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A new stand-alone dark mafia romance from USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Siobhan Davis.

Natalia Mazzone has grown up knowing she is promised to a made man. As the only daughter of one of New York’s most powerful mafia dons, she knows she can’t refuse. It’s her duty, and she would never dishonor her beloved father.

But the man she’s promised to is a monster. And there is nothing but torture, pain, and heartache lying in wait.

So, she grabs happiness when she finds it - in the somewhat reluctant arms of Leonardo Messina.

Leo is her brother’s best friend. A soldato for the Mazzone famiglia. A man with strong ambition and an even stronger resolve. He won’t allow them to give in to temptation, so Natalia is forced to love him from afar.

Until one forbidden night changes everything, and she readily hands Leo the key to her heart.

Leo risked everything for the one woman he can never have. He doesn’t regret it. It saved Natalia from a life of hell, but his actions set her on a different course.

One that doesn’t involve him.

Years have passed, and his feelings remain the same. Yet he keeps his distance, dedicating himself to his new role as underboss to Bennett Mazzone, while the love of his life is married to another man.

Until a twist of fate puts Natalia in his path again, and this time, he is powerless to resist.

This is a full-length stand-alone novel with no cliff-hanger and an HEA. For listeners who enjoy brother's best friend, second chance, dark mafia, forbidden romance.

©2021 Siobhan Davis (P)2022 Siobhan Davis

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Gripping!!

As mafia romances go, Forbidden to Love was simply magnificent. Siobhan Davis is an absolute talent; she captures the very heart of the underground world and the characters existing within it. Mazzone Mafia is an addictive series, and Forbidden to Love is a phenomenal second book. The storyline is rich, edgy, thrilling, suspenseful, action-packed, and unpredictable, wrapped in intrigue, passion, and sensuality. The character development is sophisticated. The best way to describe the MCs, Leo and Natalia, is captivating; the complexity of their personalities, strength, vulnerabilities, and emotions they experienced was wholly authentic and compelling.

Their connection felt natural, intense, and magnetic, driven by smouldering desire, devotion, and passion. It was impossible not to get caught up in the dilemmas, angst, tough choices, and drama of the mafia culture and expectations. I was completely pulled into their journey, getting hit by one unforeseen twist after another, feeling the intensity, fear, anger, rush, and heartbreak. I was thoroughly immersed and invested from start to end.

Flawless performances by Michael Gallagher and Sarah Puckett. I felt and imagined every scene as though I was there, watching it all happen. Gallagher and Puckett are masterful narrators, and it was a pleasure listening to them bringing Davis's words to life. The Forbidden to Love was an incredibly satisfying listen, one I'm highly recommending. It was so worth the listen.

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Leo and Natalia!

Natalia was born and raised in a mafia family, and she has always known that when the time came, she wouldn’t have a choice when it came to who she spent her life with as the arrangement would be more merger than marriage. She now finds herself being forced to marry a vile man while Leo, who not only works for her brother but is his best friend, owns her heart.

Leo knows that he and Natalia can never truly be together but that doesn’t diminish the enduring love that he has for her. He will do anything for her and that includes remaining on the periphery of her life keeping her safe because his heart couldn’t bear having anything bad happen to her.

The love that Leo and Natalia share is both heartbreaking and inspiring as they only want what is best for the other. Leo is everything you could want in a man and so much more while the strength and resilience of Natalia will awe you as they take us on a breathtaking journey as they find themselves torn between duty and love. The suspense, angst and love is apparent through both narrators which makes this great story even better. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession

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A Dark Mafia Second Chance Forbidden Romance

Forbidden To Love by Siobhan Davis is a dark mafia romance that I listened on on audio narrated by Michael Gallagher and Sarah Puckett. This is the second book in the Mazzone Mafia series and can be read as a standalone.

All I can say is WOW! Siobhan, Michael, and Sarah need to team up more often! I was pulled in from the first chapter and couldn't help but binge the audiobook in a day! I could feel every emotion that Natalia and Leo were feeling in this book! I loved that Michael and Sarah did the audiobook in a duet version. It brought the story to life beautifully.

I can't wait for the next book in the series Scared To Love to be released on audio so I can get Alesso and Serena's story.

I would recommend this book if you like dark romances, mafia romances, brother's best friend romance, second chance romance, or forbidden romances.


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Romantic suspense at its best!

Siobhan Davis is fast becoming one of my have to listen to authors! I fall into each of her books and don't come up for air until I am finished! This one, we meet Natalia. Daughter of a dom, she knows her place, but isn't happy with it. She has hopes and dreams of her own, and entering an arranged, loveless marriage with a monster is not included. There is no way out of the contract though. Leo is her brother's best friend and he is moving up the ranks. He is her true love, even at seventeen she knows it. With mutual feelings though, they both know nothing can come of it. Or can it? Our story is complex, at times brutal, but at the heart has a love story that knows no bounds. Natalia is a strong woman! I love her loyalty to her family and the way she gives up her love to protect him. Her boys are her life, and I as a mom absolutely love and can relate to it. Leo is the one we all strive for. He knows exactly what he wants, and he never gives it up. Years, and lifetimes for him go by, and he is reliable and loyal. Tragedies, family and love. You can't have a better combination for this fantastic mafia romance. I was completely captivated.

There is nothing better than having a narration that matches the caliber of a story. Sarah Puckett and Michael Gallagher pull out all the stops for this one. Puckett always finds the heart of the emotion and as Natalia, she embraces it. Each feeling is strong and real, and we are right there with her. Gallagher, high on my favorites list, takes Leo and worms him into my heart. He has the sound of a man that will stop at nothing to keep his woman happy and safe, and that is exactly who Leo is. Phenomenal performance!

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My Thoughts on Forbidden to Love

A second chance romance done mafia style. This book was a whole journey. Natalia and Leo had this intense romance that had so many highs and lows, so much danger and passion, and so much love that getting to a place where they could truly be together, openly and for all to see, really was a journey. But I enjoyed it. Leo was so loyal to the Mazzone family, and it wasn’t just because of his love for Natalia. I enjoyed the chapters from his POV for the insight into what he was thinking, and it really showed me what kind of man he was. It made it even more satisfying in the end to see two good people in a dark and dangerous world find happiness. Another thing I truly appreciated was the way even though this book was set in the same world as Condemned to Love, and those characters were featured here, it overall felt so different. And I’m excited to see what’s going to come next in this world.
Narration on this one was done by two great performers. I just felt like they were both good fits for the story and not only had varied tones for the different characters but also just brought good emotion when needed. For example, Natalia is a character that went through a lot of emotional moments throughout the book, and I thought Sarah Puckett showed that in her performance exactly right. I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to either of these narrators again in future.
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Loved the dual narration of Michael Gallagher and Sarah Puckett. Perfect

Ahh such a great book/listen. Natalia is a daughter of of a Don and Lei is working for Don Mazzone. They both were drawn to each other from the very beginning. However they could never truly allow anything to ever happen between them. Being a daughter of a Don she is promised to align two mafia families. This is a action packed second chance romance

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Heartbreak, steam and a HEA ❤️🔥

I preferred Ben and Sierra’s story. This one has a lot of heartbreak and sadness. There are some dark elements especially in the early years. Natalia deserves happiness, she hasn't had it easy. The story is well written and will have you engaged throughout. I still think it deserves 5 🌟

The narrators did a really good job. Dual narration makes all the difference.

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Heartbreakingly Beautiful

Natalia Mazzone is the principessa for the Mazzone famiglia. She is arranged to be married no matter who she loves or how she feels about it, that is the way of the famiglia. It is heartbreaking and emotional the way she is loved and cherished but is unable to do what she wants or be with who she wants.

Leonardo Messina is a soldato for the famiglia, which is nothing but a foot soldier and considered dispensable. Other than the fact that he is Matteo's best friend, he is a nobody.

I loved Matteo and Nat's sibling love, it was beautiful. I hated the things that happened to bring her to where she is today and I hated seeing her so hurt and seeing the toll her life has taken on her. I wanted to see her happy and in love the way she deserved to be, but unfortunately her husband didn't love her, not like he should. Although the boys were everything for me, the love they have for her and the sweet way they protect her. I was all about that. I loved it.

Nat and Leo's love was so real, it was wonderfully tragic that they couldn't be what they wanted to be. My heart hurt for them. I was so distraught knowing things would never be. I wanted all the love and happiness they deserved. I hated what all they went through.. I can't get too into it due to spoilers, but this book is so heartbreakingly tragic yet beautiful at the same time! I loved Nat and her strength and pure love for her family. I loved seeing Ben and her together, and I was a huge fan of her devotion to everyone in her life. I loved Leo and his delicious self! He was (chef's kiss!) perfection!!

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Absolutely brilliant

Wow! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. With strong well built characters and a fantastically gripping storyline it’s a winner for me. I loved how Sarah and Michael gave such a heartfelt performance throughout. I’m really looking forward to the next books in this series as all of the characters are fascinating
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Everything I hoped for

Wow, this book just blew me away. The writing and the story were amazing. The dialogue was so good and the narration just blew me away. It added another layer to the amazing story and made the characters more real. This author is swiftly becoming a one click author.

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  • L Harkcom
  • 22-03-22

Forbidden to Love

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We're there points I wanted to strangle the heroine for being stupid? Yes. We're there points I wanted to strangle our Hero for being an idiot? Yes. We're there points that were so identifiable that they moved me to tears? Also yes. Finally, was their love so epic, romantic, and enduring that it made my little heart swoon? Definitely Yes. Great book with all of the feels and good narration. You can't go wrong.

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  • 19-03-22

Brilliant Story & Listen🎧 Mesmerizing & Intense!

This mafia romance novel is absolutely mesmerizing, once I started it I just had to keep going, needing to know what happened next and nothing else around me mattered but what was going on in the book. Siobhan Davis quickly became one of my favorite authors, the depth and complexity of the characters and storylines she creates is intriguing, as is the web she weaves bringing it all together. The world building and character development is phenomenal, it is easy to follow along and know who the key players are in the mafia world she created. Her descriptive details bring you alongside the characters, allowing you to see what they see, feel what they feel and know what they are thinking, characters that are easy to relate to, connect with and care about. Natalia Mazzone is the only daughter of a NY mob boss and it is her duty to do as her father says, including who she will marry. In her father’s world, women not only do what they are told, but they are married off to strengthen a family’s power. Natalia knows she will not get to marry for love but that does not stop her from falling in love with someone she can not have, he brothers best friend. Leonardo “Leo” Messina has been Mateo Mazzone’s best friend since they were kids, the two shared a bond and worked well together, Leo being his most trusted person. He always had a soft spot for Natalia though she was completely off limits, but he still cared and looked out for her. He and Mateo were not happy with who her father chose for her to marry, he was pure evil and Natalia learns just how evil he could be. This is an amazing dark mafia forbidden romantic suspense, the story is brilliantly plotted with plenty of drama, angst, twists and turns, thrilling suspense, heartfelt emotions and a wonderful second chance romance. My heart broke for both Natalia and Leo several times throughout the book, but the love they shared was too powerful to eve die. Superbly done Siobhan Davis, thank you for another amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, Michael Gallagher and Sarah Puckett were the perfect cast to bring these characters and their storAnd for the fabulous narration, Michael Gallagher and Sarah Puckett were the perfect cast to bring these characters and their story to life. Their voices worked well together, and they made an awesome team. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, giving each a voice that suited the character’s persona to a tee, sounding believable and just as I picture them to sound. Sarah Puckett captured Natalia’s every strength and her every emotion and Michael Gallagher did the same with Leo, both played the badasses that they were. They were great performing the roles of the secondary characters as well. These two mega talented voice artists are a pleasure to listen to, and their narration enhances an already amazing story to another level. Thank you for another brilliant listen.

Thank you @PinkFlamingoProductions The Flock! @AudiobookObsession AudiobookObsessionReviewer🎧

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  • S. Cole
  • 10-03-22

Forbidden to Love

Wow what an epic book! This is a stand-alone Mafia Dark Romance. It is the second book in the Mazzone Mafia series. This book follows Natalia and Leo as their love starts and grows. They both were drawn to each other from the very beginning. However they could never truly allow anything to ever happen between them. She is the daughter of a Don and Leo is just starting out under Don Mazzone. She has to remain a virgin until her wedding. As a daughter of a Don she is promised to align two mafia families. This is a action packed second chance romance. I loved ever moment. Can’t wait for the next book. Sarah Puckett and Michael Gallagher did a phenomenal job narrating in duet style.

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  • Sophie Koufes
  • 09-03-22

Mazzone Mafia ♥️

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Forbidden to Love (Mazzone Mafia, Book 2) brings a unforgettable story fruitful with angst, darkness and a world of mafia. The writing style is captivating and compelling. Characters are entertaining. Heartbreak that is hard to forget. I loved this story so much and hated the heartwretching times as tear's drop like raindrops fall. This author wrote a addictive story drenched with words that flow to the very end. I absolutely loved the ending.

Michael Gallagher, Sarah Puckett duet narration is utterly profound. Sarah Puckett is a favorite narrator of mine and this performance exceeded my expectations. Her unmarred performance brought this heartbreaking story to reality. Her portrayal of Natalia was a high caliber performance, her inflection is smooth and her tone adjusts with Natalia's emotions. Michael Gallagher was the perfect choice to portray the Leo and the male characters. His inflection gives off an aura of mafia.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-03-22

4.5 Stars

I love reading/listening to Siobhan Davis's books. They are favorites of mine. But this one I disliked. Absolutely D.I.S.L.I.K.E.D. But is was excellent. It's a brother's best friend, second chance, forbidden, mafia romance with all the feels from heart break to heart soaring. I won't tell why I disliked the storyline so I don't spoil it. But this is a good book in the series and I can't wait for the next one.

Sarah Puckett and Michael Gallagher are excellent narrators. Their performances were perfection.

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  • Trisha C.
  • 26-02-22

Hot ,intense, Mafia story

Siobhan Davis Forbidden to Love, left me breathless. This action packed mafia story had me on the edge of my seat.
She captured all the raw emotions between Natalia and Leo and their forbidden love. Natalia has always loved Leo, her brother's best friend, but it is forbidden. Their torment, their love for each other, is forever.
Natalia is an innocent 17 year old girl, is resigned to her fate, to marry her father's choice. As the story develops, Natalia transforms into the strong, independent woman, who makes her own choices
Twists and turns, secrets, who to trust? There is a traitor in their midst.
The suspense, the brutality, the self doubts, the fears, loss , and the stolen moments of love with Leo makes this story so exceptional.
Sarah Puckett and Michael Gallagher narration is perfection. They bring depth to each character. I can feel each moment of emotion, anguish, anger, torment, throughout the story. Thank you for bringing thIs story to life.
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  • Jocelyne
  • 25-02-22

Another great addition to the Series!

This is the second book in the Mazzone Mafia series, a Dark Mafia Romance. Natalia and Leo's forbidden romance is captivating! The storyline is breathtakingly well written, intricate, and intense, filled with secrets, action, danger, and unpredictable twists and turns. Natalia is beautiful, strong, smart, and determined. Leo is handsome, protective, and enigmatic. They are perfect together. This is an excellent second chance to love. Their story is tragic, and beautiful. The world building is intricate and enthralling. The supporting characters are intriguing. Sarah Puckett and Michael Gallagher did an outstanding job with the narration. If you like Dark Mafia Romance, this series is definitely for you. I enjoyed it, and I HIGHLY recommend it. Looking forward to listening to Scared to Love, the next book in the series. Siobhan Davis never disappoints. #TheFlock

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  • Madeleine East
  • 23-02-22

Loved every word

A dark, second chance, erratic heart beat, Mafia book that tore me up and spit me out. Loved this book oh so much!
Siobhan is one of my favorite go to authors. Outstanding narration by Michael Gallagher and Sarah Puckett!

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  • Ellie
  • 02-06-22

Final Score - 4.5 Stars

The audio performances were PERFECT! Loved the the fact that the male dialogues were performed by the males and the females by the female performer. More audio stories need to follow this format!

I didn’t care that much for the development of the story because so many things were wrong with how it went down but I did enjoy listening to this book.

Onto the next one!

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  • Book Lovers Party Place
  • 15-05-22

Loved this book so much!!!

I absolutely loved hearing this book come to life with these narrators! They did a fabulous job and had me listening until the very end. This story grabbed me from the beginning, which is a specialty of this author!!! From the first chapter I was hooked!! Nat and Leo's love story didn't go the way we all dream of as little girls. Oh no this one was raw, twisted, forbidden from the start but so pure it hurt at times. Coming from a mafia family there are obligations and business deals that take place that leaves Nat being married to the person who she isn't completely in love with and it will grab your heart and twist it at how unfair it all feels. This was another story that is added to my list of favorites from Siobhan and I just know it won't be the last one. I can't wait to see what else this author's brilliant mind comes up for us to read!!!