Restaurateur Teddi Gallo also happens to be the sole granddaughter of a powerful mafia don. She works hard and runs an honest Manhattan business, but family ties are strong—at times, downright suffocating!

There's the requisite family dinner every Sunday; her mother's campaign to get her married, with kids and closer to home; and the unwanted bodyguards she can't get rid of, like her cousin, who parks outside her apartment every night, making dating difficult.

Teddi's love life improves when she meets TV reporter Robert Wharton, but her family doesn't like him. Things really get interesting when she discovers a federal agent is tailing her, but why—and why is she attracted to him?

Unfortunately, Orloff's latest tale is lightweight and rather predictable. Mafia Chic also suffers from choppy, dialogue-laden prose. However, Teddi's friend Diana, with her love for the music of George Michael and Wham!, provides some comic relief. (Sep., 256 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Samantha J. Gust