Mafia romance trope with a great twist!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤
The setting: Philadelphia
The Hero(s): Owain – Mafia man who runs a crew. His boss is named Hedeon (who was introduced in the book Bend for Me). Owain is a Loan Shark and a drug distributor. He has ideas on how best to sell the drugs and launder his money using some existing local businesses as fronts.
The heroine: Leigh – she recently lost her brother to a drug overdose. Leigh finds out that her brother got all the money for the business they shared by borrowing it from Owain. Owain wants his money back and is a ruthless killer.
The Love Story: Owain forces Leigh to work for him and live under his roof so he can keep an eye on her. Close proximity causes the sexual tension to ramp up from the start, and Leigh can’t figure out why she is attracted to Owain, because she hates him.
Leigh sees Owain as the man who is responsible for her brother’s death and who is forcing her to become a drug dealer, so she can’t figure out why she wants to be near him and feels attraction. She know he is also a very dangerous man, so she fights the attraction.
Like the last B.B. Hamel book Bend for Me, this book is grittier than traditional Mafia romances I have read to date. Though Owain is the leader of his group of guys, he is no billionaire Don or Capo. He wears business suits and has Tattoo’s under them but acts more like a gang leader than a mafia man. He is in a war with an old friend who is now the president of a Motorcycle Club. That isn’t to he doesn’t throw around money like nobody’s business. Owain has plenty of money, but he can fight and he can kill without thinking twice about it.
This book was also strange because though the heroine is protected by Owain and his guys, she is also in it. Most of the time in mafia or even MC romance, the heroine is in danger just because she means something to the Hero. However, in this book she is forced to take part in the criminal activity. I don’t know why I liked it, but I just did. Probably because Leigh is strong, smart and not afraid.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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