He’d never had something to himself, never even dared to dream about owning something so precious. He was the unwanted bastard son who’d always had to content himself with the leftovers of others. And now they’d given him what only a few weeks ago had been out of his reach, someone he wasn’t even allowed to admire from afar, one of their most prized possessions. Thrown at his feet because he was who he was, because they were certain he would break her. He was her punishment, a fate worse than death, a way to deliver the ultimate punishment to her father who had displeased them so greatly.
She had always been the good girl. It didn’t protect her.
She didn’t know his real name. People called him Growl to his face, and the Bastard behind his back. Both were names he couldn’t possibly have chosen for himself. His eyes were empty, a mirror to throw back her own fear at her. He was a brutal hand of the Las Vegas Camorra.
And now she was at his mercy.
Cara and her family were going to the Falcone's gathering. She hoped that this evening she would find the man of her dreams. Her parents had already paired her with a Falcone's man, Cosimo. She had a nice time that night but after a few days, everything changed. Because of her father's betrayal, she now belonged to a monster, Growl. He was feared and loathed by everyone, which was the reason his boss gave him the girl, to break her. She was scared of him just like everyone. She hated him not only because she was his prisoner but because he made her feel things she shouldn't. Every day she was trying to find information about her mother and sister. What she found out wasn't very comforting. The only way for all of them to be safe was to escape from this town. She knew that the only one who could help her was Growl, she was willing to do anything to convince him. And she succeeded it. He wanted the best for her so he kept his promise and managed to set her free.
It's like the beauty and the beast but mafia style. Growl's character was very interesting. A man who survived by being a monster, the best cruel assassin in Las Vegas. It was fascinating to see him going from emotionless and blank to a kind and loving man. Cara's character was brave but very simple. She was stuck to what have been taught until the very end. The story was more focused on the couple than the mafia itself. What bothered me a lot was that Growl was talking in the third person. If it was to show that he was really an emotionless monster then i found it very bad move. In general, it was a nice book.
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