By Any Other Name – 5 Stars

by any other name

J.M. Darhower

Release Date: February 23, 2015




book blurb

A deadly rivalry.

Two families at war.

Nobody is safe, not even the innocent.

Especially the innocent.

Blood will be spilled.

Genevieve “Genna” Galante knows a thing or two about causing trouble. After all, it’s engrained in her DNA. As the only daughter of Primo Galante, notorious boss of the Galante crime family, her life is dictated by a certain set of rules… rules Genna was never very good at following.

Matteo “Matty” Barsanti never wanted anything to do with the family business, but as the first-born Barsanti son, certain things are expected of him. It’s his duty, according to his father, to help take down the enemy… even if that enemy means something to him.

A chance encounter on an elevator changes the course of lives, causing the biggest trouble of Genna’s young life. The only good Barsanti is a dead Barsanti. She’s heard it said time and time again. So what happens when she falls in love with one of them?

The story of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the biggest rivalry New York has ever seen, determined to make it… if only they can survive their parents’ feud.

about the author

J.M. Darhower

J.M. Darhower is the author of the New Adult Sempre series (Sempre & Sempre: Redemption), and the paranormal romance novella, Extinguish. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there.

Author’s Links

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my review

5 Stars

Holy freaking drama!! The central focus of By Any Other Name is revenge. An eye for an eye. Blood for blood. A son for a son. It was such an emotional ride, filled with so much malice and violence. But the hatred was not what stole my attention – it was the incredible love story.

At the core of By Any Other Name is the two mafia families and their world. The fathers, Primo and Roberto, rule their domains how they see fit and anything other than complete loyalty, dedication and allegiance to blood is unacceptable.  They are ferocious in their need for control.  It leads to horrible acts of vengeance because they both desperately believe that they’re in the right.

They raised Genna and Matty to be adversaries. These two were taught that they were one another’s mortal enemies and that they should despise each other on sight. Except when they unknowingly find themselves looking into each other’s eyes, it is not hatred they feel. It’s lust and attraction – an undeniable connection.  But their feelings are the ultimate act of betrayal to everyone else they love.

Their romance is epic.

I worry that people will assume this book is just another telling of the Romeo and Juliet themed plot – that is a mistake.  The author wrote an engaging and entertaining story. Captivating. She guides Genna and Matty’s relationship between sensual and erotic moments to touching, real scenes; it’s very well written.  J.M. Darhower makes the journey these two take together feel fresh because her plot and characters are that alluring and intriguing.

By Any Other Name is a gripping mafia read and I highly recommend it.  I loved it.  I don’t know if it was the whole star-crossed lovers or forbidden attraction that pulled me in but either way I devoured this book. I thought Genna and Matty were charming and smart characters – likeable.  They made me smile and I wanted them to find their bit of happily ever after. I hope we get more!

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