Scared to Love; Mazzone Mafia #3
(A standalone within a series)
Publication Date: December 29, 2021
Genre/Tropes: Reverse Age-Gap/Single Parent/Mafia Romance
Author: Siobhan Davis
Between the title and the genre, Scared to Love was nothing like I was expecting. Instead it’s a love story that reached well beyond my expectations and I loved every moment of it.
Serena is a woman who has been emotionally and physically abused for years. While you can heal from the physical abuse, it’s not quite as easy to mend from the mental trauma. When Serena and her two children come to live with her sister and her brother-in-law, after her husband’s death, it may seem like the beginning of a new life, but Serena is at the bottom of a very dark well. Her mind is held hostage by the man who abused her for years and even though there is a wonderful, patient man waiting in the wings, Serena has a long road ahead of her before she can ever think of being with someone again.
Alessandro has watched Serena for years, as he’s been in Ben Mazzone’s employment for a long time. However, he didn’t know the abuse that Serena was experiencing at the hands of her husband or he would have killed him himself. Now that she’s a widow he knows better than to just sweep in and claim her, she’s skittish and healing and Alesso is a nothing if not a patient man.
Siobhan did not disappoint in writing a beautiful story about a second chance at romance when you are feeling broken and the man who can be patient, sweet and strong while you heal. Yes, Alesso is still a smart, calculating mafia man, he’s perfect for Rena and her children.
This book happens right alongside the other two books and then eventually moves into its own timeline, but Scared to love intersects the timelines of the other Mazzone books, so I would suggest reading the other two books in the series to help make sense of the secondary characters and how the plot lines up. Alesso and Rena have had a smoldering chemistry for years, which have been mentioned in the other two books, while Rena has been married and now a widow. This is now their story and we get the dark and inside look as to what those looks meant.
Everything that has been building within the mafia comes to a head and so many questions are answered. It’s the culmination to so much while this love story is emotional, healing, and beautiful all at once.
The third and final book in the Mazzone Mafia series is coming December 29th.
Serena has felt trapped her entire life, living a lie because it was demanded of her.
Years of torture at the hands of her sadistic husband have left her battered and bruised, but not defeated. She needs to stay strong for her children, and she’s determined to reset her future.
The future she has all thanks to Alessandro.
He saved her that fateful night when her husband died, and he continues to save her as she struggles to piece her life back together.
Yet the closer they get, the more it terrifies her because no man has ever made her feel like this.
It can’t work.
She’s too broken.
He’s too young.
And she’ll never trust a made man again.
Women never get under Alesso’s skin—until Serena. They share an intense connection that can’t be ignored, no matter how hard she tries to push him away.
He knows she’s scared. He is too, but she’s worth the risk. Alesso vows to be patient, until danger resurfaces and now all bets are off. Serena needs to understand how much she means to him and he will do everything to protect her.
The situation grows more tense as the DeLucas plot against Bennett Mazzone and the surviving mafia heirs. But Alesso will lay down his life before he lets Serena get hurt again.
Now his walls are lowered, the gloves are off, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
Even if it means letting her go.