There is an uprising within The Family. They do not like young men taking over, and it’s up to Tonio, Donnie, Luiz, and Jake to take out the problems. But Tonio can’t pay proper attention to his new duties because his memories haunt him. He grew up in The Family with a secret he hasn’t even told his friends. His father would beat and torture him if he didn’t go down to the basement, and what Tonio had to do there turned him into a monster.
Zara is trapped. Her father died and left her with a debt she can’t pay, and she hates her life. When Tonio saves her from being raped and killed, Zara knows she has to help him. No matter how hard he tries, Tonio can’t keep the infuriating little virgin from getting under his skin—but he won’t give in to his feelings for her. Tonio thought he loved a woman once, but it turned out to be a lie, and he’ll never trust himself again.
However, what will happen when he does fall for her? Will Zara stay with the man who saved her, or will she run when she sees the monster lurking within?
I usually enjoy all of Sam Crescent’s books and this dark, gritty mafia romance was everything that I had anticipated. This one packed a lot of emotions so that I was in tears within the first few pages and totally hooked on the story until the end.
Sam Crescent created characters and situations that grabbed my interest and engaged me in their story. I felt so bad for Tonio. He suffered terrible abuse and felt conflicted about himself. The author had me sobbing in the first chapter, and I thought Tonio would grow up to be a psychopath because of what his father made him do, but he was actually very sweet and caring, except to those who threatened his family, of course. Then he stumbled across Zara and rekindled their connection, saved her from her own mess and uncovered a plot against his brotherhood of friends.
Sam Crescent has written a dark, suspenseful and scorching hot romance with this second book in The Family series. I hadn’t read the previous book yet, but I loved this one so much that I’ll be revisiting this series quite soon. As usual, the author did a fantastic job in giving the characters plenty of problems to overcome and she made it sweet which should be contradictory to a dark romance, and yet she was able to pull it off with ease. I was completely engrossed in this short story and what a sweet epilogue for Tonio. I need books that have epilogues and actually hate it when an author doesn’t bother so this part also was special to me. There was even a teaser for Luiz that has me eager for his book, as well. That is another great aspect about Sam Crescent’s books is that she always delivers an entertaining story that will be special to the readers. This one was about hope, brotherhood and family.
I was very happy with this book and look forward to the next one.