As I’ve been pretty bad at reviewing books individually this year (okay maybe every year, don’t look at me like that), I’m writing these mini-reivews for the books I’ve missed this year.
This gave me everything I wanted in a wlw morally grey love story! The plot for the characters to meet up and how it tied in with the criminal underworld was well-done. I was actually a bit surprised that about what happened to Ax at the end. Please note, yes, I understand the relationship is unhealthy and both woman have trauma to work through. But this is fiction, I’m coming here for a good time.
This was definitely a typical billionaire, who’s part of the mafia, dark romance novel. I liked Izzy and Cade and their relationship was fun, but they kind of bored me after a while. The summary for the book was really misleading cause the retreat is like 1/8th of the book and doesn’t even happen until your a while into the book. Truthfully, the retreat just distracted from the plot and was complete nonsense.
I don’t say this a lot but I seriously want my time back from reading this book. The plot was like throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks. It was such an interesting set up and then finding out that Maddie and her sister are these long lost daughters of this mafia family but the Valentino’s decide not to tell them crucial information. WTF?! That’s not your decision boys! I was also so confused by the ending, as in it literally felt like pages were just chopped off at the end. I felt like I was reading fanfiction at times (too much?).
The only thing I need to say is that a graphic designer accepting a “promotion” to become a coffee girl for a CEO was just as ludicrous as Felicity accepting Oliver’s offer to work as his assistant in Arrow. This is a bad set-up, come up with real context for characters to work together, stop being sexist!
I will always want to read a retelling of any story! This was definitely got my attention, although I was so sad to learn it was a trilogy and would have to wait for the next books to come out. Such a fascinating idea and world building set up in this first book. The spice level is at a 1 maybe a 2 (out of five). And while the relationship between Lisane and Rhaim is unhealthy, how they grow in their relationship with each other is captivating to watch. Also, it’s not like Lisane’s family was all that great to begin with either.