For Sophie, it feels like another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill, waitressing at her family s diner and hanging out with her best friend Millie. Read more...
For Sophie, it feels like another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill, waitressing at her family s diner and hanging out with her best friend Millie. But then someone moves into the long-abandoned mansion up the block--a family of five Italian brothers, each one hotter than the last. Unable to resist caramel-eyed Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him -- and willfully ignoring the warning signs. Why are Nic's knuckles cut and bruised? Why does he carry an engraved switchblade? And why does his arrogant and infuriating older brother, Luca, refuse to let her see him? As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. Suddenly, she's torn between two warring dynasties: the one she s related to and the one she's now in love with. She'll have to choose between loyalty and passione. When she does, blood will spill, hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, dishonor can be the difference between life and death."
- ISBN-13: 9780545699822
- ISBN-10: 0545699827
- Publisher: Chicken House
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 352
- Reading Level: Ages 14-17
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.92 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Sophie Gracewell has been trying to hold herself and her family together ever since her father was sent to jail for murdering a man at their diner. When the mysterious Falcone family moves into the supposedly haunted mansion in her Chicago neighborhood, Sophie and her best friend Millie are thrilled—now there are five new beautiful boys to ogle. Sophie quickly falls for Nicoli Falcone, even as she learns his family is bad news. Even more upsetting, Nic’s brothers forbid him from seeing Sophie because she’s a Gracewell. It isn’t long before Sophie realizes that the rift between the Gracewells and Falcones is wrapped up in why her father is in jail. With its families at war and star-crossed lovers caught in the middle, Doyle’s YA debut reads like a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet by way of The Sopranos. However, the use of an attempted sexual assault as a plot device to build romantic tension between Nic and Sophie detracts from this violent romantic mystery. Ages 14–up. Agent: Claire Wilson, Rogers, Coleridge & White. (Feb.)