Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Mafia Princess (Crowned Criminals #1) by Kennedy Slope

Title: Mafia Princess
Series: Crowned Criminals #1
Author: Kennedy Slope
Publication Date: September 27th 2021
Print Length: 242 pages
Genre: Dark Romance

Once upon a time, Sasha Petrov had been a mafia princess. Safe and protected in the high-tower of her father’s mansion. She had known her place, and she’d been happy for it. That had been before her family decided to marry her off to their enemy.

Sasha Petrov knew it was her duty to marry, but she never expected her father to give her away to their enemy, the Blanchi family. She’d accepted that it was her fate to end the bloodshed that took her brother’s life, but at eighteen she’d rather be heading off to college than heading down the aisle.

Dominic “Dom” Blanchi saw an opportunity to save his brother’s life. He’d already lost so much, and he couldn’t imagine burying another beloved member of his family. He was certain that his marriage to Sasha Petrov would save his last remaining brother from the grave. Getting a pliant young wife in the deal wouldn’t be the worst thing, at least, that’s what he told himself. But when his family’s warehouses get hit and Blanchi men continue dying, Dominic wonders if his new wife is to blame. Now, both must make a choice between love and family loyalty.

And Sasha will have to decide if she’d rather be a Mafia Princess or a queen.

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Dom placed his arm across the back of my shoulders doing what he could to make it appear that we were a happy couple of newlyweds. I didn’t understand why though. If anything, his family would know that he had married me to stop the bloodshed that had taken place over the past few years between the Petrov’s and the Blanchi’s.

I stiffened as I felt him place his lips on my neck. My hair had been pulled into a fishtail braid over one side of my neck giving Dom easy access to the other side of my throat.

“What are you doing?” I hissed. My body was so tense that I swore a strong breeze would snap me in half.

“Relax,” Dom muttered across my skin. His lips tickled the outside of my ear, and I inhaled slightly. His touch was making me squirm uncomfortably in my seat. I hated how much a simple touch from him could cause me to melt.

“We are in public,” I hissed as one of his hands wrapped around my neck.

“I know.” Those were the last words he said before his lips were on mine.

Dom hadn’t really kissed me since the wedding day. When we had sex, he never kissed my mouth. I hadn’t really thought too much about it until he started to consume my mouth.

My arms automatically wrapped themselves around his neck, and my body immediately slackened as his tongue slipped inside of my mouth. I tried to stop the sound that came from inside of me, but I couldn’t. Dom had taken complete control over me with just a single kiss, and I couldn’t stop myself from giving in.

After what felt like an eternity, Dom finally pulled away from me, replacing his lips with his finger as he fixed the lipstick that had obviously been smeared across my mouth.

“There,” Dom said.

I blinked several times as I started to come to my senses. Before I could tell Dom off for kissing me so thoroughly in front of a room full of people, the processional music started drawing everyone’s attention away from the display Dom had just put on and towards the back door where the bridesmaids were coming down the aisle.

I thank God for the reprieve. I wasn’t sure what Dom was up to, but I didn’t like being the center of attention.

Thankfully, no one seemed to care about Dom and I as they watched the beautiful Francesca begin to make her way down the aisle. As she walked, her lovely dress trailing behind her, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the radiant smile on her face.

I glanced quickly at the groom who was standing at the top of the aisle. He had tears in his eyes as he watched his fiancé walk down the aisle.

It was clear to everyone that the two of them loved one another, and I felt myself tearing up as I considered how their marriage would differ from my own. I couldn’t even remember my wedding. I had been so emotionally distraught that I had blocked most of it out.

My lips trembled as I thought about the happiness that Francesca and her fiancĂ© would have. I was happy for them, even though I didn’t know either of them. But I was also sad for myself.

I had spent my entire life dreaming of the type of love I was witnessing, but instead, I was married to a man who saw me as nothing more than a pawn in a war that had begun long before us.

My life hadn’t turned out the way I had always thought it would, and while I wanted to make the best of it, I wasn’t sure how I could. Because while I had thought that by giving up my life I would be saving many more, my mother had blown that up.
Kennedy Slope has always had a wandering mind. She's written a million romances in her head, but "The Duke's Contract," is the first one she's decided to share with the world. In her past lives, she has been a teacher, a waitress, and for a brief moment, she sold copiers. Currently, she resides in Virginia with her husband where she enjoys drinking too much coffee and binge-watching HGTV.

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  1. just love the title - draws me right in. Best of luck with the book tour and thank you so much.

  2. This sounds like a good story.

  3. I just finished re-watching the Sopranos and have been needing more mafia in my life. Love the excerpt! Added book to my TBR & wish list!

  4. this sounds awesome and i cant wait to read it, thank you so much for the amazing chance

  5. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover.

  6. Congrats on the book!

  7. This sounds super hot and I love the cover too.
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  8. This sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

  9. This looks like a great book- thanks-Where do you get your ideas for characters in your books

  10. The book sounds like something I could dig my teeth into. Thanks for your generosity. Linda May

  11. Kennedy Slope has had some interesting and varied jobs. I am sure the knowledge gained has enriched her writing.

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  12. I really love mafia books, and this one sounds amazing! Adding to my TBR pile!

  13. I love the cover and the premise weighs a life of education against one with ties to the mob. Sasha is just out of high school and looking forward to college, but her fatther is insisting on an alternate path. The conflict and relationships growing in this story look like what happens in real life.

  14. The book sounds very intriguing. Thanks!

  15. sounds like a fun one

  16. I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a good mafia romance read!

  17. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!