Caught:A Dark Mafia Romance

By: Piper Stone


“What does that mean?”

“It means, Lola, that she was a prosecuting attorney for the city of Chicago. Yes, I’ve been under investigation for serious crimes more than once. And I can tell you with full honesty that they were fishing. She was the attorney who handled the process.”

I burst into laughter, thinking about all the crime shows I’d seen on television. “You are kidding me.”

“Not in the least. She was brash, intelligent, sophisticated, and I had to have her. We were like dynamite and I found myself falling in love with her.”

“What happened?” The smile on his face was bittersweet, as if the memory was another stab in his heart.

“Do you really want to know the answer?” Jagger leaned his head against the wall.

“Yeah, I do.”

“She was killed in a car explosion.” He made certain he was watching my reaction.

And I had absolutely no idea what to say.

“I suspect my brother was concerned about our relationship and made the call, so to speak.”

“That’s why you hate your brother so much.”

Jagger nodded, a sneer curling on his lip. “Now, perhaps you understand more fully why I’m concerned about your safety.”

I had to take several deep breaths. “Only to a point, Jagger. When we were at the café, who was the call from and why did it change everything? You’re entirely different. Who called you?”

He offered a slight smile before returning to his duty. “From one of the soldiers in my father’s regime. I’ve known him for years.”

A soldier. Just the way he made the statement made this so much more real.

“As far as why it changed everything. He called to tell me that my father had been murdered, my brother shot, both in an assassination and takeover attempt of the Calduchi organization.”

“Oh, Jagger. I’m so sorry about your father.” I ignored his commands, pushing away from the floor, moving to wrap my arms around his waist. He was stiff, at least at first and he sucked in his breath. The emotions rolling through my mind and my heart were overpowering. Why hadn’t he confided in me? Why couldn’t he allow me to comfort him?

“You know? I thought I didn’t give a shit about my father,” Jagger whispered, his voice breaking up. “But I was wrong.”

“Who did this? Who?”

“The New York syndicate. At least that’s what my father’s attorney believes.” He took a step away, allowing me to nuzzle in the crook of his arm. His body was shaking as he rubbed his hand down the back of my head.

“But you don’t.”

Sniffing, he rubbed his eyes with his other hand. “No. I have my suspicions, but I won’t have them confirmed until I’m back in Chicago.”

“Your brother?” I could hear my heart thumping against my chest.

“He was being taken into surgery when I called earlier. I don’t know at this point.” Jagger shook his head.

“This has become your war now, hasn’t it? You’re going to take over the organization, be what, a godfather?” Burning tears stung my eyes. This wonderful man couldn’t throw away his life. He just couldn’t. Not like this.

“I have to do this, Lola. I know you can’t understand to any degree. I don’t expect you to, but don’t chastise what must be done. If I don’t take the reins, many more people will be slaughtered, their families, their friends. Everyone associated with my father is a target. I have to stop the bloodshed.”

“And how are you going to do that? By murdering others?” This was one question I knew he had no answer for. For all his bravado, his prowess and presumed power, this man wasn’t a killer. “There has to be another way.”

“There is no other way.” The words seemed to echo in the room. “What I do know is that there is a contract out on my life, which means yours as well. If those two men saw you or even suspect that I have a visitor, there will be efforts made to hunt you down. No matter where you go, or what you do, your life will always be in danger.”

The ramifications hit me in a finite manner, creating a solid wave of nausea. “What’s going to happen from here?”

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