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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Cristofano Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781469220130
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No loose ends. It’s the Bovaro family motto. As part of the Bovaro clan, one of the most powerful and respected families in organized crime, Jonathan knows what he must do: take out Melody Grace McCartney, the woman whose testimony can lock up his father and disgrace his entire family. The only problem: he can’t bring himself to do it. 

Had Jonathan kept his silence, Melody and her parents would never have been identified and lured into the Witness Protection Program, able to run but never to hide. So he keeps her safe the only way he knows how—by vowing to clean up his own mess while acting as her shield. 

But as he watches her take on another new identity in yet another new town, becoming a beautiful but broken woman, Jonathan can’t get her out of his mind … or his heart. From the streets of Little Italy to a refuge that promises a fresh start, Jonathan will be forced to choose between the life he’s always known, the destiny his family has carved out for him, and a future unlike anything he’s ever imagined.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greta Turnbull | 2/20/2014

    " It was about growing up in a mafia home. Johnny has spent most of his life trying to protect this witness that his family wants gone. He hopes his family would make an exception. I really liked this book, but there were some parts that did not hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marysha | 2/12/2014

    " a more complete book/story than the original "girl left behind". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 1/24/2014

    " I loved thus book!! Sadly, I didn't realize that The Girl She Use To Be came first. I'm reading that now. I loved The Exceptions!! Great storytelling!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aherlean5 | 1/23/2014

    " Going into this book I didn't realize it was the same story but from Jonathan's perceptive. I was a little disappointed at first, but it was fun to see his point of view. It also gave me more of an ending which I was waiting for throughout reading the book. I really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2014

    " I loved this book! It was interesting how it paralleled the first book (The Girl She Used To Be) but from Jonathan's point of view rather than from Melody's point of view. I did not mind the recap of the first book, because I loved that book as well. And this book went beyond where the first book ended. I see the potential for another sequel. I hope there will be one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madi | 1/16/2014

    " In "The Exceptions," John Bovaro struggles iwht shedding his identity as a member of the mob in order to become his own person while simultaneously trying to protect Melody from his family's violence. This book is well written, fast paced and handles the more difficult scenes well. The violence is enough to provide the shock but not gruesome and gory to the point of being sickening, and thankfully the author was able to handle the romantic scenes without any sketchiness. I loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/13/2014

    " Great follow-up/companion to The Girl She Used to Be! Both are must-reads.The Girl She Used to Be "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dyna | 1/11/2014

    " I kept seeing Carey Mulligan as Melody... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/26/2013

    " Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. Good book. Have not read The Girl She Used To Be which is apparently the same story told from the female character's point of view. A little slow in the middle, but worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney Housenga | 10/19/2013

    " Wow. What a book! I loved reading it from Jonathan's perspective. And the ending?! Loved it :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 10/18/2013

    " Good but not great. Same story as his first book but instead of being told through Melody like the first book was this one was told through Jonathon. New storyline didn't pick up until around page 350. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Hess | 4/10/2013

    " The sequel to "The Girl She Used to Be", this book is stunning. About two young people in danger from the Mob who find a way to love each other, and to escape their fate. Must read them in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 2/21/2013

    " Great sequel to The Girl She Used To Be. Only reason I give it 4 stars is it did drag a bit at one point and I almost gave up on it. Glad I didn't. The ending was so worth the wait! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/21/2013

    " This is the accompanying book to The Girl I Used To Be which I loved as well. This is the same story told from the male character's perspective. Makes me want to read the 1st book again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Binkley | 2/18/2013

    " I loved this book! The Girl She Used To Be is one of my favorites. This is the same story but told in Jonathan's perspective. I couldn't have asked for a better ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 10/10/2012

    " Descent book, love story with a dash of mob mixed in. Very Interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 9/29/2012

    " I hadn't read a good Italian mob story in a while....and with a twist too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 7/12/2012

    " It was to much like the first book "

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