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4.0 out of 5 starsIt was good..SPOILERS
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2013
It was good but they spent a lot of the time being stubborn and battling one another. She did hurtful things and he said hurtful things. They do seem to be able to work when they calm done but they really only did that after the first half of the book. He wanted her to admit who she was and she was fighting it tooth and nail. That was what the book was about in general. I did feel the love but it was a withdrawn version of it because both seemed hesitant to give it up fully to the other for fear of being hurt. A previous reviewer was wrong. The hero's family was part of the mob and the hero's dad got shot getting out when the hero was 17 years old. The hero himself was never in it but he grew up with the lifestyle. It seemed that the reviewer was adamant about him having nothing to do with that life and that the heroine's fears were unfounded but they were not. She had legitimate fears and I feel awful about her sister. I wish that could have not happened because no one deserves that and I would hate her parents too if I was her...especially her dad!! I mean to go from being daddy's little girl to knowing he caused your favored sister to die because he is a selfish coward is just terrible.
Ok so this is one of the few romance books that I hated the hero Vittorio or just Vitt to our heroine. She is running from her mafia in witness protection family and runs right into Vitt. She runs from him because she believes he also is involved with the mafia- he's Sicilian and as you know all of them are in the mob. She was a twit. The story was not boring but he treated her like crap and she took it because she loved him? For her son? What she needed was to get her mafia father to frag his arrogant ass. Every time they had sex he insulted her and she just loved him more, this was a doormat in the making. I found no romance in this book until the last chapter and by then even I didn't care anymore. At the end there were a lot of lose ends.
Vittorio Marcello d'Severano was a force of nature, a human being that inspired awe or fear in virtually everyone and jillian was not a shrinking violet either. stormy from start to finish...strong characters and good read.
The story was mildly entertaining. I think the author could have gone a little deeper with the plot and character development. However over all I finished the book and enjoyed it. Not one to put on the shelf to read again one day, but good enough to deserve a read once.
5.0 out of 5 starsphoarrr! this is a powerful, tighly constructed story.
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2015
Read this only when you have plenty of time to absorb the full flavors of both characters and can roll with the emotional punches this dramatic romance pulls. Developing both the characters viewpoint worked really well and it's possible to feel the emotional issues that both H and h have with each other as well as with their family past. Jillian is desperate and will do anything to stay in baby's life and whilst Vitt wants to hate her for keeping their son from him, he hates himself for the desperation and despair that Jillian radiates in his hardhearted bargaining.
They are both proud, stubborn and unmalleable. Neither can one-upmanship the other. And neither will relent. A fully high octane, mesmerising ride - who will win the battle of wills?
Other powerful stories from Jane Porter - Marco's Pride (tissues please!) One Christmas Night in Venice
Jane Porter has written one intense and glorious romance with a Dark Sicilian Secret.
Like the heroine with her alias of Jillian Smith, I actually believed as she did that her ex-lover Vittorio d'Severano was part of the Sicilian Mafia. He certainly was powerful and ruthless as far as a successful business man. It was obvious after reading several chapters that he had once loved Jillian. However, now he had tracked Jillian and his infant son down in California and he was determined to take his son back home to Italy and to his family. The hell with Jillian's feelings because she had hidden the fact that he was a father. So no matter how she felt, she could come home with him and marry him or else!
Vittorio actually months earlier felt she was the one. He had cared for her like no other woman. But he put down firm ground rules she was to follow or he would take his son from her. He just needed to remember she had lied and she had run and cut up his heart in the process. She couldn't resist telling him it would kill her if their son turned out like him. But he was sick of the rumors that he was a part of the mafia, because he knew he wasn't. Yes, he had some secrets but he was not a criminal. Her words cut through him. But one learned later she had a reason to fear and hate the mob, because her own father had been a member and a killer. Plus the fact that her sister had died because of him and Jillian ran and feared her family in America would find and hurt her and her baby. When she finally had the courage to tell Vitt who her father was, he felt sick because the man was a monster.
Would Jillian ever stop being afraid, would she ever trust her husband? In the end, Jillian realized that Vitt was loyal, worked hard for his family and worked even harder trying to dispel the thoughts that they were part of the crime world. Watching him with his son and family she realized she again loved him and trusted his integrity. She also realized the most important, that Vitt wasn't a threat it was her family who were the threat and she found out in a most bizarre way. You'll just have to hold on to your seat while reading the final chapters because it's full of action, fear and threats. A Dark Sicilian Secret applied more to Jillian than Vitt and was an excellent read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2014
I read this a while back... This is a great read and I enjoyed reading it. Alpha male, strong female, strong conflict. Should have been 5 stars but there was just something missing that I've come to expect in Jane Porter books (I'm a huge fan, by the way) -- That intense emotional pull that connects me with the heroine and makes me fall in love with the hero from get-go. I have to admit I abandoned this story halfway through which I never do when I'm reading Jane Porter stories. But I'm glad I finished it. It is a great storyline. Note to Jane, you held back on this one. Next time, I want it all, including the kitchen sink. LOL