This book (which also contains the prequel Capture) gets this series off to a roaring start. I couldn’t put it down, needing to know what happens next. Wanting down into my bones for Fiore/Katherine to find her escape from Arsen/Monster. He thought to himself, even verbalized to Fiore, that he wouldn’t take what wasn’t his (i.e. force himself on her). But then he used threats and coercion to get her “consent,” so…
PSA: that is not consent.
So, what I’m saying is, I hate Arsen so far. He also thought fondly about how he’d made his last “girl” wish for death. Referred to her as “nothing but a whore.” Thought excitedly about breaking Fiore/Katherine down until she, too, wished for death. And then, in his infinite mercy, granting her that death. He makes me sick. I’m going to continue reading in hopes that she gets one over on him. That she causes him some pain. Man, in hopes that ANYONE causes him some pain. Because right now he is, as he is rightfully named, a monster. Irredeemable. And he can go to hell.
This is dark. If you’re looking for a sexy kidnap book, this book is not that. I’d say it is more of an erotic thriller. I can’t say what Arsen’s character will be like by the end of the series, or how I’ll feel about him, but right now I’d like very much for him to fall off a cliff. A big one. On to some rocks. Still, if you’re cool with an erotic thriller, this is a good one. Just don’t expect to like Arsen. At all.
I was intrigued by the premise of this book. Sucked in by the blurb, and further enticed by the sample in the Billionaire Book Boyfriend anthology. That said, there just wasn’t enough going on outside of the relationship for me. I need more- more suspense, more danger. I guess I just prefer a darker read. As such I am rating this expressly as a contemporary romance, and not in general.
I found this book to be good for what it is- a contemporary romance (according to my non-professional opinion). I do enjoy it when the hero bungles everything beyond belief, and has to do some good old-fashioned groveling. Bonus points if the heroine doesn’t immediately take the bait. I want him to WORK for it. And in that capacity this book delivered. Oliver refuses to give up, and I definitely enjoyed that.
I thought the writing here was good. I liked the dynamic of the heroine’s two brothers, and kind of wish we’d gotten some more of them. I also found myself wishing there might have been some kind of threat later in the book from a particular old flame of the heroine. Alas, I can’t win ’em all. Disclaimer: I only read contemporary romance (which I would consider this to be) here and there, and mostly stick to romantic suspense and dark romance. I guess I need more excitement in my books.
Anyhoo, if you are a fan of contemporary romance I would recommend this book.
I enjoyed this book, and this series. I didn’t feel quite as much suspense in this final book as I did with the previous one, but I still really liked it. I am torn on the inclusion of multiple villains in this series. On one hand it keeps it fresh, but on the other hand I also love singular super-villains that seemingly can’t be bested. I am happy with the way this ended, but I was hoping for resolution on Damen’s runaway wife, mentioned in a previous book. In the absence of that I’d love to see Damen and Arsen get their own books/series. From my lips to the author’s ears! 🙏
Update: Damen and Arsen DO have their own books!
This series was my first read from this author, but it won’t be my last!
This was the most suspenseful book yet from this series! Loved it! This book came out swinging- sexy times, suspense, TWO villains to worry about, a hero who messes up and has to make amends, a dark past coming to light, and a misunderstanding. Yasss, girl! I flew through these pages, and am now off to the next one to find out what happens!
Yes! I needed this! I really liked this book and its prequel, and can’t wait to dive in to the next book in this series. Head’s up- this one ends in a cliffhanger. I enjoyed the growth of the relationship between the two main characters, but I did think the progression of Rue’s comfort level with Dryas seemed a bit quick. She sped right from terrified to accepting physical contact. Zero to a hundred, real quick. That said, it lent some realism for me that Rue experienced shame after encounters with Dryas. After the brainwashing she experienced in her youth that only makes sense. This was a quick read in that I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see where this story takes us! Have we seen the last of Father Derrik and the prince? I hope not, because they deserve some karma. Like, maybe a high-five. To the face. With a chair. Also, what happens with Rue’s sister? Does Rue get un-brainwashed? Does Dryas get his revenge? Does Rue? I need answers! Off I go to get them!
I am intrigued. I am intending to carry directly into the next book to find out what happens next. So- mission accomplished, prequel! I need to know what happens to Rue. I need to know who her father is. I need to know what is happening to these girls. I just need to know everything!
The Contract is the prequel to The Debt, book one of the Mafia Vows series. It had a good pace, and kept me interested. Maya does come across as a bit vapid, but maybe that’s part of her character evolution? I am continuing the series, so I’ll find out soon.
This is definitely not a standalone- you’ll need to get the next book unless you don’t intend to continue. The good news is that, as of today (9/5/2019), all three books in the series are now available. Hooray!
My curiosity is piqued, which was the point, so I’d say mission accomplished. Onward to the next one!
“You shouldn’t want this, Birdie,” I growled. “Tell me to fucking stop.”
Aaagh- I loved this book. Even more than the first book, Confess. Don’t get me wrong- loved ’em both, but this one edged ahead for me.
I did feel some kind of way about Ace’s treatment of Birdie in a few of the scenes, and was glad when he later felt bad about it. I’m cool with my book heroes messing up- it makes them human. But they better be sorry about it later.
The backgrounds of these two main characters were so unimaginably tragic, and yielded two such profoundly damaged people. At different points both of them get separately warned off of the other, told they aren’t capable of love or relationships. Friendship, even. I wanted to shake those side characters and tell them to leave these two the hell alone to figure it out. With their own innate fears and insecurities they sure didn’t need other people weighing in on why it could never work. Let ’em try, people! Dang!
Anyway, I think the author did such a great job with these characters. As always these books had well developed characters, strong stories, great suspense and pacing, and smoking hot sexy times. Time to take another spin through the A. Zavarelli book list to make sure I haven’t missed anything because her books are easy one-clicks.
She should have pulled away, and I should have stopped. But neither of us moved. And when my fingers found the tender flesh of her throat, I drew her closer, tasting what was never meant to be mine.
This book. It exhausted me. My emotions ran the full gamut. I was happy. I was sad. I was hot and bothered. I laughed. I cried and cried, and checked reviews for information to see if I should go on. This was good. Really good. Lucian is a bossy, seemingly sorta mean alpha guy, and damned if I don’t just love those. Granted, he is kind of weird in the beginning with the way he goes about things- it has kind of a fatherly ring to it (such as ordering her to go sit in the corner), but whatever. I still grew to love him. Just as our heroine did.
“I shouldn’t be doing this to you.” His voice held so much agony, I couldn’t stand it. My fingers wrapped around his face, forcing him to look at me. “I want you to.”
I enjoyed the backgrounds of both of the main characters. Not because they were happy or good (spoiler: they WEREN’T), but because they made sense for their hangups/issues. I was hoping that Gypsy connecting with a local Roma gypsy might yield some kind of information on or connection with her mother, but I suppose I can’t win ’em all. I was a little taken aback by a turn of events in the book, but so happy about the outcome that I was willing to suspend belief a bit about the journey of getting there. I won’t comment any further about that. I definitely recommend this book. I just can’t believe it took me this long to read it!
Lucian nipped at my throat, his words so low I barely heard them. “You’re going to ruin me.”
TRIGGERS: there are some pretty harsh triggers “off-screen” (past events that are referred to)- sexual exploitation/assault of children, death of a child, physical abuse of a child.
Yep. This was what I needed. I’d been so excited for Luca’s book prior to this one, only to not love it as much as I’d expected. It was still good, but not quite what I’d been starved for. There was too much overlap with the previous books for me. Now, this one here? This one did it for me. There was still overlap (with Remo’s book), but it seemed more separated to me. It didn’t feel like I was re-experiencing the same events. Perhaps because Luca’s book was the POV of other half of the featured duo whereas THIS book took place during Remo’s book, but in the dual POV of a different couple. We get to know what was happening off-stage (with Nino and Kiera) during that time, and then the book continues on beyond the end of Remo’s book to give us new adventures. Yes please! I always need more Camorra! I can’t WAIT for Nevio to grow up into a complete hell on wheels. He will drive Remo crazy, and I’m gonna love every second of it. Anyway, I enjoyed the struggles (that sounds mean, but I don’t mean it like THAT) Nino and Kiera experienced. I loved getting more of a glimpse of how Adamo dealt with the aftermath of his time with the Outfit. Speaking of that, I loved getting the tension and reactions of the Vegas set while Adamo, and then subsequently Remo, were held by the Outfit. We missed out on that with Remo’s book. We also got to know Savio better in this book, and what a book he will have when it comes out (that bad, bad Savio!). Adamo and Savio are growing into their own; no longer just the kid brothers, but now men in their own right. I so love this world that Cora Reilly has created. I hope she never stops writing about them. In ten years I want to be reading about Remo’s great-great grandchildren. Fingers crossed!