This Day by Blanka Lipińska
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sexy, steamy and so sizzling hot!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓
The heroine: Laura – she was on vacation in Italy when she was abducted by Don Massimo. When he took her he told her he was keeping her for 365 days and if she didn’t fall in love with him by the end of that time, he would let her go.
The Hero(es): Don Massimo – Head of a powerful Sicilian mafia family. He fell in love with Laura before he even met her and now that he has her, he wants to make sure she is safe.
The Story: Laura fell in love with Don Massimo and they are engaged and she is pregnant with their child. After the marriage things get in the way of their relationship.
I was a bit surprised at how many intimate scenes there were. I know the first book and resulting movie were pretty racy and known for that very fact. However, in the last book there was quite a bit of side story regarding the fact that Don Massimo kidnapped Laura, his near death experience in which he dreamed of her and his being head of the mafia.
In the beginning of the book especially, it seemed to be just steamy scenes one after the other with not much of a story at all. I reread my review of 365 Days and my thoughts at the time were that it wasn’t as smutty as I expected. But this book definitely was. Also, it started with a flashback scene which had me confused a bit since it didn’t reconcile with where 365 Days ended. Though the following chapter cleared that up and took off right from the ending of the last book.
By the time they have the wedding though, the story picks up a lot and though there are still plenty of steamy scenes, it is no longer just one after the other. I liked the storylines but Laura was a bit too flighty and immature my tastes. She was too gullible and tended to do do be impulsive which borrowed trouble for her.
These books are not originally written in english so there is some choppy wording that doesn’t always flow as if they are someone’s thoughts or conversational wording. Though I don’t take points off for that as I would expect that for a translated book. Though I did dislike the fact that Laura refers to him as the man in black all through the book in her thoughts and addresses him as Don Massimo most of the time instead of just Massimo. I thought it weird in both cases. Referring to him as the man in black was fine when she was his captive but just odd now that she knows him so well. The same for the formality of calling him Don Massimo instead of just Massimo.
Overall I liked the book. Although when there are too many sexy scenes they start to get on my nerves a bit, and there certainly were in this one. Nonetheless, I sometimes like a book that focuses on the romance more than the side storylines and this one definitely did that.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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