by Kele Moon
Published by Loose ID on March 22, 2016
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They are the lost boys.
Sons of mafia mistresses expected to keep their fathers’ sins in the shadows. The lucky ones are forgotten.
Unfortunately for Valentino “Tino” Moretti, his brother Nova was too smart to be forgotten, and too valuable to risk when he resists a life of crime. So they punished Tino instead. Forced into the cruel world of the Sicilian Mafia at twelve, Tino was broken before he was old enough to know the man he was supposed to be. Now he’s what the mafia made him.
A trained killer forbidden to love, but he did anyway. He's loved Brianna all along.
Raw and beautiful, their romance was all consuming and far too dangerous. They were ripped apart a long time ago. It’s not until the borgata puts out a hit on her that Brianna falls back into Tino’s arms, churning up their dark past and unraveling all the Moretti brothers’ closely guarded secrets.
This isn’t the end of the story. It’s only the beginning, and it is brutal.
There’s a reason enforcers are considered too deadly to love.
“We have to be better than them. Stronger. Faster. Smarter. Lost boys have to fly.”~Carlo Moretti, original lost boy
“Learn to fight your own battles. We have to be better than them. Stronger. Faster. Smarter. Lost boys have to fly.”
I read this book a couple of months ago and it took me a long time to write even a coherent review for many reasons.
One, I don’t want to inadvertently spoil anything about the plot. Two, I had a hard time putting into words just how much this book affected me.
I was one of those readers who dismissed Tino as being this goofy, happy-go-lucky, without a care in world, Moretti brother. Boy, was I wrong. So very wrong. Kele has hinted in the past the dark path that the Moretti brother haved trekked before they even came to Garnett. But I was still unprepared for most of the stuff that happened to Romeo, Nova and Tino.
This wasn’t an easy book to read. I was glad that I was reading it along with Lana and Alex because if it had just been me, I didn’t think I would be able to handle it. Definitely not for the faint of heart but those difficult moments are so essential to the story and to the evolution of the Moretti brothers that it had to be told. No matter how difficult it was to read, without it, the story would’ve been incomplete.
As usual, Kele delivered her own brand of sensuality to The Enforcer. The chemistry between Tino and Brianna developed over the course of the book. Brianna herself was a character that really stood out to me. It would have been easy to overlook her character because she was a bit quiet and reserved compared to the other characters, but especially to Carina, Brianna’s BFF and Tino half sister. But she was a force to be reckon with. She wasn’t as brash or as flamboyant as Carina but she has nerves of steel, man.
Aside from the romance between Brianna and Tino, what I really loved about this book, and this series in general, was the bond between the men. That bond includes not only the Morettis but also Chui, Marcos and Wyatt. I just loved how Kele writes her male characters. They are so expressive and not afraid to show every bit of emotion they can. Their love for each other, their loyalty shines through every single interaction they have. As a reader, you would know that these guys would not hesitate to kill or to sacrifice themselves for each other.
The Enforcer is definitely one of those books that I wouldn’t soon forget. And rightly so, especially since the story isn’t over yet. The Enforcer is only the first half of Tino’s journey. The second book, The Enforcer’s revenge would be the culmination of Tino’s plan…
“There’s this rule in chess.
If a pawn gets to the other side of the board, he can be anything he wants…once it hits other other side, it can be any piece.
A knight. A rook. A bishop. Anything…
All I wanted was to save one pawn.
To get him to the other side so he could be something different.”
I couldn’t wait to see it come together in the second book.
An early copy was provided by the author.