Mafia Monster's Forced Bride by Sam Crescent

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Mafia Brides, 1

Alex Greco hates her husband.

To keep the peace between her crime lord father and the Greco mafia’s boss, she’s forced to marry his son, Roman. He’s cold and has a reputation for hurting those close to him. There is no wedding night, and the first months of their marriage are awful.

Roman doesn’t want a wife, and certainly not an outsider who doesn’t know their ways. Unlike the women he’s used to, Alex thinks for herself and isn’t afraid to tell him no. He plans to prove she isn’t a sweet innocent, and he orders his friends to seduce her to show she’s not worthy of him.

When her life is endangered, it is up to Roman to save her and the peace pact between their families. By his father’s order, he has to make this stubborn woman fall in love with him.

Her husband is not as cold and callous as Alex originally thought. He’s a monster to everyone but her, and she never expected to fall in love with him.

She didn’t count on finding out he was a liar, either. His father told him to make her fall in love with him, but how far was he willing to go?

 

Excerpt:

Roman was taller, bigger, and it was impossible. That diary was the last one she had written in. She hadn’t taken it to his place because she had worried he’d find it. The last entries were all leading up to their arranged marriage, and of course their wedding, the night before, at least. There was no other entry because she’d been with him, with no way of talking to her diary.

Her towel gave way, and Alex didn’t grab it immediately. The protection she had fell to the floor, around her feet.

She cried out and scrambled to get her towel, only to have Roman reach for it as well. Alex wasn’t entirely sure what happened, but they somehow managed to bump heads, and she ended up on the floor, not covered, and Roman stared at her.

Panic filled her, and she scrambled for the towel and her diary. Roman seemed to still as she got both and pulled away from him.

Within seconds, it became a tug of war as Roman grabbed the diary, and she had no choice but to turn her back and immediately wrap the towel around her.

Roman had never seen her naked.

No man had seen her naked.

Her heart raced.

“Please give me back my diary,” she said, keeping her back to him.

Her face was so hot. She had never been so embarrassed in her life.

“No.” He stepped past her. She tried to grab his shirt, but she had no choice but to keep one hand on her chest.

“Please.”

Roman turned at the door. “You’re my wife, and a Greco never begs. Don’t do it.”

He slammed the bathroom door, and Alex gritted her teeth. She wanted to call her father, to ask him to demand that Roman give her diary back, but that would be involving her father in a pathetic spat.

Roman was just being a pain in the ass. She got it, and kind of understood it, even if she didn’t completely agree with him and his asshole ways.

After stepping into her closet, she opened the drawers and pulled out a pair of shorts and a tank. It was warm, and she wished she could have head-to-toe pajamas, but that would be way too uncomfortable.

Her hair was nearly dry, and stepping out of her closet, she went to her dresser to run a brush through it. Her bed looked so inviting as she stared at it. Did she want to sink into the soft covers or fight with Roman again?

She glanced at the bathroom door and decided he had already taken way too much of her attention. Sticking her tongue out, which was completely childish to do, she stepped over to her bed, pulled back the covers, and slid right inside.

The moment she lay down and stared up at the ceiling, she closed her eyes and just basked in being back home, in her bed, away from Roman … ish. He was in her father’s home, and currently in her shower or reading her diary, but that didn’t change the fact she was finally home.

Roman’s home and apartment were all his. His bachelor pad. His domain. Where another woman had decorated and made it the vision he wanted. She was a stranger in his home and in his world.

She didn’t mind not being close to anyone all her life. Having Liam as a dad guaranteed that people weren’t her friend. She lived with it, dealt with it. It was probably the only part of her life that made it easier to deal with Roman’s world.

The shower stopped, and Alex rolled over so she wasn’t facing him. She had no idea where he was going to sleep.

Growling, she shoved her blankets off and then climbed out of bed. The man was an insufferable bastard, and he pissed her off all the damn time.

She walked back into her closet and grabbed spare blankets and some pillows.

With them in hand, she stepped back into her bedroom at the same time as Roman entered.

“I’ll be sleeping in the bed,” Roman said.

“No, you’re not. That is my bed, and you’re not sleeping in it.”

He raised a brow. “Where you sleep, I sleep.”

“We don’t sleep together at your place, and it’s not happening now.”

Roman chuckled. “You’re a spoiled little princess used to getting your own way.”

“And you’re a brute and a bully used to taking what he wants. You’re not sleeping in my bed. Simple as that.”

In response, Roman eased the towel from around his waist, and Alex gasped, closing her eyes. She didn’t see anything, and staring at her husband’s naked body didn’t appeal to her, not in the slightest.

She heard rustling, and when she opened her eyes, she saw Roman was beneath her blankets on her side of the bed, with her damn diary.

Alex wanted to scream at him. “You’re naked in my bed? Your ass is, like, making an impression.”

“My ass is nice and warm. There is enough room for both of us.”

She glared at him and then moved toward the window where she had a few beanbags from her days of being a child and not wanting to use conventional chairs.

Nudging them together, she made herself a little bed, much like she had when she was a child, and then, somehow found a way to build a bed for herself.

It was so uncomfortable, not like before when she was so young. This wasn’t her bed. It wasn’t comfortable, but it would do.

With the blanket thrown over her, she got comfortable, aware of the noise the bags were making, but eventually, she got comfortable.

The light was still on, and the only sound she heard was the unmistakable sound of the pages turning.

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Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 31 ratings)
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4/5
Captivating
Written by RedFlower on 7th Aug 2022

I loved the main characters and it is great to have a storyline where the woman is strong, loving and very astute. Alex and Roman as main characters, ignored each other in the beginning but then things changed... I found it gripping and funny at times. Also I found Alex and her dad's relationship remarkable, they had a solid and devoted relationship. I have to admit that in same parts of the book, I felt teary, which was a plus for me. It was a very good read and I cannot wait to read more great books form this author.

5/5
What a book!
Written by Emma D on 7th Aug 2022

Dang!!! What a book! I loved the storyline of Alex and Roman. When their arranged marriage began it looked hopeless. Due to Alex's steadfast personality and immovable morals, this gave Roman a heck of a lot of trouble. He thought she was an anchor around his neck and not worthy to be his wife and doubted the truth of her virginity. Most of the book surrounded their struggle getting to know one another and fall in love. At the same time someone was out to kill Alex. Little did anyone know it was an inside job. Roman also found out about Alex's love for the orphans of a particular orphanage. There was a dark secret there and it really was despicable when it came to light. A great story. A must read. You will not be disappointed. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Action-packed Easy-to-read Entertaining Happily Ever After Page-turner Realistic Steamy Tragic Unpredictable Wonderful characters

4/5
Perfect mafia love story
Written by Sara G on 7th Aug 2022

From the first pages, this story is original and pulls you in with its characters. It’s a mafia love story that shows the good and the bad, and that being true to yourself is the most important thing. It’s a little dark and twisted, but perfectly balanced. Great book!

5/5
Holy steamy spicy HEA mafia book
Written by Sarah ES on 6th Aug 2022

This book has it all, steam, spice, and a HEA!! Roman is sex on a stick amazing while his bride is purity embodied. This book is fantastic. For a mafia book the world building and characters was done very well. I couldn’t put this book down, and I was able to read this book in 1 day. The twist toward the end, drumroll please… completely blindsided me. Great job Sam Crescent. I wish the rest of the series was available on Kindle Unlimited!!

4/5
mafia
Written by Angel Joy on 6th Aug 2022

Love reading mafia romances. I am going to love this new series. I cannot wait to see what is next. Good read and romance.

5/5
Very good
Written by Mreads90 on 6th Aug 2022

Roman and Alex are forced to marry each other for the family to become even more powerful. They both hate each other and don't want to be married. Roman thinks she isn't inocent at all he tries to even get his friends to seduce her but she doesn't fall for it. Someone tries to kill her and now they forced to spend even more time together. They start to realize that they kinda like spending time to together and soon things turn in to something much more than just forced marriage. This is another fantastic read from Sam Crescent! Always love her books!

5/5
I loved this book!
Written by Kimmijane on 6th Aug 2022

This book had it all! I laughed and I cried. There was suspense and romance. If you like slow burn and an alpha read this book. I liked that the Heroine wasn’t typical. She has heart!! She melts the alpha’s heart too… eventually. This story will stay with me for a while. I had all the feels from this book!

4/5
Good story line
Written by Peta Benjamin on 6th Aug 2022

I enjoyed this book by Sam Crescent. I'm right into the Mafia genre at the moment and I was very pleased that this book had a good story line. Not over the top voilence and sex, which is quite a change. I found the main characters of Roman and Alex to be very entertaining and loved how strong Alexwas with her "take no crap" attitude. It was also great to see the main male character of Roman be able to see where he made mistakes and take responsibility for them. This was a book that I read straight through, so not too long. If you like a good Mafia romance book then I recommend Mafia Monster's Forced Bride. Thanks to Netgalley and Sam Crescent for the opportunity to read and give an honest review.

4/5
Fast-paced read
Written by Tammy S on 4th Aug 2022

Alex and Roman are forced to marry to keep the peace between their families. Roman doesn’t want a wife and their marriage is horrible but when her life is in danger and the pact between their families close to being broken. He will keep her save and make her fall in love with him. Sizzling chemistry, fast-paced read with plenty of twists and turns. I liked it.

5/5
Wow!
Written by Kait M on 3rd Aug 2022

I received an ARC for my honest opinion. Alex can't stand her husband and the feeling is mutual. Their marriage is nothing but a business arrangement for their family. The first few months are filled rude exchanges and nothing more - not even a wedding night. Roman never wanted a wife and he's not about to change his mind for someone who won't prove her virginity. He doesn't believe she's actually as innocent as she appears so he has his closest friends try to seduce her to find out her the intentions. When his father demands him to get closer to her and he does, will he ruin the trust and feelings they have built for each other? Wow! I am blown away by how amazing this book was. Alex may be sweet and innocent but she doesn't let people walk all over her - not even her husband. I LOVE the relationship she has with her father and Millie. Roman appears to be a terrible person but trust me he redeems himself and grovels - he knows how badly he messed up and does everything in his power to make it right. I loved their chemistry and their whole story - children included.

5/5
Entertaining read
Written by Mary S on 2nd Aug 2022

Love reading Roman and Alex story. Even though it was a slow burn different then what the author usually writes it was a good read. Love that you get all the feelings even as they are back and forth kind of feelings it still was an entertaining read.

5/5
Wow
Written by Michele77 on 2nd Aug 2022

What a wonderful story - the story begins two months after an arranged marriage to bring together two families. How the characters grow and develop as they work together to build a relationship while trying to figure out who is causing issues is beautiful.

5/5
strong, independent characters
Written by Ga1 on 2nd Aug 2022

Alex is forced to marry Roman. When the story picks up they are already very unhappy. This was a great read. Alex was raised to be strong and independent and is greatly loved by her father. Roman is unused to not having his wife or a woman fawn all over him. Along the way he sets up schemes to uncover who Alex really is not buying her innocent act. When Alex is put in danger, Roman begins to recognize his true feelings for her and will at any cost protect her.

5/5
Great story
Written by PHOENIX96 on 2nd Aug 2022

Alex had been married to Roman to form an alliance between her father and the Greco family. Roman is a cold man, he didn't want a wife and is set on proving her innocence is false, she doesnt fit in his world. But when Alex becomes the target of family enemies, Romans father demands he seduce his wife to love him, so they won't be embarrassed by an annulment, but will his act become real? Or will his secret be discovered and shatter any illusion Alex had about their growing relationship? Are other plans at work to destroy the two families? Well written, teasingly steamy, forced marriage, slow burning, action, desires and more!

5/5
Excellent beginning to the series
Written by memes on 2nd Aug 2022

Alex and Roman are married through an arranged marriage and neither one of them wants to be married. Alex married Roman because her father asked her to, she loves her father and trusts him. Roman ignores Alex and is sometimes even rude to her. Roman doesn't trust Alex and despite being married they are not intimate the night of their marriage. Fast forward and both of their fathers don't like the way their marriage is appearing to the outside world. Once you get into the book a little more the romance appears. Alex has such a capacity for love and was allowed to grow up to be independent and use her mind. Roman is used to having women fawn all over him and is thrown for a loop when Alex doesn't fawn all over him. There is action and a little violence in the story. There is a little intrigue that runs through almost the majority of the book, its a kind of who's the bad guy kind of intrigue. There's some humor in the book and a lot of cuteness from some kids. Some stuff happens and I wondered if they would end up together in the end. This story is an excellent beginning to the Mafia Brides series.

5/5
Enemy's to Lovers
Written by Bookbunny on 2nd Aug 2022

Roman was to marry Alex Smith. She wasn’t what he expected. She was a princess and he certainly didn’t plan to love her. Her being a virgin is a lie. He plans to prove it by having his friends flirt with her. But things don’t turn out as he thought. Alex hated her husband. She didn’t plan to marry. When her father set this up she wasn’t happy. But for the good of the families, she would do what’s right. Her husband didn’t like her. She just needed to keep her distance and keep to herself. No love lost. When an attack came about, now Roman has to protect her. But as they get close and learn more about each other is the heart getting involved? I love this story. I has been in tears from the beginning of the story. Roman was cruel and stubborn. Alex just kept away from him. Made sure she did what is needed as a Mafia wife. She had a feeling his friends flirting was a set up. She was cautious but when things between them turns, you start to think ok this is going to be great. Then she finds out about the plan. OMG I had to keep tissue on hand because when you think it is getting better, BANG something else happens and my heart breaks and I’m in tears. You have to give it to his friend’s Marlo, Cash, and Antonio, they wanted to see these two together. As they said, they just fit.

4/5
Good story
Written by Shortbec on 2nd Aug 2022

This is almost a mystery book tied in with mafia. So Alex and Roman were made to marriage to bring the 2 families together. But once married these two could not get along mostly on his part as his was bitter about Alex not wanting to go through with the virginity test. But when a mysterious hit is sent out on Alex, Roman steps up to protect her. When things almost Alex dreams almost become a reality things come crashing down when secrets are revealed and the mastermind makes himself know.

5/5
I would give this book 6 stars
Written by JudyCh on 2nd Aug 2022

This was such a great mafia love story that had so many things going on with an arranged marriage, a daughter and son who fall in love, foster kids and a plot that I didn’t see coming that kept me from putting this book down, I never wants it to end.

5/5
Unpredictable!
Written by Keaton W on 2nd Aug 2022

Roman and Alex are forced into a marriage by their powerful fathers to cement an alliance. Roman assumes that she is a greedy slut because that’s what he’s used to from women. Alex hates being around men and just wants to live her life going to college and visiting the kids at the orphanage. Soon after the marriage and alliance, attempts on Alex’s life begin. Roman also tries to resist his wife, trying to convince himself in ways that end up damaging their relationship. I love how this had the feeling of a classic mafia, forced marriage, enemies to lovers, but at the same time, I couldn’t predict ANYTHING that happened (in the best way possible). I read this book in less than 24 hours because I wanted to figure out how every little piece turned out! Just when you think you’ve got all the answers to a question the storyline created, it’ll pop on a new layer

5/5
Wow!
Written by RhondaVB on 2nd Aug 2022

Within the first few pages, I was totally prepared to hate Roman. He seemed to be completely disinterested in his wife. Even going so far as to have some of his men try to "seduce" her. She never fell for it though. I loved Alex! She was strong, tough and stubborn. The hate seemed to be mutual between them but as the story progresses, we see a change in their feelings for each other. This story kept me hooked and I loved the fact that there was no OW drama. Sam Crescent knows how to write angsty mafia stories and this is a good one!

5/5
Excellent read
Written by Sua on 2nd Aug 2022

Both stuck in an unwanted arranged marriage has both Roman and Alex in hot and cold moments. Roman playing games with Alex because he thinks she’s not innocent and Alex finding ways to get out of a sham marriage because she feels Roman isn’t a genuine person. It takes a truce between these two to figure out if their marriage can really work or fail. A suspenseful read as there’s a target on Alex and a race to protect her from harm.

5/5
Can Alex and Roman find their way.
Written by Vibekke on 2nd Aug 2022

Can you fall in love with the spouse you didn't want and was forced to marry? Roman and Alex, the heirs to a mafia family and a crime family is forced into marriage to unite their families. It is not smooth sailing. Preconceptions on what the other person is feeling, their agenda and if the person has lied or not. This is not a instalove but things develop in the space of time. When someone is trying to kill Alex Roman has to fight to keep her safe. And everywhere was their fathers not always helping. With the help of their friends they try to find their way. The story has it all! It has HEA, sweet romance, intrigue and suspense. It made me tear up, giggle, cringe and straight out laugh which made my hubbie look at me and wonder what I was reading. I loved to follow Roman and Alex story. Could not put it down since I couldn't wait to see what they do next. I highly recommend this book.

5/5
What a great read!
Written by Mistie Best on 2nd Aug 2022

Roman and Alex made for such an awesome enemies to lovers dynamic! This was a great story with so many levels. I just wanted to grab Roman and shake him so many times. As Alex peeled back his layers, you could start to see how he came to be the way he was, but he was just so infuriating with his quirks. I loved watching him break as the story progressed.

4/5
Cute and spicy
Written by Nicole P on 1st Aug 2022

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It's more of an enemies to lovers and Not hate sex. I liked the characters, especially the female lead. Their love story was cute and the spicy scenes were pretty good. Overall I would recommend it to someone interested in the genre.

5/5
5 Stars
Written by Allison R on 1st Aug 2022

Alex is not the typical mafia bride. She’s not meek and mild mannered and she’s more aware than most about her husband’s violent family dynamics, given her dad, who’s just as powerful as the Grecco mafia, but she still is innocent and sweet in her own right. Roman doesn’t know what to do with his new bride and is doesn’t trust her, but he’s the eldest son of his Capo and dutifully follows orders. Their relationship explodes after some external violence that hits home and forces them together. I love the fact that while gentle and sweet Alexa is quite strong and Roman, while a jerk at times is modern enough to deal with her self perceived “flaws”. This is a slow build relationship even though they’re already married at the start of the book but the heat between the two is combustible and will have you reaching for a fan. This is not a super dark mafia romance as there is definitely some violence but there is enough sweetness to balance it out, especially with the kids. 5 stars

4/5
Amazing plot
Written by Romina G on 1st Aug 2022

The plot was amazing, the thing was it was way too slow-burn, It took time getting into the story and there was a lot of deception and no trust at all. The end was sweet and the plot twist was fast and there.

5/5
Looking forward to next book
Written by Tracy R on 1st Aug 2022

I have become a big fan of this author .Alex. has a big bond with her father Liam Smith and she will do anything for him and he lets her have freedom. her father is feared but lots of men and he wants to unite with another Mafi family and he is also a good friend. so Alex marries Roman Greco but he is cold to her he does not trust her and he gets his friends to try seduce her but they fail. but someone wants Alex dead she is a very strong character and not like the other wifes she has a big heart will they fall in love or will they hate each over ? .i so recommend so looking forward to next book in series

4/5
Top 5 favourite mafia romance stories
Written by Lauren K on 1st Aug 2022

This book is definitely in my top 5 favourite mafia romance stories. Anytime there’s an arranged marriage aspect it’s either going to be love at first site or enemies to lovers. And this one was a bit of both, but stubbornness and pride played a bit part of them realizing how much they actually cared for each other. I loved these characters and how much they came to love each other and build a life together. Not to mention the meddling friends with good intentions. 8/10 would recommend.

5/5
I loved this book
Written by Adrianna L on 1st Aug 2022

*Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for an eARC of this title.* I love Sam Crescent's books. I love the writing style, plot line and everything about all of the books written by Sam Crescent. I love mafia stories. I loved the plot and all the twists in this book. I loved the dynamic between Alex and Roman and that Alex is strong and stands up for herself. I loved this book. I can't wait to read my books by this author.

5/5
I loved this book
Written by Adrianna L on 1st Aug 2022

*Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for an eARC of this title.* I love Sam Crescent's books. I love the writing style, plot line and everything about all of the books written by Sam Crescent. I love mafia stories. I loved the plot and all the twists in this book. I loved the dynamic between Alex and Roman and that Alex is strong and stands up for herself. I loved this book. I can't wait to read my books by this author.

4/5
Perfect novel for Escape Time
Written by Allison V on 1st Aug 2022

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this early read. A perfect novel for Escape Time after a long day at work. I would recommend this to everyone.