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Destino: A Mafia Romance (The Battaglia Mafia Series Book 1) by [Mynx, Sienna]
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Mira Ellison is poised to have it all. In 1989, she is the first prominent fashion designer redefining change for both beauty and style among the renowned in Italy. That happens until the evening she meets a tall, mysteriously charming Sicilian businessman who orchestrates a friendship that awakens a wicked sexual heat she has long forgotten. Who is he really? What harm could a little fling in one of the most beautiful countries in the world bring?
Mafia boss, Don Giovanni Battaglia, is a man who knows how to get his way. He lives his life on the razor edge of control as he balances family and his criminal empire. He is the leader of a ruthless clan known as the Camorra in Southern Italy. Mira’s design house opens in Napoli, and unbeknownst to her, the property she occupies is one for which the Battaglia family has big plans. Giovanni’s designs for her business set them on a collision course of heated passion, spine chilling danger, and an unspeakable act of murder.

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  • Publisher: The Divas Pen LLC (12 November 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6ZBTO0
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent 29 December 2014
By Kyoko Minamino - Published on
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Disclaimer: I don't normally read romance/erotica. I happened past this title on a friend's To Be Read page, saw the cute cover, read the premise, and bought it. I don't read erotica or romance because I need blood, guts, death, and sarcasm in my life. I bought this book because at the very least it promised danger and violence along with sexual tension, and that's something I can dig.

This novel puts me in such a weird position. I'm torn. It's really split straight down the middle, so I'll break it into a list so it's easier to understand.

-The language and word choice is exceptional considering the genres it's in. No, really. Many romance writers have limited vocabularies and you see the same set of words used again and again, but Mynx manages to create some fantastic visuals thanks to the setting.
-The chemistry between Gio and Mira is palpable, even if it's a little on the forced side. It's more understandable that he fell for her than she fell for him, though. I'll get into that later, but they do blend together well.
-I really like the Mafia angle. It's what made me stop and read the excerpt, and plop down a buck to read the rest. I've never been a huge fan of paranormal romance (ha ha ha! Irony) so this really wins me over for adding a real threat for our protagonists. It wasn't some frou-frou pseudo-threat. There is death, dismemberment, murder, extortion, and all kinds of sins in these pages and it's a relief. Too many authors are too chicken to do bad things to their precious heroes and Mynx is not one of them.
-Giovanni is actually a decent lead, for once. I find a lot of these types of books lean too heavily on characterizing the female love interest and so the guys just get a cursory glance, but not with Gio. We learn his background, his habits, his desires, and his morals. He's a pretty intimidating guy, but he has a set of rules. I also like that he's not too warm and cuddly. Their relationship is largely based on the sex, and while Mira softens him up, he never becomes her pet or vice versa. I really like that he's still his own man with his own hang ups.
-The steamy bits are good. I will nitpick in the Cons below, but overall, I liked them. No stupid 50 Shades of Grey bulls***. Just vanilla sex. Me likey.
-None of the usual "light skinned girls with pretty hair are better" nonsense, and also not too many "food skin color" comparisons. That I only mention because some readers get irked by it. I personally don't care unless it's Laurell K. Hamilton levels of insultingly egregious, but I figured I'd mention it.

-Punctuation errors out the wazoo up in here. I don't know if she's self published, had a small press publication, or didn't have an editor at all, but there are TONS of missing commas in this novel. After a certain point, I forced myself to ignore them. It's so basic an error that it took this novel down an entire star rating for me because I am a grammar Nazi and it's inexcusable to have this many missing commas, and there's one on the first page no less.
-The author uses the "velvet sheathed steel" line to describe Gio's penor and that is a huge no-no. If you don't know why, please do me the favor of visiting Weepingcock's Livejournal and the profile page will explain why that is one of the stupidest purple prose descriptions for the penis ever. I'm sorry. It's a cock. it one. Don't make up dumb flowery comparisons. Cock or dick, I don't care which one you choose, but for heaven's sake, don't say that phrase or it causes veteran authors to laugh hysterically instead of being turned on like we're supposed to be.
-Mira is kind of a thin heroine. I really don't think she falls in love with Gio so much as she enjoys the lifestyle and he's a fantastic lover. That's it. His life is such a huge danger for her and she shouldn't mess around with him if she has any sense in her head. She has a story to her, but it's not much, unfortunately. I think more effort was put into Gio instead. Mira waffles back and forth over Gio so many times that I wrote her off after a certain point. I really wanted her to be a stronger character and not fall prey to the alpha male theme that a lot of these romances dish out.
-Cliffhanger ending. That might tick some people off so I included it, but it's at the readers' discretion.
-Super predictable ending. You'll see it from miles away.

Do you see what I mean? There are points for and against trying this book. I liked it enough to recommend it to someone who wants a nice beach-holiday kind of book, but I'm not interested enough to continue the series. It's a quick, entertaining read with a nice saucy flavor, but it's like an appetizer. Not filling enough, but still tasty.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!!! 25 February 2014
By Bewaji - Published on
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I love everything about this book, from the anxiety induced Mafia machinations to sweet love connection, to the sexual harmony between Giovanni and Mira. Or, is it the 'forbidden' liaison of mixed couples we want to talk about? This is not mixed race of ordinary people but a Mafia Don and a black woman??? Heaven is going to fall... Tee hee. Does Gio care? No!

What else is unique in this book? The sex scenes are realistic. There are times according to Mira, when Gio's 'p' is tired and he uses his hands and mouth instead. *sweating* . Instead of giving us the unrealistic keep going at it forever kind, which is not realistic. The author kept the relationship between Gio and Mira real. It is not sudden at the same time it did not drag and neither is it coy.

We also get the petty jealousies in an organization that are sometimes dangerous and bloody. The author also seems to put the right answers in Gio's mouth when Mira asked him if he was a 'godfather'. In all, I love this book and can't wait for the second book. It is a change for me. I've read so many dross books lately. Well done Sienna Mynx.
5.0 out of 5 stars YS 6 July 2013
By Not impressed - Published on
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I have read many books and this is only the second book that I have given 5 stars. Truly an amazing story, picturesque in its description of Italian locations that I felt familiar with the places.
The details of the evolution of the love between Gio and Mira although developed within weeks of meeting was so poignant and palpable I became emotionally invested in the book, I couldn't put it down. It is 2:30am and I have just finished reading the book. Gio's character was intelligently written; it was consistent, strong and stayed true to perception of a mob boss. Mira's character was good but not as strong. Gio really moved me, I felt his happiness and pain.
The drama surrounding our H and h drew me in and kept me fixated. Suspense, excitement, intrigue... and it helped the story very much that the author gave insight into all the characters inner person by sharing their perspectives including the minor characters. The story is brilliantly told and moved at a good pace; most issues didn't drag on and truths learnt fairly quickly, ### (spoiler) like Gio finding out Flavio sent Mira away. And I also liked that Mira understood that despite everything she meant something to Gio.
Excellent book, I definitely recommend it. It is different and surprising. I loved it. It is more than worth the buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard beginnings 25 June 2015
By cthor - Published on
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Destino was a hard read for me until about 75% into the book because I didn’t feel any particular connection to either of the main characters. If this was a one book read, I would have been able to let it go gently into the good night. I read the book in its entirety for a book of the month, so I didn’t want to abandon it. I’m so glad I didn’t because towards the end that’s when things really got interesting and a smile was put on my face. Mirabella and Giovanni are two characters that didn’t make sense to me. Mira (or Bella as she was called by Giovanni) was an up and coming fashion designer that fell for the standard confident “business man.” Their brief affair was intense, but it didn’t translate well to me as the reader. I didn’t feel anything for them as a couple. There was a lot of repetition in their dialog and Mira didn’t make sense half of the time when it came to their interactions and how she would respond to Giovanni. The only feelings that seemed true was her love for Flaviana until the argument happened between the two women. The secondary character Lorenzo, Giovanni’s cousin and top left hand man had more emotion and passion that kept the story interesting. His strong connection and vulnerability to Mira’s best friend Flaviana kept the story worth reading until we got to the true meat of things and Giovanni showed his true colors and his weakness for his Bella.
4.0 out of 5 stars Giovanni 14 March 2014
By Connie - Published on
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The beginning I felt this story was just sailing along and wasn't holding me as I thought it would, but then I told myself every read out the gate isn't going to suck U in right away, so I read on. I love the characters, the relationship btw Mira and Fabiana was AWESOME, Lorenzo has many snakes in his closet (but at least 1 family member is a Hot Mess), Catalina very much so spoiled and bratty, but I sense there will be more with her even betrayal, and then there is Giovanni and Mira, their intensity is what pulls me through, but I have to say Giovanni is the reason for my continuation. In this story LOVE bloomed, trust lost, and friendships ended in heartfelt sorrow. My question is will Giovanni and Mira find each other after all the tragedy, loneliness, and time they have been apart? What about her ex Kei, what part does he play and what of the NEW life?