This might even be more of a 2.5/5. This book really pissed me off. It was really disappointing after how much I loved the first two books. Still cantThis might even be more of a 2.5/5. This book really pissed me off. It was really disappointing after how much I loved the first two books. Still cant decide if I wanna add the series to my collection due to this one.
Luis was lying to Nikki almost the whole book and he didn't even seem to have a hard time doing it. The lies just came right out. And even though he kept being referred to as the good brother, he got into way more trouble than Alex or Carlos. He kept making the absolute stupidest decisions. He was a good kid before moving to Chicago, with straight As and wanting to be an astronaut. He gets to Chigaco and suddenly he wants to be in a gang instead. He always gave lame ass excuses for getting involved with the LB but he didnt even fight it. He never avoided it. He hung out with Marco from the first day of school even though he knew he was a LB. He never tried to deny Chuy and anyone else who pushed him towards that life.
But for the lies alone I dont think Nikki should have taken him back. And he didn't even have to beg. She is the one who went begging to him. Unbelievable. But I really enjoyed the epilogue and seeing all the brothers and their wives and kids together, and their mom too, so proud of her boys. They all turned out good in the end. Despite their own efforts to sabotage their lives....more
I really enjoyed this book. Despite the strong and almost instant sexual content, it wThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really enjoyed this book. Despite the strong and almost instant sexual content, it was actually a sweet romance. Victoria and Byron met when she went to him hoping to settle her brother's debts, but they have an instant attraction. Byron finds himself asking for a week with her instead, and Victoria finds herself accepting.
It was unexpected, impulsive, and just so appealing that neither of them could help themselves. So they made this deal and Victoria stays in Byron's old manor for 6 days, with no one but the servants. They spend quiet days there, going riding, talking in the library, but they have sex together every night. Their physical attraction to each other was instant and undeniable. But it took them the length of the book to develop, recognize, and admit their feelings for each other go beyond physical. And that is what the story is really about. Despite their sexual relationship, we still got to see two lonely people falling in love.
I enjoyed their time together and their chemistry. They had a great, deeper connection and I was just waiting for them to see and understand it. They both had secrets and painful pasts that were keeping them back. Victoria had been in love before but he died. It had caused her to hide behind her spinster facade, avoiding new pain or rejection. But she had a wild spirit that was fighting to get out. I loved how she couldn't help but laugh when it rained.
And Byron had a severe photosensitivity which had driven away friends and lovers in the past because of their fear of what they didn't understand. I felt a lot of sympathy for Byron because despite his dark reputation, his circumstances hadn't changed him too much. It made him sad and lonely but it hadn't made him mean as it could have. And the fact that he was building a huge, beautiful house with rooms for a wife and children was just the sweetest thing. He still had this amazing dream for his future despite the fact that he hadn't yet found a woman who could accept him and his disability. Not until Victoria. It was obvious that they belonged together and I didn't understand why they couldn't instantly see it too. But luckily it didn't take them too long. The whole book took place over a span of only 6 days. I look forward to the rest of this series, despite it's low ratings. I didn't see anything in this book to keep me away....more
This was a unique and captivating romance. Adrian, a dark hero who daily struggles agaA version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a unique and captivating romance. Adrian, a dark hero who daily struggles against his darker nature, and only just defeats it through the devout worship of god and constant prayer. But his darker nature wins out when he sees the beautiful and free Miriel who he cant resist. He attempts to cage and control her and make her his. It takes a long time but eventually he learns the error of his ways, and Miriel eventually learns that there is more than one side to her captor and would-be lover.
This book had me conflicted over my feelings for Adrian. He was so tormented and tried so hard to be good that I felt bad for him. But at other times he was so bad it was hard to accept him as a love interest for Miriel. It was a wonderful storm of emotions that I enjoyed immensely. I was as torn and confused as Miriel. This book was not full of warm fuzzies and I loved it for that. But it still had an HEA. That is a must for me no matter what kind of book I am reading....more
This was nothing like I had expected. It was hardly even a romance. It reminded me a gThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was nothing like I had expected. It was hardly even a romance. It reminded me a great deal of the TV show The Borgias, which I loved, so it made me enjoy this book a great deal more, being able to imagine it happening in that setting. Although the book took place about a century after the event of the series, there were still a lot of familiar place and some of the same prominent family names.
Most of the story was political, but simply seen through the point of view of the mistress of the Duke of Cabria; while the Duke, Domenico, fights to keep his position from spies and betraying family. Felicia is always in the background, witnessing it all. She is madly in love with Domenico, to the point of obsession, but she never considers herself more than his possession, and never considers the possibility that he sees her as anything more than that. She is always there for him, in any small way she can be. She is incredibly supportive even as she convinces herself of his complete indifference. She keeps his secrets, she keeps her eyes and ears open to plots against him, she disguises herself and travels with him and his men across Italy in search of allies. She would do anything for him, even die. And if he died she would die with him, even as he continues to be cold and harsh to her.
"Domenico, whether you live or die, let me share it!"
Domenico is one of those romantic heroes that you love even though you know you shouldn't. Like a wounded puppy who bites you. You can't hold it against him. He is tall and lean and strong. He is always the tallest man around. Probably 6 and a half feet. Whenever he meets a man who is taller than him, he orders their legs broken. He is arrogant beyond belief, to the point of narcissism. He is often described as a lounging cat, completely sure and confident and graceful, always cunning and on top. He has hair that is silver-gold, and makes me think of the hair of the Targaryens, and that is where he gets his nickname, the Silver Devil. He is also very pale and only ever wears white, black, or silver. In 17th century Italy he is the epitome of beauty and everyone is in love with him. Man, woman, and child.
"I knew that love would not turn the silver devil into an angel. He would remain what he was--subtle yet childish, unfeeling yet passionate, lost irretrievably to everything but his own desire."
He shows no feelings for anyone. He kills without remorse, he watches and laughs as his men rape women, he is brutal towards Felicia in bed and she is always sporting bruises. He is a complete bastard. But Felicia loves his grace and confidence and intelligence and beauty. But he will never change. He eventually confesses that he has always loved her. Which only goes to show that his feelings towards her have not changed him. If he did not realize until the end that he loved her, then perhaps that would mean he could still change. But no. He has always loved her, and he is still a bastard. But I have to admire the way he fought to be with her. He challenged all his men and his council and kingdom for the right to be with her forever. A former tavern wench. In his own way he loves her. And there is no doubt that Felicia loves him. He owns her soul.
"He was on his knees at my feet, and as I watched he lifted the hem of my gown to his lips and kissed it. I made some sort of sound in my throat, but I could not speak.
"You cannot go." He spoke in a whisper, without lifting his head. "I love you. I have always loved you."...more