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Updated: Jul 18, 2018

Scottoline delivers a perfect blend of characters, setting and story in this delightful series of strong women lawyers.



Feared, is the sixth book in the Rosato and DiNunzio series. A baby shower for Mary is interrupted when papers are served announcing that three men are suing the law firm for reverse sex discrimination. They claim they were not hired because it’s a all female firm, and there are no opportunities for men. Mary and Bennie are outraged. But to make matters worse the one male attorney, John, intends to resign, and just in the midst of a huge anti-trust suit, claiming there is some truth to this reverse sex discrimination case.

The plaintiffs lawyer is Nick Machiavelli who has already lost to Mary once. Now he will stop at nothing, he not wants only win, but to destroy the Rosato and DiNunzio firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end, even if the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, win an anti-trust case, solve a murder and save the law firm they love. All while Mary is eight months pregnant.

Is it better to be loved or to be feared?


Reading a Lisa Scottoline novel is like putting on your most comfortable pair of jeans or sitting down with an old friend with a glass of wine and catching up. It just feels good. The women in the Rosato and DiNunzio firm are amazing and diverse. They are all strong and fearless women with heart and humanity. If you are looking for a great book with strong women characters, this is it.

Mary bravely battles with both Machiavelli and her pregnancy. Her family and the growing number of Tonys are so funny you can’t help but giggle! They just love Mary so much and will do absolutely anything for her. And it seems everyone in South Philly loves Mary, and she likes it that way. Machiavelli, on the other hand, would rather be feared than loved, just like his namesake the real Niccolo Machiavelli. I love how this theme plays out in the book throughout the book.

The part I liked most was the unique flavor of the people, the dialect, and setting of South Philly. The description of the Italian neighborhood is vivid. The short chapters are full of action and suspense making this a snappy page-turner, with plenty of twists and turns and a huge surprises the end. Scottoline has as usual, created a perfect blend of characters, setting and story. Her writing continues to be effortless and is engaging.

Anyone who likes Scottoline, legal thrillers, or strong women characters would love this book. And if you have never read one of her book you should! She was born in Philadelphia and earned a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania law school. She clerked for judges at state and federal appellate courts and later became a litigator in Philadelphia. After the birth of her daughter, she left the law and started writing, and hasn’t stopped yet. She has since written 30 best-selling novels.

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher St. Martin Press

Published August 14, 2018

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