Matteo: A Dark Mafia Hate Story

Matteo: A Dark Mafia Hate Story

Matteo: A Dark Mafia Hate Story by Ginger Talbot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A hard read

Wow- this was a hard one to finish. Part of the way through I was already composing my angry incredulous review in my head. I was tempted to quit, honestly. But I stuck it out until the end, and I’m glad I did. If for no other reason than to find out that not everything was as it seemed. I NEEDED to finish it because, quite frankly, this one was going to haunt me if there wasn’t some kind of redemption.
I was so frustrated for Natasha, and how much she was being made to suffer. I was angry about the way her family treated her from the beginning. It seemed that she had never really known love, and through a cruel twist of fate she ended up with Matteo and would spend the rest of her life as a loveless slave. I was glad to see that didn’t happen.
The mob lifestyle painted in this book is horrific, particularly for the women. To be fair, I’ve read some pretty horrific real-life stories about mob women, so it is probably not super far-fetched that wives are treated as described in the book.
This was my first read by this author, and I will definitely be back for more!
If you like a dark read along the lines of Aleatha Romig, Willow Winters, Sam Mariano, and Anna Zaires I suspect you would enjoy this book.

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My name is Bailey Millhouse, and I’m so very, very lucky. I’m the daughter of a senator. I have a loving family and a bright future all planned out for me. 
But every last word of that is a lie. My whole gilded life is a lie. My real name is Natasha Dubrova, and my mother hid me as a baby to save me from an arranged marriage with the son of a mafia boss. She didn’t hide me well enough – because now my real family has come calling. 
And now they’ve taken me “home” – to my fiancé, Matteo Rossi, a beautiful sadist whose punishments batter my flesh and bruise my soul. He says he’s going to break me and make me his. I’ll never give in. I’ll never accept that this is my life. I’ll submit and pretend in order to survive – but I vow I’ll escape this house of beauty, pain and secrets, and find my way home. 
The longer I stay, though, the harder it is to leave. Underneath Matteo’s cruelty is a strange and mysterious tenderness – and a big, big secret. What can’t he tell me? Who’s the real master of this family? And why is everyone here so afraid I won’t survive until my wedding day?

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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