. They are always full of life, fiery chemistry and an engaging storyline. I was uber excited to jump onboard the new Oath duet as I have been a fan of the Filthy Feckers for a while and could not wait for more. While I loved Luciu Valentini and his alpha ways, I have mixed feelings for his heroine Jen MacNeill as I needed to see more depth from her.

This story takes place on the same timeline as the Filthy Feckers series so seeing familiar faces was amaz
Aug 24, 2021 added it
HOLY HOTNESS 🔥!! They say a diamond is a girl's best friend, definitely not in this case, it is a ruby!! This book literally grabs you in chapter 1, Luciu and Jen are dynamite! Luciu is suave, intelligent, charming, ALPHALICIOUS, possessive all wrapped into my new beautiful book husband ( he is no mere 😉 boyfriend!). Jen is strong, determined, and unapologetically honest, even to herself. I absolutely love their chemistry, banter and complete understanding of each other, the real person! Luciu s ...more
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