By Any Other Name (Forbidden, #1) by J.M. Darhower

****4.5 stars****

I just love the way JM Darhower tells a story! I love her little bit of darkness; just enough I can handle. It was just what I was in the mood for. This is a Romeo & Juliet-type, organized crime story. I read it quickly, didn't want to put it down, cried a little, and was sad when it was over. It has a happy-ish ending, and I hope that Matty & Genna's story continues in another book (I probably should have looked that up before writing my review *duh*). I fell hard for Matty B., and I'm sure you will too!

Here's the blurb:

A deadly rivalry.
Two families at war.
Nobody is safe, not even the innocent.
Especially the innocent.
Blood will be spilled.

Genevieve "Genna" Galante knows a thing or two about causing trouble. After all, it's engrained in her DNA. As the only daughter of Primo Galante, notorious boss of the Galante crime family, her life is dictated by a certain set of rules… rules Genna was never very good at following.

Matteo "Matty" Barsanti never wanted anything to do with the family business, but as the first-born Barsanti son, certain things are expected of him. It's his duty, according to his father, to help take down the enemy... even if that enemy means something to him.

A chance encounter on an elevator changes the course of lives, causing the biggest trouble of Genna's young life. The only good Barsanti is a dead Barsanti. She's heard it said time and time again. So what happens when she falls in love with one of them?

The story of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the biggest rivalry New York has ever seen, determined to make it… if only they can survive their parents' feud.

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