I will say this first: delicate snowflakes need to apply for this one. Nate’s a dirty talking, ex-hitman, mafia boss—so don’t expect him to be spouting love sonnets or writing poetry for the heroine, Sabrina. He’s dark and dangerous, and his, um, interactions with the heroine, Sabrina, are rife with sexual tension with a little kink thrown in for good measure. If you’re not into anti-heroes, Nate might scare you off a bit.
But for the rest of you, (and you know who you are, you little naughties) this book is one hell of a hot ride.
I loved Nate. He’s not the same happy-go-lucky hitman he was in Dark Protector. He’s a little beat down, a little jaded, and he’s been deeply impacted by his mob boss lifestyle. Sabrina brings some much needed light back into his dark, gloomy world.
Sabrina is a great heroine, too. She’s young and innocent, but she’s in no way naive. She knows what she wants. There’s no waffling on her part. She’s strong and confident and never once hesitates to go after the relationship she’s always wanted with Nate. I also really liked that she didn’t shy away from him when she witnessed the grim realities of his lifestyle firsthand. She was in for the long haul--the good, the bad, and the ugly. (Not to mention that her own personal needs for kink matched up nicely with Nate’s.)
And finally, as I’ve come to expect from this author, there was no shortage of action-movie-like fight scenes and sequences. (I do love me some action movies, folks) Seeing Conrad from Dark Protector again made me WAY happier than is probably strictly normal, too.
So, long-story-short, get to your Kindles! This one’s all kinds of hot and awesome.
Full disclosure: We received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
Read the entire Celia Aaron backlist. You won’t regret it.
Note: Check out our 5-star review of The Bad Guy!