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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Maura Harper

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I originally read these stories individually and I love that they are now a box set. To be able to read from beginning to end is a pleasure.

This is actually a prequel to a series and stands on its own. There is a super strong story line with all of the important components for a good book. It has action, great dialogue, angst, humor and so much more.

I absolutely recommend this series.

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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Erica Fish

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Life Series by Necie Navone is now available as a box set. If you have not read any of these books this is a must read series. Necie Navone’s attention to detail keeps the book alive in my mind’s eye. One thing I have learned is to make sure I have enough time to read the entire book in one sitting. The roller coaster ride has many twists and turns and even a loopy loop thrown in once in a while. There were several times when I yelled at the book and my dogs thought I was crazy. The story is about Alessandra and her mob family. Alessandra is in line to run the family one day. When she was a child of the age of 6 her life changed. Her father knew that Alessandra has to become a warrior who takes nothing from anyone. It was great to watch Alessandra grow into a confident young lady. Alessandra went from Princess when younger to the Queen of the Italian Family. The transformation is astonishing to read.I cannot wait to see what Necie Navone has in store in the future.

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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Debi Kircher

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone

5++++ Stars

I have never read the first book of a series and then 3 smaller books that were a prequel to the actual series but it was completely awesome. This author has a forever fan in me as her writing is out of this world and this series is simply outstanding!! Below a short review of each of these books. This is Aless’s story and what a story it is!!!

Book 1 – My Hidden Life
I was so excited to read this book after finishing The Only One, we got a glimpse of Aless at the end of that book but this story starts when she was a young girl, the daughter of the head of a crime family who wants to shape her into the one that takes over the family when she gets older and marries whoever it is her father decides she will marry.
I highly recommend this story as well as the first in the Brothers of Camelot, I can already tell this whole series is going to be one that I’ll want to reread in the future.

Book 2 – My Tragic Life
Another awesome part of this series…Im so anxious to get to where we meet Aless in the 1st book of Brothers of Camelot I can’t hardly stand it. Aless is totally awesome and I have fallen in love with so many people in these books and just seeing how all of this plays out is like nothing I’ve ever read…I normally don’t like prequels after the fact but this has been done brilliantly in my opinion by this author.
Im left with What is going to happen??? These characters I love so much, how are they going to play in to all of this…the tie in to the first in the Brothers of Camelot is so spot on, I’m just so excited to finish this story but I don’t want it to end either. Like I said this author has me all kinds of messed up.. LOL

Book 3 – My Free Life
I was so scared to start this book because I just knew when I finished Id want to jump right into the second book of The Brothers of Camelot and that is exactly what has happened. I love how this author started the Brothers series and then went into these 3 prequels. The My Life Series was awesome and the way she pulled in the Brothers in this story was brilliant. This author has to have a pile of notes or a white board with all kinds of stuff on it because she didn’t miss anything. Everything ties in perfectly and I truly believe Aless’s story needed to be told and this just has me needing the next book like right now!!
This part of Aless’s story was so full of twists and turns and I just can’t wait to see how this will all play out in her future. She’s probably one of the strongest female leads I have ever read about and I do hope that where she is now and what is to come she is able to find her softer side but I’m thinking that she will still need all of her training because we haven’t experienced yet the reaction to her actions in this story, that transition happened a bit too easy and I have a feeling the repercussions are still to come.

Read this series…It is so amazing and having these in a convenient box set will make it so much easier when I reread them in the future!!!

LOVED LOVED LOVED!!!

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My Life Series: Box Set: Prequel to Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Sunday Barnaby

My Life Series: Box Set: Prequel to Brothers of CamelotMy Life Series: Box Set: Prequel to Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Life Series: Box Set: Prequel to Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone
Five Stars

My Hidden Life: Brothers of Camelot Prequel is the first book in The My Life series by Necie Navone. This is the second book I have read by Ms. Navone, and all I can say is keep them coming. I love the action and suspense that grabs you on the very first page. Alessandra is a wonderful character who learns at a very young age, six, the dangers of being brought up as the princess of a crime family. The preparation her father sets for her to become head of the family leaves her well trading but very isolated. The rest of the characters in this book are amazingly detailed and varied. The writing just flows and I was surprised that before I knew it, it was over.

My Tragic Life: Brothers of Camelot Prequel is the second book in the My Life Series by Necie Navone. This series is intense and full of action. It follows Alessandra as she grows up a Princess in the Canzano crime family. Aless has learned to protect herself and her family from a very young age. When the time arrives and she uses her skills to save her family, it take a big emotional toll on her along with physically one as well. This book had me hooked from the very first page, and I couldn’t put it down till I read the last. Necie Navone has done such a wonderful job giving background on the plot and extensive character descriptions, that I felt I was right there in the story as I was reading.

My Free Life: A Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot is the third book in the My Life series by Necie Navone. This series just gets better and better. Alessandra is twenty and away attending University, she is now the Capo Donna of the Family just as her father intended. Now that all of her friends are growing up and falling in love, will this by Aless’s chance to start over herself or is she to entrenched is the Family business to break free.This book like the rest of the series is full of action, excitement, suspense and danger that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout the story. Necie Navone really brings her characters to life in this series and I look forward to reading more from here in, The Brothers of Camelot series. I have put Ms. Navone on my permanent TBR list. I highly recommend this book, series and author especially if you love Crime Family stories mixed in with your romance
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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Life Series by Necie Navone is quite possibly one of the best series I have ever read. They are a prequel to the Brother of Camelot series, but I loved it more than those. It tells the story of Alessandra Canzano, daughter to a mob boss. She was almost murdered as a child, on the 6th birthday. Since then, she was trained to protect herself and her family, training to take over as the boss of the Family. Its hard enough being born into the Mafia, not being able to even choose your own friends or clothes. Add on to that being trained to be tougher than even your bodyguards, and its safe to say she didn’t have a normal childhood. She is practically raised by her uncle and body guard, and is closer to them than her own father. When she is a teenager she gets a taste of freedom, when she visits the US for her birthday. She has trained her whole life to be a strong leader, but she just wants to be a normal teenager.
My Hidden Life is the first book of the trilogy. It is a coming of age story, about Alessandra, the Princess of the Canzano Family. Her family is part of the Italian mob, and her dad decided, when she was just 6 years old, she will be the one to take over as the boss of the Family. Her uncle Louie has dedicated his life to protect her, as well as train her. Due to the target on her back, her father decides she must be trained to protect herself in any situation, regardless of being a child. She thinks it is fun as a young girl, but soon tires of it and wishes for a normal teenage life. These feelings intensify after she meets a boy, who doesn’t know her past or story, and sparks fly.
My Tragic Life is the second book in the series. The story is written mostly in the perspective of Aless, but with an occasional chapter from the supporting characters. It continues her story, as she gets older, following the responsibilities she carries as the Princess of her Family, essentially a Mafia Princess. With this position comes power, fear, respect, money, but Aless would give it all up to be a normal teenage, who could make her own destiny and choose her own partner. I love the balance the book has, with a little bit of longing and dreams, alongside drama and intense scenes, with a small dash of romance.
My Free Life is the last book in the My Life Series by Necie Navone. It continues telling the story of Alessandra, in her path to freedom. It must be read following My Hidden Life and My Tragic Life, in order to get the full story. This book, like the previous 2, was amazing and full of twists and turns keeping me hooked from start to finish. However, I was left hanging, and now need to move onto the Brother of Camelot series, so I can know if Aless gets her happily ever after.
While these books are listed as part of a prequel, I believe they are strong enough to be a series of its own. The characters are written so well, with emotions and relationships you can feel. I developed feelings for the characters and felt anger, love, loss, fear right along with them. The story and background are solid and realistic. I honestly enjoyed this series so much, and would love to see it turn into a movie! So highly recommend to everyone.

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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Robin Rankin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Life Series: Box Set: Prequel to Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone kept me on the edge of my seat starting in book one and didn’t let up once through book three.

Alessandra had a privileged but not so happy life. She’s the Princess in a mafia family in Italy and though she has friends and family she’s close with, her world is quite small until one fateful trip.

Alessandra’s life and story made my head spin with some of the things that happen to her but she refused to allow everything especially the bad things define her and her life.

I loved the all three of the books, but I think the third is my favorite. She’s living her best life and that’s all anyone wants.

This is a decent time commitment but oh so worth it.

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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Liz Vrchota

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I fell in love with Necie Navone’s writing while reading the My Life Brothers of Camelot Prequel series. So when I found out that they were being released in gorgeous boxed set to devour in one sitting I just knew I had to scoop it up. This is a wonderful series full of emotion, romance, suspense, and intrigue bound to keep you up well past your bedtime as you read. This is where you want to start if you are going to read The Brothers of Camelot series form Necie Navone as well. I love when authors make books available in the boxed set because not only is it convenient it is a wonderful way to spread the love of a book series you enjoy with your family and friends you think will also love it. Below is my individual reviews for each book that is included in the set. I sure hope you enjoy them as much as I have! Now off to grab The Brothers of Camelot!

My Hidden Life: Brothers of Camelot Prequel (My Life Series Book 1)
Necie Navone was a completely new author to me when I first picked up ‘The Only One’ which is the first book in the Brothers of Camelot series that ‘My Hidden Life’ is the prequel to. I would recommend that you read both of these before you jump into the rest of the series. These are the type of books that are going to need to be read in the right order to make sense, but don’t worry it will be worth it! Necie Navone is one wickedly good story weaver!

There is a lot, and I do mean a lot, going on in this book. We get to know all about Alessndra Canzano or more commonly referred to as Aless, in this book. We start off when she is very young but grow right along with her as she comes into age and her role as the next in line to take over the family name and “business”. The thing is… this is not your average family “business”. Not only will her life be at stake but all those that she holds near and dear will be in danger too. Can she keep her life hidden? There really is a lot more layers. From action, violence, even some romance, not a lot but a bit, and I think that there will be more to come in the next installment that we will get with her story. That one is the ‘My Tragic Life’ and it is available so I am planning to go start that one as soon as I finish this review. I can’t wait! Thanks for another great read!

My Tragic Life: Prequel to the Brothers of Camelot: Book Two
“My Tragic Life” is the second part of the prequel to the “Brothers of Camelot” series by Necie Navone. I have to say it is a bit of a departure from the a-typical one shot prequel that you are used to seeing for a series. This one gives us an up close personal coming of age story about Alessandra, the ‘Princess’ of the Canzano family. This is setting us up for the Brothers of Camelot. I would HIGHLY recommend that these are all read in order. I will admit that at first, and when I finished the first book, I wasn’t sure if I was a big fan that this was going to be a three part prequel. I really liked the first book in the Brothers Camelot and I kind of just want to get back to those stories. As it is that promises to be a long series in and of itself. But I am playing along and giving it a go. I do believe that I am a bit more of a fan after this one though. This brought all the feels to the table much as the first in the Brothers of Camelot did, and I am glad that I didn’t give up after the first book.

All that said, this one shows us more of Alessandra, this time more as she grew into her teenage years. She still is forced to face things that are more for adults and I wanted to shield her from them. I found myself torn apart as a mother and tearing up several times throughout the story. She has to make a lot of decisions that she should never have to make, but when you are faced with choosing family and keeping them safe or the alternative, you generally are forced to make some very difficult choices. I can’t wait to find out what the next installment will bring, and where we will find Alessandra in the end. Most of all, I want to see a light at the end of the tunnel for her. Thanks for a great and emotional read Ms. Navone!

My Free Life: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot (My Life Series Book 3)
This is the final book in the prequel series to the Brothers Camelot series by Necie Navone. I would HIGHLY recommend that you read these three books in order. You will be so lost if you don’t. I have a hard time keeping up with things from time to time in this story line so I can’t imagine if you haven’t read the previous novels. I also might add that Necie is a very gifted storyteller. She has weaved a wonderful mobster boss story told from a woman’s point of view and done it flawlessly.

In My Free Life we find Aless grown up, well past her numbered age of 20. She has taken on the role of Capo Donna and is doing the best she can with the circumstances life has thrown at her. She is watching those she loves and holds dear enjoy a life full of happiness and freedom to live normally. She craves this so much for herself. She made a promise to one day be free and enjoy those happiness to her mother before she died and she is determined to make that happen. Can she really escape the role life destined her to fulfill though?

This book is fast paced, full of feeling and emotion, and really has a bit of everything in it. I am sad to see the My Life series come to an end but I am also looking forward to diving into the Brothers Camelot now and seeing the stories of the men in the family. I am off to pick up book one right now, The Only One. Thanks for a great prequel series Ms. Navone!

Review by @lizaileen
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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Katie Matthews

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

A fantastic 5 star box set that I highly recommend! The three stories included are My Hidden Life, My Tragic Life and My Free Life!

My Hidden Life
This really was a beautifully written story. This is the second book that I have read by this author but this first in this prequel series to the Brothers of Camelot. I really enjoyed reading Alessandro’s story even it was emotional at times. I enjoyed reading her journey of how she became the woman I read about in The Only One. The author’s detailed writing enabled me to be fully invested in the story. I am really looking forward to the next one in the series to find out more about these great characters!

My Tragic Life
! I was so happy that the book did not disappoint! I really, really enjoyed it and again the author dragged me into the story straight away. This book should definitely be read after book 1 as it is a continuation and begins around 9 months after the incredible ending that the author left us with.
Again I was captivated be Alessandra’s story and it is hard to remember sometimes, because of the life she’s lived and is still living, that she is still only a teenager. The story is a great mix of coming of age situation interspersed with violence – there certainly are twists and turns on every page which kept me riveted from the beginning to the end.
Alessandra is a fantastic character and I am really enjoying her story and seeing her grow up – she is mature far beyond her years and I think as she gets older she really will be a force to be reckoned with! I cannot wait to see what will happen in the next book!!

My Free Life
And so we have the final book in the trilogy of the prequel series to The Brothers of Camelot series and what a final book it is! I have loved this trilogy – I’ve never read a prequel trilogy before and I thought it was such a fantastic idea by the author. Not only do I feel like I know the characters inside out but I am totally ready to carry on with the next part! I love this author’s writing style; she has totally captured my attention with her beautiful writing. Her characters are well thought out and progress so well over the story – especially Aless, I feel like I have grown up with her from the very beginning. I have seen her progress from a child to an almost warrior princess! She is a fantastic character and I love her!
The story is full of action and turn the pages fast enough! I highly recommend this book and the series needs to be read in order!!

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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Shannon Fowler

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow I love this box set! I read each of these books before they were in the box set but having them all together is even better!

My Hidden Life- book one- is about the Canzano Family but more importantly Alessandra or Aless, as she is called. She is a naive, sweet and seemingly sheltered little girl for most of this story. As she grows up, we learn that she is not so sheltered. She sees and knows things. Her father is Capo or captain of the Mafia Family. And is feared by all. He is grooming Aless to take over the Family and all their dealings. This story and her training start out when she is just 6 years old. Capo is easily one character I can hate.

My Tragic Life is easy to read except when Aless become a killing machine to protect her family. I loved watching her grow and learn through-out these stories. Her feelings about the “men” in her life, especially Grayson and Luigi make me laugh, blush and sigh right along with her. She is probably the strongest female character I have ever read about. Even though Aless didn’t show much emotion during a rather difficult situation, as a reader I sure cried like a baby. This book sure leaves a lot of question for the next one! I can’t wait to see where the Brothers of Camelot come into play.

My Free Life – book three- Great conclusion to the build up of Aless’s life as a mafia princess! This book was easy to read even while I was holding my breath as to what could happen next. I really expected more from Capo/Papa, the jerk face, however I am sure we haven’t heard the last from him. I love how Aless’ men follow her, protect her and really have her back when times got tough.

Highly recommend this box set and can’t wait for more from this author!

Reviewed by @shannonlovesbooks

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My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone – Review by Kerry Baker

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Life Series Box Set: Prequel to Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone is an exciting and fast paced series. You will be easily drawn into the Alessandra’s life and the tumultuous relationship she has with her family and herself. She is such an interesting character, desperate to be anything other than what she is. Forced by circumstances to use her experience and skill set.
Necie Navone creates an intense story that easily carries you through all three books. She has created lasting characters that really leave an impression. This was the first series that I have read by this author and it really was a strong way to start. She knows exactly when to hold back a little and when to push the story forward. All the books had a great pace and the right amount of development throughout. This was a brilliant series and a series that is worth trying.

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