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.
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 go..Show More »od 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.