Goodreads Review – “Oof.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!”
Funkybooklover78 – “Can I just say Bravo Heather,La Famiglia sucked me in from the first page..”
Goodreads Review – “This is such a brilliant read . 100% must read”
Mysterious, sexy, and emotional. The story starts out with the mystery of Elena’a acceptance to the exclusive academy with all the rich mafia teens. She’s the lone scholarship student and even though Elena is Italian it’s unclear if she’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 it’s quite a twist. It’s obvious Elena and Anton still have a connection even though he seems to hate her most of the time. It’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 Anton’s hate. It’s a doozy and Anton’s response to telling Elena left a cliffhanger with their relationship up in the air. There’s a sweet secondary romance between Elena’s bestie Bria and Anton’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. It’s teens so it has some dirty talking, hormonal antics typically with this age group especially since these kids don’t hear no often and they’re grown beyond their years. I look forward to the next installment. Worth the read!