Silent Sentry by Theresa Rizzo

Hmm, well there are 2 things that are absolutely certain to me after finishing this book. 1) I’ll be thinking on it for a few days, and 2) Detroit is not the kind of place you wanna be out gallivanting after dark. Especially in a Jaguar.

What’s it About? 

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The Scarfilis and Donnatellis love deeply and protect fiercely. “Family takes care of family” is the code they live by.

So when a hacker threatens Gianna Donnatelli’s life, Dr. Joe Scarfili is determined to keep her safe, only he has no police or tech experience, and Gianna’s penchant for aiding Detroit’s underprivileged is the same kind of altruism that got his wife killed. Gianna protects Joe with the same unyielding resolve.

Gianna pushes all his insecurity buttons. Joe tries her patience like no other. But together they’ll fight to save each other and their love… Or die trying.

First Impressions

The book is called Silent Sentry, and the novel opens with a man watching over Gianna at her father’s funeral. He is obviously there looking out for her safety. Needless to say, I thought this “sentry” would be a main part of the novel, seeing as it’s basically named after him. Interestingly enough, although he ends up playing a major role, he really isn’t in the book at all! He’s seen in the background in a few scenes, and at the end we find out the connection as to why he’s protecting Gianna, but other than that? Not much! Honestly, I was kind of hoping for a bit more. He seemed like such an interesting character during that first scene, that I really wanted him and Gianna to have an actual conversation at some point.


Far From Perfect

Our lovely couple of Gianna and Joe is an interesting mix. He’s a life-saving doctor, and she’s created an invention which will revolutionize hospital care. However, aside from their rather impressive resumes, they’re far from perfect. They’re both pretty stubborn, and constantly butt heads throughout a large chunk of the novel.


This was one of those books where so much focus was placed on the drama and mystery side of the story, but I think a tad more integration of them falling in love would’ve been helpful. We are constantly questioning the details surrounding the hacker of Gianna’s invention, the mystery of her father’s death, as well as the death of Joe’s first wife. But before you know it the two are planning their wedding. Um, where did that come from? I think at one point I even asked, “Wait, do they actually like each other?”

Twisting Turns

This novel is full of twists and turns, but not the kind you’d expect, which was refreshing. It’s not like you thought the story would go one way, and then it ends up going another. No, instead it has more to do with the twists we encounter in life, both good and bad.

Example: although our characters technically have a happily ever after, it is in no way dancing butterflies and unicorns. By being with Joe, Gianna is now linked to a family with connections to the Mafia, not to mention the Godfather of all Godfathers. She may now be under his protection, but she also discovers some pretty unsettling news towards the end of the novel. Basically, don’t do anything to piss off the family, or you’re in for a world of hurt. It was actually a pretty interesting and unique take to a romance novel!


You kind of go through a whirlwind of emotions in the last few pages of the book, from “Oh, that’s who that is”, to “Aw, that’s actually kind of sweet”, and one final reveal for a “Oh sh*t that’s a little messed up right there” moment. I felt like there were so many different elements, mysteries and theories at play here at the end that I had to stop and think if everything was actually resolved. I think so? I’m still not sure every who, what, where, when and why question was answered. Just like life, I guess! It definitely makes you think, and realize that in life sometimes not everything is wrapped up nicely in a little red bow.


*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: No siree

Should you read it? I personally thought there were almost too many stories taking place in one novel. We’ve got hackers, murders, mafia, business dealings, and romance all rolled into one. All of the stories kind of connect, but I think it would’ve been much more poignant to just focus on one exciting plot line. There were plenty to choose from after all! But after a while it was almost like sensory overload.

Smut Level: Joe and Gianna do manage to fall in love and have some nooky amongst all of the various attempts on their lives. Not too much detail though.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. Rizzo Publishing. 410 Pages.