Powerfully dark opener from Brooke & Ella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As is the norm with these two writers when we get a duet, this is only the first half of the tale and it ends with a humdinger of a cliffhanger.
The romance itself isn’t usual though, it’s not really a romance at all in this first book, very much a case of enemies full of lustful passion and a need to consume the attention of the other.
Quite often with an enemies to lovers romance there’s not really much in the way of enemies, more a strong dislike. Not here, this is absolutely hatred at first on the part of Mafia Prince Domenico Rossetti when he gets his hands on Luca Davis.
Poor Luca, I felt so badly for him, he has no idea who he really is, he’s grown up in a normal family, away from the violence and corruption of the New York mobster life. When he’s taken captive by Dom he’s terrified.
However, as the situation between the families escalates, Luca and Dom slowly begin to connect, albeit in arguments and outbursts of defiance. When things get even more heated, the passion between them explodes.
Don’t expect Brooke and Ella’s usual swoony romance though, this is brutal, harsh, unforgiving and incredibly hot and powerful.
The final chapter did have me questioning Dom’s position as ultimate Mafia Prince because he makes a ridiculously stupid mistake which felt a bit like it was there to push the plot along.
But, it works and it’s not too far from the bounds of possibility given the circumstances and it sets up the delicious second entry which I cannot wait for.
#ARC kindly received from the authors via Valentine PR in return for an honest and unbiased review