I’ll let you in on a little secret: this (anti)hero isn’t all bad, and that’s what makes this forced marriage/mafia romance shine. It’s the softer, subtler moments that turn this into a love story – though there’s plenty of aggression and intensity as well. This couple goes on an emotional journey, and the author does an outstanding job showcasing the small moments that have the biggest impact. This is the ultimate slow burn, and it’s push/pull, hate/love, command/submit until the very last page. And that CLIFFHANGER? Buckle up, because it’s just getting started.
The story follows Violetta, a young woman (19) who was raised in America by fiercely traditional Italian family members. She’s aware of the contrasts between the two cultures, but considers herself to be a true American – independent with her own future ahead of her. That all changes when the “king” comes for a visit. Santino (33) is of that traditional world Violetta has only witnessed from the sidelines, and he is both feared and revered. So when Santino claims Violetta as his bride and announces that the wedding will take place immediately – or her family will die – that causes the most extreme of culture clashes. Suddenly, Violetta is forced to accept that her life is no longer her own.
I’ll admit: I was a little terrified of that blurb, but I also love a good mafia romance with JUST the right level of darkness, so I couldn’t resist giving this a try. Well, now I guess I’m locked in for three books, because this was engrossing and immensely devourable. The slow burn was the perfect amount of excruciating, the sexual tension set this book on FIRE, and Santino’s underlying compassion was everything. This couple is at the heart of every page once the story gets going, and the proximity made this such a rich, impactful read. I couldn’t put it down, and there was zero chance that I was going to sleep without finishing.
Am I worried about where this is headed next? Yes. I knew going in that the darkness and style of steam might be too much for me. For Santino, violence is a form of foreplay, and I’m betting we haven’t seen anything yet. The steam is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it matches this couple, so I’m willing to step outside of my comfort zone. Santino is not all bad, Violetta is not all good, and their relationship is not all black and white. The author has left some serious breadcrumbs along the way, and I can only guess where this is headed in the next installment, because that cliffhanger threw everything off-balance once again. I cannot wait to dive in. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this intense, dark romance.
An epic mafia romance trilogy that sets a new bar for just how dark a hero can get, from NY Times Bestselling author CD Reiss.
Some girls dream of marrying a prince, but I never imagined I’d be sold to a king.
The keeper of secrets.
When he forced me to marry him, I cried for love I’d never know.
When he locked me away, I cried for the freedom I lost forever.
Every other tear I’ve shed is for my soul, because I’m falling for the devil himself.
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The followup releases on May 25th, and it’s sure to be a wild ride.
About the Author:
CD Reiss has a long history of aimlessly moving from place to place. She finally settled in Los Angeles where she earned a master’s degree in cinematic writing from USC. After graduation, she ultimately failed to have one line of dialog put on film, but stayed in Hollywood out of spite.
Since screenwriting was going nowhere, she switched to novels. Soon after, luck arrived with a complete set of baggage. She now has over two dozen titles under her belt. Two of those are NY Times Bestsellers and a handful more are USA Today bestsellers. Her audiobooks have won APA Audie Awards and Earphones Awards, swelling her ego to an inhuman size.
She lives with her family, two cats and her long-suffering husband in a small Hollywood house that’s been outfitted with huge, ego-sized doorways.
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