Sophie has been trying her best to lay low after her father is sent to prison, but all that changes when a family of five brothers moves to town and Sophie forms an intense connection with Nic. But when Nic pushes her away, Sophie’s search for the truth is more complicated than she could imagine.— From Miranda recommends
For Sophie, it feels like another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill, waitressing at her family’s diner and hanging out with her best friend Millie. But then someone moves into the long-abandoned mansion up the block--a family of five Italian brothers, each one hotter than the last. Unable to resist caramel-eyed Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him -- and willfully ignoring the warning signs. Why are Nic's knuckles cut and bruised? Why does he carry an engraved switchblade? And why does his arrogant and infuriating older brother, Luca, refuse to let her see him? As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. Suddenly, she's torn between two warring dynasties: the one she’s related to and the one she's now in love with. She'll have to choose between loyalty and passione. When she does, blood will spill, hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, dishonor can be the difference between life and death.
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"With its families at war and star-crossed lovers caught in the middle, Doyle's YA debut reads like a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet by way of The Sopranos." --Publishers Weekly
"Readers will most certainly swoon over Sophie and Nic's ill-fated romance with its stolen kisses and gazes liberally slathered with angst-y longing." --Kirkus Reviews
"Doyle's confident writing and Sophie's snarky yet relatable voice help sell the more over-the-top elements of this first in a romantic-suspense trilogy." --Booklist
"The conclusion to this story is an interesting twist . . . this book is highly readable. Sophie is a well-drawn, three-dimensional character, as are Luca and Nic." --VOYA