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The Exceptions by David Cristofano

September 21st, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

The Exceptions by David Cristofano

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Series: Book #2 in the Melody Grace McCartney series

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: No loose ends. It’s the Bovaro family motto. As part of the Bovaro clan, one of the most powerful and respected families in organized crime, Jonathan knows what he must do: take out Melody Grace McCartney, the woman whose testimony can lock up his father and disgrace his entire family. The only problem: he can’t bring himself to do it.

Had Jonathan kept his silence, Melody and her parents would never have been identified and lured into the Witness Protection Program, able to run but never to hide. So he keeps her safe the only way he knows how-by vowing to clean up his own mess while acting as her shield.

But as he watches her take on another new identity in yet another new town, becoming a beautiful but broken woman, Jonathan can’t get her out of his mind . . . or his heart. From the streets of Little Italy to a refuge that promises a fresh start, Jonathan will be forced to choose between the life he’s always known, the destiny his family has carved out for him, and a future unlike anything he’s ever imagined.

I absolutely loved The Girl She Used to Be and I always wondered what happened after the end of the story so when I heard about The Exceptions I knew I had to read it.  It is told from Jonathan’s point of view and begins with Jonathan as a young boy and how he grows up surrounded by the Bovaro life of crime.  I was surprised that it does basically retell the entire story in The Girl She Used to Be which worked remarkably well.  It was a great way to recap for those who like me read the first book when it first came out and need the refresher.  I really came to like Jonathan in the first book but I truly fell in love with him after reading his point of view of the events.

Some may complain that this is basically like reading the first book all over again but the insight you get into the mafia way of life, Jonathan’s struggles in coping with being the black sheep in the family and the progression of his fascination and then love for Melody kept me glued to the pages of the book all day.

Of course my favorite part of the book is after Jonathan lets Melody go and we get to see what happens to both of them.  There was one big shocker for me that I have to say I never saw coming and I am curious if the author always had that in mind or if he came up with it while writing this book.

David Cristofano’s style of writing will keep readers enthralled from beginning to end of The Exceptions.

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