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Summary

Get ready for mafia, mayhem, and madness!

Enzo Marchionni is New Orleans’ hottest chef, the middle child in a mafia family, and the recipient of an unwanted gift...an arranged marriage.

How in the heck can he tie the knot with a spoiled mob princess when all he can think about is the woman he pushed away?

If Enzo were any other man, the answer would be simple - convince the girl of his dreams he deserves a second chance. However, it’s not that easy when following his heart could put himself, and everyone he loves, in danger.

Shanna Isaac is a wannabe private investigator, with a case load of cheating spouses, and a horrible track record with men. When her best friend asks her to be maid of honor, Shanna agrees...even if that means spending time with The Ghoster, the man who dumped her like a bad Tinder date, just when she started to believe in happily-ever-afters.

Unfortunately, every bad decision has consequences. It turns out Shanna and Enzo’s almost-relationship might have started a mob war. Her only hope is to accept protection from the one man who could destroy her.

If she can’t trust him with her heart. How in the heck can she trust him with her life?

You’ll love this romantic comedy with a smidgen of suspense, because everyone loves a bad boy trying to be a good man.

Fans of Janet Evanovich will adore Hearst’s storytelling; each can be listened to separately though best enjoyed when listened to in series order:

  1. Absinthe Minded
  2. Highball and Chain
  3. Single Malt Drama
  4. Hot Momosa
  5. Gin & Trouble
©2020 Kathryn M. Hearst (P)2021 Kathryn M. Hearst

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  • HEATHER SHAUT
  • 04-01-22

Time to stand up for yourself.

I felt so bad and could picture the sad look in each family photo. No name dropping u will have to listen to find out :). It was time for the men to take a stand against old blood. I love the whirl wind romance that was in this book and the mystery it gave off. I had guessed so wrong on the whole book until the end. This is a must read/listen book and going to start book 3 now.

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  • Chris Cox
  • 20-09-21

Great book!

Shanna's entire life gets turned upside down while investigating the local mayor and slew of other craziness ensues. From the moment this book starts, you jump right into the action. Just when you think you have everything figured out, this book will keep you guessing right to the end. Shanna and Enzo try to stay away from each other but they are so drawn to each other it becomes impossible to stay away.

Virginia Rose and Aaron Shedlock are amazing as Shanna, Enzo and the entire cast!

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 10-09-21

Fantastic! 💜

This book was so sexy and the chemistry was on fire, among other things.
Great mafia romance with some sexy brothers, family drama and of course the sultry ex girlfriend. I truly enjoyed every minute of it.
The narration was performed brilliantly.
This is book 2 with an HEA and can be read as a standalone.
I highly recommend this book/series.

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  • kgagnon
  • 30-08-21

Fun, Sizzling Romance!

This second chance romance is the perfect blend of humor, heart, thrills, and steam! Shanna and Enzo had a night of fiery passion, but when Shannon thought they could have more, Enzo disappeared. Now she is focusing on becoming a Private Investigator and forgetting about men. When she is asked to be the maid of honor for her best friend, Maggie, she must also spend time with Enzo. Enzo Marchionni is a popular chef in the French Quarter. He does not want to take over the family business, or be bound by an arranged marriage. What he does want is the feisty, sexy Shannon to give him a second chance. But first he needs to get out of that contract without causing a war among the rival families. As they spend more time together, their attraction is heating up and they can't deny their feelings any longer. But Shannon's cases are more than they seem, and soon they are in danger from all sides. Shannon is fiercely independent, and when she gives Enzo the slip, will he ever get his second chance with Shannon before they find who is trying to kill her? I really adored these two characters! Enzo and Shannon’s quick, banter with a bite sparked and fueled their fiery chemistry!
I always enjoy listening to Aaron Shedlock and Virginia Rose narration. They did an amazing job bringing this heart-pounding story to life, immersing me in their world, and making this fun, and sizzling romance even more captivating!

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  • Reggie
  • 12-08-21

A must read-listen!

I’m not a fan of the mafia genre but this series has me hooked! Bad guys, meddling Italian mother, high maintenance Italian mafia princess…and a dyslexic PI -in-training! Guaranteed to keep you entertained and engaged! Awesome narration draws you into the story. Looking forward to the next book.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • ccc3s
  • 11-08-21

Enjoyed

Love this second story in the collection. Always nice to follow along with the families to see more about the side characters. The journey of their friendship as it comes alive from the first page until the end. Of course Aaron and Virginia are pure perfection. Kathryn is a new to me author that I am happy I discovered.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 11-08-21

Laughter and love! The perfect mix!

Kathryn Hearst keeps bringing on the laughs and romance with her Bourbon Street Bad Boys Club! Though the second in the series, it can be read as a standalone. This time, we get Enzo Marchionni's story. This bad boy has big dreams for his family's business but when he finds his meddling parents trying to wed him to a prominent family, he finds himself in a quandary. Attracted to his sister-in-law Maggie's best friend, he isn't looking for help in the love department, and he certainly isn't interested in the beautiful but bratty Nicolina! Shanna and Enzo had an encounter once. Yes, just once, but it was so powerful, neither of them can stop thinking about it. Will these two find their happily ever after? Will the Marchionni's convince Enzo this is best for the family? Fun, laughter, passion, a little mafia business and we are off! I love this series. It's flows easy, it has me smiling and the family is everything we can imagine. The Marchionni brothers banter is typical siblings, and the men with the kids just melts my heart. I love Enzo's passion for the family business, but I also love that he puts his feelings first. Shanna is a strong woman, and I love that she is willing to see where it all goes...and it's a journey! And Nicolina! I can't wait to hear what is going to happen to her! She is quite the character! This is a great series, and I am loving it! On to Single Malt Drama!

Aaron Shedlock and Virginia Rose are our story tellers for this gem. These two are so good! Perfect comedic timing, great accents, that slight angst at times and just all around giving us a listen that is so wonderful! Shedlock has all the brothers, and each has their own qualities showing in their voices. Rose comes in as a bratty Nico and a strong willed, passion filled Shanna. It's a great mix and gave me hours of entertainment!

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  • Pamela
  • 10-08-21

Enzo and Shanna

Well Shanna’s best friend is going to marry Enzo’s brother, why not keep it all in the family right? Not when the family is Mafia and other arrangements have been made already. Shanna is going to be a private investigator and puts her camera out there wherever there is a story. Not such a good idea when you are attracted to the sexy mafia chef. Trouble does ensue and so does chemistry. I recommend this book 2 of the series and narration is on point!
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  • Christy D
  • 10-08-21

HighBall and Chain

Book 2 picks up basically where book 1 leaves off. This is a fantastic series! You have the Italian family and mob drama along with the excitement of living in New Orleans. Throw in a Wedding in Italy and a hit on someone, you won’t be able to put the book down! It’s fast paced with a great storyline. The narration is perfect and really brings the Characters and story to life.

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  • Bette
  • 10-08-21

A Captivating Delight! Awesome Story & Narration🎧

Kathryn M. Hearst delivers another wonderful “Bourbon Street Bad Boys’ Club” novel, a series of standalone books each featuring a different Marchionni brother. The first book, “Absinthe Minded” was Gabriel and Maggie’s story, this book is his brother Enzo and Shanna, Maggie’s best friends story. The story picks up soon after the first one ended, the chemistry between Enzo and Shanna is smoking hot and it lead to something even hotter but that was all Enzo was able to give. She had not heard from him since but she sees him again at Gabe and Maggie’s wedding. The two are opposites in many ways, she is a private investigator in training and he is a chef who comes from a family with questionable business practices. Gabe wants to legitimize all the family dealings, this is pissing off some of his current dealings and other mafia families. Shanna was excited for Maggie’s wedding and for going to Italy, it was a very exciting trip but not exactly in a good way, family drama and a spoiled mafia princess stirs up some trouble, some other trouble seems to be brewing as well and some lands Shanna’s way. Enzo is determined to protect her and get to the bottom of it, but Shanna is not one to sit back and wait, she needs to find out what is going on as well. There is never a dull moment in this book, the story is cleverly plotted with plenty of drama, a touch of angst, humor in the way of witty dialogue, some action, mystery, twists and turns, thrilling and suspenseful moments and a smoking hot romance. Thank you for another fantastic story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the amazing narration, Aaron Shedlock and Virginia Rose are the perfect cast to bring these characters to life. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, gave each a voice that fit their character’s persona to a tee, sounding believable and just as I pictured the character to sound. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the characters’ emotions and projected them into their performance. These mega talented voice artists are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen, I love how your narration enhances an already great story to another level of greatness.