The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 😟😣🙃🙂
The heroine: Tara – Her father is murdered and she is taken by the killer. She later finds out that her father was a human trafficker. Though he wasn’t a good father, it is hard for her to accept.
The Hero(es): Ewan – He works for the Valentino crime family. He was an enforcer at one point but now is a killer. He is loyal to the family but has strong feelings on how women are treated and used. His mother was Irish and the way he hates human trafficking or women being forced into a life they didn’t choose stems from his mother.
The Story: Tara is Irish and somehow related to the Healy’s (Irish crime family at war with the Valentino’s). Don Valentino decides to use her to test Ewan after finding out that Ewan’s mother was Irish. He wants to make sure that Ewan is loyal to him and won’t go over to the other side. Also, since the Healy’s want Tara, the Don wants to keep her so he tells Ewan to marry her.
I have read quite a few B.B. Hamel books and for me, this one was a bit lacking. The story seemed rushed, the intimate scenes were glossed over very quickly and despite the story possibly taking place over a few weeks or even possibly months, this felt a bit like insta love to me. I was a bit surprised because B.B. Hamel usually does great storylines with steamy romance, but this didn’t seem like either to me.
A few things come to mind which I didn’t like, such as Ewan constantly referring to himself as a monster. Sure he is a hired killer, but he kills other bad guys, never women or children and he doesn’t want his mafia family to get into the sex trafficking business because of a moral code he lives by. Also, he is loyal to Don Valentino because the Don saved him when he was a young teen. However, it seems like a very unequal relationship where Ewan is being used.
I am not saying the book was bad. I did enjoy it, but it just didn’t seem up to the level I usually expect for this author.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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