Code of Honor: A Spontagio Family Novel

Code of Honor: A Spontagio Family Novel

by Missy Johnson, Michelle Johnson

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Overview

Code of Honor: A Spontagio Family Novel by Missy Johnson, Michelle Johnson

New York Times bestselling author Missy Johnson asks a burning question: What happens when love is undeniable—and taboo?

Pietro Gustovi is loyal, polished, and hard as stone, the kind of guy women want and men respect. At twenty-three, he’s survived tragedies that would break men twice his age. And he owes it all to his father’s closest friend, Giovanni Spontagio, who took him in as an orphaned teenager. Pietro would give his life for Giovanni . . . but his heart belongs to Giovanni’s daughter.

Raised in Chicago under the spotlight of power and privilege, Lucia Spontiago feels most alive on stage. Determined to become a prima ballerina, she escapes her father’s protective gaze long enough to audition for the ballet in New York City. Soon, however, Lucy realizes that she is not alone. Pietro is watching her back. And though he’s like a brother to her, Lucy cannot deny the thrill she feels knowing his eyes are on her.

Pietro could never betray his mentor by sleeping with his only child. But Lucy follows her passions, no matter how forbidden. Soon their nights are consumed by explosive, red-hot temptation—a dance that will expose shocking secrets and burn everything else to the ground.

Note: Code of Honor ends on a cliffhanger. Pietro and Lucy’s story continues in Code of Love!

Praise for Code of Honor

“Yet again Missy Johnson slays us with an impeccable story and characters that make us think. A beautifully written tale of a life we can only imagine, Code of Honor is one of the best books of the summer.”—Ashley Suzanne, author of Raven and the Destined series

Code of Honor is dark, sexy, and deliciously enthralling. Missy Johnson takes you into a dangerous world you won’t want to leave.”—Cecy Robson, author of Once Kissed

“In a beautiful love story I couldn’t put down, Missy Johnson weaves together mob action with an element of stepbrother taboo. She’s for sure an author to watch!”—Laura Marie Altom, author of The Escort

“[A] dramatic tale of Chicago mafiosi in love . . . Stubborn and feisty, Lucia doesn’t shy from making hard choices. Every step is a hard-earned victory and her relationship with Pietro is more than just passion.”Publishers Weekly

“The passion between Pietro and Lucy was quite hot, I admit. They’re very good together, and I’d love for them to have a happy ending.”—The Booksnake Etc.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. Pietro’s heartache from losing his parents and hiding his feelings for Lucy are very well written.”—Majorly Delicious

“Sexy and sweet . . . As you’re enjoying the exploration of romance and love, the mystery element and mob life aspect is building in the background. But boy oh boy, when it starts, when the action picks up, it feels right to be rattled by where things go.”—The Book Enthusiast

“I really can’t wait to read the sequel! It’s almost impossible to wait!”—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends

“The flow was great, the characters were well represented and Missy did a great job of letting the characters personalities shine.”—Trina’s Tantilising Tidbits

“I loved this story. I loved the playfulness that ensued between Lucy and Pietro.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101886472
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Spontagio Family Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 209
Sales rank: 348,998
File size: 758 KB

About the Author

Missy Johnson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog . . . you get the picture). When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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Code of Honor: A Spontagio Family Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read cant wait for the next
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(3.75 stars) ••copy provider by publisher via NetGalley•• I really enjoyed getting to know Pietro and Lucy. The story is told at a quick pace and picks up even more towards the end. Thanks to Pietro's backstory and situation the story never feels rushed. Mostly, I liked how the book ended differently than I had expected. I'm looking forward to the next book and can't wait to see what's in store for all the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Pietro is taken in by Giovanni when he loses his parents. For years he grows up with Lucy and he feels extremely protective of her. When Lucy moves from Chicago to New York, Giovanni asks Pietro to move there to keep an eye on her. Pietro does so, despite knowing how angry Lucy would be if she knew her father didn't trust her to be on her own. Pietro and Lucy's friendship grows over time, and pretty soon when he "comes out to visit" her in New York, the underlying sexual tension between them comes out and neither one can deny it. There are some dangers for their families, though. Will Pietro and Lucy be able to get out of them with their relationship in tact? Code of Honor was suspenseful and full of sweet romance. The passion between Pietro and Lucy is hot, and not surprising given how deep their friendship was before she left home. Part of the story wraps up in this book, but there's more to it coming in the second book since we're left with a cliffhanger. I'm curious so see what Missy Johnson has in store in the Spontiago Family series. My Rating: Pretty Good
ReadsAlltheBooks More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars So I loved the idea of this story. I am all for the forbidden love aspect, friends turned lovers, the we've always wanted to be together but have been too afraid to tell each other, too afraid to loose the friendship trope, don't ask me why I know it drives some people batty but typically I really get into that. I like the idea of people having been friends for so long, basically growing up together and then finding love with each other as adults and I so wanted it to work in this story, but it didn't seem to quite get there. I adore Pietro, he is an amazingly complex character. He's broken in so many ways and yet he's still so strong. He's this guy who while not physically fighting is fighting mentally to get through each and every day. His world was destroyed as a teen, his family taken from him, he was taken from his home to live with a friend of his fathers, taken to a new country, a new lifestyle. He fights to find a new way to live all while his hatred for an unknown person, the person that ripped his world apart festers inside him. Revenge is his future but when he finally gets answers will he be able to take the revenge he has always craved? I loved his loyalty to Giovanni and Lucy, I just wished that I felt like they deserved it. Lucy, the daughter of Pietro's 'savior' is a difficult character for me. I wanted to like her I really did. I think that she and Pietro together are an amazing couple but there was just something about Lucy that I couldn't like. I think that I found her overly weak. I totally understand that she is under the thumb of a VERY protective mob-boss father, but I guess I needed her to fight back against his silly rules a bit more. I needed her to be a strong woman for Pietro because he is such a strong character himself, but also because a guy like that...a broken, revenge filled guy like him needs a woman who can take what he gives and give it right back. Sadly for me Lucy just came off as weak and whiney. Giovanni, Lucy's father...let me say, I don't think we are supposed to like him. He is way over the top in his protection of Lucy, he is shady (I mean he is a mob boss), he's secretive (again with the mob boss), and he comes off as insincere when it comes to Pietro. We all know he knows something, but what is it and why won't he share it with Pietro, why won't he help him get the answers he is searching for. In that respect I think that the author nailed his character...I just wish that both Lucy and Pietro could see him the way the reader does. I am assume it is the loyalty that Pietro holds for Giovanni that keeps him from looking deeper in to the man and of course Lucy will see her father with rose colored glasses on to some extent, but it is rather painful to watch what is so clearly a train wreck coming with this trio. There is a lot of watching and waiting that goes on in this story and that makes the book drag a bit. When we get to the action parts the story flows really well and I can see where the author is going, but I just needed more of that. Also, keep in mind the book ends on a pretty big cliffhanger and unfortunately we still have quite a bit of time before we get book two, so if you aren't a big cliffhanger fan you may want to wait to pick this one up closer to the release date of book two. I think Pietro really makes this book, he will have you coming back for more and I have faith that we are going to see some major changes in Lucy as the series p
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
As an avid mafia romance reader, I was very pleased to see this book on Netgalley. Though I absolutely love the classy cover and synopsis, the book itself did not quite meet my expectations. Granted my standards are high as I have read some pretty amazing books in this genre. Unfortunately, this book fell into the “average” category. Mainly because the majority of the storyline occurred in the book summary. Nothing significant happened until about 70% in the story. With the exception of what I consider a stupid, selfish decision the heroine made near the end, the few twists and turns seemed very predictable. Then the book ended with a cliffhanger that felt like it was thrown in just so you would have to buy another book to see if the couple gets their HEA. Personally, I love sequels when they are part of a series, but each book should be a stand-alone. I definitely still want to know the rest of their story, but felt this easily could have been provided if the main plot had not been drawn out. It wasn’t a bad story, just could have been better. With that said, I am looking forward to Code of Love, Book 2. Just frustrated because this easily could have been one book. Title: Code of Honor, Series: Spontiago Family (Book 1), Author: Missy Johnson, Pages: 207, Cliffhanger, No HEA “yet”… Book 1 – Code of Honor, Book 2 – Code of Love (This review is based on ARC ebook received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.)
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star The story has laughs, pain, murder, secrets, suspense, twists & turns, and heartbreak. This is Lucia and Pietro’s story. After witnessing his parent's deaths he knows he wants to avenge their deaths. He is taken in by his father’s best friend. When he meets Lucia he is completely smitten. Lucia dreams of being a ballerina. Her father is very over protective. He sends her off to pursue her dreams but she does not know she has guard. Her father sends Pietro. He does not want to go as he loves her but if he does not go her father will send someone else. He needs to find his parents killer and keep his woman safe. When she finds out he is there watching her she does little things she knows will frustrate and annoy him. When Lucia’s father finds out that Lucia loves Pietro he wants them separated. Will they be able to still be together when the one they both love is keeping them apart? Who is the cause of what happens to Pietro and will he survive? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Pietro is a broken man. His family was killed practically in front of him when he was young and then he was shipped off to live with the Spontagio family. Pietro grew up working for the Spontagio family, Giovanni in particular, and he fell in love with the one person that he couldn't have ... Giovanni's daughter, Lucy. Little did he know that Lucy had feelings for him as well. I was excited to read this book because I recently read Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne. I absolutely adored Breaking Noah, so I guess you could say that I had super high hopes for Code of Honor. I wanted the same kind of magic that I experienced with Breaking Noah and unfortunately, it just didn't happen. I don't know exactly what it was that I was expecting but it wasn't this. I think that from the first couple of chapters of the book, I was expecting a mob book but that just isn't what happened. To be honest, Code of Honor was a bit shallow for me. I was wanting this intricate book about how Pietro worked for Giovanni and what that entailed and how Lucy handled having her father in the mob but again, that just isn't what happened. This read as more of a romance novel with very little intrigue/mystery/suspense in it. I think I learned more about Lucy and her ballet than I did about the inner workings of the family that she was born into. I wish I could have learned more about each of the characters. I feel like I never got down to the nitty-gritty of who the characters were. I couldn't pick out their descriptions (physical and otherwise) if I was being held at gunpoint. All of that being said, it wasn't a bad book ... it just wasn't what it could have been, I think. Seeing as how I loved another one of Johnson's books, I'll probably give her another shot just to see if this story was some sort of weird tangent that isn't the norm. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
ckwlofton More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I wound up really enjoying this book. I admit that it was a little slow in the very beginning but it picked up quickly and had a nice pace to it. It was easy to fall in love with Pietro & Lucy because they were just so darned cute together. They seemed like everything a young couple in love should be, minus the whole mafia issues. Pietro's emotions really got to me. He seemed so desperate to know why his parents were killed and at the same time desperate to be a part of Giovanni's life as a "son" to him. Through it all, his love for Lucy was more than anything to him. What I was not expecting with this book was a cliffhanger! I was totally shocked when I got to the end. I had no clue this was going to be a series so now I am on pins and needles because this was one big cliffie! Good book and expecting it to be a good series!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Pietro watched his parents get murdered and then moves in with his dad’s friend Giovanni and his daughter, and develops more than just sisterly feelings for Lucy. Pietro out of respect for her father knows that he can’t have a relationship with her. When Lucy is accepted into a ballet company in New York, Pietro is sent to protect Lucy without her knowing. Once she learns Pietro is there, sparks fly. Be prepared this read does end on a cliff hanger, the story is fast paced and interesting with plenty of drama and family secrets. Looking forward to finding out more.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Code of Honor is a new series from Missy Johnson. Pietro Gustovi is 15 when his parents are murdered, in what appears to be a mob hit, and he has to go to America to live Giovanni Spontagio and his daughter Lucia. Pietro and Lucy grow up together and have a special bond that is constantly pulling them together. Out of respect Pietro never tries to develop anything more than a sisterly attitude toward Lucy. Now eight years later Lucy is making that job much more difficult. Lucy whole life she has always wanted to dance professionally. She sneaks off from Chicago to New York to try out for the American Ballet Company. When she finds out she actually made call backs, she realizes she has to tell her father. Her father has always been very over protective of her, especially since her mother passed away. Lucy knows that her father's business is a little shady, but she has never questioned him. She has always had everything she has ever wanted in life. Her father of course doesn't want her to go but then changes his mind after he decides Pietro will go to New York without Lucy knowing he is there to watch over her. I really enjoyed the New York part of the story. I loved how as Pietro watched over Lucy, his feelings kept intensifying. I really enjoyed their texting and talking to each other on the phone. What Lucy did to Pietro once she found out he was in New York watching over her was great! Once these two accepted their feelings for each other, their chemistry was off the wall. Pietro knew he shouldn't be with Lucy but her pull was just too strong. The side story with Pietro parents was interesting but I wish there was a little more information about it. I also didn't like the abrupt ending where Lucy just went back to Chicago. If her dad had that much money, why didn't he just hire a body guard to be with her at all times? When Lucy decides to go to Paris to dance, I couldn't believe that Pietro would just let her leave. I understand that he wants her to be safe but that surprised me. Then all of sudden they way the book ended, I was like, WHAT? I guess I didn't realize that there would be a cliffhanger. I'm usually the type that waits for all the parts before I read them because I really hate to have to wait. :) Overall it was a great read and I can't wait for the next part.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
I love Missy Johnson's books and this one, to me, was a great beginning to a new series! I loved the story, loved everything about it EXCEPT cliffhanger! And I have to wait ...ugh! Looking forward to the next installment of this series!!
CLPetit1956 More than 1 year ago
Another great book by an amazing author. Well-written and great characters. A sexy must-read.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Other than the cliffhanger ending, I really enjoyed this book. It seemed to have a touch of everything going for it, suspense, forbidden lust, kidnapping, potential mafia retaliation, but the pure love story at the core and the sacrifices made in the name of love make this a good read. There is however that pesky cliffhanger, so now we have to wait for the next book to see what happens next. I definitely recommend this one.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Pietro lost his family and watched his mother die at the tender age of 15. He moved in with his father's friend after that. He had a daughter, Lucia "Lucy" Spontiago. Pietro fell in love at first sight. He also knew he could never act on those feelings or it would be a grave insult to the man who took him in. So he kept his feelings to himself. Loved her from afar, hurt with more pain, he follows her to New York so she can pursue her dream of ballet dance. Lucy has an overprotective father. She knows his business dealings are shady, but she never feels threatened by them. After losing her mother, her father seemed obsessed with her safety and by college age, she is quite sick of the smothering. She wants to live! Her father sends Pietro to keep an eye on her. Lucy has no idea that he is so close. She catches him and figures it out. They start their friendship anew. Possibly with benefits - as long as it is in secret. Until tragedy strikes and they have no choice but to come out in the open. Can they keep it from her father while dodging danger? So many surprises are in store for the reader! If you love adventure, suspense and hot romance - this book is for you!! I thought the characters were victims of a romantic tragedy, until I read all that goes on. ***This ARC was given from Netgalley.com and its publisher for review purposes only.