Family Ties (Morelli Family #4)

Family Ties (Morelli Family, #4)

Family Ties by Sam Mariano

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lord have mercy, this was a LONG one. Good, but very long.
I liked that this book tied up a couple of loose ends from the previous book, which makes sense as it follows the development of Francesca and Salvatore’s relationship, which took place during the same timeline as the previous books. So basically this book, in addition to building that relationship, also gave other viewpoints/additional information about events that had already taken place. It also kind of turned on a couple of existing characters, making them less appealing than they had been in previous books. I found it interesting that I was so easily swayed into having a different opinion about those characters. How fickle I am. Disloyal. The Morellis would not approve.
Overall a great book, but very much NOT a standalone. The experience would be very different if someone tried to read this without reading the series (in order). And why would someone do such a thing, anyway?

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Francesca Morelli. 

Sweet as sin, like the cupcakes she slings at the Morelli bakery. Her sweetness and killer looks are what reeled me in, but her unexpected vulnerability really sealed my fate. I don’t care if there’s a war brewing between our families. I don’t care if I have to go through her evil dictator of a brother. I will break down Francesca Morelli’s walls, I will make her mine, and I’ll keep her—no matter the cost. 

Salvatore Castellanos. 

If good men exist, I’ve certainly never met one—until the day my brother’s rival sauntered into my bakery. Raised around manipulation and unimaginable dysfunction, I know better than to invest in dishonest, dangerous men. I also know Salvatore is exactly that type of man—only, it turns out he isn’t. After years spent living in a shell, Salvatore opens me back up. He’s sexy and sincere, making well-intended promises he’ll never be able to keep. Even knowing he’ll ultimately break my heart, I can’t resist falling for him. 

But tensions are rising between our families, and whichever side wins, I know our love won’t make it out alive. Salvatore may be a man accustomed to getting what he wants, but as much as I wish otherwise, I’m the one thing he can never really have. 

*** THIS IS NOT A STANDALONE. This is book four, and read alone it will be confusing and weird. Also, you have to be as invested in the Morellis as you will be after books 1-3 in order to care about the Morelli madness accompanying this love story. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK FIRST, IT WILL BE A BAD TIME. ***

Published by Amanda Marie

Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes. Just out here doing my part for humanity- these books won't read themselves.

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