Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Villain of Secrets (Verona Legacy, Book Three) by L.A. Cotton: Release Blitz + Excerpt + Double Review

Title: Villain of Secrets
Series: Verona Legacy, Book Three
Author: L.A. Cotton
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2021
Review Source: Give Me Books Promotions

Nora Abato is the kind of girl people gravitate to.

Sassy. Selfless. Stubborn.

She knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it. And Nora wants her very own mafioso, the bad boy with a tortured soul who will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

Enzo Marchetti is the kind of guy people run from.

Rash. Reckless. Ruined.

As the Marchetti crime family's new enforcer, he’d rather spend his days getting his hands dirty than thinking about the future, or the girl with fire in her eyes and fight in her heart.

When a new enemy threatens the Marchetti empire, Enzo and Nora suddenly find themselves in close confines, and the undeniable connection between them is pushed to its limits. He can’t resist the girl who sees past the darkness in his soul and she can’t give up on the guy who has never been taught how to love.

There’s only one problem.

Enzo isn’t Nora’s fairytale prince, he’s the villain who will destroy her dream of a happily-ever-after.

He'll break her...

If she doesn’t break him first.

L.A. Cotton has done it once again with her great story of a love worth fighting for. The smart a** girl and the alpha, who has his head so far up his you know what, to see what is right in front of him.

Mafia men and the secrets they carry would drown any human soul. However, Enzo and the secrets he carries … ughhh … I could not imagine. Enzo is the epitome of the alpha-hole and nobody knows that better than Nora. She just isn't willing to let all of that deter her from getting her man. Enzo knows the dangers that come with the life he lives, and even though he wants to keep Nora away from those dangers, he can't seem to keep himself away from her. That is, until danger comes knocking at her front door in the form of another man.

Nora wants to move on but there is something about that a**hole she can't seem to move past. Though she tries, she just keeps getting pulled back in. Between the two of them, they have a chemistry that was meant to be, and it's going to take tragic events for one of them to realize this is who they are meant for. Will this tragic event pull them closer together, or further apart?

You definitely will not be disappointed with this love story. It can be read as a standalone, although I highly recommend reading Nicco and Ari's story first, in order to have the back story of Enzo and Nora.

Happy reading my fellow book lovers! Always remember … just because they are hard on the outside does not mean they are always hard on the inside.

“Needed you, Gattina.” I tucked my chin into the crook of her neck and breathed her in.

“Why do you call me that?”

“Because you’re soft right here.” My fingers dipped to Nora’s navel and stroked her smooth skin.


“And you have sharp claws when you need them. You protect those you care about fiercely.”

“Keep going...” Her gentle laughter wrapped around me and made some of the tension in my muscles ebb away.

I’d forgotten how easy it was to just be with her. No bullshit or pretenses. I don’t know how she did it, but Nora disarmed me.

“Enzo?” She turned in my arms, staring up at me through her thick, dark lashes.

“We should get some sleep, it’s late.” And I’d already woken her once.

“I know there’s a lot you can’t tell me, and I get it. I do. But if you ever want to talk, about anything, I’m here for you. I just want you to know that.”


This girl.

This strong, brave, gutsy girl.

“I wish it were that simple,” I said, plucking one of her stray curls between my fingers. “But this isn’t a fairytale, Gattina.”

“You think I don’t know that? You think I don’t know that you’re not the hero of this story, but the villain?”

Her words slayed me. It was as if she’d opened up my chest and looked right into my fucking soul.

“Good and bad aren’t two sides of a coin, Enzo. They’re two ends of the same piece of string. We all have the capacity to be good just like we all have the capacity to be bad. A thief is a thief until he gives his wares to those less fortunate than himself. Then he becomes the hero of their story.”

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Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult novels, LA is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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