My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 I'm ruined STARS
Bloody hell, help me!! Bethany, you've destroyed me!
This is one of those books that everything ached while I read the story that unfolded but I couldn't help myself. This series is about the forbidden love between Calisto Donati, consigliere and nephew to Affonso, the boss and his wife, Emma (Emmy) Donati.
I was already highly strung and full of heartache at the end of book 1, Thin Lies, this second book picks up right where things left off. Taking the angst and turmoil and kicking up about a 100 scorching degrees.
"Calisto Donati would never be hers. This wasn’t a fairy tale that would end happily. They weren’t star-crossed. They were impossible."
Like Cal and Emmy, this whole story was a tidal wave of emotions. Try as they might to fight their connection and attraction, it's a losing battle.
“We’re not very good at this whole thing, are we?” he asked.
“I don’t understand what you mean.”
“Being near one another.”
No matter the impossible circumstance, these two finally give into their desire, flirting with fire and navigating the dangerous world they live in for stolen moments together.
“Do not walk on lines so thin that they’ll break under your weight, Calisto.”
The intensity and passion between Cal and Emmy is palpable and all consuming. This was so well written and flawlessly executed, weaving a masterful tale of betrayal, secrets and lies, and a love so great that no obstacle is too great. Like all things forbidden, there's always the risk of having to face dire consequences for your actions. And like a guillotine, this threat and the very possible reality hangs heavy over their heads throughout the book.
I was a complete wreck for most of this book. But I must admit, I loved every delicious and torturous moment of it!
“She hated that he hurt. She liked that he hurt for her. Calisto didn’t know it, but Emma was no better than him. It was sick and wonderful.”
I seriously don't know if I can wait for the conclusion of this heartbreaking and extremely passionate mafia love story!
**ARC generously provided by Bethany-Kris in exchange for an honest review.**