Mafia romance is one of those genres that needs to be executed well, or it unravels quickly. This didn’t waste any time unraveling. The antihero is a domineering jerk who demands marriage from a stranger, doesn’t agree to exclusivity, and doesn’t take murder (of his wife) off the table… yet our weak heroine is still thinking about his kissable lips and getting herself worked up on their wedding day. Much of the book follows along the same lines, with the heroine falling into bed (and in love) with very little effort required of the antihero. Add in the fact that there is SO MUCH internalization that I felt like I was being mansplained to – but I also didn’t completely understand the storyline – and this was a rough read for me.
The story follows Matteo, a mafia boss whose enemies have been making trouble. When he discovers that his estranged cousin is set to force a bride into marriage, Matteo decides to take her for himself instead. Viviana is a complete stranger, but she’s the perfect woman to use to his advantage – and if she warms his bed or produces an heir in the meantime, even better. Though Viviana has no interest in marrying either man, Matteo seems like the lesser of two evils. And as they begin their marriage, Viviana finds herself falling for the softer side of the man she lives with, even if there is still plenty of bad inside him.
If I hadn’t enjoyed several books from this author in the past, there’s no question that this would’ve been a DNF for me. I had a lot of trouble respecting Viviana; these mafia romances only feel like ROMANCES when the dynamic works, and this one did not. She seemed to fall for Matteo at the first sign of sweetness, and then it was just a whole lot of steam after that. And Matteo? Did something there was no coming back from, yet the grovel is nonexistent. I might’ve considered a 3-star rating up until that point, but that’s what cemented this rating for me. It’s also partially due to the writing itself, which had a lot of unnecessary explanations to the reader, though there were still some parts of the plot that I didn’t understand. Ultimately, this just isn’t the author’s strongest work. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this mafia romance.
Dangerous. Deadly. And most of all, devastating.
He’s the king of the city.
Running the mafia and ruling the East Coast.
He’s at war with his cousin, and I am the casualty.
There is nothing Matteo won’t do to win.
He’ll burn everything down to the ground, my hopes and dreams included.
He’s no hero.
He’s the handsome devil who will probably kill me in the end.
Falling in love with the enemy can destroy me, especially when he is my husband . . .
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