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#ARCReview Prince of Hearts (Verona Legacy #1) by L.A. Cotton

Title: Prince of Hearts

Series: Verona Legacy #1

Author: L.A. Cotton

Genres: New Adult Romance, Romeo and Juliet Retelling, Mafia Romance

Release Date: 2 June 2020


Arianna Capizola is her father’s daughter.
Humble. Hardworking. Honest.
She’d rather spend her days helping at the local shelter than brushing shoulders with her vain and entitled classmates.
Niccolò Marchetti is his father’s son.
Dark. Dangerous. Deceitful.
He’d rather spend his days getting bloody in the ring than attending class and keeping up pretences.
When their paths cross at Montague University neither of them are willing to drop the walls they’ve spent so long building. But he can’t resist the girl with stars in her eyes, and she can’t forget the guy who saved her that night.
There’s only one catch.
Nicco isn’t Arianne’s knight-in-shining armor, he’s the son of her father’s greatest enemy.
He is the enemy.
And their families are at war.
**Prince of Hearts is the first book in Nicco and Ari’s duet. Due to mature content that some readers may find distressing, this book is recommended for readers 18+

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
ARC Source: Author via Give Me Books Promotions

“Prince of Hearts” is only my second book from L.A. Cotton. However, with this synopsis I couldn’t possibly pass this up. The story gave me everything I wanted and so much more!

Arianne Capizola has been living a shelter life, more like a prisoner than a young woman. With her being the only heir to the Capizola empire, her father has kept her locked for the last 5 years. After all this time she has the opportunity to be normal by attending Montague University under an alias. Nicco Marchetti never wanted the life he’s been leading. Being a capo and the future boss of the Dominion mafia, he only knows darkness. That’s why when an innocent looking, beautiful woman crosses his path, he has to stay away. He never anticipated Ari. They are both in for a wild ride!

“All I’d wanted was a normal life. Then I’d met Nicco, and it was like being in a fairytale. My very own prince to chase away the monsters and protect my heart. But it was all a lie. The truth was much worse. The truth was my life had just become a living nightmare. One I didn’t know how I would survive.”

This book gave me all the feels. The author definitely knows how to make us feel the emotions, the angst, the pain, the love. I was right there with Ari and Nicco and so invested to see them succeed. Sadly, I knew that this was supposed to be a duet, so I was ready to be left hanging for now. Ari and Nicco are perfect together, but their relationship is doomed before it even began. The story is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, so it’s understandable that these star-crossed lovers will have to go through hell and back before they can even be together…


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Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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