City of Red: Part 1

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In 1940, Olivia Desantis gives birth to a son through infidelity. Wishing to remain with his wife, Michael forces her to give the child away. Olivia does, and she regrets her decision for the rest of her life. 3 decades later, that child, Alfonso Machetti, has grown to become a captain in the Scarlatti crime family in Cold Harbor City. In just one night, Alfonso's life is turned upside down when the entire Scarlatti family is murdered and he is exiled to a lawless prison by the mayor. While incarcerated, Alfonso loses himself in the depths of his own madness, only to eventually learn of his birth mother. Olivia is dying, and has asked her husband to let her see her son one last time before it's too late. Follow Alfonso Machetti as he regains all that was taken from him and witness the birth of a legacy. How far would you go for family?

Drama / Romance
Chris Love
4.5 6 reviews
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Honors / Author's Note

Masters & Legends Awards 2021 2nd place winner in erotica/drama

MYSFIC Awards 2021 winner in Romance 3rd place

This story is my debut novel which launched in 2019. It is the first of a planned series that will span decades and many lives. For Inkitt, I have edited the chapters so that the word count fits their suggestions by chapter. You can find the book on Amazon in paperback and ebook. I hope you enjoy. Please leave your thoughts and comments about it. Thanks.

Mature 18+
Graphic language
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