The Roma's Claim

A Dark Roma Mafia Romance Book 1

Romance - Suspense
338 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2023
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Shae Coon writes dark romance that tantalizes while leaving you guessing what comes next. Her inspiration came from author Penelope Sky after reading her Buttons and Lace series and fell in love with the angsty alpha males and twisted plot lines. Shae currently has eight published titles, including the Marron House Romance Series and the Dark Roma Mafia Romance Series.
Before she started writing romance, Shae received her veterinary assistant certification and worked in a low-cost vet clinic before switching gears to become the top-performing project coordinator for a local construction company and ultimately leaving to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time writer.
When Shae is not writing, you will find her coaching her daughter’s basketball team, volunteering with an anti-human trafficking organization, or relaxing with her husband and two children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

The Roma's Claim (A Dark Roma Mafia Romance Book 1) by Shae Coon focuses on a payment owed to gypsies in 1960. When the gypsies healed Jolene, her mother had to give her to them after she recovered. Instead, Leandra fled Italy with Jolene to make a new start in America. Greta White was a descendant of Jolene. She had set up a Halloween gala to raise funds to end human trafficking. Her writing career as an author of romantic comedies had done well, but she wanted to try writing a dark romance. Emiliano Calvano was introduced to Greta at the gala. Unbeknownst to her, Emiliano had planned the meeting. Greta arrived at her home to find her faithful Doberman unconscious. She was hit by a dart and passed out. Greta woke up and discovered that she was on a plane headed for Italy and was at the mercy of Emiliano Calvano. She had to settle Leandra's debt by marrying Emiliano.

Shae Coon intensifies the tension and suspense with the dark desires Greta harbors. The alternating views of Greta and Emiliano show how they try to deny the growing passion they have for each other. Camil, a childhood friend of Emiliano's, was central to Greta accepting her situation. The vivid depiction of the inner conflict Greta felt is understandable. She wanted to hate Emiliano, but she could not deny her growing attraction to him. Emiliano's ability to go from being nice to a sadistic monster had me just as confused as Greta. However, there are moments when he shows redeeming qualities. Conversely, he is a Mafia boss who has bought the alliance of politicians and police officers. The unpredictable story held my attention throughout. I recommend The Roma's Claim (A Dark Roma Mafia Romance Book 1) to readers of Mafia romances that never have a dull moment.