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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a new story in her Mafia Royals series… One of the first rules they give you when you're undercover—never fall for the enemy. I didn't just fall for the enemy. I became what I was supposed to hate. What's worse: I fell in love with one. I live a double life, and both sides know it's only a matter of tim From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a new story in her Mafia Royals series… One of the first rules they give you when you're undercover—never fall for the enemy. I didn't just fall for the enemy. I became what I was supposed to hate. What's worse: I fell in love with one. I live a double life, and both sides know it's only a matter of time before I'm forced to choose. Rebirth through mafia blood. Or death at the hands of the very government I swore to protect. I have one more job before my time's up. I just wish it was anything but babysitting a mafia princess who's half my size but knows how to pack such a brutal punch I worry about my ability to have children. Tin's small but terrifying. And I'm her new bodyguard while we all go on a much-needed vacation. I just have to stick to the plan. And remember rule number one. And stop kissing her. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**


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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a new story in her Mafia Royals series… One of the first rules they give you when you're undercover—never fall for the enemy. I didn't just fall for the enemy. I became what I was supposed to hate. What's worse: I fell in love with one. I live a double life, and both sides know it's only a matter of tim From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a new story in her Mafia Royals series… One of the first rules they give you when you're undercover—never fall for the enemy. I didn't just fall for the enemy. I became what I was supposed to hate. What's worse: I fell in love with one. I live a double life, and both sides know it's only a matter of time before I'm forced to choose. Rebirth through mafia blood. Or death at the hands of the very government I swore to protect. I have one more job before my time's up. I just wish it was anything but babysitting a mafia princess who's half my size but knows how to pack such a brutal punch I worry about my ability to have children. Tin's small but terrifying. And I'm her new bodyguard while we all go on a much-needed vacation. I just have to stick to the plan. And remember rule number one. And stop kissing her. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

30 review for Mafia King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️

    “We’re all of us, a bit insane, don’t you think?” The following ratings are out of 5: Romance: ❤️💙💜💛❤️ Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙 World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎 Character development: 😌🤓😤😳🤯 The heroine: Kartini Abandonado (a.k.a. Tiny) - she is tiny like her name but can pack a huge punch. Like the other kids of the 5 mafia families, she has been trained to be merciless, not only to protect herself and her family, but also to rule the mafia like their parents. Her father is Sergio Abandonato, a mafia leade “We’re all of us, a bit insane, don’t you think?” The following ratings are out of 5: Romance: ❤️💙💜💛❤️ Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙 World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎 Character development: 😌🤓😤😳🤯 The heroine: Kartini Abandonado (a.k.a. Tiny) - she is tiny like her name but can pack a huge punch. Like the other kids of the 5 mafia families, she has been trained to be merciless, not only to protect herself and her family, but also to rule the mafia like their parents. Her father is Sergio Abandonato, a mafia leader, killer and doctor. The Hero(es): Tank De Lange - After joining the FBI and training to be an agent he was given the undercover job to insinuate himself in with the children of the 5 families who all attend Eagle Elite College. He did that and more. He became friends with them and found out that he is related by blood to some of them. He discovered they aren’t what he thought when it comes to family. He has to make a decision soon to stay in the mafia or to go back to the FBI full time. The Love Story: Tiny is a rebel. Though she thinks her Dad hung the moon, she rebels against being the standard mafia princess. She parties, wears revealing clothing, drinks like a fish and smokes weed. She is also tough as nails and smart as a whip. While her cousins Junior and Serena elope to Mexico, her father buys her a ticket to take a two week vacation and he forces Tank to be her bodyguard as his last act before he makes his decision. “If there was one man in the entire world that my dad would murder for touching me without even hearing an excuse—it would be Tank. FBI agent, friend of the Families and the government, made man, and all-around conundrum of goodness and virtue.” I liked this from the beginning. Tiny has a great story, going from being the apple of her fathers eye to losing her confidence in herself and not being able to get herself out of the rut she was in for the last year after she became broken. Tank has wanted her for a while but has held back because he values his life. I liked the different storylines and how they all connected. Especially about Tank and the FBI and why he was protecting Tiny. Though I must admit there were a few times that I wondered what the heck was happening. It was like we weren’t being told the whole story so when something happened I didn’t fully understand what was going on and yet the characters seemed to know. It all eventually came out, but for a while, I was re-reading passages to make sure I didn’t miss something. I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|BookBub

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    I always love reading Rachel Van Dyken’s books particularly her novellas. I am not the biggest fan of novellas.. they always feel rushed or incomplete but RVD does novellas so well.
I really enjoyed Mafia King. As a fan of this awesome series, this book was a really enjoyable read. Kartini …loved this smart, tough, sarcastic girl.
I loved Tank and Kartini. Their banters and the whole ‘love-hate’ relationship they had going on made for one entertaining page turner. If you haven’t started this serie I always love reading Rachel Van Dyken’s books particularly her novellas. I am not the biggest fan of novellas.. they always feel rushed or incomplete but RVD does novellas so well.
I really enjoyed Mafia King. As a fan of this awesome series, this book was a really enjoyable read. Kartini …loved this smart, tough, sarcastic girl.
I loved Tank and Kartini. Their banters and the whole ‘love-hate’ relationship they had going on made for one entertaining page turner. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend you do.
I can’t wait to read more from the Mafia Royals series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ria | Abstract ♥ Books

    ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS Star Rating : 4/5 Stars POV : Dual Cliffhanger : None Hero : Tank Heroine : Kartini Pace of the story : Moderate Angst Rating : 6/10 Heat Rating : 5/10 Triggers Involved : Past Trauma , Abuse Scene Plot Summary : Tank and Kartini are here! Tank is an FBI agent but now he has a new job. Taking care of the oldest daughter of his boss. Kartini is everything he wants and everything he is never going to get. Unless he wants her dad usi ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS Star Rating : 4/5 Stars POV : Dual Cliffhanger : None Hero : Tank Heroine : Kartini Pace of the story : Moderate Angst Rating : 6/10 Heat Rating : 5/10 Triggers Involved : Past Trauma , Abuse Scene Plot Summary : Tank and Kartini are here! Tank is an FBI agent but now he has a new job. Taking care of the oldest daughter of his boss. Kartini is everything he wants and everything he is never going to get. Unless he wants her dad using him for shooting practice. So yeah m Staying away is the best option , no matter how much she tempts him. That is until he lands himself a new job. Now he has no choice but to get close to her, he can just hope that he survives this ordeal. Kartini had the best life ever. Until one night everything changed. Now when she looks into the mirror , she doesn't see the same innocent girl but a monster. The only person who gives her some relief from the hell she is in , is her bodyguard. Tank is everything she shouldn’t want. Everything she would never have. He is older than her and so very tantalizing. Not to mention the fact that he directly linked to the group who tried to destroy her. And in one way or the other , it's his fault she is broken . So now he is going to pay. Overall Opinion : I have been crazy for this pair! From the interaction Tank and Kartini had in the past , I just knew that these two were going to be so very amazing and explosive. They have this banter that just hooked me in and I was totally invested. This book was shorter than the other Mafia Royals series. But it was just as amazing and I loved it a lot! The back and forth between these characters was the best part but another thing that I really really loved was the other characters! I just live to see these characters interact with each other. The threats , the jokes and the angst , pretty much everything makes this series of Rachel Van Dyken as my most favourite one. The ending was the best part and the hype for the next book is so very much. I have been waiting for Izzy and Maskim for months and I am so very happy that we will be getting his book next. I will probably be the first in line to read that book. I don’t think you can call yourself a mafia lover if you haven’t read this series. It has all the sub genres you can think of and I highly recommend this series to all! Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Bookbub | My Blog

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    I always love reading Rachel Van Dyken’s books particularly her novellas. I am not the biggest fan of novellas.. they always feel rushed or incomplete but RVD does novellas so well.
I really enjoyed Mafia King. As a fan of this awesome series, this book was a really enjoyable read. Kartini …loved this smart, tough, sarcastic girl.
I loved Tank and Kartini. Their banters and the whole ‘love-hate’ relationship they had going on made for one entertaining page turner. If you haven’t started this serie I always love reading Rachel Van Dyken’s books particularly her novellas. I am not the biggest fan of novellas.. they always feel rushed or incomplete but RVD does novellas so well.
I really enjoyed Mafia King. As a fan of this awesome series, this book was a really enjoyable read. Kartini …loved this smart, tough, sarcastic girl.
I loved Tank and Kartini. Their banters and the whole ‘love-hate’ relationship they had going on made for one entertaining page turner. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend you do.
I can’t wait to read more from the Mafia Royals series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I have not read any other books in this series, and was worried that I would not be able to follow the story but Rachel Van Dyken did an awesome job of making this story enjoyable without any of the background. She did such a wonderful job, now I want to start the series. Tank is straddling a line between good and bad, FBI and Mafia, but he has to make a choice. But now he is tasked with the babysitting duty of Tiny, and she makes his job very difficult until they come to a mutual understanding! M I have not read any other books in this series, and was worried that I would not be able to follow the story but Rachel Van Dyken did an awesome job of making this story enjoyable without any of the background. She did such a wonderful job, now I want to start the series. Tank is straddling a line between good and bad, FBI and Mafia, but he has to make a choice. But now he is tasked with the babysitting duty of Tiny, and she makes his job very difficult until they come to a mutual understanding! Mafia King was a quick, fast paced, hot read that kept me glued to its pages from the very start.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lilith

    𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊: MAFIA KING 𝐆𝐄𝐍𝐑𝐄: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE. 𝐓𝐘𝐏𝐄: STANDALONE 𝐀𝐔𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐑: RACHEL VAN DYKEN. 𝐏𝐎𝐕: FIRST-PERSON: DUAL PERSPECTIVE. 𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐋:🔥🔥🔥 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐃𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐋𝐎𝐏𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓:🤠🤠🤠🤠 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐋𝐃 𝐁𝐔𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆:🌍🌍🌍 𝐄𝐘𝐄 𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑:🦋🦋🦋 TANK AND TINY were inevitable explosives just waiting to blow in your face...the push and pull in their relationship was at times Hilarious and kinda hot. It's time for Tiny to join the big kids and man!!! She deserves to join them !!! This was a short enemies 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊: MAFIA KING 𝐆𝐄𝐍𝐑𝐄: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE. 𝐓𝐘𝐏𝐄: STANDALONE 𝐀𝐔𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐑: RACHEL VAN DYKEN. 𝐏𝐎𝐕: FIRST-PERSON: DUAL PERSPECTIVE. 𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐋:🔥🔥🔥 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐃𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐋𝐎𝐏𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓:🤠🤠🤠🤠 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐋𝐃 𝐁𝐔𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆:🌍🌍🌍 𝐄𝐘𝐄 𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑:🦋🦋🦋 TANK AND TINY were inevitable explosives just waiting to blow in your face...the push and pull in their relationship was at times Hilarious and kinda hot. It's time for Tiny to join the big kids and man!!! She deserves to join them !!! This was a short enemies to lovers...bodyguard Romance with a whole Mafia edge. The Mafia world that RVD has created is unlike any out there...it has funny moments and sad, gutted moments. My feelings were like on a pendulum, one sec you feel so high on life and other you feel so sad for them. What I could give for this book to go on and on!!! There was so many previous characters playing as secondary characters and so so much Fun... I have missed Sergio so much and to see him in the role of a father was just a Bonus to this fun read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    V.💜GreedyThirstForForbidden🖤

    ⭐️ 3.75 distressing stars ⭐️ I went into this with an open mind, I swear I did, but I can’t help myself I need to speak up... let’s start by saying this short novella (I don’t dare imagining a full length book) is fully of every stereotypes related to mafia and Italian culture. Anything you may think about, you’ll find it here. Just like a minestrone (nope, we don’t say minestrone soup), while reading this I felt like watching people braking spaghetti to fit them into a pan 😭😭😭 I’d like to make ⭐️ 3.75 distressing stars ⭐️ I went into this with an open mind, I swear I did, but I can’t help myself I need to speak up... let’s start by saying this short novella (I don’t dare imagining a full length book) is fully of every stereotypes related to mafia and Italian culture. Anything you may think about, you’ll find it here. Just like a minestrone (nope, we don’t say minestrone soup), while reading this I felt like watching people braking spaghetti to fit them into a pan 😭😭😭 I’d like to make it known in Italy people don’t walk around with guns strapped on themselves, nobody (unless you’re a policeman) and I mean nobody (not even what you may think of as mafia) would ever do that. So, yes, I’m sorry to burst your bubble but anyone coming here expecting to find that kind of reality would be disappointed. can we get a cannoli, too? my teacher’s heart cried, and they weren’t tears of joy, how can you use a definite article in front of a plural noun? “Sangue en, no fuori,” what language is that? I honestly felt embarrassed on the author’s behalf, a simple google search would have helped here. I know this is fiction, I know it needs to glamorise “mafia”, I know “mafiosi” need to be handsome hunks but... you can’t sell a work of fiction full of stereotypes, mistakes and myths. And don’t get me started on the names... there is not one single name or last name resembling anything Italian. Again if you want to use “Italian mafia” to sell your books have the decency to do some background work, get an Italian editor or beta reader to save you some further embarrassment. Even Hey Google would have done a better research. This is novella is like people passing a tofu burger as meat, I’m sure tofu is delicious but you can’t convince me it’s meat. I’m happy this author has found a trope that works and many readers like but don’t make it all one big misinformation and misconceptions spiel. Blood over the law, duh that’s not mafia!!! Any 100 % bred Italian would put blood and family before anything else! Unless you had a fall out family comes first, you don’t need to be “mafia”for that. I won’t even get started on the crap of what here is called “being made” after cringing like when I see pineapple on pizza, I was laughing so hard, this thing right there is borderline ridiculous. I won’t delve into what else annoyed me as I think the above is enough disheartening Focusing on the story I’ll say the beginning was quite slow and repetitive, the heroine said the same thing over and over again for the first five chapters. Some parts weren’t really coherent, one moment you have a wedding resembling a boot camp for navy seals, seen the amount of weapons, body guards, security, blood thirsty soldiers securing a perimeter way beyond the boundary of where the party is, and the next one, the heroine is alone with nobody around, suddenly unsafe when 5 minutes ago nobody could reach her 🧐🧐🧐 Once the story picked up it was easy to read. From the first introduction I was expecting more angst and steam, instead there was more focus on the group and other family members, Kartini and Tank weren’t given their due attention compared to the hole story. I get this is a novella set in a bigger universe and the intent is to pick the reader’s interest in wanting more, however it wasn’t managed well. Sometimes it was just about a bunch of names thrown into the mix in an attempt to pick up a story otherwise flat. So if I were to put two big prosciutti on my eyes, and overlook the Italian/mafia related references, I still wouldn’t be tempted to read more. This is what I feel about the book, I’m positive the author is an adorable person, what I said it’s related to her writing only, it’s in no way personal. I also want to point out that this misinformation didn’t work for me, feel free to check it out for yourself. If you think this is something you might enjoy, by all means go ahead and enjoy. I do, however, ask you one thing... if the spaghetti don’t fit, please use a bigger pan, don’t break them 🥺🙈 ***ARC given in exchange for an honest review ***

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dali

    Mafia King is a sassy and steamy romp, laced with an emotional love affair between an undercover FBI agent who feels more at home with his mafia Family and the mafia princess who’ll either get him killed or bring him to his knees. Kartini Abandonado may be “Tiny,” but she’s not to be underestimated. Just like her cousins from the other mafia families, she’s smart, tough and trained. She hides a secret under the guise of rebellion, but the fact that she’s not herself is not lost on her fat Mafia King is a sassy and steamy romp, laced with an emotional love affair between an undercover FBI agent who feels more at home with his mafia Family and the mafia princess who’ll either get him killed or bring him to his knees. Kartini Abandonado may be “Tiny,” but she’s not to be underestimated. Just like her cousins from the other mafia families, she’s smart, tough and trained. She hides a secret under the guise of rebellion, but the fact that she’s not herself is not lost on her father much less on Tank. Tank Delange is probably the youngest FBI undercover agent, whose job was to coax his way into the inner circle of the mafia kids. Upon discovering he’s related to one of the families, that they’re not exactly what they seem, and falling for Tiny, his time straddling the line between FBI and mafia is coming to an end. I really like reading novellas, anthologies and the like. They give the readers more of their favorite characters or a chance to get to know new authors. Regardless, they’re a treat and I loved that I could enjoy this one by one of my favorite authors. Even though I do feel as though I would have enjoyed this novella more had I read the previous books in the series, it did not diminish the great character development, plot and world building. I am definitely going back to read the rest of the series! Mafia King is novella #3.5 of the Mafia Royals series by Rachel Van Dyken. It is told from both points of view with a HEA. Genres: Contemporary Romance. Tropes: mafia romance | romance anthology | bodyguard | age gap Amazon -> https://amzn.to/32CTXIh ★ I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Social Butterfly PR. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. ★ See all my book edits on Instagram ★ FaceBook ★

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)

    Tank and Tiny omg they have shot to my top fave of the Mafia kids! I seriously want more, nope NEED MORE! This story is the perfect small dose of the Mafia families that I love! Tiny is a fiery female but there’s a reason for that fire. She’s hiding a deep pain and as she tries to find her place she has built a wall so high and only Tank is strong enough to break down her defenses and heal her wounds! The big issue is the good guys hiding in the dark might ruin their beginning before they can ge Tank and Tiny omg they have shot to my top fave of the Mafia kids! I seriously want more, nope NEED MORE! This story is the perfect small dose of the Mafia families that I love! Tiny is a fiery female but there’s a reason for that fire. She’s hiding a deep pain and as she tries to find her place she has built a wall so high and only Tank is strong enough to break down her defenses and heal her wounds! The big issue is the good guys hiding in the dark might ruin their beginning before they can get started.

  10. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***3,5 "Trust no one!!!" stars*** OUT NOW "A princess bows to no one... Except her king." The truth is that I'm kind of obsessed with this series... I was waiting like crazy Tank's story with Katrini, but I didn't get what I was expecting for. I know that this was simply a small novel, but I needed something more... I wanted to see the foreplay firsthand and to understand things a little bit better... Though, it was a nice story, fast-paced that made me laugh in many points with all this cr ***3,5 "Trust no one!!!" stars*** OUT NOW "A princess bows to no one... Except her king." The truth is that I'm kind of obsessed with this series... I was waiting like crazy Tank's story with Katrini, but I didn't get what I was expecting for. I know that this was simply a small novel, but I needed something more... I wanted to see the foreplay firsthand and to understand things a little bit better... Though, it was a nice story, fast-paced that made me laugh in many points with all this craziness that these people are having!!! But if you are a fan of this series, you might understand my logic and my need for something more... "Two weeks in hell. Two weeks with Satan's mistress. Two weeks left, and my fate with the mafia would be decided. I just hoped I survived the cursed princess." Tank and Katrini weren't bad together, even though I didn't see them together before... There was sparkle between them, even though they shouldn't have... There were a little bit on each other's throat in the beginning, but soon they became an inferno ready to bust and burn everything on their way... Unfortunately, I just needed more, because I have really loved Tank in the previous books and I was intrigued by him... "I had to be vulnerable to possibly the only girl who could hurt me, who could stomp all over my heart with her stilettos and laugh while doing it." This was a small novel in the mafia Royals world and I believe that it didn't do justice in the rest of the books... Still, i had a good time on the presence of this crazy bunch, full of stereotypes, but honestly, I love these characters and Rachel's weird humor... I just needed more of Tank and Katrini... In here, they didn't manage to show us the full depth of their souls and their love!!! Just need the next book ASAP... I suppose will be for Maksim and Izzy??? Bring it on, Rachel!!! "I'm not a knight in shining armor. I'm more villain, who's always pretended to be the hero... But now, I know who I am. Because of you." "And who's that?" "Yours." **I received an ARC for the exchange of an honest review**

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️

    I’ve become wild about this next generation of Eagle Elites. The angst doesn’t get any higher when Rachel VanDyken writes about these characters. Tank and Tiny......they are quite the couple. They have a feisty banter but each are holding a spark for one another. In their crazy world, love and commitment is never easy as you could either soar or find yourself buried 6 ft under. This is a fast read and very enjoyable. I love that this story included all previous characters as well as The Bosses. A I’ve become wild about this next generation of Eagle Elites. The angst doesn’t get any higher when Rachel VanDyken writes about these characters. Tank and Tiny......they are quite the couple. They have a feisty banter but each are holding a spark for one another. In their crazy world, love and commitment is never easy as you could either soar or find yourself buried 6 ft under. This is a fast read and very enjoyable. I love that this story included all previous characters as well as The Bosses. All I can say is that all these characters are crazy, fun and addictive. I’m super excited for the next couple up in the series and can’t wait for all the explosions their story will set forth. *advanced copy provided by Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meegz Reads

    *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Normally I don't do well with novella's, because, well, they're so short. But this one captured me from start to finish and I cannot wait for more in this series. RVD's Eagle Elite world has had me captivated from the moment I started it, and it always feels like coming home. For a series about the mafia, filled with violence and killing, RVD has created this family that still manage to have a lightness about them at times. They're *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Normally I don't do well with novella's, because, well, they're so short. But this one captured me from start to finish and I cannot wait for more in this series. RVD's Eagle Elite world has had me captivated from the moment I started it, and it always feels like coming home. For a series about the mafia, filled with violence and killing, RVD has created this family that still manage to have a lightness about them at times. They're fun and silly and I love reading about them. There are so many facets to The Families and I hope she never stops writing about them. If you're familiar with the previous books, you'll know something has been going on with Kartini, and also that Tank is a bit of a mystery and has all sorts of things going on. The connection between these two really comes out in this novella, and I had a lot of fun reading this when they were teasing each other. Finding out what really made Kartini change was really interesting and not what I expected. There was also a certain member of the family that I wanted to punch. Getting into the depths a bit more on both Tank and Kartini's sides was serious and intense, but there were plenty of fun moments in this one too. I love this gang and I can't wait for more. Blood In. No Out. Review also on my blog - Mafia King by Rachel Van Dyken Follow me on: Facebook Twitter Instagram

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pia Colon

    Rachel Van Dyken does it again with another stunning mafia novella. As with all of her novellas I was dying for more. But not dying like some of the people in the book 😬😳😬😳😬😳 thankfully. Tank and Kartinis story is beautiful and I loved every second! (Not that I’m biased because I loved the more Sergio in this one) I was totally surprised with the direction Mafia King took and it was not a bad surprise. I live for the back and fourth batter between all of the characters and the dis-FUN-ction in t Rachel Van Dyken does it again with another stunning mafia novella. As with all of her novellas I was dying for more. But not dying like some of the people in the book 😬😳😬😳😬😳 thankfully. Tank and Kartinis story is beautiful and I loved every second! (Not that I’m biased because I loved the more Sergio in this one) I was totally surprised with the direction Mafia King took and it was not a bad surprise. I live for the back and fourth batter between all of the characters and the dis-FUN-ction in the family 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Rachel you are a freaking queen! I hope you never stop writing because life will truly suck without your brain!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    OMGGGGGGG I CANT WAIT!!!! I also feel like I should something about the people who are rating the book 1 or 2 stars before it has even come out. Please don't, the book hasn't even been released. So I can't understand why you would rate it low. OMGGGGGGG I CANT WAIT!!!! I also feel like I should something about the people who are rating the book 1 or 2 stars before it has even come out. Please don't, the book hasn't even been released. So I can't understand why you would rate it low.

  15. 4 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    Mafia King continues the new generation mafia family. This time, we get Tank, who is an undercover FBI agent, and Kartini, the daughter of Sergio. Now, Sergio's story gutted me so I was hopeful his daughter would have it easier. Tank has been straddling the line between the Feds and the Mafia and it has come time to decide which side he is on. While he was a little hurt by Annie picking Ash, he has always had a crush on Kartini, aka Tiny. His job is to be her bodyguard. We all know how THAT Mafia King continues the new generation mafia family. This time, we get Tank, who is an undercover FBI agent, and Kartini, the daughter of Sergio. Now, Sergio's story gutted me so I was hopeful his daughter would have it easier. Tank has been straddling the line between the Feds and the Mafia and it has come time to decide which side he is on. While he was a little hurt by Annie picking Ash, he has always had a crush on Kartini, aka Tiny. His job is to be her bodyguard. We all know how THAT will turn out! Kartini has been dealing with a traumatic event for a year, and it was great to see her finally open up to Tank. These two are great together and I hope we get more of them in future books. Mafia King is a stand alone if you are looking for a quick glimpse into the Mafia Royals series to see if you might enjoy it (I love it).     POV: dual 1st   Tears: no   Trope: mafia, hate to love you, bodyguard   Triggers: (view spoiler)[Kartini was the victim of an assault (hide spoiler)]   Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes, with cute epilogue (hide spoiler)] authors like M. Robinson, Kristen Proby, Tessa Bailey...then you will probably like Mafia King! Mafia King See full review on The Book Disciple

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ri

    4.3 stars This is an amazing series. Even though these are young characters, it isn't a young romance. These characters are mature and it feels contemporary. I have been waiting for Tank's story since he was first introduced, and even more so after I read Chase and Annie's story. There was just something about the character and I was excited when I found out he would be getting his story told, even if just a novella. This book was great and brought me back to the world that I love. These character 4.3 stars This is an amazing series. Even though these are young characters, it isn't a young romance. These characters are mature and it feels contemporary. I have been waiting for Tank's story since he was first introduced, and even more so after I read Chase and Annie's story. There was just something about the character and I was excited when I found out he would be getting his story told, even if just a novella. This book was great and brought me back to the world that I love. These characters and their parents from the previous series are life. I love their interactions and humor. There is violence but it plays well with the lives of the characters. It wouldn't make sense to have a mafia world without having that violence. I enjoyed Tank and the very fine line he was walking. I knew where, ultimately, his loyalties would lie and it was fun to see him make that decision. This being a novella, it did lack some of the depth that I wanted as well as smooth transitions. I get it, this doesn't have the space for that. However, it is a good introduction, as is the point of 1001 Dark Night stories, of this author, her writing style, and the amazing characters. Even though Tiny and Tank was missing that depth their story was still fierce and I know that I will get to see funny cameos in future books. Highly recommend anything that this author writes and this series (the parents series too)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amour.Rebelle92 (Bran.d)

    Mafia King is the perfect afternoon read! It’s got everything and I do mean everything…mafia weddings, the families, kidnapping plots, friendship, family, bantering & steam that’s off the charts🔥 Tank & Tiny love to hate hate to love each other but Tank has to protect her on family vacation. In true form the entire family goes to Mexico & the fun begins. It’s so much fun seeing how the parents & kids interact. Definitely awesome to see that no matter what happens they have each other’s backs. Tan Mafia King is the perfect afternoon read! It’s got everything and I do mean everything…mafia weddings, the families, kidnapping plots, friendship, family, bantering & steam that’s off the charts🔥 Tank & Tiny love to hate hate to love each other but Tank has to protect her on family vacation. In true form the entire family goes to Mexico & the fun begins. It’s so much fun seeing how the parents & kids interact. Definitely awesome to see that no matter what happens they have each other’s backs. Tank & Tiny are like a grenade & once they explode there’s no going back.💕 Funniest line: Sergio wore black silk pajama bottoms low on his hips, and his long, still-black hair fell across his massive shoulders. “This’d better be good.” “You look like Johnny Depp before the pirates.” I laughed.🤣🤣

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Tank has been straddling the line between the FBI and the Five Families. Kartini is Sergio’s daughter and has been rebellious since the night she was faced with a tough decision. After being given the tough task of being her bodyguard in Mexico for a family trip, Tank tries to figure out how to get “Tiny” to spill the beans about what happened. This book is full of appearances by the original Eagle Elite crew, the suspense of what is going to happen next and the usual banter between them all, ma Tank has been straddling the line between the FBI and the Five Families. Kartini is Sergio’s daughter and has been rebellious since the night she was faced with a tough decision. After being given the tough task of being her bodyguard in Mexico for a family trip, Tank tries to figure out how to get “Tiny” to spill the beans about what happened. This book is full of appearances by the original Eagle Elite crew, the suspense of what is going to happen next and the usual banter between them all, makes Mafia King an amazing novella for lovers of Van Dyken’s books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa, Book Boyfriend and Husband Make Three

    There is no greater feeling than with only a few words being transported from reality into a fictional world that is so illustratively written that the author makes you feel as though you’re a part of this magical world she created because as they say in the mafia, blood in, no out, and that same sentiment applies to those of us who have been enraptured by this series. Kartini, known as Tiny, and while she may be small in stature, on the outside she’s a wrecking ball of sassy and rebellious, and There is no greater feeling than with only a few words being transported from reality into a fictional world that is so illustratively written that the author makes you feel as though you’re a part of this magical world she created because as they say in the mafia, blood in, no out, and that same sentiment applies to those of us who have been enraptured by this series. Kartini, known as Tiny, and while she may be small in stature, on the outside she’s a wrecking ball of sassy and rebellious, and all of that makes the perfect mask for obscuring the parts of her that she’s not willing to let others see. Tank, oh my starry days, this man, he’s growly, irritated, and a blend of deviant and sweet like only a mafia man can be because it’s not “normal” sweet, it’s mafia sweet. Tank and Tiny’s chemistry is off the charts before they even lay a finger on one another, but add in some uneven ground and an offered arm, and 2 souls begin to intertwine forming an inextinguishable soul-searing connection. Tank and Tiny are in a battle of wits, and push one another’s buttons like it’s their job, and it masterfully feeds the flame between them causing a combustible tension. They are all sorts of witty, flirty, and fiery which was as hot as it was amusing. Mafia King is a novella that delivers soul-searing chemistry, an emotional punch, witty banter, suspense, steam, and 5 mob families that have a way of ensnaring you. Blood in. No out. Rachel Van Dyken's ability to weave words into an enthralling story is nothing short of wizardly. She ever so eloquently pulls you from reality with a few words and places you directly into the world she’s created, and not once are you released from that world until you’ve finished the very last word.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ola Adamska

    Disclaimer: stories published by "1001 dark nights" are always standalone, so you don't have to catch up on it - so you can dive into "Mafia King" and enjoy it on its own - trust me the author did a wonderful job when it comes to it! I read all stories in this series, and I can't get enough of it! To summarise - I need more and more of Mafia Royals! Even in the novella size Ms. Van Dyken did a wonderful job with adding all needed ingredients to the story - drama, steam, heat, and character develo Disclaimer: stories published by "1001 dark nights" are always standalone, so you don't have to catch up on it - so you can dive into "Mafia King" and enjoy it on its own - trust me the author did a wonderful job when it comes to it! I read all stories in this series, and I can't get enough of it! To summarise - I need more and more of Mafia Royals! Even in the novella size Ms. Van Dyken did a wonderful job with adding all needed ingredients to the story - drama, steam, heat, and character development, this is what made this read so good! The charges for this novella were indicated in Destructive King. The time has come for Tank - the man that has two different parties to be loyal with, and they can't be any more different than they are, FBI and the Family! Each of those hates the other one, so he will have to choose, and it will not be an easy choice to make! He's made to take one last assignment - lookout to the Katrini Abandonato, who is the daughter of his mafia boss. Now they will go on two weeks' holidays, and he has to be like her shadow, take any bullet for her - his shield from anything, even herself. Katrini aka Tiny can be seen as a small and fragile girl, but this assumption can't be father from the truth about her! She's strong, and has a personality that can compare with the one of a grown man! Oh, and let's not forget that she’s her Daddy’s daughter to the soul, in the beginning as innocent as she can be growing in Family, but later in the book she will becoming something else – rebelling, scary and broken girl, so different from what she used to be If the books based on the hate-love concept are for you like water on the desert, then Mafia King is what you MUST read next and not hesitate! Spark will be palpable, pull and push so real I felt it inside my body. Characters in this series with each book are growing on me, more and more so I need the next book as soon as it can be here! So to sum up - another amazing read from Ms. Rachel van Dyken!

  21. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict

    The more I read from this series, the more I want. I can’t get enough of this book world and these characters! This one may be a novella, but it has just as much drama, steam, and heart as the full-length novels in the series. The time has come for Tank to decide where his loyalty lies, either with the Family or the FBI. But first, he has one last assignment: to protect Karitini (Tiny) Abandonato on the two-week family vacation. He's tasked with staying close to her, keeping her safe, and sacrifi The more I read from this series, the more I want. I can’t get enough of this book world and these characters! This one may be a novella, but it has just as much drama, steam, and heart as the full-length novels in the series. The time has come for Tank to decide where his loyalty lies, either with the Family or the FBI. But first, he has one last assignment: to protect Karitini (Tiny) Abandonato on the two-week family vacation. He's tasked with staying close to her, keeping her safe, and sacrificing his life for her, should it be necessary. Tiny may be small in stature, but her personality is larger than life, and she's definitely not one to mess with. She is a mafia princess, after all. And she loves nothing better than to wind Tank up and give him as much trouble as possible. Tiny and Tank are the epitome of a love/hate relationship. I'll warn you, stay back out of range, because the sparks arcing between these two put the best Fourth of July fireworks display to shame. Tank is just trying to do his job (and avoid being offed by Tiny's father) and his strongest emotion when it comes to Tiny is exasperation. It's all he can do to keep the wild princess who acts like she has a death wish out of trouble. I’ve never been a fan of mafia romance, but R V D changed that for me. She has an amazing way of humanizing her characters. They may be part of the underworld and may not bat an eye at wet work, but they steal your heart in an instant and make you want to swear your own blood oath to the Family. You can check out the series and start anywhere, and this novella is a good way to dip your toes in this world. This story will steal your breath, blow your mind, and leave you on a euphoric high. It will be one of your best reads this year, so run to the 1-Click and start reading today!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gsmitty

    Mafia King by Rachel van Dyken is part of her Mafia Royals series and it was utterly DELICIOUS and DECADENT! Tank had me HOOKED from start to finish! Grumpy and growly and HOT. Dedicated, loyal, yet torn, wanting to do the right thing, but figuring out what is the right thing perhaps proving to be a bit more difficult than he'd hoped. Kartini, Tiny, she is a firecracker! I loved her sass, her wit, her desire to love and be loved, for more than what she was seen to be, and rather, actually be acc Mafia King by Rachel van Dyken is part of her Mafia Royals series and it was utterly DELICIOUS and DECADENT! Tank had me HOOKED from start to finish! Grumpy and growly and HOT. Dedicated, loyal, yet torn, wanting to do the right thing, but figuring out what is the right thing perhaps proving to be a bit more difficult than he'd hoped. Kartini, Tiny, she is a firecracker! I loved her sass, her wit, her desire to love and be loved, for more than what she was seen to be, and rather, actually be accepted for who she truly is. This is fast paced, this is intense, and there is a lot of drama and intrigue and tension that keeps you on the proverbial edge of your seat! The CHEMISTRY sizzles, and the love and friendship and the struggle between family and duty, all of it gets explored and really gives you all of the FEELS. Whether you've read others in this series or not, Mafia King is bite-sized and gripping and SHMEKSHAY and you'll devour it in one sitting! So, dive in!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma (emjbookshelf)

    Another great addition to the Mafia Royals series. Mafia King is a novella and it is about Tank and Kartini. Tank is an FBI agent who also protects the five families and he must decide who's side he is going to be on. Kartini hold secrets that no one else knows about, Will Tank be able to break down those walls to protect her and help her feel free again? RVD is definitely the Queen of Mafia Romance and I honestly cant get enough of her books. Another great addition to the Mafia Royals series. Mafia King is a novella and it is about Tank and Kartini. Tank is an FBI agent who also protects the five families and he must decide who's side he is going to be on. Kartini hold secrets that no one else knows about, Will Tank be able to break down those walls to protect her and help her feel free again? RVD is definitely the Queen of Mafia Romance and I honestly cant get enough of her books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Athena D.

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 STARS This novella was fast-paced but trust me when I say you’ll not be disappointed! Tiny and Tank have a complicated relationship, but that’s what makes them so entertaining. Love their banter and their chemistry is palpable. Their story is part of the Mafia Royals series but can be read as a standalone. Mafia King by Rachel Van Dyken is an EPIC read that will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    This is my favorite series by Rachel Van Dyken. I love these characters and was happy to see Tank get his own book. I love how this book makes me laugh and cry. Each book becomes my new favorite. I can’t wait to read the next one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beyond The Covers Blog

    I was surprised as I read Mafia King.  It wasn't what I expected but I loved it! The dysfunction mafia characters and the banter! Tank is an FBI agent working for the mafia. He knows the day will come when he has to choose a side.  In the meantime his duty is to protect and babysit the Boss's daughter. He definitely has his hands full! Tiny may be small but she is a firecracker! She goes out of her way to push Tank's buttons. In the blink of an eye her world was shattered. She changed. Can't wait f I was surprised as I read Mafia King.  It wasn't what I expected but I loved it! The dysfunction mafia characters and the banter! Tank is an FBI agent working for the mafia. He knows the day will come when he has to choose a side.  In the meantime his duty is to protect and babysit the Boss's daughter. He definitely has his hands full! Tiny may be small but she is a firecracker! She goes out of her way to push Tank's buttons. In the blink of an eye her world was shattered. She changed. Can't wait for more stories in this series!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Mafia King is a novella and is therefore somewhat fast-paced, but there was no shortage of action, drama and steamy moments. I really enjoyed the story line and I thought the dynamic between Tiny and Tank was both hilarious and sweet. I loved their banter and the back and forth between them. I definitely think there was a lot packed in to this book, so at times keeping the cast of characters straight was a bit difficult. Having said that, this was my first mafia read from this author and I think Mafia King is a novella and is therefore somewhat fast-paced, but there was no shortage of action, drama and steamy moments. I really enjoyed the story line and I thought the dynamic between Tiny and Tank was both hilarious and sweet. I loved their banter and the back and forth between them. I definitely think there was a lot packed in to this book, so at times keeping the cast of characters straight was a bit difficult. Having said that, this was my first mafia read from this author and I think it was very well written and I am most definitely going to be checking out the rest of the series because I definitely need more!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Krista Ricchi

    This is one of those books you get completely lost in and fall madly in love with the story. The characters are incredible and you can't help but fall in love with them. The writing is so well written that you feel like you are experiencing this with the characters. Secrets, lies and off the charts hot chemistry what more could you want? I look forward to reading more from this incredible author. This is one of those books you get completely lost in and fall madly in love with the story. The characters are incredible and you can't help but fall in love with them. The writing is so well written that you feel like you are experiencing this with the characters. Secrets, lies and off the charts hot chemistry what more could you want? I look forward to reading more from this incredible author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jade Simcox

    Ive come to the conclusion that i will read and love everything Rachel Van Dyken writes. Honestly anything. She could write something on a napkin and i would rate it 5 stars. I don’t read novellas very often for the fact they are too short, but i always read Rachel’s because she always brings you into the story without missing anything and she leaves you feeling satisfied. This story was no different. Tank has always been the untrusted one because of his ties to the FBI but now he’s family. Blood Ive come to the conclusion that i will read and love everything Rachel Van Dyken writes. Honestly anything. She could write something on a napkin and i would rate it 5 stars. I don’t read novellas very often for the fact they are too short, but i always read Rachel’s because she always brings you into the story without missing anything and she leaves you feeling satisfied. This story was no different. Tank has always been the untrusted one because of his ties to the FBI but now he’s family. Blood in, No out! We know that something happened with Katrina but never knew what, in this book we find out and see how shes been dealing with that event. Even though this series is about the Mafia, it isn’t always series, angry killing. Rachel has created a family that have fun together and bring lightness when needed. Im honestly addicted to this series and I cant wait for more books!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    5 Stars Absolutely loved it! As always Rachel your mafia reads are just perfect. I could not put the book down. Getting a story on Tank and Katrini was everything. Another must read!

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