NOW I'VE LISTENED TO DARK BEFORE.. & THIS AIN'T IT
At 16 a very innocent and confused Lucia was examined, humiliated, forced to sign a contract giving up all her rights and then handed over to the Bene..Show More »detti family as an act of submission by the deMarco family. The head of the Benedetti Mafia was run by the cruel and mean Franco Benedetti and he had agreed to give Lucia to Salvatore his oldest living son when Lucia turned 21. For 5 years Lucia had lived a sheltered and quiet life away from the violence and away from her family who'd done nothing to stop the proceedings and now she is being thrust back amongst it.. as the day has arrived when she will become the property of the dark mysterious and very handsome Salvatore Benedetti.
But Lucia was angry at Franco Benedetti, angry at her own now dead Father, angry at her sister Isabella for getting pregnant and disappearing and angry at Salvatore for not helping her all those years ago. Lucia could see the man beneath his Mafia mask and knows he feels.. and feels deeply and their instant attraction soon leads to some hot and steamy scenes and, as they grow closer, Salvatore becomes disillusioned with his life and lifestyle. However, before he can do anything about it threats and violent actions are taken against both families and before long cracks and insecurities appear as to who can be trusted.. and more importantly who is planning and carrying them out and why.. and how will another war between the families affect the lovers??
This dual POV book should have been great.. but for me it unfortunately missed the mark and I think the blame was a 50/50 split between narration and story. There are few male narrators who can successfully do female accents and Philip Alces sadly isn't one of them and so from the start I found it difficult to get into the story, care or relate to the female characters or empathize with Lucia's situation.. His male voices and accents were great but that equated to only half the book. There was ownership of Lucia, a public act of physical abuse when she'd stupidly refused to cower down which led to her receiving lashes of Salvatore's belt, although Lucia was a virgin she was eager to learn all that Salvatore could teach her about sex which included bondage and they were both very compatible BUT I just didn't feel their passion for each other or their chemistry. Lucia seemed immature, self-centred and silly most of the time and Salvatore was mostly sweet, understanding and kind (not your dark brooding Alpha type).. but Lucia did push Salvatore's buttons.. then they'd argue.. then they'd f'k.. and rinse and repeat. There were shootings, intrigue, twists, suspense and a doomed love story but sadly I was only vaguely interested in the outcome of any of it.
Worth a credit? IMO, it wasn't bad.. but it wasn't compelling either and for this reason I personally don't think it's worth a credit - however we are all different and you may be able to get passed the narration and find the gleaming pearl within this oyster.
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 t..Show More »ook 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.