A new dark mafia friends-to-lovers romance from USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Siobhan Davis.
Serena has felt trapped her entire life, living a lie because it was demanded of her.
Years of torture at the hands of her sadistic husband have left her battered and bruised, but not defeated. She needs to stay strong for her children, and she’s determined to reset her future.
The future she has all thanks to Alessandro.
He saved her that fateful night when her husband died, and he continues to save her as she struggles to piece her life back together.
Yet the closer they get, the more it terrifies her because no man has ever made her feel like this.
It can’t work.
She’s too broken.
He’s too young.
And she’ll never trust a made man again.
Women never get under Alesso’s skin—until Serena. They share an intense connection that can’t be ignored, no matter how hard she tries to push him away.
He knows she’s scared. He is too, but she’s worth the risk. Alesso vows to be patient, until danger resurfaces and now all bets are off. Serena needs to understand how much she means to him and he will do everything to protect her.
The situation grows more tense as the DeLucas plot against Bennett Mazzone and the surviving mafia heirs. But Alesso will lay down his life before he lets Serena get hurt again.
Now his walls are lowered, the gloves are off, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
Even if it means letting her go.
I never get enough of this series so I couldn’t wait for Rena and Alesso’s story. Rena was kind of in the background for the earlier books so we don’t know a lot about her going into this but wow, is she amazing. The blurb describes her husband as sadistic but that’s a huge understatement. He was a very disturbed man who did horrible things to her but it’s not as though she could leave him. Now she’s finally free but struggling to come to terms with the abuse she suffered and blaming herself. Her son weeps for his father but all Rena feels is relief so she’s drowning in guilt.
Alesso understands her mindset and he’s determined to be there for her without pressuring her in any way. He’s so gentle and sweet, not just with Rena but also with her children, who adore him. He does the growly protective thing but manages to do it without even touching this woman so he’s amazing. Even with their father gone, Rena and Sierra will always be targets thanks to his dark legacy but also because Sierra is Ben’s wife and he’s not only the boss but has been instrumental in organizing the commission and cleaning house to unite the Italian families against common enemies.
Chicago and Vegas are still in turmoil so things aren’t going according to plan, meaning Ben, Leo and Alesso have their hands full. But Rena may be in danger for other reasons or it may just be a distraction manufactured by their enemies to take Chicago once and for all. Rena isn’t going to take mafia life lying down anymore. She’s determined to fight back, whether it’s against bad guys or just her own psyche, she’s never going to be a victim again.
In typical Siobhan Davis fashion, there’s so much action and the suspense is almost unbearable but it’s so worth every minute. I couldn’t put this book down because I had to know what was going to happen next and even though I always want more, I loved the ending. I received an ARC from Social butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.