I was the boy who would never be king. The monster who could never be loved. Gia was just a job. Just another girl caught in a world of monsters. It didn't matter that I liked the look of her. I didn't care that she cringed when she saw my soul.
I liked it. I liked her fear. And I wanted her.
Monsters didn't get to live happily ever after, though. I knew one day I'd have to go back. Because time neither forgave nor forgot.
And neither did I.
Old debts needed to be settled. Enemies punished. It was past time I returned to the family business. I'd been gone far too long.
All my life, I believed in fairy tales. Not the Disney kind. Never those. I always knew life was darker than that. I was the daughter of a foot soldier. The sister of a snitch. A nobody.
Monsters had been part of my life for as long as I could remember, but none as dark as Dominic Benedetti. None as cruel. None as broken.
I had no illusions about what he was. I had no desire to save his soul. And I couldn't care about his bleeding heart.
But love isn't always beautiful. It could be a twisted, ugly bitch.
I'd always known this was the kind I'd find. The only kind that could touch me. Because some of us, we belonged in the dark.
And Dominic and I belonged in the dark.
©2016 Natasha Knight (P)2016 Natasha Knight
I am a huge fan of dark romance and suspense, and Natasha a knight brought both of these to us with Dominic's story. While listening to Salvatore, I took an interest in the character of Dominic, you could see his tortured soul long before the family secret is revealed. The way he he carried himself, the arrogance, the darkness and his drive were all present, but his heart shine when he was near his daughter. Now in his own book we get to see how dark he really is.
We meet Dominic seven years later, and his new profession brings out his darkest side. Here is where he meets Gia, the one who is completely different from all the other girls he has to train for their life into slavery. Not only has he been attracted to her, he has met his match. Every push he gives, she pulls. As the story builds, and we learn all the players and circumstances, we get see what a strong woman Gia is. I especially love dark, alpha males, but strong women characters to me are a must. Natasha Knight is a master at this, giving her strong male characters equal counterparts. We get to see Salvatore and Lucia again, but I have to say, my favorite scene was with Dominic and Effy. Tears were brought to my eyes! Oh, and I have to mention the hot, sex scenes...scorching!
I listened to this book, and Michael Pauley was the perfect pick. I have heard him narrate a lot of books, and as soon as I saw his name, I knew this was going to be an incredible audio. He brings the darkness through flawlessly and makes you feel every emotion both Dominic and Gia feel. You could not have had a more perfect performance.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Phewee.. well the second offering in this series was definitely dark and it's certainly not for the faint of heart or for anyone looking for a feel good romance with a loveable hero. Because Dominic was a monster and he knew it and revelled in his cruel dark life by breaking-in and training female captives making them ready for auctions. But, as soon as he locked eyes with Gia his new captive, he knew she was going to be different.. however he didn't know then just how much her story would impact on his life and change the whole course of his future.
Gia had watched her brother be tortured, branded and then killed and she too was branded before being sent to a cabin in the woods where she would meet a monster with a skull mask on. He unceremoniously bathed her, spanked her and chained her to a cold worn out bed - a bed that had no sheets, a bed that was stained by its previous captives and that bed would be where the monster and Gia would become better acquainted. And, as her ownership brand was slowly revealed, it would turn out that Gia and Dominic had a lot in common, they were both dark, they both wanted revenge.. and answers too - but they could never have planned for what was waiting for them as their journey together unfolded.
Well I wanted something different and that's exactly what I got.. it was a dark raw journey of an anti-hero who saves a strong heroine and saves himself in the process. There was sex, passion and a story that would somehow semi-redeem a cold-blooded monster hero who'd emotionally been in a bad place for the last 7 years (since book 1). It was well written, intense, emotionally deep, had twists and was filled with chilling suspense - but the real hero was Michael Pauley whose narration was dramatic, on point and was just perfect for this book.
Worth a credit? Yes.. but you'd better be sure your nerves can handle it.
With regards to narration, I'm going to say what I said about Salvatore. Since this story is written in dual POV, I much would have preferred a dual narration as well. But Michael Pauley did a pretty good job narrating the female POV without making me cringe, so great job on that! Overall, I really enjoyed listening to him.
Natasha has turned me into a mafia romance junkie. I LOVED Salvatore, and after the ending I was dying to see what happened with Dominic. The story starts off many years after the end of Salvatore. Dominic starts of as the King of Ant-heroes. I really didn't like Dominic for the first part of the book. Seriously, the guy had ZERO redeeming qualities. So if you are looking for a story where the character has plenty of room for growth, you've found it! I certainly didn't ever really find myself thinking Dominic was swoon worhty or romantic, but he did grow on me and I did end up liking him in the end. So many unexpected twists and turns! Dark, clever and intense. Great story!
I listened to the first book and I was very excited to see Dominic's story. wish that the third brother, Sergio's story could be told but unfortunately he is dead... although it could be written as a prequel.... Just an idea
It was a great audio book. It was very high up in the ratings.
When Dominic interacts with his daughter. It is a bid sad that she doesn't realize that he is her father and not just "Uncle Dominic".
He makes you feel as though you are living the adventure.
As stated above, all the scenes with Dominic and his daughter were very moving. It was hard for him to not acknowledge her as his daughter even though he knew it was for her own protection.
Just another super great Natasha Knight book. Need I say more!
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