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Rallenti: A Mafia Romance (The Battaglia Mafia Series) by [Mynx, Sienna]
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“One word. You must learn it, before we begin,” he traced his finger now across the outline of her lip. “Say it with me. Rallenti.” – Renaldo Cracchiolo

The year is 1993. Life as an enforcer for one of the most notorious crime bosses in Italy isn’t easy. Renaldo Cracchiolo is a Sicilian who takes pride in the oaths of omerta to honor and obey the wishes of his Don. It’s the reason why he was chosen to cross the Atlantic to New York City. However, the woman he meets and the time they share changes his heart and destiny.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1004 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Divas Pen LLC (11 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NC1GHA6
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Taste 27 April 2017
By Michelle - Published on
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Rallenti is a quick lighthearted read that nicely compliments the Battaglia Series. Sienna Mynx did a good job of creating a new storyline to coincide with the main books of the series. Although there are cameos from several characters in the previous Battaglia books, this novella is Kyra’s story. Kyra, a young woman of Nigerian descent, has hopes of becoming a shoe designer for Mirabella’s. She struggles with pursuing her dream against her family’s expectations of her. Kyra jumps at the chance to use Renaldo, an enforcer to the Battaglia clan, as her big break to move up at Mirabella’s. Fate would have it that Kyra and Renaldo end up helping each other in ways they never could have predicted.

After reading other reviews of Rallenti, I realized that some readers were disappointed because they either did not like Kyra’s character or wanted to learn more about Renaldo story. I actually found both to be aspects that made the story work. For example, Kyra is twenty-three and was raised with a relatively traditional Nigerian family. Where her actions and decisions probably made some readers dislike her as the main character, Mynx stayed true to her description. She was carefree, naïve and fearless all the things that most people her age embody on their journey towards self-discovery. Mynx clearly shows the contrast in culture and upbringing between Kyra and Renaldo in a way that is engaging but also explains the attraction between the two characters. Although they are four years apart in age, their differences in lifestyles are a major part of what they find so intriguing about one another.

I believe Sienna Mynx stated while talking about the Battaglia Series that the only couple she was invested in was Don Giovanni and Donna Mirabella. This explains why although this story gives the reader a glimpse into Renaldo’s world it is not his full story. There is still so much that is not shared about Renaldo’s family and background that if revealed may cause the reader to become more invested in him than the main characters of the series. In order to maintain the premise of the entire series, it could not be all about Renaldo. In my opinion, this is why this story works well as a novella and with Kyra being the main character. It gives the reader just enough details to act as an appetizer to wet their palate for the next main book in the series while at the same time entertaining enough to make the reader want more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice break in the series 31 May 2015
By Mrs. Black - Published on
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This novella was a nice break in this series, giving a taste of what enforcer life was like in the Battaglia clan. Renaldo is a hulking, brooding, loyal enforcer who takes his job very seriously, but the intriguing, persistent Kyra immediately catches his attention. He tries his best to ignore her, but her tenacity slowly broke him down. Kyra was quite different from the other women in this series. She's your average young woman, trying to make a name for herself in the fashion industry but can't seem to catch a break. She's talented and motivated, but in the fashion industry, it's about who you know, not what you can do. She decides to use Renaldo to get closer to her fashion icon, but Renaldo was more than she bargained for. Their unlikely friendship was sweet and sad at the same time because it was forbidden. This was pretty good as far as novellas go, but I expect nothing less from Sienna Mynx.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the characters 27 September 2015
By EclctcDcdnce19 - Published on
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I just started reading this series this month and have been totally swept away... This story falls right before the last book, Amore. Understanding that this is a short story, there are obviously some elements that may be sacrificed, so some of the details are lost, but it doesn't take away from the story as a whole. I liked the characters. Yes, the heroine is kind of flaky at times, but I think this is part of her 'artsy' persona? I know I can be the same way sometimes...There were some parts that threw me, like when she head back to the hotel, I had a wtf moment. I think it was jarring because it didn't fit my idea of the progression of the story, it felt like, 'they need to hook up fast, we're running out of story' but when I thought about it, it was consistent with the heroine's impetuous nature, and of course Renaldo is the exact opposite, not taking actions/risks that could benefit him personally. So I actually ended up liking that part. I liked learning about Renaldo. I loved the concept of 'Rallenti' super hot! Something new added to the love scenes. I really admire the way Ms. Mynx is able to give all the men in the series their own individual sexual style, keeps things interesting...I will read this again, as I will the whole series. I know I was so obsessed with seeing what happened at the end that I didn't take time to enjoy the journey. I liked the opposites attract aspect of the relationship. This is a great quick read before concluding the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and interesting 14 June 2016
By Michelle - Published on
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I was very happy with the purchase of this book. It was a very good read; it kept me on my toes and wanting more. There was a lot of action that made me not want to put the book down. The characters and plot were very well developed right from the beginning chapter and it made my imagination run wild throughout the entire story. The steamy intimate scenes were very well played out and did not leave me hanging or missing in any way. The length of the book was appropriate and it did not feel as though it was rushed or cut off at the end of the story. There were many surprises that I liked so that the book was not predictable so that I did not get bored. I was introduced to many different aspects of intimacy and surprisingly I really liked it and wasn’t scared away from it. By the end of the book I was really attached to the characters and wanted them to continue like a life movie. I think that this book would make a really good movie. This author really knows how to draw you in and not want to put the book down at all. I read it very fast because of it, but in a good way. I can’t wait to read another book from this author, definitely saved as my favorite author on Amazon so it will notify me when more books come out.
4.0 out of 5 stars Supporting love 13 June 2016
By PlezurV - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this short story. It derail from the usual main characters and focused on the love of supporting characters. I enjoyed the friendship between Kyra and Jaime as well as enjoyed the developing relationship between Renaldo and Kyra. It was a great plot, but I think that some of it could have been pushed more, but it was still good.