Defiant Vow: Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra #3

She had long ago given up on finding her hero. He would make her believe in happy ever-after again.


There was a time, a very long time ago when I believed in fairytales and happily-ever-afters. Those dreams died a painful death he night my parents were murdered. I need to get close to Aries Borgia in order to get information about my parents’ murderer. What started as a sizzling affair on Aries yacht tuns dangerous when we are attacked.

I am the head of the Lionheart Syndicate and she is my fated mate. I know she is seeking information but I will do what is needed to claim her. I will teach her to believe in dreams again.

Can they find their happy-ever-after before the murderers strike again?

The Reviews

VMG 💯dle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Delta James DIDN'T Disappoint 🙅💯, period !.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 14, 2022
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THIS !?, Alliance Series was fresh, creative, individual, well developed, flowed in story symmetry.
(👉 the connections from Serena's other sisters & bringing the end of their Parents murder / Their own Foster Care nightmares; FULL CIRCLE 💯💯)

Well Done & Very Plausible.

The AMATO SISTERS as well as each MFC ( FATED MATE) are TOP TIER !!😎👏.

Smart, Kick Ass, Intelligent, Talented, Skilled, Professional, "Got My Own" & Beautiful, in their own rights. Alphas as well.

Each MMC ( ALPHA SYNDICATE LEADER ) comes to know their mate's WORTH 💯.

And vice versa.💯 The ALPHAS👑 don't DISAPPOINT either.

The loyalties & unities come through as well.

The Author has managed to "sprinkle" extra sassy, sarcastic yet humorous moments in each read, without sacrificing the HEAT 🔥🔥🔥, SMEXY 😜😜, & SWAG 😎💯.

Those "sprinkles" ??, actually get "🤭 giggles". The backstory ( explaining more about Estella 😲) was good.

DO NOT 🙅 SIDE STEP MS. JAMES' TRIGGER WARNINGS, "potential readers & purchasers👏👏💯💯.

Everyone has "levels, boundaries, tastes, & limits"
💯💯💯. Knowing yours, you know how to proceed ???, or not🙅.

Obey/ Play isn't the BOOK👈.

However, this is the Author's "Genre". 💯

The entire Series is Good 👍👍.
Irene Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES....
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 15, 2022
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This is the third and final book in the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra series. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, kidnapping, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, threats, mistakes, honor, loyalty, defiance, acceptance, possession/possessiveness, revelations, hope/hopelessness, forgiveness, assumptions, mistreatment, denial, greed, consequences, blackmail, respect, frustration, determination, patience, betrayal, heartache, murder, justice, attitudes, obsession, confrontations, lies, rivalry/rivals, misunderstandings, alliance, miscommunication, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love.
OMG! What a fitting ending to this series. All of the secrets are revealed about the death of the three sisters parents.
In this story: the h is the youngest sister, a jewelry designer and has been claimed by the last of the Syndicate Masters. The H is head of the Lion heart Syndicate of Atlantis and a notorious gangster/arms dealer. They met at a photo shot on his yacht. Mates!
Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion.
Jen B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally A Conclusion To The Story Of The Amato Sisters
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 17, 2022
Don't read this if you haven't read the prior 2 books. This wraps up a bunch of stuff and it completely overlaps the prior 2 stories.

Serena isn't looking for a man. She wants to exact revenge on the people that destroyed her family and killed her parents years ago. In order to fund her revenge, she runs a jewelry business that is just starting to gain some recognition and success. Aries is the head of the Lionheart Syndicate. He is stunned to discover that he has finally found is fated mate and she's human!

Right off the bat, you have to embrace with your whole self the idea that Serena is submissive and will just accept Aries as a dominant. Period. You have to just accept that they go from not knowing each other at all to love and devotion in an instant. Period. If you can't do that, don't read this.

Serena is the youngest Amato sister and often feels like her sisters treat her like a baby. During the course of the author doesn't really give Serena room to grow because the suggestion is that she is already strong. Aries is more of a sketch than an entire character. I was glad that his time in the military was included in his character development. The reader doesn't really see him interact with his people so there is no sense of how he leads other than he's not his father or uncle.

I felt like the author rushed one of the big conclusions of the story of the Amato sisters. Yay that they finally know who done them wrong all those years ago and everyone has paid for their crimes but it almost felt like an afterthought. I wanted the women to have their big BAM moment but instead, it was more of a reveal, reveal, reveal, and done moment. Another issue I had was that one of Aries' lieutenants really didn't like Serena at first. I wanted a moment of reckoning like her sisters got in their stories but all Serena got was the mention that the individual now likes her. Huh. Kind of lame in my opinion.

So why did I give this 4 stars if I wasn't really moved? Simply stated, I wanted the solution to the mystery of the Amato sisters and the readers get that. Period. This story takes place in Italy and the Carpathian mountains. It includes mention of and cameos by characters from prior books/other series but it's all related. I will read move from this author in the future because I have thoroughly enjoyed other books even if this one fell a little flat in my opinion.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
5.0 out of 5 stars CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 18, 2022
The story is part of the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra series. The story will mainly focus on Serena Amato and Aries Borgia--the head of the Lionheart Syndicate. The story will include cameo appearances by other couples from previous stories in this series, and behind the scene appearances of those from the previous series.

The story has what we all come to know, love, and even expect within Ms. Delta James series, strong, dominant men and equally feisty females. You'll have power exchange, dominance, submission, control, and surrender. Secrets, mystery, suspense, good and evil, and shifters. I love the cat-and-mouse game between Aries and Serena--she thinks she can evade him, but she is definitely wrong.

Serena: I think it would be best if I joined my friends.
Aries: Unacceptable. This is better, I would prefer we have our disagreements in private, but be warned, if you misbehave in public, I will ensure your discipline is delivered the same way.
Serena: You can't speak to me that way.
Aries: I can and will when you're being unruly or are misbehaving.
Serena: I don't know who you think you are.
Aries: I am Aries Borgia, the Lion of Atlantis, your fated mate and the man who was born to tame you.
Serena: You can't just unilaterally decide we're in a relationship.
Aries: You'll find I can pretty much do whatever I like. The next time you raise a fist or a foot to me in anger, you won't sit down comfortably for a few days. In my lap or at my feet between my legs. Submit, Serena. You aren't to worry, Serena. Everything will be as it should be. No one will ever harm you again.

There will be secrets and surprises with the mystery and unveiling of this story. Good and evil fight for power and control. Dominant men, who love their women, aren't afraid to allow those women a say, and even listen to their input. One thing they never will allow is for them to be in danger. Yes, more comes out about the murder and mystery of the death of the Amato sister's parents.

Serena: You have things to do.
Aries: Nothing is more important to me than my fated mate. Nothing.
Serena: It's all so fast.
Aries: It is, but that is usually the way of fated mates. It will be fine, Serena. You just need to trust that. It will be fine, cara.
Serena: Because you want it to be?
Aries: Because I will it to be.

No fear, Delta keeps the pages turning, unraveling relationships, and mystery, while still allowing the characters to engage in power exchange while taking the reader on an erotic journey of shifters and their fated mates.

Author: Reluctant Retiree

Living in FL and enjoying life.

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