Welcome to my tour stop for Making Angel by Amanda Washington! This is a new adult mafia fiction. The tour runs November 9-20 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information.
by Amanda Washington
Heir to a powerful Las Vegas crime family, D’Angelo Mariani’s survival depends on his ability to prove his value to his father. Forced out of the technology lab and into the underworld, Angel is on the brink of pulling off the impossible when he runs into a captivating humanitarian who changes everything.
Markie Davis is all about compassion, service, and the ultimate adrenaline rush. After a year-long stint volunteering in an African orphanage, she’s in Vegas to check up on her wayward little sister. Markie never anticipated meeting someone like Angel.
While Angel always believed he’d be the one with explaining to do, as war sparks between the Vegas crime families, it’s Markie’s secrets that might just cost them both their lives…
I went through a serious array of emotions throughout Making Angel and I’m fairly positive there was more than one moment where I was on the verge of tears. Crying isn’t a good look for me, so I attempt to avoid it most of the time, but damn, I became super attached to these characters really quickly and it was pretty much barely avoidable.
This was my first dabble into the realm of mob books, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Sure, I’ve seen The Godfather a few million times and can quote parts of Scarface and Goodfellas, but I was really nervous that I wasn’t going to understand some parts of the plot due to my overall lack of knowledge into the world of organized crime. My nerves were eased though as Washington, through one of the main characters, Angel, explains these in a way that I could easily understand. It also helped that the book’s main location was Las Vegas, a place I am extremely familiar with. I’ve been going to Las Vegas about four times a year since I was nine years old. If there was ever a place I knew as good as my own home town, it’s Las Vegas. In fact, I was just there at the end of October and rode the same High Roller Ferris Wheel the character’s ride in the book.
So, Making Angel is told from the points of view of the two main characters, Angel and Markie, who stumble across something similar to a Romeo and Juliet star-crossed lovers type attraction. His family is dangerous in the most inflectional of mob-like ways and she has enough secrets of her own to push him away. I loved both of these characters. . Their relationship was just the sweetest thing I’ve ever read. Really. They were both such honestly good people that it was difficult to find any reason to dislike them or disagree with any actions they took as the book progressed.
Though, despite how great these two were, by far my favorite character of the entire book was Angel’s bodyguard/best friend/literal partner-in-crime, Bones. For one, the dude’s nickname is Bones, which I find hilarious and I have to give love to the guy who just isn’t as hot as Angel but still very good looking. Bones was so witty and funny and the fact that he is such a foodie just made him seem so less terrifying to me. Sure, he’s the muscle of the operation, but he actually salivates at the thought of eating. There is just something so sweet about that.
Overall, I really loved Making Angel, there were so many ups and downs that I was totally engrossed with the story and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I’m really excited for the next book that comes out next year. Even more so because it’s called Breaking Bones and come on, yes!
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