Title: Quiet Power
Series: Quiet Mafia #3
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Designs
Release Date: March 24, 2022
The time has come to take back the power and let the kingdom fall.
It’s time to make my move. With solid proof on my finger, I leave my love and enter the gates of the enemy.
Ugo is by my side as we fall into their world and quickly discover the cracks in the Coppola family’s foundation.
I’m confident I’m protected by my father’s name, and though I’m welcomed by some, I’m watched by others.
I played my part well—maybe too well, because I think I just changed the future for us all.
Her mother’s lies blew up my entire world. How could the woman I love have the blood of a monster?
With all eyes intently on me, I turn my back on what is revealed and sink further into what I need to do.
I seek the cover of smoke and mirrors and force back the shadows that want to take me down.
But with any good play there comes a blind spot, and this blind spot might just come with an unexpected body count.
Ugo gripped the top of my arm as I swayed in fear in front of a sign that read Dager’s Den.
“Why here?” I couldn’t look at him.
“Because,” I heard him rub his face, annoyed with my questions, “she’s like clockwork. She’d never miss a day to flaunt her power to the other men.”
“I think I might faint.”
He cut me a quick glance then shook his head and cursed.
My entire body froze with fear, and my eyes went wide at the sound of the handle being pulled. The door opened to reveal a woman with eyes as black as coal in a face with skin so white it almost glowed. Her dark hair was pulled tightly back into a bun, and a pair of glasses hung from the collar of her blue blouse. Her perfectly ironed gray slacks stopped at her ankles just above her small-heeled boots. Both hands rested on a glass ball that sat on the top of her black cane. I felt like I had been transported directly into a nasty scene from a Disney movie.
“Ugo.” She only spoke his name then closed her eyes slowly, and when they opened again, they were on me. I stepped back, but Ugo pressed me forward, rooting me back in place. She was like a cobra only inches from my face. It made me want to run and scream at the same time, but my brain seemed to have shorted out at the simultaneous commands.
So, I just stared.
“Nonna Michele,” Ugo addressed her, and I felt him look down at me, “I want you to meet someone.”
A cold chill passed through my body, and I became lightheaded as my heartbeat pulsed in my ears. “This is Theo’s Alessia, your granddaughter.”
She lifted her eyes to stare at him for a brief moment then turned those black pools back to me. Her colorless lips pressed into a hard line as she tried to see inside my soul.
I stood frozen, completely unable to respond. She had awakened such a deep fear inside of me I was completely at her mercy.
Ugo reached for my hand and held it up to show her the ring.
She grabbed my hand between her icy fingers and held it close to her face. She closed one eye and twisted the band around and gave a low gasp.
Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children.
When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
Her books can be found in different languages around the world.