Natalia Mazzone has grown up knowing she is promised to a made man. As the only daughter of one of New York’s most powerful mafia dons, she knows she can’t refuse. It’s her duty, and she would never dishonor her beloved father.
But the man she’s promised to is a monster. And there is nothing but torture, pain, and heartache lying in wait.
So, she grabs happiness when she finds it—in the somewhat reluctant arms of Leonardo Messina.
Leo is her brother’s best friend. A soldato for the Mazzone famiglia.A man with strong ambition and an even stronger resolve. He won’t allow them to give in to temptation, so Natalia is forced to love him from afar.
Until one forbidden night changes everything, and she readily hands Leo the key to her heart.
Leo risked everything for the one woman he can never have. He doesn’t regret it. It saved Natalia from a life of hell, but his actions set her on a different course.
One that doesn’t involve him.
Years have passed, and his feelings remain the same. Yet he keeps his distance, dedicating himself to his new role as underboss to Bennett Mazzone, while the love of his life is married to another man.
Until a twist of fate puts Natalia in his path again, and this time, he is powerless to resist.
Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Top 5 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 2 million books, and her titles are translated into several languages.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.
She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
📚FORBIDDEN TO LOVE 📚 Is a dark second chance mafia romance, spoken in 'dual perspectives with a HEA'
Ok first off this is going to be a no frills short kind of review only because I don't want to divulge any spoilers. This was everything I wanted and more, ticked all my boxes and more, such a raw emotional, gritty unputdownable read, throw in some twists and turns and this book got it's hooks into me like no other and I was still hooked and craving more as I closed out of that last page.
Forbidden Love is exactly how a mafia book should be written and I'm so freaking glad I took that plunge and signed up to read this because without a doubt this quickly became a book I wholeheartedly loved and a world I crave to read more about.
Nat and Leo will have you rooting for them as they travelled a rocky road that they were forbidden to cross in their worlds. These two were the perfect match, their love for the other crashed into my soul, an unforgettable couple which had me by the heart strings.
Siobhan Davis writes mafia romance like she invented it. What a sexy, dark, and gripping love story! Forbidden to Love sparkles with everything I love about mafia romance- thrilling action, mafia intrigue, passionate soulmates, and a seductive allure- but enhanced by the bold, edgy finesse of Siobhan Davis. This story is sinfully addictive from start to finish- yet another unforgettable Siobhan Davis masterpiece. Siobhan has fast become my go to for mafia romance- I can't get enough of her writing!
LEO- oh my bleeding heart. I knew I would adore him. Siobhan infuses him with a captivating complexity- the loyal, stoic, devoted mafia man who finds himself at odds with his duty over his forbidden desire for his best friend’s sister Natalia- a mafia princess. But Leo isn’t your one dimensional alpha mafia man- he’s got so much internal yumminess. His gentle and protective heart, his deep love for his chosen family. He’s clever and loving, but like Natalia, he’s also trapped by his responsibility and by the social forays of mafia life. His choices, the sacrifices and mistakes, give this story so much angsty drama as we watch him muddle through what seems to be an impossible choice- his heart, or his life.
Natalia shines so brightly- she gives this book it’s soul. Like most mafia princesses, she’s trapped in a life she wouldn’t choose, and while she’s resolved to accept her responsibilities, she still has this admirable subversive streak. She finds ways to subtly rebel and build her strength- in part because of the freedom she feels in her love for Leo. SO MUCH LONGING! Her heart is so big and open- I loved how vulnerable and honest she is, and it broke my heart to see her shattered by her world over and over again. But that makes for the most compelling character arc of this story- we get to watch Natalie evolve and grow. Outgrowing the besotted desperate teen and emerging as a cunning, indomitable woman
The narrative of this story surprised me in so many ways- yet again the brilliance of Siobhan Davis. I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil- but just how their story is constructed, the narrative approach used to unfold their love wasn’t at all how I thought this story would go- but I loved it. It made for such a rich and intense connection between these two- making my heart desperate to fight for them. There are lots of twists and unexpected elements- a few devastating and heartbreaking and even triggering-but it just adds to the epic star crossed element of this story. This is a love HARD FOUGHT, but a love that can not be contained, despite tragedy, loss, and endless obstacles. Truly, Siobhan's gift of marrying the bold and darkly suspenseful with the angsty and emotional has no better match than the mafia trope- and I hope we get more and more to come, because I can not get enough of her mafia story telling. Page turning, heart squeezing, jaw dropping mafia magnificence!
I might have enjoyed the first part, but the second didn’t work for me as much as I was anticipating. Natalia and Leo’s love wasn’t convincing. Too many things were happening and couldn’t catch up due to the rushed way the story was moving with. It had a lot of cliches, some parts were dragging and the epilogue left me wanting more.
This is a standalone mafia second chance romance in the same world as Condemned to Love by Siobhan Davis It's Natalia Mazzone ( Bennett's sister) and Leo Messina's (a soldier working for Ben and his father and also Natalia's brother Matteo's bestfriend) story.
“I don’t want that for you. You deserve better.”“I deserve you,” she whispers, peering longingly at me through her gorgeous blue peepers. “You deserve better than me, and we both know it.”
I can't explain much of the plot without giving away spoilers but I can say that, Nat was the proper dutiful mafia princess who knew that she was going to be used as a pawn to solidify some contracts with other mafia families by being forced into a loveless arranged marriage and that's what exactly happens in her case. Problem is that, she has always loved her brother's best friend, Leo and doesn't want to get married to the monster that is her future fiance. Nat was really strong and opinionated, I'll give that to her. She was firm at her point and answered back to her father to fight for her freedom. I really liked her smart personality but life got into her way and circumstances trapped her in a marriage without love and affection but with huge responsibilities.
“In every lifetime, I would choose you, Natalia.” Taking her hand, I place it over my heart. “We may be apart, dolcezza, but you will always be the only woman I love.”
Leo always loved Nat from afar and even he tried his best but unfortunately he couldn't do anything to get her out of the inevitable fate that lied ahead of her. Nat & Leo's story was heartbreaking, painful and at the same time thrilling and exciting. It was emotional with plot twists that I really didn't see coming. The angst was delivered perfectly and reading Nat's point of view made me cry buckets. Regardless of all the pain, the book ends with Leo & Nat getting their much deserved HEA and the epilogue made me feel so damn happy for them! Overall, I loved getting to visit some known and unknown characters in the book and the bond between Ben & Nat was really heartwarming. I'm most definitely looking forward to reading the next book which is apparently going to be about Alesso & Serena.
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I am so enamored with Siobhan Davis's love stories. They are always so emotional, angsty, steamy, heartfelt and so addicting. Forbidden to Love is another delicious mafia offering by Davis. I was so obsessed with Leo and Natalia and their path to happiness. I cried and screamed and could not get enough of this story!
Natalia and Leo were just next level. Their tumultuous love story had me swooning and raging in equal measures. I loved Natalia's strength and determination to stand up for herself. Likewise, Leo was just amazing. Strong and yet so emotional. He gave me all the swoons. His strength and love for Natalia was just pure perfection. I rooted for this couple from the very beginning and can't wait for more! Bravo! 5 stars ~Ratula
"It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal."-E.M. Forster
Since the moment I finished reading "Condemned to Love", I was craving Leo and Natalia's book very badly... And Mrs. Davis finally delivered and she gave us an outstanding story... An epic love that was destined from the beginning to turned out into a train wreck... Leo and Nat had gone through much ugly things, but the only light to guide them in the darkness was their love for each other!!! I loved this couple, as much as I loved Ben and Sierra and honestly, I can not wait for more stories in this beautiful world that Siobhan Davis has created!!!
"We were over before we even began..."
Natalia was a mafia princess and she was raised accordingly. She was destined to marry the man that her father would choose and she couldn't do anything to change her fate... But Nat's heart was beating wildly for her brother's best friend... A boy that never gave her the time of the day and who would never betray his don and touch the forbidden fruit that was Natalia Mazzone.
"Loving someone who doesn't love you back has got to be the most agonizing thing to endure."
Leonardo Messina was a soldato in the mafia world, but he had high ambitions to climb the rank one day. His best friend, Matteo, was Don's son and Leo had a soft spot for his sister, Natalia, even though he knew that this girl wasn't for him.... He tried to resist the temptation, but it wasn't always an easy task...
"I don't want to feel this way about her. Not when she can never be mine."
Leo and Nat were in love, but they are living in a world that their love doesn't stand a chance... Nat is being promised to another man and Leo is not the right man for her... Everything are against them and things are so difficult in their world. Does their love will survive the separation and all those ugly things that are standing between them???
"I wish things could be different. I wish it with my whole heart. But this is our reality, and our feelings don't come into it."
I loved Natalia and Leo. They were meant for each other, but fate or the mafia way had other plans for them... They were destined to live a great love which been forced to end abruptly and years later this fire between them is still existing, even when they are no longer the same people that they used to be... They had to endure so much pain in their life and to be honest here, my heart was breaking over and over again for these two...
"I love you enough to let you go, and if you love me too, then you must do the same."
Leo was an outstanding man. So loyal, so caring, so romantic!! Yep, he was still a man, but he was a man that he would do anything for the woman he loved and I respected him for that reason. Natalia was an incredible woman. Full of understanding, fierce and with a huge heart.... She was a beautiful woman from inside and outside... This couple deserved to be together and i felt so sorry for their fate.... But they were strong enough to fight every single obstacle that was standing in their way and to find back the way toward each other...
"You are the other half of my soul..."
This was an amazing mafia story full of passion and suspensful moments... Siobhan Davis knows how to writes captivating stories that will pull you under their spell... I love this world and I can not wait for Alesso and Serena's turn... Also, I'm craving so badly the Arcaddi twins... I just need their stories. I'm sure they will be very intriguing!!!
"Queens never beg. Always remember...."
**I received an ARC for the exchange of an honest review**
This is how Dark Mafia romance is to be written!! Gah!! There are very few authors who truly can write dark mafia romance and Siobhan Davis is one of them!
Forbidden to Love is written in dual POVs, Nat and Leo. This is a complete standalone. I cannot emphasize this enough. Yes, there are other characters from another book that make appearances and there are references made to that book (Condemned to Love), but you do not need to read that book or have any knowledge of it to read this one. Siobhan does a superb job of filling in any gaps without taking away from Nat and Leo's story. And I am only pointing this out because it is extremely difficult to do that.
Siobhan blew me away with this book. The depth, layers and details she brings to this story is unreal. I felt as though I was living through everything that Nat and Leo had to endure. FTL is filled with action, drama, angst and heart-pounding scenes that will leave readers breathless. I could not get enough of this book.
I love how Siobhan is able to blend the drama and action of the mafia side with the angst and sweet romance side of this story. Forbidden to Love is one dark mafia romance that everyone needs to read. Go buy it now!!
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Natalia and Leo’s second chance love story is EVERYTHING. I love the twists and the way the plot effortlessly wove itself between Ben’s backstory in book one and Nat and Leo’s story in this book. The forbidden romance sparked into a smoldering fire that lasted more than a decade. It was beautifully unraveled and rich with surprising relationships and questionable alliances. Leo proved to be a strong, loyal, deadly partner in crime. Absolutely loved his swoonworthy character. Natalia was a dedicated, smart, worthy woman and opponent. Definitely a heroine I can stand with in support. The mafia story was action packed and entertaining with lots of surprises that kept devouring the pages. I can’t wait for more of this world.
Unfortunately This one just did NOT work for me. Not in the way book 1 did. Which I enjoyed so much.
First, we spend 57% of this book with them as 17 and 20 something year olds. There was a secret pregnancy that didn't get revealed until after 80%. The heroine is married until way too far into the book. There is not enough intimacy and growing relationship between them.
I was just so disappointed in how this one played out. Such a bummer.
But I read the first 2 so I could get to the 3rd... So let's hope that book is everything I hope for.
𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐓𝐀𝐊𝐄: OMG...Talk about an intense and dark read!!! Author Davis always manages to weave such a beautifully hauntingly tale of love and forbiddeness. Even in the darkest corner, true love always finds a way.
This book has instore so many heartbreaks and many twists. A Forbidden love in Mafia world...just woww...such drama is well expected. Falling for Leo was inevitable, he was imperfectly perfect. Once he loves someone, he will sacrifice everything he is for his love. But some things are just not in our reach. For Leo, it was his Bestfriend's little sister and the only daughter of Mafia famiglia...Nat. Natalie was used to pining over the only guy who made her heart beat. But still wasn't ready for the reality to smack her in the face...now uts High time for them to consider their feelings or the consequence would be deadly.
The story is fast paced and kept me entertained throughout...would really recommend it for Mafia Romance lovers...Coz this time the fight for their love is going to be a hard one.
5 BEAUTIFUL INTENSE STARS!! This book was packed with a page turning story. Leo and Natalia will take you on one heck of a ride through their beautiful story, so buckle up and enjoy. Siobhan Davis is always a 1-Click author for me...this author never gives us boring books. You must read this book...do it now.
This book wrecked me. And I don’t just mean a little, I mean this book tore through me straight to my soul and ripped it to shreds. Siobhan never fails to write characters that you emotionally become attached to and Natalia and Leo are no different. I knew their story wasn’t going to be easy but I was not prepared for the emotional destruction that this book left me in.
I knew I liked Natalia since Condemned to Love and I wasn’t wrong in my assessment. She is strong and beautiful. She’s smart and loyal. She loves with her heart and soul. This girl goes through a lot being the only daughter of a Mafia Don leaving her with expectations and responsibilities that no one should have to endure. But she does with her head held high she does what is expected of her. I loved her unflinching loyalty and love for her family and friends. She doesn’t hesitate to make sure that they are safe no matter what. The power that she exudes is what a true Mafia Queen does. She was born into a world that she didn’t want but one that she accepted.
Leo my Leo. This man is so much more than I was prepared for. He wears his heart on his sleeve and I died for it. Watching him trying to come to terms with where his life is and not where he desires it to be it both heartbreaking and soul searing. My heart literally ached for them and what they had to go through. But I trusted Siobhan to make everything better in the end.
Siobhan always writes books that immediately pull you in, leaving you on the edge of your seat and frantic for more. She instills so much heat and heart into each of her books you can’t help but fall in love with the worlds she creates. From the moment I opened this book I was gripped I couldn’t put it down desperate for more. I was equal parts terrified and anxious to know what was going to happen next. This book will have you holding your breath as you speed through page after page until you get to the end and can finally breathe again.
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Siobhan show us that love never leaves and that even in the darkest of times it will always find a way.
Leo and Natalia’s story is not for the faint of heart. There are situations that will tear you apart and crush your soul, but in true Davis fashion you will be slowly put back together and renewed, because this story makes you apart of it! You can’t read and not feel what these beautiful characters are feeling.
What I love about this world is that you don’t know what’s going to happen! Just when you start to feel some content you’re slammed again with surprise after surprise and I just couldn’t put the book down! A very emotional read but beautiful nonetheless!
Plot Summary : Natalia has always known her future. She knew she was destined to marry a made man one day and there was nothing she could do about that. Also the man she is promised to is a monster himself and there is no one who can save her. Not to mention the complications of her love life . She has always wanted Leo . The man who was her Big brother’s best friend was the one she wanted to belong to. Fate gave them a chance once but because of the circumstances , they had to break free of it. Now years later , with chasms of distance between , an opportunity has once again risen for them to claim what was always theirs . If they can overcome their differences and learn to trust each other again ,then maybe they can have the happily ever after which was stolen from them a long time ago.
Overall Opinion : I have been waiting for this book like crazy! Nat and Leo intrigued me way too much in Ben’s book and knew they would be downright explosive when they finally got a chance to remend their differences. Even after years , their passion burns bright and both of them know that there is no one else for them. I loved the dark standalone mafia a lot. This was a bit different from what Siobhan writes but it was amazing nonetheless. I would Like to make it clear that even though this book is also from the world of the “Condemned to love” book by this author , both books are completely standalones and it is not ata ll necessary to read the first book to read this one. The author tells us the tale of the characters right from the start and it spans over the years , so there is no detail missing and everything is perfect!
I am Definitely recommending this book to all the dark mafia romance loing people out there., If you love Second chances and Brother’s best friend romance books then don’t miss this one at any cost!
Natalia Mazzone has grown up knowing she is promised to a made man, her father is a mafia don so she always knew she would have to marry to keep the family business strong. Leo is her brother’s best friend and he has loved Natalia from afar knowing as a soldier he wouldn't be good enough in her fathers eyes. Until one night they both gave into their passion, knowing that it could only ever be one night.
This couple is everything, I usually get mad when a couple who wants to be together but can't due to certain circumstances but with this book I knew they needed to have their own journey before finding each other again. This book took the reader on an emotional roller coaster of emotions including love and loss, betrayal, secrets, angst with lots of steam. Some parts I just wanted to throw my kindle on the floor in anger but I knew these characters were always looking out for each other even if it meant they hurt each other.
This was a great read and cannot wait to read more in Siobhan's Mafia World.
Siobhan Davis has given her readers a beautiful story of young love, lost love, and love found. Natalia is young woman who has unrequited love for her brothers best friend Leo. She is promised to a cruel man, as is the tradition, but she hopes and prays for love to conquer all and she hopes and prays for a better outcome than the fate she has been given. Sensational mafia story, all the elements of honor, code and the old ways wrapped up in the new generation who are trying to bring the families into this century.
Man, is Siobhan Davis slacking nowadays! After the first few books of her Rydeville series, I had so much expectations from her, because I seriously loved the first few books but … All the recently released ones are really not up to par with my expectations. And this book was my last try and ughhh, sorry but I am never reading one of her books again! Period
Bloodshed, arranged marriages, forbidden love and non-stop surprises will keep you riveted as Leo and Natalia find their way to forever. It's addicting and all-consuming...you won't want it to end.
Gahhhh...the author tore my heart out more than once. I needed breaks while reading because this was angst level max for me. I could not have loved Leo and Natalia's story more.
Natalia loved Leo her whole life. But being a mafia princess, marriage is a contract to solidify bonds and make agreements. The decision would not be hers to make. So she faced a loveless marriage to a man she despised and feared. And that was only the beginning.
Leo was her brother's best friend and right hand man. Together Leo and Mateo had plans for the future and taking control of the family business. Natalia went from a little girl to an irresistible woman that he could never have. If he could never have her, the least he could do was protect her with his life.
Mafia life is complicated. Steeped in old world and outdated traditions that valued women, but only to a point. They still had very few freedoms and submitting to that life was a challenge for Natalia, because she wanted more. She wanted a professional career and a man she could love with her whole heart. This is her story of perseverance through loss and heartache. She will have to find her own strength to let go of the love she wishes she could have and embrace her birthright and fulfill her familial obligation.
It's a roller coaster of a ride. Twists and secrets will run rampant. Suffering is a part of everyday life for Natalia. Happiness seems like an unattainable goal, until one night she decides that she's going to take back her happiness. Some traditions belong in the past, it's time to take hold of the reigns and make a brighter future. So much love in this story. I am still recovering. An unforgettable journey with characters I did not want to let go.
Forbidden To Love is a standalone mafia romance set within the same world as Condemned To Love, and it's Leo and Natalia's journey to love. Siobhan has a way of tearing through your emotional wall before putting you back together. This book has it all but don't take my word for it go ahead and read it for yourself.
The heroine made a lot of reckless decisions and then take no responsibility for any of them. Also does a lot of irresponsible and unredeemable things and doesn't even acknowledge them but brushes them under the rug. The hero is awful not only because sleeps around after declaring his love for the heroine but also because he let's everyone make decisions for him. The only character I liked was Bennet. The writing was choppy and the plot was a bit messy with too many things happening at once for me to catch up, it gave me whiplash and the time jumps were confusing. We spent way to much time with the heroine being underage for me to be comfortable with what was happening with her in the story. Overall It was gritty and have a lot of action with an slow burn romance. And although the book wasn't for me, I think I will appeal to a lot of people.
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Gah the first half of this book is so angsty. I love it! I swear you can feel all the emotions bleeding through the pages Natalia and Leo were everything. You could see that they were soulmates right from the start but their love was forbidden and circumstance kept them apart but even then their love was so strong. This is forever going to be one of my favorites. Siobhan executed this perfectly it had the angst, steam, suspense and great plot. You will not be disappointed!!
I highly suggest you pick up this book and every other book from Siobhan. Her writing is phenomenal and will keep you so engaged. She can write it all from emotional heart wrenching stories to bad ass action keeps you at the edge of your seat books. All of her Hero’s and Heroines are one of a kind and just to die for.
Good lordy! What an emotional rollercoaster ride! Super fast paced with tons of action, Forbidden to Love is super compelling page turner. Natalia and Leo's story was just as heart wrenching as you knew it was going to be. Siobhan Davis definitely knows how to rip your heart out and put it back together in the best of ways! Forbidden to Love is a standalone told in first person from dual POV. It can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed when read in series order.
A lovely solid second chance mafia romance by Siobhan Davis. Continuing on from Condemned in Love, Natasha is Bens sister, thrown into a marriage of convenience even though she has feeling for Leo Bens right-hand man. Reading Natasha's sad story about being married to a cruel man was heart-wrenching and her and Leo's unspoken feelings towards each other was so sad. I loved reading their separate journeys through life and then the ending, although it was a cliffhanger, roll on the next book in November.
Natalia and Leo’s second chance love story is EVERYTHING. I love the twists and the way the plot effortlessly wove itself between Ben’s backstory in book one and Nat and Leo’s story in this book. The forbidden romance sparked into a smoldering fire that lasted more than a decade. It was beautifully unraveled and rich with surprising relationships and questionable alliances. Leo proved to be a strong, loyal, deadly partner in crime. Absolutely loved his swoonworthy character. Natalia was a dedicated, smart, worthy woman and opponent. Definitely a heroine I can stand with in support. The mafia story was action packed and entertaining with lots of surprises that kept me devouring the pages. I can’t wait for more of this world.