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Profile: Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes.

If these genres blow your skirt up, as they do mine, check out my reviews. If you are like me, you are forever chasing that next elusive five-star read. Make it easy on yourself, and just cheat off of mine. I won’t tell.

I’m just out here doing my part for humanity. These books won’t read themselves.

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The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An easy and enjoyable read

This was my first read by this author. Often I struggle with standalone books after getting so used to the character/story development afforded by a series, but this book did it well. There wasn’t an exorbitant amount of backstory, but the characters were still explained enough for the story to work.
I thoroughly enjoyed that the characters, by the end, were not all who they had seemed to be at the beginning. Surprise- the “psycho” was not the bad guy when it came down to it. He was still a bad guy, just not THE bad guy.
As always with dark romance I loved the level of obsession, the lengths to which Sebastian went to for Camille. Hey, it’s fantasy, right? Don’t judge me.
I liked the inclusion of Sebastian’s father, and his feelings and actions toward his son. Drawing a parallel to Dexter (the TV series), this book took a person who had been diagnosed as psychotic and really painted him in a sympathetic light. Damaged? Yes. But it isn’t his fault, and it presents a real problem for him in trying to live his life.
Overall, a very enjoyable read. Right before this book I’d just finished something so gritty and violent that it was hard to get through it, so this was a very welcome palate cleanser. This is more the level of dark that I prefer, to be honest. I’m not into physical-abuse dark, which seems to be part of a lot of dark romance these days.
This book promises a dark romance with an HEA, and it delivers!
Recommended!



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My name is Sebastian Lindstrom, and I’m the villain of this story. 
I’ve decided to lay myself bare. To tell the truth for once in my hollow life, no matter how dark it gets. And I can assure you, it will get so dark that you’ll find yourself feeling around the blackened corners of my mind, seeking a door handle that isn’t there. 
Don’t mistake this for a confession. I neither seek forgiveness nor would I accept it. My sins are my own. They keep me company. Instead, this is the true tale of how I found her, how I stole her, and how I lost her. 
She was a damsel, one who already had her white knight. But every fairy tale has a villain, someone waiting in the wings to rip it all down. A scoundrel who will set the world on fire if that means he gets what he wants. That’s me. 
I’m the bad guy. 

Author’s Note: This is a 90,000-word romance with dark themes and a HEA.

Spark (Stronger Series #3)

Spark (Stronger, #3)

Spark by Jay Marie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Excellent series

As with the other books in this series, don’t go looking here for romance-you won’t find it. This is not a dark romance. I’ve seen it described as an erotic thriller, and I have to agree that is a better description. There are hot sexy times, but that is not to say that’s what all of them are. The male main character in this book/series is unforgivably cruel to the female main character. I don’t see there being a possibility for redemption there. I don’t anticipate an HEA involving those two being together. EDIT: the author has gone on record to state that this series is not intended to be a dark romance- it is an erotic thriller, or similar. Point being, this is not a romance series.
That said, if you go into this with your eyes wide open to the idea that it is not a romance of any kind, then it is an excellent book/series. The author really captures the emotions and viewpoints of the different characters. You feel Jaden’s fear, and Darren’s rage. For that matter you also feel Jaden’s rage. As with the other books this one made me sad. It upset me. It made me sick. It bothered me to a degree that I can’t stop thinking about it. And I am pretty sure that is the author’s point. She isn’t painting a pretty, fake Stockholm Syndrome picture a la dark romance. She is peeling back the mottled veneer and showing what is underneath. The beatings, the rape, the degradation. The control, the hopelessness, the loss of self. It is heartbreaking to read. And it is disturbing to know that, though this story is fictional, this situation is happening all over the world. Women are being kidnapped, and bought/sold by malicious people who capitalize on the evil of others in pursuit of the almighty dollar. They trick these women, kidnap them, etc. and then rip their lives away to sentence them to a fate that is oftentimes worse than death. I’m getting nauseous writing this review.
Again, this is an excellent book, and an excellent series. It is very dark material, and readers need to understand that before cracking it open. Understand it contains horrifying subject matter, and it is not a dark romance.
With that disclaimer in mind, I 100% recommend this book/series to those who have the stomach for it.



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HER 
There are not enough words to describe my internal torment. I knew there would be consequences for what I did. I knew this would be hard. But it’s so much harder than I ever want to admit. Physically broken, mentally drained, and legally dead, I now find myself wasting away on an island in the middle of the Bahamas. Darren has left me in isolation for my own recovery and the only thing I can be grateful for is the fact that my isolation includes him. But I know he won’t be able to stay away for long. Eventually he’ll be back to reclaim what’s his and remind me of all the things I hate about him. How he’s able to twist fear with pleasure to create the most destructive combination, how it rushes through my blood and simmers under my skin, making me come alive and burn for more. Sometimes I don’t know who I hate more, him or myself? After everything that’s happened, after everything I’ve allowed myself to feel, I deserve a little self-hatred. I can feel my will to continue fighting diminishing, the fire in my heart barely more than embers, but I promised Jason I would find him. I promised my family I would find a way back to them. Darren may own me, but he doesn’t own my intentions. And even though he may have broken my body, he will never break my will to survive. I’ll find a way. Somehow, I’ll find my way out of the dark, even if it’s with the tiniest little spark. 

HIM 
Nothing plagues my mind more than that goddamn, stubborn ass redhead. Too often, I find myself thinking of nothing else, and no matter how many miles I put between us to focus on my work, Jaden still finds a way to kick the damn door down and pull me under. I may not have been able to keep her out of my head, but I was able to keep her hidden away on my private island in the Bahamas. I wanted to ensure her recovery would remain uninterrupted from other potential distractions. It would be pretty tough to escape from an island in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by guards with broken bones and a broken ego. Jaden wasn’t going anywhere, not this time, not until I was ready to take her back with me. She had a lot to prove until then. I knew she was more than physically damaged. Her confidence in herself shattered the night I crushed her in my arms and I had a feeling it was going to take a lot of inner strength for her to put it back together. But that was the one thing I knew she had a never-ending supply of. Her strength was admirable and I was confident she’d find it again. I just had to make sure it lacked one thing when we eventually returned home – her desire to kill me. There were two ways I could accomplish that – positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement. I suppose the technique would depend on Jaden’s ability to adapt, but knowing her, I was going to have to fight this at every angle … and didn’t I always love a good fight. 

WARNING: Contains disturbing content that may be offensive to some readers. 

*NOTE: For every book that is sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity that benefits victims of human trafficking.*

Survival (Stronger Series #2)

Survival (Stronger, #2)

Survival by Jay Marie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Horrifying and disturbing, but good

Disclaimer: I do not consider this a romance, not even a dark romance, so if that is what you are looking for you might want to skip this one. (EDIT: the author describes this series as a “dark erotic thriller,” and is very clear that it is not a dark romance.)
That said, I have to say this book is really good. And by “really good” I mean the story moves right along without lulls, the dialogue is good, I don’t recall any grammatical errors, and the author does a great job with believable characters and interactions. This book also successfully made me feel. Granted it made me feel incredibly sad and uncomfortable. It made me feel sick. It made me feel hatred and frustration. But, the point is that it made me feel something.
I have no idea where this series is going to end up at this point, and that is exciting. I don’t see how Darren could possibly redeem himself for everything he’s done, so I have to imagine that an HEA is off the table, but who knows what the author has in store.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out exactly why I hate Darren so much, and why I don’t see how he could be redeemed when Tony Rawlings (in Consequences by Aleatha Romig) did a lot of similar stuff, and (according to me) was redeemed. I also felt that Mateo Morelli of the Morelli series by Sam Mariano was redeemed. And Carter Cross from Merciless by Willow Winters. What is different here? All of those men were completely heinous to the women with whom they were obsessed, but all of them were redeemed.
Well, first of all, Darren is exponentially worse than the latter two, and I would say also worse than Tony Rawlings. But more importantly, those men mistreated their women as part of a game or a revenge, and eventually became more traditional in their treatment of said women once feelings developed. The “nice” was the real them, and the “cruel” was a temporary necessity (to them, anyway). With Darren it seems that the cruel streak IS the real him. As Jaden points out, she could behave perfectly every minute of every day but he would still hurt her. Because he wants to. Because he gets off on it. And he doesn’t just hurt her a little bit- he hurts her pretty severely. He violently rapes her nonstop through this book and the preceding book. I don’t consider these spoilers since they happened in the first book of this series, which anyone looking to read this second book would presumably have read.
This is why I don’t consider this a romance, and why I don’t see Darren being able to redeem himself. He is too damaged. He is too cruel. Even if somehow he redeemed himself, and Jaden somehow forgave him, she could never be happy with him because he has to pepper his tender moments with violent beatings. And no one wants to be violently beaten, or beaten at all.
So, again, this book made me sick. It made me sad. It made me angry. It made me hope that some kind of truly horrific end befalls Darren, preferably where he would lose all of his power and control (prison, perhaps) and have to live out his days with the knowledge that Jaden is out there somewhere living a happy life with another man. Now THAT would be a happy ending to me.
So, all in all, this series is so far really good as long as you understand that it is a very violent, very upsetting story that is NOT a romance. Seriously. It is not a romance.
If you are okay with that, then you should definitely read this series because it is really good so far. And, while it isn’t yet complete, I have read that the author is now done with book #4 (this is book #2), and it is anticipated to be released this year, possibly in the next few months.



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HER 
I’m usually brutally honest. I don’t like to sugar coat shit or beat around the bush. But this time, I couldn’t want to run further from my own destructive truth. I’d been sold. Sold. Like some kind of dog to a man born of cruelty and carnage. A man who rules a criminal organization on a global scale, and now… rules my body but, most importantly… my freedom. I dreaded my days back in the warehouse; caged, beaten, awaiting a fate I had no control over. All thanks to his billion-dollar industry in human trafficking and God knows what other line of bullshit he runs. And now, I belong to him. Forced to live under his roof and his rules, I now live a life of fear and constraint. I don’t want to believe it but…it’s getting harder and harder to fight him, especially when his touch can burn so painfully good when I finally surrender to it. My body may want him, but my mind and my heart are far more calculating. I haven’t lost hope…no matter what he does to me. I refuse to break. I will escape him and his reign of terror over me. Whether its tomorrow or five years from now, I won’t stop until I have him cold and dead at my feet. And that’s the real fucking honest truth. 

HIM 
I never thought I could be this fucking consumed by another person – captivated in such a way that it borders on obsession. Jaden is mine now and the truth of that makes my blood run hot and fast in my veins. The feel of her perfect body under mine is like pure ecstasy, even when she’s fighting me…or herself. She can try to deny it all she wants, but she can’t hide from me. I know desire when I see it, even when its shadowed by resistance and then ultimately guilt. That fire in her eyes burns me from the inside out, and it just makes me crave her more. I know she’s fighting for her freedom, calculating her escape, but in time, she will bend to my will until she finally breaks – until she realizes there is no freedom from me, no escape. Period. She’s mine and I won’t stop until it’s so deeply embedded into her mind that the mere thought of denying it brings her physical pain…because it will. I have big plans for my little warrior princess and I can’t wait for the impending pleasurable eternity of it all. 

WARNING: Contains disturbing content that may be offensive to some readers. 

*NOTE: For every book that is sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity that benefits victims of human trafficking.*

Stolen (Stronger Series #1)

Stolen (Stronger, #1)

Stolen by Jay Marie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I don’t even know what to say about this book. I really don’t. I’m not sure it’s fair to refer to it as a dark romance… the dark part is accurate, but… there is no romance to be seen. I have read some pretty dark romance, but this just went too far for me. This makes Captive in the Dark look like a fluffy 1950’s courtship. EDIT: this author has stated that this book, and series, are not to be considered dark romance. They are intended as an erotic thriller, or similar. And I have to agree that while there are parts of these stories that are hot, the overarching situation is that Darren is the devil. He is not redeemed. He is not redeemable.
This is a VERY violent story, including graphic and horrible violence between the two main characters, especially him towards her. The things he does- I don’t see how he could ever be redeemed. The only HEA I can imagine at the end of this series would involve his fiery death coupled with her escape. Or, perhaps him going away to a supermax prison for life without the possibility of parole where he would live the rest of his days in a cage without any control over his life. What he does to her the first time he gets her alone… I hope she eventually gets her wish and kills him.
He can’t come back from the things he’s done, particularly because he is painted as a sociopath incapable of feeling emotion.
FYI, triggers are everywhere in this book- lack of consent (multiple instances), extreme physical violence, mental/emotional terrorism, human trafficking.
While I have reviewed this book, I am unable to rate it. I am too conflicted.

Update: after further consideration I am adding a rating of 5-stars. This book made me upset, it made me sick, and it haunted me. But, that makes it a great book if it can leave such a lingering impression. As such it deserves five stars.



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I don’t even know what to say about this book. I really don’t. I’m not sure it’s fair to refer to it as a dark romance… the dark part is accurate, but… there is no romance to be seen. I have read some pretty dark romance, but this just went too far for me. This makes Captive in the Dark look like a fluffy 1950s courtship. EDIT: this author has stated that this book, and series, are not to be considered dark romance. They are intended as an erotic thriller, or similar. And I have to agree that while there are parts of these stories that are hot, the overarching situation is that Darren is the devil. He is not redeemed. He is not redeemable. 
This is a VERY violent story, including graphic and horrible violence between the two main characters, especially him towards her. The things he does- I don’t see how he could ever be redeemed. The only HEA I can imagine at the end of this series would involve his fiery death coupled with her escape. Or, perhaps him going away to a supermax prison for life without the possibility of parole where he would live the rest of his days in a cage without any control over his life. What he does to her the first time he gets her alone… I hope she eventually gets her wish and kills him.
He can’t come back from the things he’s done, particularly because he is painted as a sociopath incapable of feeling emotion.
FYI, triggers are everywhere in this book- lack of consent (multiple instances), extreme physical violence, mental/emotional terrorism, human trafficking. 
While I have reviewed this book, I am unable to rate it. I am too conflicted.

Update: after further consideration I am adding a rating of 5-stars. This book made me upset, it made me sick, and it haunted me. But, that makes it a great book if it can leave such a lingering impression. As such it deserves five stars.

The Hit: Bratva Vows Book Two

The Hit: Bratva Vows Book Two

The Hit: Bratva Vows Book Two by SR Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Great series

I felt less urgency to finish this book than I did with the first two of this series, but it was still a really good read.
I loved the miscommunication, and that they loved each other but both were too scared to admit it. That plays pretty heavily in most of my favorite romances.
I also loved the secondary characters. As I read this series I was really hoping there might be more books by this author to tell their stories, and I was thrilled to see that there are.
Anyway, I loved the growth they both experience throughout the series, but especially in this final book. I also really liked that Violet puts herself in therapy. Rarely does therapy play a part in dark romance, although the disastrous experiences these poor people live through make it a given that they will all NEED therapy to function in a healthy way. That Violet pursued therapy, and was responding positively to it, made the story more realistic to me.
I wish this book had been a little longer as some of it felt a bit rushed/underdeveloped, but I still really liked it. And I still definitely recommend this series!



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The reading order for the Bratva Vows series is: 
The Trap: Free Prequel 
The Gift: Book one 
The Hit: Book Two 

BLURB 
Keep your friends close, and your enemies in your bed…. 

VIOLET 
Taken… 
Kidnapped. 
Given to him; 
A cold-blooded, unforgiving hitman, 
with sexy eyes and an irresistible body. 
I only went and fell for him. Believed the lie of his beauty. 
But it all turned ugly and dark, and now I’m adrift. 

ANDRIUS 
A gift—mine! 
To own, to keep. 
I believed she belonged to me. 
Let myself hope. 
But it all came crashing down in the worst way. 
Now I have to figure out if I can save her. 
Save myself. 
Because when lies and deceit fall away. 
Can the truth be enough? 

Praise for the series: 

“One of the best Mafia books I have ever read” Amazon reviewer 

“An intense and compelling dark romance” Amazon reviewer. 

“Oh my God! This book is insane! I devoured it.” Tami Lund Author. 

“The best hero I’ve read in a VERY long time”

The Gift: Bratva Vows One

The Gift: Bratva Vows One

The Gift: Bratva Vows One by SR Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


5 stars for story; 3 stars for editing

I love this story! It moves right along without lulls, has a good bit of substance, and I like the characters. I believe in the tension between Andrius and Violet. I like the dimension of adding in Justina’s character. I can’t wait to read the next book!
That said, the editing could use a little attention. There were some grammatical errors, weird sentences that seemed to have started as one thought and finished as another, etc. It took me out of the story a bit when I came across those. But, I like the story so much that it bolstered the rating! I still recommend the book due to the good story.
Recommended!



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Reading order of the Bratva Vows series: 
The Trap: Free Prequel 
The Gift: Book one 
The Hit: Book Two 

Keep your friends close, and your enemies in your bed…. 

VIOLET 
Taken. 
Kidnapped. 
The innocent waitress 
nobody would miss, 
nobody would care about. 
Given to him; 
A cold-blooded, unforgiving hitman. 
With sexy eyes and an irresistible body. 
But he doesn’t know who I am, 
Or what secrets I hide. 

ANDRIUS 
A gift—mine! 
To own, to keep. 
To do with as I please. 
But she’s so much more. 
More than I ever imagined. 
And I vow to get to the bottom of this… 
This beautiful, mysterious, and broken gift. 
Because now she belongs to me. 

Please note this is a dark romantic suspense and therefore all the trigger warnings apply!

The Trap: Bratva Vows Prequel

The Trap: Bratva Vows Prequel

The Trap: Bratva Vows Prequel by SR Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Oooh- my interest is piqued!

This short novella is an excellent prequel leading to the next book, which I can’t wait to start!
This book was a great length to set the scene for the coming books. It introduced the main characters, gave a backstory, provided some foreshadowing that perhaps something isn’t as it seems with Andrius, and ended on an exciting cliffhanger. I am falling all over myself to get to the next book! I love dark mafia romances- gah!
Recommended!



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The Trap: A Bratva Vows Prequel 

I saw a possible threat; he saw a victim in waiting. 

Violet: 
I had a plan. A naïve and dangerous plan. Get the mob boss to notice me, seduce the mob boss, kill the mob boss. Except the elderly mob boss wasn’t the only one to notice me. 
He did. 
Andrius. 
Beautiful. Cold. Deadly. 
He’s a monster amongst men. 
I crave him. I fear him. 
Then one day…I’m taken and given to him. 
The trap is set. 

This is a prequel to book one in the Bratva Vows duet: The Gift

Conor (Boston Underworld #6)

CONOR (Boston Underworld Book 6)

CONOR by A. Zavarelli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


All the feels

I love this whole series. Just love it. I was skeptical when I saw the length of this book as I usually find books under 200 pages to feel rushed and underdeveloped, but somehow this one didn’t suffer that fate. Maybe it was because the world and secondary characters were already established? Who knows.
In any case, it worked. I felt for Ivy in the beginning when she was so afraid of everything, of everyone. I felt for her when she and Conor couldn’t get on the same page, and he was breaking her heart. I felt for how cheap it made her feel the first time he took her back to the club. He made so many mistakes with her, but eventually he figured it out.
I LOVED Archer, and the interactions built around him. I won’t say any more than that.
I am so very sad to have reached the end of this series that I love so much, but the word in the author’s reader group is that she is working on a book about Booker and Storm (cameos from earlier in this series), so maybe we will get lucky and see glimpses of our favorite Irish and Russian baddies with hearts of gold. I sure hope so. ❤
Recommended, as always!



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When I stumbled into a mafia-run club seeking a job, I was looking for protection. 

Little did I know I’d need protection from him. 

Conor O’ Callahan was exactly the kind of danger I was trying to avoid. He was gorgeous as sin with an accent hotter than Hades, but that’s where the charm ended. He was also cynical, cold, and downright cranky. 

So, you could imagine my surprise when he gave me a proposition. Marry him or lose my life. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve learned to do what’s necessary to survive in this world, and that includes marrying a mobster. Regardless of what he might say, it’s only temporary. 

It’s not like I’m going to fall for him. 

Because that would be stupid, right? 


The Boston Underworld Series consists of six full-length standalones that can be read in any order.

Thief (Boston Underworld #5)

Thief (Boston Underworld, #5)

Thief by A. Zavarelli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This series ❤

I just love this series. Not sure what else to say. And this book in particular drove me crazy. I spent the majority of the book feeling like Nikolai could just go to hell, and he didn’t deserve Tanaka. I wanted her to run away and go be free, and leave him to his own miserable existence. But, I’m mean like that.
I’m still not convinced that he deserved Tanaka, but in that world he wouldn’t actually have HAD to try at all. So I suppose the fact that he did is something, even if my mean self doesn’t think it was quite good enough.
But, overall, I just love the hell out of this series! I am so very sad that there is only one more book. Why, A. Zavarelli! What about Mischa? What about Booker and the mysterious Storm? We need more Boston Underworld!
Recommended!



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I’m a good girl. 

I live by a code that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned. 

But Nikolai Kozlov re-writes my destiny with five simple words. 

You belong to me now. 

He’s Russian mafiya. A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he wants without a second thought. 

And what he wanted was me. 

He thinks he controls my fate, but what he doesn’t know is, sometimes it’s the good girls you have to watch out for. 


I’m a dangerous man. 

I live by a code. The Vory code. It is my duty to my family to protect the brotherhood. To destroy anyone who threatens what we stand for, including her. 

She’s a dancer. A beautiful little doll. My prisoner, and my new favorite puppet. This mafia princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply collateral. 

It’s a shame to destroy precious things. 

But this is what bad men do. 



Note: this book contains dark subject matter, please read at your own discretion. This is a full length standalone that can be read in any order within the series.

Saint (Boston Underworld #4)

Saint (Boston Underworld, #4)

Saint by A. Zavarelli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Love this series!

What can I say? Another winner from this author!
I’ve been tearing through this series. I thought this book started a little slower than the others, and it took me a few chapters to get into it. Luckily it isn’t the first in the series so I knew the goodness was a comin’.
I loved the dynamic between Rory and Scarlett. As badass as he is, he has no idea what to do with Scarlett’s unpredictable behavior and volatile mood swings. But I loved that he tried so hard to figure it out. To be there for her in a way that no one else ever had in her entire life.
I also loved the antagonists. I loved that there were several of them, and loved how terrifying the main villain (Alexander) proved to be.
I enjoyed the mysterious latecomer to the party as well. I am looking forward to finding out more about him, and seeing if he accomplishes in future books what he set out to do in this one.
I was on the edge of my seat blowing through this book, just as I’m sure I will be for the next two books.
Winner winner, chicken dinner. Recommended!



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Scarlett- 

When going to war, there are three very simple rules one must abide by. 

1. Know thy enemy 
2. Be prepared to sacrifice. 
3. Always wear good shoes 

After all, revenge is a dish best served in stilettos. 
I’ve got an eye for it, and nothing’s going to stand in my way. 

Not even Rory ‘The Saint’ Brodrick. 
He’s a fool if he thinks he can change me. By the time I’m through with him, I’ll make his mafia look like child’s play. 

Cross me, Mr. Brodrick? 
You better cross your heart and hope to die. 

Rory- 

I’m a fighter. A hustler. A mobster. 
I’ve seen a few things in my day. 
But I’ve never encountered anything like her. 
She’s a beauty with a beast of a heart. The poison apple I just can’t resist. And in her trail she leaves a wake of men crawling on their knees. 
What she doesn’t know is that I like my women wild. 
It only makes it that much more fun to tame them. 

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**