๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐Ÿ”ฅ La Famiglia (The Fated Series) by HL Packer! + My Review

Title: La Famiglia
Series: The Fated Series
Author: H.L Packer
Genre: High School Bully Romance (standalone)
Release Date: October 12, 2021
Cover Design: Moore Funky Graphics

Elena
The Academy.
The most prestigious school around, with the biggest price tag to go with it.
It was a dream. Until it became a nightmare.
One moment. One person.
Thatโ€™s all it took to bring my entire world crashing down around my ears.
A world Iโ€™m not sure Iโ€™ll be able to put back together.
Anton
Anger bubbles beneath the surface.
A constant simmering rage that can never be sated.
Itโ€™s been like this for a long time. As long as I can remember.
And now sheโ€™s here. Under my feet and under my nose.
Poking the bear and kissing the damage.
But I donโ€™t know how to reconcile the hatred with what itโ€™s becoming.
The past is out to get us.
A ticking clock that neither of us can outrun.
Will we burn when the world crashes around us? Or will we rise like the Phoenix?

Goodreads Review – โ€œOof.
Welcome to The Academy.
Anton and Elena… HOT DAMN!!
This book is amazing! Light on the bully and heavy on the mafia, this book was so addictive!โ€
Funkybooklover78 – โ€œCan I just say Bravo Heather,
La Famiglia sucked me in from the first page..โ€

Goodreads Review – โ€œThis is such a brilliant read . 100% must readโ€

H.L. Packer is, quite frankly, a busy bee.

An avid reader as a child, her love for all things written waned into adulthood, the excitement of real life things taking over. But when her life slowed down as she finished her office job for maternity leave, her husband purchased her an e-reader, and that obsession was rekindled.

Quickly she went from reader to reviewer, and then from reviewer to blogger; street teams and promo tours galore. When she began collating her own book boxes over at Romance Readers Book Box UK and had the opportunity to include her own words and worlds, the characters began talking.

Those cheeky characters quickly found themselves written down on the page, and her first series was in progress.

When she is not coordinating her worlds, you can find her running around after her free-spirited three children, and husband, or tending to the dogs, bearded dragons, and snakes that also reside with them.

A break can be found soaking in a bubble bath or enjoying a glass of wine, often still with a book in her hand.
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MY REVIEW:

Mysterious, sexy, and emotional. The story starts out with the mystery of Elenaโ€™a acceptance to the exclusive academy with all the rich mafia teens. Sheโ€™s the lone scholarship student and even though Elena is Italian itโ€™s unclear if sheโ€™s mafia like her school mates. Another mystery is the end of her childhood relationship with one of the guys she goes to school with. Anton knows what happened but keeps it a secret until the end of the story and itโ€™s quite a twist. Itโ€™s obvious Elena and Anton still have a connection even though he seems to hate her most of the time. Itโ€™s a friends to enemies to maybe lovers story with dark undertones as Elena navigates her new reality while dealing with her sad home life. I liked this group of teens and the dangerous mafia element. Anton best friend and cousin Carlos is the Don-in-waiting to take over from his father. It looks like Anton will be his second in command and their friends are backup. The story started out with the mafia intrigue, the teens becoming acquainted and the budding romance between Elena and Anton. It was a little slow for me and it took the whole book to reveal the reason for Antonโ€™s hate. Itโ€™s a doozy and Antonโ€™s response to telling Elena left a cliffhanger with their relationship up in the air. Thereโ€™s a sweet secondary romance between Elenaโ€™s bestie Bria and Antonโ€™s bestie Tino. This is my first read by this author and I liked her writing and storytelling. There were a few scenes with dangerous mafia action. Not a lot of romance just the old feelings and new lust between Elena and Anton. Itโ€™s teens so it has some dirty talking, hormonal antics typically with this age group especially since these kids donโ€™t hear no often and theyโ€™re grown beyond their years. I look forward to the next installment. Worth the read!

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