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Suffer in Silence: A Dark Mafia Romance (Malvagio Mafia Duet Book 1) by Kelsey Clayton Publication Date 7/1/2021


Some say: Ask for forgiveness, never permission.

Kage asks for neither.

Especially when he gets his hands on me.

Suffer in Silence, the first book in the all-new dark romance The Malvagio Mafia Duet from USA Today bestselling author Kelsey Clayton, is available now! 

Monsters don’t hide in dark alleys.

They lurk in plain sight, clawing into your soul with cordial smiles.

They wear Armani, they drive Cadillacs, they attend fundraising balls…

And they rule the city with a merciless fist.

The Familia is a mystery to most,

and sitting on it’s throne is Kage Malvagio.



Painstakingly beautiful.

Some say: Ask for forgiveness, never permission.

Kage asks for neither.

Especially when he gets his hands on me.

I should hate him.

I should run at the first chance I get.

But how could the devil be so bad when he looks at me like that?


The whiskey swirls around in the cup as I sit at my desk. It’s well past three in the morning but my mind is wide awake. The knowledge of the call I have to make sits heavy on my chest, making it hard to breathe. 

I wanted to leave her out of this, not only for me but for Silas. If he knew what I’m about to do, he’d kill me himself— his relationship with my father be damned. He was right when he told me there is no part of her that belongs in this world. 

She’s too innocent.
Too perfect.
Too good to be tainted by all of this.

And yet I have no choice but to drag her into it—kicking and screaming, I’m sure.
There used to be a time when I would imagine another life for myself. One where I wasn’t the leader of one of the most powerful organizations in the world. One where a family was in the cards for me. One where she wasn’t the most forbidden thing in my life.

I used to close my eyes and live in that false reality for as long as I could. But it was exactly that. 

A daydream.
​An imagination.
​An impossible outcome for how my life will go.
​And after I do this, I’m only sealing that fate. But as much as it pains me to admit, Nico was right. This is our only option at this point. I will not lose everything my father worked so hard to achieve. 

I grab my phone and down the rest of the glass as I dial the number. It rings three times before a voice comes through the other side. Sleep laces Beni’s tone as I pull him out of a peaceful slumber. 

“Boss?” he asks. 

Closing my eyes, I utter the words and kick into action a plan I’d hoped would always be theoretical. “Execute Plan S. Let me know when it’s done.”

My Review

Book one of this dark mafia romance had me on the edge of my seat.

Kage is the leader of an Italian mafia group. A ruthless and menacing man, he answers to no one and makes his rules up as he goes.

Saxon is the daughter of a rival mafia group. She’s always lead a privileged life, not touches her unless it’s approved of first.

These two are like oil and water, they don’t mix, they are bitter enemies, and when they meet it’s like lighting a match to paper, the air literally sizzles between them. But to Kage, she collateral damage, a means to an end. And he’ll use her to get the upper hand in the oncoming war!

But with this story like most dark/mafia romances, the enemies soon become lovers, both know it’s a doomed relationship, but neither can stay away. Like a moth to a flame, Kage is drawn to the fiery Saxon. He should be looking at her as nothing more than an inconvenience, but he recognises something in her that he knows is missing from him. She holds his black heart in the palm of her hand.

I loved the friendship Kage has with Beni, it’s like best friends/brothers but Kage knows Beni would jump in front of a bullet for him. His cousins on the other hand! I would have happily slapped! Viola and Nico are nothing but trouble, and both play a huge role in trying to tear the couple apart. Spreading vicious rumours and trying to put one against the other (Viola has designs on Kage and is unhappy to see Saxon making Kage happy!)

OH my Lord!! The ending was definitely not what I expected! I’m now on tender hooks until the finale is released!!

It’s dark, it’s got a few triggers, but it’s not nearly as sadistic as a few other mafia books I’ve read recently.

But I do urge you to read the blurb and find out the triggers before reading this book.


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Meet Kelsey

Kelsey Clayton is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance novels. She lives in a small town in Delaware with her husband, two kids, and dog.

She is an avid reader of fall hard romance. She believes that books are the best escape you can find, and that if you feel a range of emotions while reading her stories – she succeeded. She loves writing and is only getting started on this life long journey.

Kelsey likes to keep things in her life simple. Her ideal night is one with sweatpants, a fluffy blanket, cheese fries, and wine. She holds her friends and family close to her heart and would do just about anything to make them happy.

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