Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: A Favor for a Favor – Nat Chelloni

Rating: 4 out of 5.


“Forget favors given; remember those received.” – John Wooden

A time for love can’t be more deadly…

Julia Leonardi thought she put her past behind her. The widow of a mobster, all she wants is to steer clear of the criminal elements. Then she meets Domenico Bonacci…

Dom is handsome, charming, and intense. The world knows him as a prominent businessman, but Julia sees him as everything she fought to escape.

Once the scion of a powerful Mafia family Dom left the world of organized crime after his father’s death. And he swore he would never go back.

No matter how hard she tries, Julia can’t seem to ignore the powerful spark of attraction between them and her growing feelings for him. But when Dom’s shady past catches up with him, the two forbidden lovers find themselves trapped in a deadly game.

Will Dom renege on his vow and lose the woman he loves, or he will manage to break free of his past for once and for all?


A Favor for a Favor is Nat Chelloni’s debut novel and boy, what an amazing start to a writing career. The story immediately begins with lots of action and intrigue, and sets the pace for what is a very thrilling, romantic, and downright devious plot. Basically, I loved every minute of it.

A Favor for a Favor tells the story of Dom, the alpha hero who is trying to clean up his image with legitimate business dealings after living a life in his mafia family’s shadow, and Julia, the daughter of a mobster and the wife who became a widow because of mafia dealings. Their enemies-to-lovers relationship throughout the story is intense, tumultuous and super sweet.

Dom has always loved Julia from afar but never acted on those feelings because, despite what some people believe about him, he’s actually a decent human being with morals. Years later, Dom and Julia have a chance encounter and Dom decides now it the time to do something about his feelings for her. Julia has no idea about any of this and their “first” meeting is disastrous! However, things can only go up and it was so much fun seeing how these two characters grow within themselves and with each other.

Outside of the amazing romantic elements, however, is a really compelling and dramatic story detailing different aspects of the mafia life. There are missing people, an unsolved murder, and more that needs to be investigated. It truly is a well constructed story and Chelloni’s writing style really hooks you in. Overall, this was a fantastic debut novel and I can’t wait to see what Chelloni writes in the future.

Disclaimer: Thank you to the author for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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From Nat Chelloni:
I’m a TV personality, a screenwriter and a film critic. I love books and I’m an avid reader across all genres. Since I was a kid I’ve always created stories and often told them to my close friends and family members, pretending they were written by other authors to see if they actually liked them. They always did, and at some point, I thought why not publish one of those stories? That’s how this book came about…:)

A Favor for a Favor is Nat Chelloni’s debut novel! Get your copy now!


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