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ARC REVIEW: Code of Silence by Shantel Tessier

๐Ÿ’œ ๐“’๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ข๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐Ÿ’œ

๐“‘๐”‚: Shantel Tessier

๐“–๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ป๐“ฎ: Contemporary, Dark Romance, Arranged Mafia Marriage

๐“ก๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฎ ๐““๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฎ: January. 13, 2020

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โ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’”๐’’๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’Š๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†. ๐‘ฐ๐’•’๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’• ๐’”๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’๐’….โž

Dangerous and feared.

Those words describe my future husband. Who just so happens to also be my ex-boyfriend.

Itโ€™s complicated. Two years ago, he broke my heart when he left me to do his fatherโ€™s bidding. After months of crying, I finally accepted he was gone and wasnโ€™t going to look back. That maybe heโ€™d never loved me at all. I never wanted to see Luca again.

Now a cruel twist of fate has signed me over to him in a heartless deal. Iโ€™m his. He thinks he did me a favor, but I feel like Iโ€™ve been given a death sentence. He doesn’t want to get married because he still loves me. No, he did it for money. More power.

Iโ€™m going to be a mafia wife. And thereโ€™s only one way out of it. Death.

But as it turns out, someone else doesnโ€™t want me to marry the ruthless Luca Bianchi.

And if he has his way, Iโ€™ll see that early grave.

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๐Ÿ’œ ๐“’๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฏ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ผ ๐“ž๐“ฏ ๐“ ๐“‘๐“ฒ๐“ซ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ก๐“ฎ๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐”€ ๐Ÿ’œ

Confessions 5 Stars

โ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘“๐‘–๐‘Ž ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘–๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘™๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘™๐‘ฆ. ๐‘Œ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘›’๐‘ก ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘˜. ๐‘‡๐‘œ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’, ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”.โž

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ ๐“ž๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ก๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ:ย Code of Silence by Shantel Tessier is a standalone, second chance, arranged marriage, mafia romance. Let me tell you now if you are expecting your typical run of the mill arranged marriage mafia romance then you are wrong! I have loved Tessier’s writing ever since I read her Dare series and ever since I’ve been hooked. There are so many twists and so many secrets in COS that it will leave you on the edge of your seat begging for more of this dark mafia world Tessier has created! Told in dual point of view, there is a lot more happening in Sin City then just gambling that’s for sure!

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โ๐ธ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘—๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘ก.โž

Luca Bianchi is Las Vegas mafia royalty. The son of the Mafia Don, Luca learned all about the dark underbelly of Sin City from a young age. In college, he meets and falls in love with Haven. Haven knows the dangers of being a member of the Bianchi family and urges Luca to run away with her. But Luca has obligations to fulfill for his family, and family comes first. No matter what. Leaving Haven behind with a broken heart, but protecting her in the only way he knows how.

โ๐ผโ€™๐‘š ๐‘Ž ๐ต๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘โ„Ž๐‘–, ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ต๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘ฆ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘’.โž

Years have passed and now Luca has returned, even more dangerous then he was before and determined to make his college sweetheart his mafia queen. But Haven isn’t the girl that she was when he left, he broke her heart and she can’t forgive him for that. Luca is not a man that is used to hearing no, he gets what he wants no matter what… and he wants Haven and he will stop at NOTHING to make her his bride.

โ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘“๐‘–๐‘Ž ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘“๐‘–๐‘Ž. ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘กโ„Ž.โž

Code of Silence Teaser

Shantel Tessier is no stranger to the enemies to lovers genre, but the mafia world is a new one for her, I hope she wasn’t worried because she positively killed it! From the very first chapter, I was completely hooked. The storyline, the characters, the secondary characters, the romance, the drama, the gore, the steam, it all added up to an absolutely fabulous, fast-paced, intense dark mafia romance!

โ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ท๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜ ๐พ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘› ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘ โ€”๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š. ๐‘Œ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š; ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘ฆ ๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ . ๐‘๐‘œ ๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘‘. ๐ฝ๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘ข๐‘ .โž

The secondary characters (I don’t even want to call them secondary because they made this story even better) were all amazing! I loved all the flashbacks from all of the character’s college days and there was that one sexy scene where… umm, yeah. SMOKING FREAKING HOT! I am sooo excited to see what Shantel has in store for us with this upcoming series, Kingdom!ย We only got a little taste of what’s in store with these sexy as sin guys and their dark and delicious world and I for one want MORE!ย I’m also still really hoping we get Oliver (Luca’s righthand man) Nite’s story too! Nite is just *SIGH* he’s loyal to a fault and I NEED more of him too!

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Again, this is a DARK MAFIA ROMANCE, if you have a squeamish stomach… you may want to heed the warnings because these mafia guys have no qualms about shedding some blood! If you are looking for an arranged marriage, mafia romance, filled with angst, secrets and twists and turns then Code of Silence is the read for you! I highly recommend checking this one out!

โ๐ผ ๐‘Ž๐‘š ๐ฟ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘Ž ๐ต๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘โ„Ž๐‘–, ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐ผ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘  ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก. ๐ธ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘“ ๐ผ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘’, ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ก, ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘–๐‘ก.โž

๐Ÿ’™ (๐“—) ๐“—๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ธ:ย Luca Bianchi, he’s a foul-mouthed, ruthless, sexy as sin, savage. He’s the total anti-hero and as much as you want to hate him… you still can’t help but wish that it was you he was shoving up against walls and having his way with! Luca was taught to be the way he is at a young age, it’s all he knows. And even though he had his reasons for leaving and although they were valid reasons, I wish he had just trusted Haven enough to explain those reasons instead of lying and taking off like that. One thing I did really appreciate though, Luca not being with anyone else in the time that he was away. I was shocked to learn that fact but I was glad of it.

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โ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘›’๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘ก. ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘’’๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก. ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘’’๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘ .โž

โค๏ธ (๐“ฑ) ๐“—๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฎ: Haven Knowles, although my heart hurt for Haven for the heartbreak she went through when Luca left and the way her “parents” so easily betrayed her… I still wasn’t really keen on her character, unfortunately. Although she was sassy, she was a little too naive and entirely too reckless for me. I wanted her to stand up and be the badass mafia princess that I knew she could be! Plus, I just wish she had held strong a bit more when Luca came back. I know she still loved him, but I wanted her to make him beg and grovel a bit! There’s nothing better than seeing a strong domineering man like Luca on his knees for the woman he loves, I wanted that.

โ๐ผ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘, ๐‘ค๐‘’’๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐บ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ , ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’.โž

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐“ข๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ถ ๐“•๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐Ÿฑ/๐Ÿฑ: Steam isn’t a strong enough word for COS!! Although Haven wants to hate Luca, time has done nothing to end the intensity of the connection between these two. There are lots of intense and angry steamy scenes! Talk about panty-melting, you might as well forgo the panties while reading this one! Seriously some of the best steamy scenes I’ve read in awhile.

โ๐‘Œ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘›’๐‘ก ๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘’ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก, ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”.โž

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๐ŸŒช๐ŸŒช๐ŸŒช ๐“’๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“ฏ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ฆ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ท๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐Ÿฏ/๐Ÿฑ: Nope, there is NO cliffhanger. Haven and Luca’s story wraps up beautifully. However, although COS is standalone it’s also an introduction of sorts to Tessier’s upcoming series Kingdom so I gave this one 3 cliffhanger tornadoes for what’s to come next!

โš ๏ธ ๐“ฃ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ฆ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ท๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ: There are difficult subjects that could be considered triggers. E.g, murder, torture, gory scenes, etc.ย Again, this is a DARK mafia romance. If you would like more info, feel free to DM me.

โ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘๐‘–๐‘๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘’ ๐พ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘™๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘๐‘’๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘”๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘’. ๐น๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ. ๐‘‡๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘‘๐‘œ ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก. ๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘“๐‘’ ๐ผ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’, ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ค.โž

๐“–๐“ป๐“ช๐“ซ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“น๐”‚ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“’๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ข๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“ช๐”‚! ๐“•๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ ๐“š๐“ค!

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๐“๐“ต๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ ๐“’๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“ฎ ๐“ž๐“ฏ ๐“ข๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ช ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ถ๐“น๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฎ, ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“พ๐“ฌ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ฃ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ป’๐“ผ ๐“ท๐“ฎ๐”๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ;


๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐““๐“ช๐“ป๐“ด ๐“š๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ผ:
๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐”‚ ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฎ 4 ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฝ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ผ.
๐“๐“ญ๐“ญ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ถ ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ฃ๐“‘๐“ก.

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Shantel Tessier

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Shantel is a Texas-born woman who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.

She considers herself extremely lucky to do what she does while getting to work from home. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college, and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.

Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughters, along with their cat and dog.

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