Beautifully Broken by Eve L. Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Steamy captive romance with a great mafia story!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 🤓🥸😎😤😳
The setting: Denver, Colorado
The Hero: Raphael Laska – Assassin for hire for the Mob. His nickname is the Wraith and he is very good at his job.
The heroine: Devon Lancaster – twenty six year old homeless woman. She lives in the alley behind a bistro. An older drunk named Jimmy who also lives in the alley lets her stay there and sort of watches out for her. Devon doesn’t drink or do drugs and though she has been on the street for two years has not resorted to selling her body.
The Love Story: Raphe is an emotionless killer and he is bored. That is why he doesn’t immediately kill Devon after she witnesses a hit in her alley. He finds her a puzzle and he enjoys puzzles. He wants to know what she is running from and why she was living on the streets. However, he plans to eventually kill her since she is a witness and saw more than she thinks she saw. But as the days go buy he finds himself attracted to her.
I like this type of story. The Hero (or anti-hero) is definitely a bad man and he is obsessed with the heroine but doesn’t know why and actually doesn’t realize that he is. He can’t seem to get her out of his mind but continually tells himself that he doesn’t care and that he will just get rid of her soon (in the permanent sense). However, he never does and becomes more obsessed and more attracted to her as the story goes on.
The heroine, Devon is definitely strong, since she lived on the streets of Denver for two years. She is smart and never stops fighting for herself. I also really like that Raphe is not just a hitman, but also very smart. He works for a guy named Malcolm but also takes jobs from the other mafia heads and when things get a bit touchy between the families, he turns into a brilliant strategist and basically acts as a go between as well as an advisor to the leaders of each of the families.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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