In a series debut for fans of Tracy Wolff and Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author Missy Johnson asks a burning question: What happens when love is undeniable—and taboo?
Pietro Gustovi is loyal, polished, and hard as stone, the kind of guy women want and men respect. At twenty-three, he’s survived tragedies that would break men twice his age. And he owes it all to his father’s closest friend, Giovanni Spontagio, who took him in as an orphaned teenager. Pietro would give his life for Giovanni . . . but his heart belongs to Giovanni’s daughter.
Raised in Chicago under the spotlight of power and privilege, Lucy Spontiago feels most alive on stage. Determined to become a prima ballerina, she escapes her father’s protective gaze long enough to audition for the ballet in New York City. Soon, however, Lucy realizes that she is not alone. Pietro is watching her back. And though he’s like a brother to her, Lucy cannot deny the thrill she feels knowing his eyes are on her.
Pietro could never betray his mentor by sleeping with his only child. But Lucy follows her passions, no matter how forbidden. Soon their nights are consumed by explosive, red-hot temptation—a dance that will expose shocking secrets and burn everything else to the ground.
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I requested this book due to the fact that Missy Johnson had written it. After having read Breaking Noah and enjoying it, I just knew I would feel the same about Code of Honor. And while I understand the ARC is an uncorrected proof, there were just too many editing errors for me to trust the editing team.
Lucy and Pietro are likeable characters. However, I couldn’t become a part of their story. The fault lies with me, I’m sure, but I found it predictable and mundane. The action was hard to follow and as Pietro talked about the Italian mafia, it didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat as I hoped.
Mafia Princess, Lucia Spontagio heads to NYC to audition for and dance at the NYC Ballet. Over protective (for good reason) father sends Pietro to watch over her. The type of watching they end up doing is not on her father’s list of approved activities, but it isn’t the sex that causes issues but Pietro sticking his nose where it didn’t belong.
Great premise/outline. I only wish what happened before and during were more involved. The book ends in a cliffhanger so with any hope, part 2 will have more emotional impact than this one.