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Man of Honor

By: Bella Di Corte
Narrated by: Antonio Amato,Verla Bond
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Summary

If you knew love could kill you, would you still fall?  

The moment Brando Piero Fausti appeared in the snow-filled night, he made the blood hum in my veins. With a body worthy of a statue in Italy, he tethered my life to his with an irrevocable bond. He was the most dangerous man I had ever felt. A savage beast lurked just beneath his surface, ready to battle for what he loved the most—me.  

Little did I know that he would lure me into a gilded cage with his beautiful words and searing touch. Little did he know I’d always fight to follow the true alignment of my stars.  

Man of Honor is the beginning of an eight-part royal organized crime romance saga. 

Previously released as The Beautiful Years I.

©2021 Bella Di Corte (P)2022 Spectrum Audiobooks

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A slow burn

An entertaining read but quite slow and I lost interest halfway through. The narration is very good and I enjoyed listening to the production but felt that the book was unnecessarily long.
I received a free copy and this is my unbiased opinion.

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Epic love story

This book wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Instead of standard mafia romance with violence and dark themes, this was one of the most mesmerising books I have listened to in a long time. I’d describe it as an epic love story, rather than a mafia themed romance. I haven’t come across this author before, but was transfixed by her lyrical, almost poetic writing style. The female narrator brings Scarlet to life through the dreamy, introspective text and this is complimented by the raw, slightly gritty male narrator who sets the scene through Brando’s perspective in the prologue. This book is deeply emotional and romantic and I think my only criticism would be that by the end, it still feels like the story is only just getting started. However, having read the author’s letter to readers on Goodreads, I can better appreciate why this book was written and how it fits in to the series as a whole. I can’t wait to hear more, both from these narrators and from this author - it’s a winning combination!

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Too much detail?

I’m torn with this book. I loved the storyline and the characters, the chemistry between them was amazing but the writing style was so specific and exact. I felt there was a bit too much descriptive writing. I would definitely listen to the next book as the storyline get you hooked. Great performance.

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A Mesmerizing & Beautifully Told Story & Listen🎧

Bella Di Corte never ceases to amaze me with her wonderful writing style and ability to not only captivate my attention the entire book but tug on my heartstrings too. “The Fausti Family” saga series is going to be eight books, and this first is where it all begins for the two lead characters Brando Piero Fausti and Scarlett Rose Poésy. Brando is a friend of Scarlett’s brother Elliott and while he always knew who Scarlett was, she never knew him, that was until that snow-filled night outside the dance studio where she practiced ballet. She was fifteen at the time and he a few years older, but he knew then that she would be his. That same night tragedy strikes close to home forever changing her life, she only saw Brando in passing but he kept dibs on her from a distance and always looked out for her. And when she is a little older, he becomes part of her life again, first she thinks he is just looking out for her because of Elliott, but he makes it clear it is more than that. Scarlett’s family wants her to pursue a dancing career, but she rather stay close to home and teach. Brando wants what is best for Scarlett and will do anything to make sure she gets everything she deserves in life, even if does not include him in her life. This is a beautifully written and beautifully told story of young love, first love, the story is cleverly plotted with plenty of drama, angst, heartfelt emotions and romance. Bella Di Corte, thank you for this amazing story and series start, I am looking forward to what comes next for Brando and Scarlett.

🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration, Verna Bond and Antonio Amato did an amazing job bringing these characters to life, humanizing them, giving each their own distinct voice and personality. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, sounding believable in every role they played and just as I pictured the characters to sound. Verna Bond played Scarlett’s role with perfection, captured her every emotion and had you feeling every single one, Antonio Amato did the same for Brando, grasped his intensity and brought out every bit of his alphatude too. Both were great at performing the roles of the secondary characters as well. These versatile voice artists are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the fabulous listen.

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Story well written and great narration

Story well written and great narration.

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy I received free from the author.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 29-07-22

HUMMMM, 3.5 A MIXED BAG OF POSITIVES & NEGATIVES

This is the very beginning of Scarlett and Brando’s eight book rollercoaster saga and it starts in tragedy with the death of Scarlett’s brother, Brando’s best friend. An eighteen year old gifted Ballerina drawn to twenty-two year old handsome Brando who lives in the shadows and watches her dance. The chemistry and pull towards each other is intense and runs through their blood but Brando has a dark broody presence and his paternal roots are firmly set in a world he wants nothing to do with. Italy, Mafia, an estranged father who is King of the Fausti crime empire and the nudges from them of his missing presence.. but this book isn’t a Mafia story yet. It’s Scarlett and Brando’s obsession and possession of each other.. it’s the moth to a flame.. it’s a girl’s pull and a man’s self-sacrificing resist.. it’s love, beauty, betrayal, angst, drama, villains and a slooooooow burn of a romance. It ends on a downward slope where neither of them get what they want.. and a tbc ending.

Worth a credit? I’ll be honest, there were a couple of times I picked up my phone ready to stop the inner thoughts of a besotted bruised teen and the looooong never-ending build to the romance.. but something kept me invested so I doubled the speed and continued with the stretched and conflicted romance. It’s probably well-written with an almost poetic feel to some of the emotions. So this is an undecided 50/50 listen for me told mainly from Scarlett’s innocent naive POV. There’s plenty of sexual chemistry and possessive actions from Brando but their eventual sex is only skimmed over, talked about but not actually shown. As I said, this book is just the young sapling in the eight book (probably epic) saga that will span many many years and will, no doubt, include growth in the characters and a varied turnaround of the secondary cast as their wealth of challenges and conflicts continues in the decade/s that follow. However, I’m on the fence and just not sure if I’m invested enough for an eight credit investment.. but who knows🤷🏻‍♀️.

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  • darlene palma
  • 08-10-22

Captivated from the beginning

Antonio captivated me from his first words spoken. And Verla’s melodious voice was music to my ears. He was all Brando and she definitely performed Scarlett beautifully. This is book 1 in the Fausti family series and it was beautifully written and narrated. It was slower than I expected but I understood as the story unfolded. It is a book that leaves you hanging and wanting more.

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  • Helen
  • 07-09-22

Very sweet slow burn mafia romance

This book was a wonderful surprise that just managed to wet my appetite for more of Brando and Scarlett’s star-crossed lovers story. Bella di Corte’s writing is elegant, very touching and the characters are both very endearing. Brando is sexy, dangerous, mysterious and wholly dedicated to Scarlett who is so sweet, talented and sad. They have a Romeo and Juliet air about them and yet I know from the Fausti background story that mafia danger is just around the corner in the next books in the series. This love story is not rushed, I like that Bella took her time setting the stage for whats to come by dedicating this entire book to Scarlett and Brando’s relationship. The narration was superb. No one does a more authentic Italian character and voice like Antonio Amato. Verla Bond was new to me but she captured my heart immediately. When she sounded happy I was happy and when she made Scarlett sound sad I wanted to cry. Wonderful and exciting and im just cant wait for the next book. Bravo 👏🏻

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  • HEATHER SHAUT
  • 07-09-22

What a Roller Coaster

This book was good but woo it had my head spinning. I do love all types of books so of coarse I got hooked. Watching the pain of Brando and Scarlett and the love that seems to always be in the way of something life throws at them. The tragedy that sits in their life’s with Scarlett brother is also a weight they both bare. If you love Mafia books, books with a twist, romance that comes and goes you will love this story. I can’t wait for book 2 to come out so I can see what Brando does and how long he has on this deal he made to bust loose. The author is new to me but love the writing so far💕. Antonio and Verla both keep you hooked as emotions run wild in this book. You can really feel the pain and love everyone has on this book.

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  • Trisha C.
  • 06-09-22

intense love

Brando was so entranced with the ballerina he decided to stay and talk with her instead of going to a party with his best friend. that evening, Scarlett saved his life, but lost her brother
They bonded by grief, The story revolves around Scarlett and Brando's love for each other.. They vowed always to each other. He was her everything, .
Their bond is forever, consuming their lives. but he had to let her go.
This is romantic, brutally honest, emotional.
Very well written, exploring Scarlett and Brandos thoughts throughout this story,
 Antonio Amato  and Verla Bond narration is very good, giving all the emotions , voices, intensity and personalities of the characters in this story. i was gifted this audio and offered my honest review

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  • Melbelle
  • 04-09-22

Beautiful

This is a very intriguing, kept you guessing infatuation, instant connection love story with many twists and turns. I love the instant soul mate feeling. I really enjoyed to story and connection between the main characters. It has you wanting more for sure. First time author and narrators and I will look forward to more in the future.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Pedsrn1988
  • 02-09-22

it was ok

I felt the story was too wordy. I understood the deep emotional bond between Scarlett and Brando the author needed to convey to the reader, but the length of book was too long. It bothered me the ending was a cliffhanger to their story after listening for over 13 hours. The only reason I continued to the end was the talents of the narrators who kept my interest and the hope that there would be a HEA. I was very disappointed.

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  • Pat
  • 02-09-22

Loved this Mafia story and highly recommend!!!!

An amazing beginning to this series and I have to say that the author knocked it out the park with this one. I don't want to say to much because I don't want to ruin the story for the readers but I have to say that this is an amazing mafia story that will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. Definitely recommend!!!!!

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  • B.McGrath
  • 31-08-22

dark and sad

I hate when everyone knows what's best for you and thinks you don't!!! I'm not a fan of martyrs either, but this fell short of martyrdom, just self sacrificing to the highest degree!!!! Scarlett's mom made me sick for many reasons but mostly her arrogant narcissistic self serving ways. I wanted more from and for Scarlett, but maybe in the next few books I'll get that. Twist
ending. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review.

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  • AudibleObsessed
  • 30-08-22

Mixed feelings

This read like a really long prologue to me. I like the characters individually but as a whole it just didn’t come together.