COLLATERAL: An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance
by Natasha Knight
Release Date: September 23rd
Release Date: September 23rd
Rating: 4 Stars
Told in the first person. Alternating persons.
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Stefan Sabbioni showed up uninvited in my bedroom on my sixteenth birthday. He stood in the shadows smelling of whiskey and death and wrapped a broken, blood-crusted necklace around my neck. I thought he’d strangle me with it.
That night, he left a message for my father. He said he’d be back to take something precious.
I never delivered that message, though. I wonder if things would be different if I had because now, two years later, he’s back. And he’s not hiding in any shadows.
He’s come to make good on his promise.
He’s back to take that something precious.
Marchese is the manipulator of my family’s tragedy. I won’t just bring him to his knees. I’ll bury him for what he did.
Taking his daughter is only the beginning. I’ll do it knowing I’m starting a war. I’ll do it knowing my enemies will become his allies. They’ll stop at nothing to destroy me and he’ll stop at nothing to get her back.
I’ve never shied away from war, though. I’m not one to play nice and I don’t share my toys. I’ll demolish you if you touch what’s mine.
And she is most definitely mine.
Gabriela Marchese seems to be a pawn in someone’s game. Stefan Sabbioni is out to make things right. He doesn’t make me a happy camper when I first meet him because he doesn’t seem to care how Gabriela feels about things. It’s what he wants that’s important.
In some ways this mafia tale is a little tame compared to some. You’ll still see how these people fit into that lifestyle. One thing about these men is that they take their profession very seriously. Power is an important part of their life and they can never have enough. There’s a lot of push and pulls going on and it will be interesting to see who ends up on top.
I did like this story but there were times where a woman’s feelings seemed of no importance when it came to the men. At times Gabriela seemed to be a little timid which just shows how she was always pushed to hide her true self. I was her cheering section when she would stick up for herself. But Stefan has a very strong personality and his word is law. Rafa was an interesting man and this story left me wanting to know if he’s going to appear in Damage. That should tell you that you will not find an ending here. That’s part of what makes this a duet. So be prepared for your adventure to continue.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark, tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are guaranteed, but she likes to put her characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like that.
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