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Synopsis Roan Diamond’s loyalty to the family may be obligated by blood, but nobody ever said he had to love them all, right?
As the next in line to head the Diamond dynasty, he has loose ends to take care of, and one of those is his brother Royal. Yet his plans for revenge fall apart the minute he lays eyes on Alina—Royal’s ex-girlfriend, who also happens to be the daughter of the rival Solokov family.
As a mafia princess, Alina Solokov knew it wouldn’t be easy when she made the decision ten years ago to leave the family for a new life at a college in England—but betrayal is often a dish served cold by those who you love the most. Now, back in the United States after a job offer that she couldn’t refuse, her new found strength is pushed to the limits when Royal returns to claim her for his own.
When the man who captures her heart amongst the chaos is front and center in a lifestyle she swore never to return to, can she hold her ground and fight being sucked back into the black hole that is the mafia underworld? Or will Roan’s love be worth the ultimate sacrifice?

 

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 christie review 5 star aJust WOW!!! I hate beginning my reviews like this, but that’s the only thing I can come up with! What an emotional and thrilling ride! I haven’t read many “mafia” type books, and I’m not usually a huge fan of men who are as violent as Roan, but he could really bring me over to the dark side!

Roan has plans to take his father’s place in the “family” business, but first he has to tend to some unfinished business, “taking care” of his psychotic, drug-addicted brother, Royal. The problem is he has no idea where he is. He thinks the key to his whereabouts is the beautiful Alina, Royal’s ex. Alina wants nothing to do with the life Roan leads as she fled to make a life away from her family which happens to be a rival family of Roan’s. Without giving too much away, these two people who want two different things end up falling for each other, but as with all good, romantic thrillers, danger will be lurking right around the corner threatening not only their newfound love but their very lives.

Roan was such a contradiction…an extremely violent man who happens to have a loyal and loving side that he only shows to those he cares about. He thinks the only thing that will pose a danger to him and finally take him out is falling in love…not getting killed because of his job! Of course, Alina forces him to re-think that idea, and what a joy that was to watch! Such a petite woman bringing a big, sexy Roan to his knees, priceless!!! Alina, herself, is also a contradiction. She has been damaged and has survived a horrific ordeal that not many could. She left her family, survived, and made a good life for herself even though she doesn’t have a man to share it with. She doesn’t really want a man to share it with either, of course, until irresistible Roan enters the scene. She left her family because of the violence, yet she loves them and is fiercely loyal to them. Together these two might not just find love but also redemption which made the title of this book perfect.

Now, as much as I loved the characters, I loved the story just as much. It was heart-pounding, and at times, downright scary and disturbing, but also sexy as he$$. Roan’s thoughts of Alina were just as panty melting as the actual deed. While the sex and steam were great, the twists and turns were just as good. I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I just know it kept me turning the pages until I was done.

I highly recommend reading this one today. Kathy Coopmans did a phenomenal job of giving her readers a sexy romantic thriller. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!!!

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