It all started with a contract signed by him, then by me, while our families watched. While my father sat silent, a man defeated, giving his daughter to the Benedetti monsters.
I obeyed. I played my part. I signed my name and gave away my life. I became their living, breathing trophy, a constant symbol of their power over us.
That was five years ago.
Then came the time for him to claim me. For Salvatore Benedetti to own me.
I had vowed vengeance. I had learned hate. And yet nothing could have prepared me for the man who now ruled my life.
I expected a monster, one I would destroy. But nothing is ever black or white. No one is either good or evil. For all his darkness, I saw his light. For all his evil, I saw his good. As much as he made me hate him, a passion hotter than the fires of hell burned inside me.
I was his, and he was mine. My very own monster.
I owned the DeMarco Mafia princess. She belonged to me now. We had won, and they had lost. And what better way to teach a lesson than to take from them that which is most precious? Most beloved?
I was the boy who would be king. Next in line to rule the Benedetti family. Lucia DeMarco was the spoils of war. Mine to do with as I pleased.
It was my duty to break her. To make her life a living hell. My soul was dark; I was hell bound. And there was no way out, not for either of us. Because the Benedetti family never lost, and in our wake we left destruction. It's how it had always been. How I believed it would always be.
Author's note: Salvatore and Lucia's story is a steamy stand-alone romance with a happily ever after. No cliff-hanger and no cheating. It is intended for mature listeners.
©2016 Natasha Knight (P)2016 Natasha Knight
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"NOW I'VE LISTENED TO DARK BEFORE.. & THIS AIN'T IT"
At 16 a very innocent and confused Lucia was examined, humiliated, forced to sign a contract giving up all her rights and then handed over to the Benedetti family as an act of submission by the deMarco family. The head of the Benedetti Mafia was run by the cruel and mean Franco Benedetti and he had agreed to give Lucia to Salvatore his oldest living son when Lucia turned 21. For 5 years Lucia had lived a sheltered and quiet life away from the violence and away from her family who'd done nothing to stop the proceedings and now she is being thrust back amongst it.. as the day has arrived when she will become the property of the dark mysterious and very handsome Salvatore Benedetti.
But Lucia was angry at Franco Benedetti, angry at her own now dead Father, angry at her sister Isabella for getting pregnant and disappearing and angry at Salvatore for not helping her all those years ago. Lucia could see the man beneath his Mafia mask and knows he feels.. and feels deeply and their instant attraction soon leads to some hot and steamy scenes and, as they grow closer, Salvatore becomes disillusioned with his life and lifestyle. However, before he can do anything about it threats and violent actions are taken against both families and before long cracks and insecurities appear as to who can be trusted.. and more importantly who is planning and carrying them out and why.. and how will another war between the families affect the lovers??
This dual POV book should have been great.. but for me it unfortunately missed the mark and I think the blame was a 50/50 split between narration and story. There are few male narrators who can successfully do female accents and Philip Alces sadly isn't one of them and so from the start I found it difficult to get into the story, care or relate to the female characters or empathize with Lucia's situation.. His male voices and accents were great but that equated to only half the book. There was ownership of Lucia, a public act of physical abuse when she'd stupidly refused to cower down which led to her receiving lashes of Salvatore's belt, although Lucia was a virgin she was eager to learn all that Salvatore could teach her about sex which included bondage and they were both very compatible BUT I just didn't feel their passion for each other or their chemistry. Lucia seemed immature, self-centred and silly most of the time and Salvatore was mostly sweet, understanding and kind (not your dark brooding Alpha type).. but Lucia did push Salvatore's buttons.. then they'd argue.. then they'd f'k.. and rinse and repeat. There were shootings, intrigue, twists, suspense and a doomed love story but sadly I was only vaguely interested in the outcome of any of it.
Worth a credit? IMO, it wasn't bad.. but it wasn't compelling either and for this reason I personally don't think it's worth a credit - however we are all different and you may be able to get passed the narration and find the gleaming pearl within this oyster.
"LOVED THIS BOOK AND SURPRISINGLY THE NARRATOR TOO"
Salvatore is a mans man but so caring and dirty at the same time. The story is well written and narrated. There is a bit of mystery with a bunch of family deceit and even more hot sex. I loved this book and a the very sweet ending
"All I can say is incredible!"
Not being able to sleep...and an audiobook is the best medicine I am told. Not with this book..I stayed up to listen to this...for the balance of the 5 hours that was left for me to listen to. I couldn't shut my brain off long enough to stop! Natasha Knight has a winner with this one, warring families, betrayal, love, trust, payment of debt, paternity issues..you name it and this intense dark romance has a little of everything. Lucia DeMarco has been contracted to Salvatore Benedetti upon her 21st birthday. For the five years prior, Lucia has sought to seek revenge for this contract, shutting out her own family and plotting to destroy her "new" one. Salvatore has committed himself to tame Lucia. Little did they know the instant spark between them would begin to grow into a fire they could not extinguish. You will meet other family members, with this supporting cast being as important as the two main characters. Dominic, Isabella, Franco, Roman, Luke, Natalie..they all play extensive roles in the plot twists and turns that Natasha Knight brings to us. I love the alpha male character of Salvatore...all man, demanding, sexy, smart with a compassionate heart that will just melt you. His counterpart of Lucia, the young virgin with grit and feistiness to keep Salvatore on his toes..you cannot go wrong with this incredible book.
And the tortured soul of Dominic, who we get to know better next. I can't wait!
Phillip Alces brings this book to life with his incredible performance.He gives us the masculine Salvatore and softer Lucia, the emotional battles they incur making you feel each one with them.
"Mafia Romance is REALLY my new thing."
Why did I used to think that mafia romance wasn't really my thing? Because this book made me realize that it REALLY is my thing! This story has plenty of angst and heat with clever twists. But above all else, I now REALLY need more mafia romance, specifically DOMINIC!
With regards to the narration, I really prefer a female narrator reads the female POV, but I didn't really have too much of an issue with the narrator's portrayal of the heroine. Sometimes I find that a man imitating a woman's voice is sort of like nails or a chalk board, but this wasn't the case with this time. Phillip Alces voice definitely isn't feminine, but he also didn't attempt to imitate a woman's voice when reading the female POV which I greatly appreciated.
Lucia DeMarco is forced to sign a contract to save her family, she must marry Salvatore Benedetti on her 21st birthday. After the forced Marriage Lucia gave Salvatore a reason to take control and break away from his father and his hold over him. Loved the HEA, but it ending with a bang and you now must get Dominic (book 2)
Philip Alces, does an amazing job! He brings a gritty rawness that draws you in.
"Did not like the ending."
Needed more action. it was to much romance. I like mafia romance but this made me not want to buy the next book.
I really enjoyed the mafia angle. This is not my usual genre of book but Nathasha did a wonderful job of drawing me into the story.
Salvatore. I liked how he was torn between his loyalty to his family and wanting to live his life with out all of he violence that goes with it.
I enjoyed the entire book. It was excellent from start to finish.
Really great book made even better by audio. Totally loved the characters. So worth the time to listen. All of Natasha's book are credit worthy. You just can't go wrong!
This book was good but I wanted more. Overall it wasn't bad, I do recommend. The narration was pretty good.
"LOVE, LUST, BETRAYAL & HONOUR!"
Salvatore was my first book I've experienced from Natasha Knight & I was more than happily satisfied.
Not as 'dark' as I expected, however, enough so to experience and become enthralled with the workings of a mafia family.
Lucia & Salvatore are forced together via a signed deal between the DeMarco & Benedetti families and it is a union which neither want nor can get out of.
In this story, Salvatore has to battle family loyalty with his growing disillusionment with the family lifestyle and Lucia has to learn that sometimes family loyalty can bring destruction.
Because of his burgeoning feelings towards Lucia, Salvatore constantly struggles with the brutish punishment he is expected to hand out to her. And Lucia, although at first shocked with the behaviour she is experiencing, quickly realises that her reaction to Salvatore's sometimes harsh & erotic demands, is not necessarily something to be ashamed of.
There are some steamy scenes in this book...bloody hell they were hot! Natasha can certainly put a good graphic on paper for us to enjoy. But she can also write a damn good yarn...great story Natasha...look forward to reading/listening to more.
What a waste of paper or, in this case, e-space! What a waste of my time. One can get this any night on the evening news. Yes, the world has many ugly sides but I do not wish to hear more of it from a book! That's it for me from this "author".
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