CODE OF HONOR                                     MISSY JOHNSON

Code of Honor by Missy JohnsonPietro Gustovi is loyal, polished, and hard as stone, the kind of guy women want and men respect. At twenty-three, he’s survived tragedies that would break men twice his age. And he owes it all to his father’s closest friend, Giovanni Spontagio, who took him in as an orphaned teenager. Pietro would give his life for Giovanni . . . but his heart belongs to Giovanni’s daughter.

Raised in Chicago under the spotlight of power and privilege, Lucy Spontiago feels most alive on stage. Determined to become a prima ballerina, she escapes her father’s protective gaze long enough to audition for the ballet in New York City. Soon, however, Lucy realizes that she is not alone. Pietro is watching her back. And though he’s like a brother to her, Lucy cannot deny the thrill she feels knowing his eyes are on her.

Pietro could never betray his mentor by sleeping with his only child. But Lucy follows her passions, no matter how forbidden. Soon their nights are consumed by explosive, red-hot temptation—a dance that will expose shocking secrets and burn everything else to the ground.

     At 15 years old Pietro’s whole world came crashing down around him.  He had come home late from school, just 15 minutes mind you.  He had decided to stop to by a comic book.  Buy that comic book in all likelihood saved his life.  Because as he was walking up the drive he saw a strange car in the driveway.  Then he heard a gunshot ring out then the sound of his mother’s voice yelling.  As he creeped to the side window to look in he saw the man shoot his mother in cold blood.  He knows the shooter saw him but instead of coming after him he took off running. 
     Now a friend of his father Giovanni has brought him to his home in Chicago from Italy.  Here he was 15 almost a man and all he wanted to do in curl up into a ball and cry himself to sleep like a child.  He wanted to cry out like a child for his parents yet he couldn’t.  He knew his father’s and Giovanni’s business enough that he knew he couldn’t yet he was tired and finding it so hard to focus.  When he finally gets to Giovanni’s home, which is really a mansion, they are encountered by a young girl by one or two years who comes floating down the staircase.  When Pietro sees her all he can think is flawless, skin radiant it was warming just to look at, and her smile was overwhelming to him.
     She runs up and wraps her arms around her father telling him she missed him, as he watched.  All the time as much as he hated to admit it even to himself he was jealous of their closeness.  For he used to be that close with his parents.  Before he could get to far into that train of thought Giovanni’s daughter turns and says, “And you must be Pietro.”  He was taken aback by the warmth she was showing him.  She stepped closer throwing her arms around his neck.  He steps back, both surprised by the attention and embarrassed at how his body was reacting to this gorgeous girl that was so close.  Heck he was a 15 year old boy for goodness sake.
     At this point Giovanni introduces Lucia to Pietro.  Both father and daughter have the same wide smile.  She could wait to meet him since her father keeps her so isolated especially since her father and she lost her mother to cancer.  He thought having Lucia around could make life easier to handle.  But her father had other ideas.
     Actually in the long run so do the both of them.  She is an aspiring dancer ballerina in fact and Pietro he always knew he would be taking over the family business.  In fact the morning of his parent’s death his father was talking about giving him more responsibility within the family business, code for the Italian Mafia.   All he really knew was you either went with the plan or you came up dead.  Well for sure his dad had a lot of enemies.  Making him a target.
     As time goes on both he and Lucia go to high school then college but she has a wanting to be in a dance company.  Pietro knows this as does her father but he won’t allow it for her.  Starting the riff to split Pietro from the man who saved his life.  His love for Lucia clouds his judgement.
     See how their story progresses and whether the two can escape this life of crime.  Or if they can love with all their hearts with no sneaking around behind Giovanni’s back.
     This was a really good book until the end then it leaves you hanging on a cliffhanger in the worse way.  I really hate books like this that are not clearing up one couple or situation before moving on.  I am giving this 4 stars for the drama of it.  If I could I would give it a 3 ½ stars for the cliffhanger.  Provided by

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