From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Giana Darling comes the conclusion to the Anti-Heroes in Love duet, a gripping mafia romance about the capo who will risk everything to keep the woman he loves safe…
I am the hero no one wanted…
I was a murderer.
One of the cruelest and wealthiest men in New York City.
Dante Salvatore, capo of capos.
Yet I had one weakness.
Cold as ice, sharp as the edge of broken glass, and more beautiful than any woman should have the right to be, she stormed my defenses and razed my life as I knew it to the ground. For her, I would once again play the hero and prove myself worthy of her unconquerable heart.
For her, I would change everything.
I could have left her to the enemies hounding me, but instead, I made the unforgivable decision to take her with me to the old country. Now, there is no other option. In order to keep both of us safe, Elena Lombardi must become my wife.
Series: Anti-Heroes in Love #2
What a fantastic conclusion to the story of our ice queen and her fire breathing Capo. This story of bravery, sacrifice, dedication, defiance of all odds, growth and love was everything you want in a romance story. Filled with gripping suspense and passion from beginning to end, we pick up where we left off in book one.
Dante’s love had razed me to the very ground of my soul, demolishing all my preconceived notions of right and wrong, even of my own identity and desires. I was going to step off this plane a new woman and for the first time in my life, I was excited by my lack of foresight and structure.
Elena has made a decision, in the name of love that has cost her everything she’s ever worked for and everything she’s ever intended to be. She’s one of the strongest, yet most vulnerable heroines I’ve read in a while. Her past weighs heavy on her soul. Always the protector, but never protected. Always a warrior for those she loves, but forever facing her own battles by herself. Self-loathing, full of resentment and self-deprivation, but yet, still in the baddest bitch in the legal game. All she’s ever known is feelings of inadequacy until Dante came along.
Dante! My kind of man. Huge, dark, intense, and the way alpha and most importantly, that man loved Lena something fierce. I loved how unlike most heroes, he really put his woman first. Didn’t expect her to leave her life behind to join his. It was refreshing to see him sacrifice himself so Elena can live her life as close as possible to how it was before. He really builds her up too. I swooned every time he said anything to reassure her every time her demons came knocking. And his vows at their wedding…
I would do anything for you, Elena. Men have said that to women before, but they couldn’t know what it means, not really. I will kill and die for you, but I will also shop for you, because I like you in the clothes I’ve bought, and I will cook for you because I love to watch you rediscover the joy of indulgence. I will make love to you when your heart is aching and lonely, echoing with the past, and I will fuck you when you can’t stand to be empty of me one second longer. I am capo dei capi of New York Camorra, but that is not the most important title I have anymore. In fact, it means next to nothing compared to the gift you are about to give me. The gift of being you husband and a lifetime of loving you fiercely, fucking you senselessly, and watching you awe me with your wit and beauty and drive me crazy every single day.
I have to say though I wasn’t too keen in the direction of growth Elana underwent in Italy. The wet work when dealing with Rozzo for example. While I enjoyed seeing her grow beyond her rigid moral boundaries, I thought that was a tab bit too far, especially for a change that supposedly happened within a month.
The supporting character were great, but I have to say I would have liked to see what becomes of Tore and Elena’s mom. I wonder whether Sebastian will get a book too. This was a fantastic read. I didn’t rate it five stars because of reason I mentioned above, and I also felt the ending was rushed a bit. After Dante’s court case everything accelerated to the end. I didn’t like that. But all in all.