The protagonist should have known better. I should have, too.
I gather Mafia/Mob Romance YA (in no particular order) novels are out of my comfort zone, particularly when there is a glamorized vision of the Italian Mafia. Of course this book deals with very serious themes, like slavery and many shades of violence, but it’s still romance, and it was truly too long for its plot.
I liked the author’s style though; someday I could try some of her adult stuff before giving completely up on the whole mafia&redemption (or corruption) scenario.