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Review: Thorns of Death by Eva Winners

Enrico Marchetti.
One of the five Italian mafia kings.
Powerful. Untouchable. Corrupt.

It started with one innocent look across a room in Paris. He was a lot older than me. A Roman god dressed in an Italian suit, surrounded by an aura I couldn’t resist.

When I ran into him again, he effortlessly pulled me under his spell. But little did I know, a night full of carnal pleasure would cost me everything.

When Enrico Marchetti wanted something, he didn’t just take it. He possessed it. Now, his sights were set on me.

There were secrets this man was keeping. They surrounded him, his dead wife, his children.

I wanted no part of it, but there was no escaping him. He had taken me to his kingdom, locked the doors, and thrown away the key.

Now the only thing left to do was fight. Even if it killed me.

Isla’s a good girl who throws caution to the wind when she meets the most handsome stranger she’s ever seen. She’s never been a one-night-stand kind of girl, but she’ll make an exception for Enrico. Good thing she did, since it turned out to be the most amazing night of her life. The man is physical perfection and completely irresistible in every way, with his dark good looks and filthy mouth. Their night together is hot and dirty and absolutely perfect, until she wakes to find Enrico’s wife berating her. Isla is livid that he’s a cheater, so she wants nothing to do with him, but things aren’t always what they seem. He’s forced to hide the truth for the safety of his sons, which means he can’t tell Isla the truth. At least not yet.

Enrico can’t stop thinking about the fiery redhead who graced his bed so he’s determined to learn everything he can about this woman. She floated through his life like a mirage and disappeared without explanation in the morning, but he’s not ready to give up. He finds Isla, but there’s not a lot of information out there on her, so he knows something is off. Isla has no idea yet that her beloved brother is the Pakhan, but Enrico quickly figures it out and comes up with a plan. He wants to marry Isla, cementing the bond between his family and the Konstantins.

She really doesn’t appreciate being the other woman so she isn’t on board with this idea but he blackmails her into marriage. Isla isn’t thrilled but reasons that the marriage can’t be legal since he already has a wife, so this “marriage” is just temporary, or so she thinks. These two are fire! I really love these characters completely – her fierce independence and stiff spine, his romantic heart and soft spots. There’s so much to love and they’re perfect for one another. Their chemistry is off the charts, and they mesh perfectly, but just being with him is a risk since his family is cursed. The story is intense and suspenseful but packs a lot of heat and heart. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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