Review: Filthy Marcellos: Antony

Friday, October 02, 2015
Antony Marcello didn’t break the rules. Not the ones that mattered, anyway. In the world of La Cosa Nostra, justice was served with a single word and a bullet, not a courthouse and a judge. When he was told to jump, there was only one appropriate response: How high, Boss?

Some rules are worth bending.

La famiglia has been Antony’s goal for longer than he cares to remember. Getting his button is everything alongside family, honor, God, and loyalty. Meeting Cecelia Catrolli puts what he thought he knew upside down as the mafia, friendship, secrets and love carry him through life. Nothing is ever easy.

Some rules are worth the killing.

When Cosa Nostra, the one thing he has always known and trusted, takes away his best friend, leaving Antony to pick up the pieces, he’ll have to decide if the rules are finally worth breaking. He didn’t start out as the boss, he began as just Antony.

Sometimes, you have to learn how to be filthy.

A Filthy Marcellos Prequel
*Can be read as a standalone in the series.


5 STARS!!!

Family first, Antony. God second.

If you haven’t the other 3 books in this series I would recommend you read them in published date order because I honestly think I enjoyed this book way more than I would have had I just read this series in numerical order.

So after reading about all three of the Marcello Brothers, I was really intrigued when I found out about their father’s book. He’s basically the original Filthy Marcello, the man who started it all. It all makes sense now, how the Marcellos got their reputations and how it then followed Antony’s sons.

Being the son of a made man would have guaranteed Antony a position in the Family had his father not fallen apart after the death of Antony’s mother and drank himself into an early grave. But this doesn’t discourage Antony in any way, he just has to work that much harder to prove himself worthy. Althoug Antony comes from old money and has deep ties within the mafia, he never got any shortcuts to lead him to the man he became. I really enjoyed reading about Antony rise to power, from being just a skip and finally being the Boss took some real guts.

“What are you prepared to give for La Cosa Nostra? Asked another person.

“My life.”

“Your children?”

“My sons,” Antony responded.

“Your daughters, too?”
Tension crawled over Antony’s shoulder at the question. He forced the word out, anyway. “Yes.”
“If your wife called from the labor room and your boss called from his home, who would you answer?”
“My boss.”

Antony and Cecelia do not meet under the best of circumstances, and at first I thought Antony would have to grovel. But Cecelia new she wanted him, and that just made it that much easier for Antony to win her love. The courtship, there’s just no other word for it, because before they got married if they needed to see each other there was always a chaperon. Cecelia’s father Vinnie, the Boss ruled his girls with an iron fist.

God he loved this woman.




So he thanked God for making her. The wasn’t another one like her.

Although this is a romance, there was a lot more detail when it came to the inner workings of the mafia. I think this was the first Mafia romance I’ve read when the MC is inducted or L’omerta into the Family, and the actual nomination process. 

"This is for life."

It was.

"So I'm going to build it better, make it bigger and stronger. Cosa Nostra is our thing-it's ours, Paulie. My boys won't do this like we did. I'll make goddamn sure of it. Proper princepes, it's what they deserve. I will not put my boys into la famiglia, not one like this. 
They will have control. 
They will make the calls.
Only them."

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