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- ASIN : B012UN5SF6
- Publisher : Lagan Press; 1st edition (August 11, 2015)
- Publication date : August 11, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1683 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 620 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,395,477 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The novel, the first in her Medici Protectorate series, never allows the reader a moment to relax and take a breath for a variety of reasons. It’s a novel that crosses genre lines in a fascinating cross-pollination of lives, eras, and continents. There’s suspense, mystery, intrigue, and history. But overriding the whole thing is a romantic sensuality that tops anything I’ve read of late.
I’m impressed with what Ms. Troilo accomplished in this book. It’s intelligent and explores an area of mystery that has plagued generations from the United States to Italy. But she’s also written some of the steamiest sex scenes I’ve ever read. I’m embarrassed when I read some steamy romances because the plot line can delve into cheesy. Not so with this novel. She matched the personalities of her main characters–Franki and Gianni–perfectly. Both proud, stubborn, and with streaks of anger that are down right frightful. Even Franki’s sisters and Gianni’s adopted brothers fear that anger. What a combustible combination when the two meet and then eventually collide into one another on an explosive sensual ride.
It’s a roller coaster of a book that takes the reader from a city in the U.S., loosely resembling Pittsburgh, to the past of Michelangelo’s Italy.
But there’s more, if that’s not enough. There’s the paranormal aspect of the Medici line that’s been passed down to Gianni and his family tribe. Franki only begins to understand her family’s role in the whole Medici mystique after her father’s murder. That’s right–there’s murder, too. And the threat of murder always overhanging the sisters who are beautiful, talented, and devoted to their mother and dead father.
Be forewarned–not everything is solved at this end of this novel because Book Two is now being readied for release in 2016.
I highly recommend reading this book to add lots of spice and excitement to your life! I know my heart is still bleeding all over the floor after my voyeuristic visits with Franki and Gianni through all their trysts.
The sisters come to learn they are descendants of the Medici, a bloodline that dates back to the time of Michelangelo. Another group, the Brotherhood of Medici Protectorate has safeguarded the Notaro line for centuries. When the sisters learn of their legacy and the Brotherhood, there are immediate clashes— especially between Franki (Francesca) Notaro and Gianni, of the Brotherhood.
The mythology in this book is extremely well-developed. The author really took her time in building a believable and fascinating history for each group. As an example, Gianni and his adopted brothers each carry a stone dagger which is a focal point and an extension of the powers they wield. Gianni’s talent is related to blood and passion. He is able to both heal and inflict wounds, his fiery temperament nowhere more evident than in his passionate relationship with Franki. Their romance is at times steamy and tender, even combustible, but always full of heart.
As someone who grew up in an Italian family, I loved the old-world essence of this book. There are references to the Catholic Mass, Italian cooking, and family traditions. Franki and her sisters fight and argue but are always there for one another. The same with Gianni and his brothers. The guys’ disagreements tend to be explosive, but their loyalty for one another is unquestionable. The mystery kept me flipping pages, but the characters stole my heart. If you love elements of the paranormal, woven with romance, and intrigue, this is one book you don’t want to miss!
Top reviews from other countries
An enjoyable read with unexpected steamy passages and plenty of aggression. The author does a good job of mixing normal everyday stuff with things more on the magical side of the spectrum, and it all blends wonderfully. Despite my feeling tired and in a 'not bothered' mood when I began this book, the characters gripped me within the first few pages, and I ended up enjoying it immensely. Some things I struggled with, like the word 'had' seems to have gone AWOL much of the time, and I had to keep re-reading some of the sentences to get the sense of them. (For example: 'It reminded him of where he lived with his mother and father ...' only to read on and see 'before they both died.' This changed the context, and it wants to read, 'It reminded him of where he had [or he'd] lived with ... before they...', as he doesn't live there currently and the lack of had misleads.) A few other hiccups occurred (like discrete instead of discreet, and 's left in where they need taking out, etc.) but nowhere near enough to spoil the fun of the read. I would highly recommend this first book in the series, and look forward to getting into book 2.
That's what happens to Francesca Notaro and her sisters, one day not long after their father's murder. Even those who break the news to them, those who say should protect and guide them, are skeptical deep down. But then strange things starts happening. Accidents, attacks, housebreaking, but also display of strange powers and abilities. And when the effects of the prophecy get in motion there's little time for Franki and her sisters to deal with the how-is-all-of-this-possible factor.
Bleeding Heart, the first chapter in the Medici Protectorate Series, is a fast-paced novel which perfectly mixes action, family relationship, brotherhood, love, steamy romance, personal growth, magic, mystery, and powers. There is everything you might want from this kind of novel, blended in just the right amounts and with the perfect timing.
Don't be deceived, I was skeptical about bringing back an ancient Italian family in the contemporary USA, but I was surprised and proved wrong. If you fear all these elements might clash with each other, put your worries aside. You're going to read Beeding Heart in very few seats and it's going to let you yearn for more.