Published by Indie on November1, 2016
Genres: Crime, Romance
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Once upon a time, I was the woman you envied. I had it all. A wonderful family. The perfect fiancé who also happened to be my best friend. Money and resources. The power and influence that came with sharing the Trassato name.
One night my fairytale became a nightmare, and I’ve been living in Hell ever since. A rival family killed my fiancé. My father succumbed to cancer. In the middle of it all, I bargained away my future to Konstantin Trincher, a member of the Russian mafia. It seemed like the perfect solution at the time—my brother’s girlfriend in exchange for me.
Only things weren’t that simple. I promised myself to Konstantin and my family promised me to Nico DeAngelo, the underboss of the Trassato Crime Family.
Konstantin and I form an alliance to unravel our bargain. The only problem? We didn’t expect to fall for each other in the process. Now I’m forced to choose between love and loyalty. One choice will break my heart and the other will break my family.
She embodied every fantasy I had when I was still a naïve farm boy living the simple life in Nebraska, and not a nasty criminal with a lengthy list of sins.
Exotic amber eyes that reminded me of sunshine. Long dark hair with the right amount of wave. Skin the color of golden honey. Curves that made my hands twitch with the urge to grab a handful. Lips the color of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. And like the forbidden fruit led to Adam and Eve’s ruin, I knew Carmela Trassato would be mine if I let down my guard around her.
“Mr. Trincher.” The measured burn of her stare scraped down my torso and back up again as she dragged her finger through the condensation on her water glass. She wasn’t touching me, yet I felt the swipe of her soft hands all the same. “Sorry I can’t say the same about you. You look like shit. Did you attempt to drown yourself in a fifth of vodka last night or is this a standard look for you?”
Leaning back, I folded my arms across my chest and offered her my trademarked grin. It started at one corner and leisurely spread to the other. “Is that any way to treat the love of your life and your future husband?”
She recoiled and her elbow caught the edge of the table. The cutlery rattled and the water glasses wobbled. She closed her eyes momentarily and hitched a breath. “Is that why you’re here? Did you finally decide to go through with this?”
“What do you mean?” She studied me, and beneath the layers of distrust I saw hope. I saw happiness. I saw excitement. My gut twisted with the need to be the prince charming for once in my godforsaken life. Unfortunately for her, circumstances had already cast me as the villain, and I didn’t think that would change any time in the near future.
This series is the first books that I have read by Lisa Cardiff and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I read book 1, Gian, in one sitting and then started on Kon immediately. I would definitely recommend that you read book 1 first. While I think you can get the gist of everything without, it really does give you background and more insight into why the two main characters are where they are in this point in their lives.
I’m not going to recap what happens in this book because quite frankly, I want you to go into it blind. It’s what I did and I realized that it was the best decision I could have made. Instead, I’m going to talk about what I liked.
First of all, I really liked the writing style of Lisa Cardiff. If flows very smoothly with easy transitions. It was easy not only to get sucked into the story itself but into the flow of how easily everything tied together.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Kon for the sheer fact that he wasn’t seen in the best light in the first book. What I was surprised to find out was just how loving he actually was and how deep his feelings ran for Camilla dating further back then we even knew. I wish I would have seen him as a little bit more of an alpha but he was still extremely likable and had you pulling for him the entire time.
I really liked Camilla. She’s strong and determined. She doesn’t take crap from anyone and even if her hand is being forced by those who hold high positions, she never fails to speak her mind and stand up for herself. She’s loyal and loving and just ultimately a good match for Kon. Their journey certainly isn’t carefree. They have ups and downs but she never loses sight of what she wants and how she feels.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a lighter mafia/organized crime book with a love story of two people who have to overcome no one wanting them together and who fight for each other, then this is the book for you. I can’t wait to read more of this author’s work!
After spending years practicing law and running a real estate development company with her husband, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver.