I loved this series as individual stories and how awesome they are now in a boxset. This is about the life of Alessandra and her struggles with her mob family. I love her character, she is so strong and just makes the story flow, fast reading, and feeling of realism. Her story is about family and the drama that goes with it. Her father wants her to take over the family one day but she just wants a normal life. Will she find what she is looking for? I highly recommend this must read series.
My Life Series: Prequel to The Brothers of Camelot
By: Necie Navone
5 out of 5 stars
Books in Set: My Hidden Life
My Tragic Life
My Free Life
This is a wonderful box set to read. It weaves stories that hook you in from the very beginning and you don’t want to put it down until the last page. There are three books in this series, and they tell the story of Alessandra Canzano. She was born into a crime family. Alessandra is intelligent, resourceful, stubborn, and in some ways dangerous. She is also strong and confident. These books have heartbreaking and heartwarming scenes. There are times that I felt anger and bitterness at what this young girl has to go through. She doesn’t shy away from saying what is on her mind. The other characters around her are at times helpful to Alessandra and then there are those have their own agenda and plans. What Alessandra really wants is a “normal” life. Will she finally be free and able to make her own choices? Read these books to find out. I enjoyed how detailed these books are. I felt like I was right there with the characters. Don’t miss out on reading an amazing book set. You won’t be disappointed.
If you are intrigued by any of these books at all, this box set is a must read. Because I promise once you read one, you will want them all.
If you are interested in the Brothers of Camelot series, this box set is a must read as it provides valuable insight into a few of the main characters.
Navone does a brilliant job describing mob life in Europe and somehow making it relatable whether that is a geography or life you are familiar with.
Beautifully written. Dramatic and emotional. Highly recommend!
My Life Series: Box Set contains the three book prequel to the Brothers of Camelot series. It can be read as a standalone, but once you read it you will want more. Be prepared for a Necie Navone addiction!!!
I love this series so much! It has everything you could want in a captivating read. There’s action, friendship, grief, loss, camaraderie, longing, suspense, emotion, playful teasing, funny banter, and lots of riveting of drama- in this bloody and somewhat violent, coming of age story- with a twist. It really reminds me of “La Femme Nikita” in a lot of ways- which I also love about it. I think this series would make a brilliant movie, television series, or telemovie!!
The Box Set contains:
-My Hidden Life (Book One)
-My Tragic Life (Book Two)
My Free Life (Book Three)
Alessandra Canzano was born into an Italian crime family, the only child of the powerful and ruthless Capo (boss). She is their Princess, treated as royalty and living a fairytale life- until her sixth birthday when danger makes itself known, changing her life forever.
Her father had big plans for her right from the moment she was born, but after the events at her sixth birthday, he becomes even more controlling and obsessive. Alessandra’s beloved Uncle was tasked with training her, as he would one of the men. From the age of six she learnt hand to hand combat, then at eight she began weapons training as well. She was to tell no one of her training, or the reasons behind it. She was to keep that part of her life hidden from her mother, grandmother, family and friends.
Aless soon became one of the best fighters in ‘the family’, easily able to out shoot and defeat any of the men in hand to hand combat. But she was also learning a lot more about her family, their business, and the role in it all. She feels the heavy burden of responsibility and expectation, wishing she could just live a normal life. She has one brief encounter with a boy that stays with her long after he’s gone. Holding that moment in her heart and dreaming of a life with someone who loves her passionately.
Although she may be the family Princess, she feels more like a prisoner. The more she learns, the more she questions whether she can be a part of that world anymore. She starts to wonder if she would be better off running away and leaving it all behind. With danger an ever-present part of her life, Aless will have to remain vigilant. She is determined to find a way to avoid what her father has planned. But what can she do? Will she have no choice but to buckle under the pressure to preform to his expectations? What exactly does her father have planned for her? What does she uncover along the way? Where does Greyson fit into all of this? Does she end up staying because she’s afraid of losing everyone she loves? Or will she finally escape her gilded prison? What does her future hold? Shocks, twists, tragedy, lessons and more await Aless.
Ms. Navone is a wonderful storyteller, weaving a superb story that plucked at my heart strings, had me on the edge of my seat most of the time- whilst also creating characters who came to life, pulling me into their world and holding my attention right through till the end. The story is told from several POV’s which gave the story an extra element of interest. There was a lot going on in this book, lots of action, suspense, some violence, emotion, drama, and just a drop of romance.
Highly recommended reading!!
Thank you, Ms Navone!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
My Life Series: Box Set: Prequel to Brothers of Camelot by Necie Navone is a box of amazing stories. These goodies all in one place is a bonus for anyone because you don’t have to wait to get the next one, it is already right there for you grab, because trust me you will want to. I fell in love with each and every story, hanging on each and every word that Necie wrote.
My Hidden Life (Book 1) is one great start to the series that you don’t want to miss. Necie has a way with her words that ensure you and you are engrossed in not only the story but you become thoroughly invested in the characters. Being the Princess of the Family is not all it is cracked up to be. Being raised to one day take over a man’s world, from the day you were born, means you see and hear things you would never see in a million years. The story is told in multiple POV’s enriching the story so much more. There is so much drama and action, murder and mayhem as one Family fights another in this cut throat world. Read as one little girl learns what life is like in a world full of violence but also love.
My Tragic Life (Book 2) and as with the first book, you will find yourself engrossed in the world of the Canzano Family. You are thoroughly invested in the characters that you have grown to love in the first book. The Princess of the Family is smart, clever, and sassy and still being trained and raised to one day take over. She can out smart, out gun and out fight any man who gets in her way. This story continues to be told in multiple POV’s giving us that depth to the characters showing us what they are made from. The murder and mayhem, love and loss and high running emotions are at times heart wrenching. Necie has written a series that should not be missed. She is a diamond in the rough that is coming out shining.
My Free Life (Book 3) is the culmination of everything coming together in the tragic world of the Princess working toward her ultimate goal. With the men undeniably hers, the Princess continues to run things as she sees fit, but she knows there can only be one end, but little does she know that others have that same goal insight. Necie has once again written a winner, as she takes us on the journey that ends with death and sadness, love and loss. It’s at the ending that you will need tissues as there will be tears, as you are so emotionally invested in these wonderful characters. There is lots of action and murder, mayhem and secrets that could bring them all down. This is an explosive ending that should not be missed.
Anything of the Brothers of Camelot is a must. It is like a drug, you can’t get enough of.
Reviewed by @jennadb
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Genre – Woman’s Fiction/ Suspense / Crime Family / Family Drama
Page Count – 890 pages
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Publishing Company – Brothers of Camelot Publishing
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My Life Series: Is the 3 book series of the life of Alessandra Canzano, daughter of Al, the Capo of the Canzano Crime in Italy. His dream is for her to take over the family one day, but her’s is to be a normal girl. The family drama is heartbreaking, but Alessandra’s strength gives her the power to overcome.
My Hidden Life: …She has to be better than any man around her. She’s the Family future.
Alessandra, the Princess of the Canzano crime Family, was introduced to the dangers of her family’s world at the young age of six when a rival family left her bleeding and scared on her birthday.
Her uncle now dedicates his life to making sure she is not only protected but that Alessandra will never feel helpless again in their world. All the while, trying to keep her feeling like she is just a normal girl.
Join Alessandra in Part One of ‘My Life’ series as she trains to be the heir to the Canzano Family – the Capo her father wants. A life that she must hide from even her closest friends and family.
My Tragic Life: Duty. Responsibility. Family.
Three words that form the gilded cage I’ve lived in my whole life. I’m the Princess of the Canzano Family, a title many would think to be glamorous, amazing. Well, the glamorous part would be accurate, but that’s where it ends. I’m absolutely miserable.
I’ve been training since I was six years old to protect the Family… a side of me that I need to keep hidden. I must appear to be the perfectly polished Princess at all times, a ruse and title I despise. I get no choice in anything, everything is controlled for me by my father, the Capo. I wish and dream for the freedom to be ME.
When a rival Family strikes causing my life to be turned upside down, I didn’t think things could get any worse and then I learn how wrong I am, as I’m forced to become my worst nightmare in order to protect the Family I want no part of.
My life went from being bearable misery…to nothing short of Tragic.
My Fee Life: Freedom. Something the majority of the people on this Earth enjoy. Something I’ve never had. Something I want more than anything.
When I left for University, I thought my life wouldn’t be quite so tragic… Ha! I am now the Capo Donna, in charge of the Family and its businesses located in Northern Italy.
The power struggle between me and my Papa, the Capo, comes to a head when some of my closest friends find themselves caught in a dangerous situation.
In order to save them, I have to let that switch inside me flip, the one I hate, in order to be what they need me to be to save them. The monster my Papa insisted I become, the one he can no longer control. The assassin. The side of me I fear will destroy my soul if I can’t escape from this Family… This Life.
Will I ever be able to wash this blood off my hands? Can I ever be absolved of the lives I’ve taken? This is the final straw.
As friends and loved ones begin finding their ‘Happily Ever Afters’, I know it’s time to escape. They’ll all be fine. They have their One and Only’s. It’s time for me to be Free…
So I can find my own.
~ AMAZON ~
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Necie Navone had always dreamed of being a writer but thought it would be impossible with her struggles with dyslexia. With her determination, the love and support of one of her sons and some close friends she finally took the leap, and put pen to paper and wrote “The Only One” The first in the Brothers of Camelot series.
She’s had the Brothers of Camelot living in her mind for years and dreams of them regularly. She hopes you will enjoy their stories as much as she loves dreaming of them. Come along and meet all 12 of these, incredible alpha men, as she introduces you to each one of them.
Necie, was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, leaving there at the age of 20 to visit California. Once she arrived, she decided to make it her home. She’s a stay at home mom to her fifth son, who is severally autistic and non-verbal. With the love and support of her husband and sons, she is taking on this new adventure and would love for you to come along with her.