Lynda reviews Salvatore by Natasha Knight
Series: Benedetti Brothers #1
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2016
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 standalone romance with a happily-ever-after. No cliffhanger and no cheating. It is intended for mature readers.
The contracts is signed.
With the simple strokes of a pen all her hopes and dreams for her future vanished. “Sold” to the enemy to save her family.
Time passes and Lucia finishes her schooling and is thrust into the world of her families enemies. Signed over to Salvatore Benedetti. A cold calculating man who will one day be the “boss” of the Benedetti empire.
I was on the fence so much with Salvatore. One minute he’s the monster he’s expected to be the next there’s a tenderness to him that makes you pause. You can see his struggle to be who he really is and who his father expects him to be.
Lucia I felt she was to easy. The story tries to portray her as strong yet she is basically horny and wants him. Sure she tries to be defiant when it comes to rules but then bam she’s opening her legs or getting turned on. Even faced with danger the man wilding the gun smiles with a dimple that momentarily disarmed her. I must say I rolled my eyes at this.
I don’t think I’d class this story as “Dark” I think a mafia romance would suffice.
I normally really like “dark” romances but I struggled at points in this one predominantly in one particular spot that seemed accepting of physical abuse. There’s a line between “pain play” and out right physical abuse, I felt it missed the line and went to the wrong side.
The plot, now that I enjoyed. The twists and turns were intriguing and kept me reading until the end. You simply have to know how it ends. I know some people will struggle with some factors but if you can work past those and embrace the major plot then you may still enjoy it.
I was hoping for something more climatic, but was left wanting. It all seems to unfold really quickly and easily. But if you enjoy mafia reads but like softer versions then this is definitely a book for you.
I am curious as to a follow up story for another character. I wonder if that will happen.