Blood stains my hands, my soul, my heart, yet I’ll shed more to keep her safe.
A chance meeting brings Jen MacNeill into my life—the woman born to reign at my side.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
How could my Lady be anything other than a silken promise taunting me with every breath she takes?
A new Don reigns over Manhattan.
But though I won the war, peace isn’t easily brokered.
Over a decade of avenging my father’s death, I made many enemies.
To each and every one, Jen’s a target.
But I’ll paint NYC red before I let them harm her.
I just never imagined I’d be in the line of fire first…
A heart broken by grief can feel no guilt or shame with the brutality in which vengeance is delivered.
This is the first part of ‘The Oath’ duet in The Valentini Family series.
Series:The Valentini Duet #2
My Rating: ★★★★
We pick up where we left of in The Dom with the unexpected arrest of Luc. Just when Jen was starting to get her feet under the table and starting to feel secure in hers and Luc’s relationship, she is put in her place by those in his life and left on the roadside like a piece of trash they deem her as.
But will out girl cower and accept such treatment, or will she go fighting for her man? Demand answers from those who know better or be put off and call it a day?
Luc’s position as the Don is not set in stone yet. For years his life had revolved around avenging his father. But with Jen in his life is that enough anymore? While Jen has fought and riled against the mafia life, Luc is not willing to let her go. So slowly but surely, she accepts his life and works to find her place in his life.
What I loved about this book is the heavy focus on the emotions on Luc’s part. It was different from the typical mafia romance where the hero ran miles from anything emotional and when they finally came round to it, strongarmed the woman into a relationship. I loved his possessiveness and protectiveness over her. How he took his time with her and peeled back the layers, built her up. Loved her enough for the both of them when she was fighting him every step of the way.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much they made me laugh. The banter was great, and their chemistry was fire. I also was pleased with Luc’s mom’s reaction to their relationship.
It was a pleasant read and I have to say I enjoyed it more than the first book. If you’re looking for an emotional, complect mafia romance, this is for you. I can’t wait for Finn and Aoife’s story though.