Admittedly my knowledge of the mafia extends to my mommy club and the occasional Mob Wives marathon, but I found this Dark Mafia Romance to run much the same way with control freaks and delusions of grandeur. Nonetheless, the writing is solid and the story entertaining.
There are no big surprises and the Big Mis, is not that big or confusing, but they are plentiful. Understandable as the main characters are at odds from the outset, but due to family obligations are stuck with each other. Salvatore and Lucia’s cat and mouse games are off the charts as is their lust, but I found the emotional connection whisper thin. Salvatore is the true hero of their relationship and the story. He is charming and sexy and it easy to see why Lucia can’t stay mad at him for long. I wish I could have liked Lucia just as much, but after the brief glimpse at her chutzpah and moxie in the introduction, she reverts into a bit whiny brat (she led a sheltered life so maybe she doesn’t know better). No surprise where they connect the best is in the bedroom and if you like your reads with a carnal edge then you’re in for a lusty treat, because it is plenty steamy. However, the pillow talk is a little uneven. One minute it’s teasing and sensual, the next crude and rude, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, the dialogue feels forced and doesn’t blend as well as it does in the rest of the story, a minor detail, but a recurring one. Another tidbit is the fact that Lucia is open for anything in the bedroom, which you don’t see too much of for a virgin. Granted young innocents are not ignorant given the times in which we live, but I don’t know too many women, innocent or no, that would be that game for backdoor action from the onset. Nonetheless, the backstory and the family dynamic are the central forces of the story and one I wanted more of, but it doesn’t delve that deep into the inner workings. Salvatore claims to have done many “bad things” as the heir apparent of the Benedetti family, but I’m still at a loss as to what those things are. The occasional meeting and tense phone calls are the only glimpses into the inner workings of the family biz and the crux of why Salvatore and Lucia are together, so it’s a little light in that aspect, which is a bit disappointing as I think it would have added some depth and intensity. There’s an HEA, which I always like, but I’m ambivalent about epilogues, which this one has too. The former is nice enough and the latter unnecessary. I still enjoyed Salvatore, but it’s neither dark nor swoon-worthy as expected – the bedroom antics might make you forget about those pesky details, though. 😉
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Natasha Knight writes dark romance as well as spanking romance in a variety of genres including contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction and fantasy. She is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories forever searching in every story for that single most important element of love. All of her stories contain at least one kinky Alpha male, lots of dirty talk and a well deserved happily ever after.
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