Roan Diamond’s loyalty to the family may be obligated by blood, but nobody ever said he had to love them all, right?
As the next in line to head the Diamond dynasty, he has loose ends to take care of, and one of those is his brother Royal. Yet his plans for revenge fall apart the minute he lays eyes on Alina—Royal’s ex-girlfriend, who also happens to be the daughter of the rival Solokov family.
As a mafia princess, Alina Solokov knew it wouldn’t be easy when she made the decision ten years ago to leave the family for a new life at a college in England—but betrayal is often a dish served cold by those who you love the most. Now, back in the United States after a job offer that she couldn’t refuse, her new found strength is pushed to the limits when Royal returns to claim her for his own.
When the man who captures her heart amongst the chaos is front and center in a lifestyle she swore never to return to, can she hold her ground and fight being sucked back into the black hole that is the mafia underworld? Or will Roan’s love be worth the ultimate sacrifice?
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We met Roan in Wrath of Cain, he’s Calla’s cousin and the son, and underboss of the Diamond family. When we last saw him, he was out to find and use Alina Solokov to lure his brother, Royal, out of hiding. Because Royal was a very bad man and he was bad for business. But Alina was beautiful, and she was a good person. And Roan recognized good and beautiful when he saw it. Alina was the only daughter of seven children of the Solokov family, so to say she was protected was the understatement of the year. And Roan was a protector, and he was loyal. And Alina recognized a loyal and protective person.
This is their story. Roan is a hard man. He’s done and seen many things that people shouldn’t do or see. And he is loyal. Super loyal. This seems to be his calling card. If he counts you are family or friend, you can bet your bottom dollar that he’ll put his neck on the line for you. And in return, he inspires that kind of loyalty in others. I liked this dirty talking son-of-a-gun. Alina just wants to save kids. She wants to protect the innocent because she knows just how badly her family can ruin the innocent. She also fears Royal. She’s a tough cookie to crack. I liked how she challenged Roan and made him recognize her as an independent woman.
Ms. Coopmans writes an interesting story. Her characters are compelling and naughty and kind of real world in that way. I’ve read so many stories where the guy/gal is so naughty but they have super vanilla nookie. That isn’t that naughty, they just have a bad mouth. I love how we resolved one issue in this book that carried from the prior, but it opened a whole new one (albeit a seemingly happy one!) before the close of this one. It is definitely setting up the next story. So the question is, would I recommend this book? Yeah, I would. The pace is fast, and though there were moments I got confused, I believe it was nothing more than a minor editing issue. Since this was an ARC, they are completely expected. So, yes, read this book after you read Wrath of Cain…mmm, Cain…there’s a naughty man right there…
Kathy is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband Tony. They have two son’s Aaron and Shane.
She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball and Football.
By day she is a hairstylist and loves her job.
She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is “I got this.”