Thursday, November 30, 2023

Craving My Rival (Mafia Academy) by P. Rayne ~ Book Review


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Polina Aminoff

At the Sicuro Academy, the Russians and the Italians give each other a wide berth. We’re bitter enemies after all.

So imagine my disbelief when my brother announces that I’m to wed Dante Accardi, next in line to run the Accardi Italian crime family.

After the shock subsides, I’m determined to save myself. It’s not until my plan is in full swing that I realize there might be more to Dante than I first thought. But those closest to me, those who were supposed to protect me have always hurt me. Now, I have to decide whether to trust him with my heart or whether he’ll just be another person in my life who brings me to my knees.

Dante Accardi

Polina Aminoff is a Bratva brat and an ice princess that I don’t think even an easy-going guy like me can thaw. And I’ve never had an issue melting the panties off a woman before. I’m just as unhappy about our engagement as she is, but my father made it clear—it is my duty to the family.

Once we’re forced together, another side of Polina shines and I start to think we could have a future together that doesn’t involve being bitter rivals.

But she’s hiding something, I just don’t know what. Which leaves me wondering, can I ever really trust my enemy?

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Dante, Dante, Dante…can the playboy reform his ways and fall for the enemy he’s supposed to marry, or will blood be shed before they make it down the aisle?

This story had an exciting plot. The next-in-line head of the Accardi Family is to wed the sister of the head of the Bratva. Everyone knows the Italians and the Russians don't get along. There is even a feud playing out since the former head of the Bratva was killed by an Italian, but the current head and the Mafia Don both think this will show solidarity and call an end to all the feuding between the families. But honestly, will it be that easy?

I have loved Dante in the previous books; he's the charmer and fun guy and the biggest playboy. I was looking forward to his book to see who would win his heart and convert his playboy ways to a life of monogamy, and I honestly am not surprised that a strong woman like Polina did the trick. Yes, they may have started hating one another, but once they let their guard down and got to know one another, they both realized the other wasn't what they expected. For Polina, that revelation took a surprising turn because she was planning some not-so-very-nice things to be bestowed upon Dante.

The fact that this is the last book in the series saddens me because I was hoping both Bianca, Dante's cousin, and Mr. Smith, a teacher at Sicuro Academy who was more than just a teacher, would get books of their own. There was a little blip about Mr. Smith in this book, but not enough info was given, so I am holding out hope that he will return in a spinoff series, and maybe Bianca will as well.

I recommend this book to Adult Readers who enjoy STEAMY, Dark Romances, Enemies to Lovers Romances, Rival Family Romances, Organized Crime Romances, Arranged Marriage Romances, Strong Women Romances, Former Playboy Romances, or New Adult Romances.

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

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  1. Fab review 💜
    I hope those stories you're looking for are created some day :)