Brutal Vows by J.T. Geissinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😟😤😍🤬🥰
The heroine: Reyna (a.k.a. Viper) – she is furious when her brother tells her he is going to marry off her niece Liliana, to a member of the Irish Mob. Rey knows that all mafia princesses are good for as far as the men are concerned, is for making profitable matches through arranged marriages. But her niece has barely turned 18 and Reyna thought the girl would have more time.
The Hero: Quinn (a.k.a. Spider) – he is second only to the head of the Irish Mob, Declan from Carnal Urges and he is willing to do what his boss wants in order to make a good deal with the Italians, so he agrees to marry Lili. He plans to let her live her own life and thinks she is too young to have a real marriage, which isn’t what he wants anyway.
The Story: Rey is against the custom of arranged marriages in the mafia because she was married off to an abusive husband who made her life hell until his death. She hates Spider on site and isn’t afraid to show it. Spider is extremely attracted to Rey, but the last thing he wants is a wife whom he is attracted to. He wants to focus on other things and had a bad experience with love in the past.
I don’t want to give away anything so I won’t get into more than I already have which is all from the start of the book, but I will say that this book aligns perfectly with the rest of the series in both the steam and the characterizations. Reyna is totally fierce and an interesting person, she is not your standard abused heroine afraid of her own shadow. Spider is sexy and sinfully delicious. The two of them together are like vinegar and baking soda, the eruption is so fun to read about.
“Was that jab about egos directed at me?”
“Not everything is about you, Prince of Arrogance.”
“That’ll be King of Arrogance, if you please.”