I didn’t know Raphael Amado when he turned up on our doorstep demanding restitution for an old debt. My grandfather knew him well, though, and he quickly conceded.
That restitution? Me.
Six months later, on my eighteenth birthday, Raphael came to claim me.
He stole me from my home, taking me to his Tuscan estate, where from the crumbling chapel to the destroyed vineyard to that dark cellar, the past stalked him like a shadow. Even the walls held secrets here and I’d need to uncover them all to survive.
Because taking me was only the beginning of his plan.
Sofia was the sacrifice to pay for her grandfather’s sins.
She accused me of being the devil. And she’s right. But the truth was, he betrayed her.
And when the time came to promise to love, cherish, and obey she spoke the words that would seal her fate.
We have a common enemy, though, my unwilling bride and I. But even the devil protects what’s his. And she’s mine.
She just doesn’t yet know how much protecting she needs.
...a TOP read of 2017 for me!!
OMFG!!!! What the heck did I just read??!! I thought that Salvatore and Dominic Benedetti (Benedetti Brothers duet 1 & 2) were dark and damaged...but Raphael Amado is that X 1,000!!! He is dead set on extracting revenge for the destruction of his family at the hands of one Marcus Guardia, the man who set into motion the events that not only destroyed his family's winery, but killed his mother! He will stop at NOTHING to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family and the diabolical plan to get even comes in the form of sweet and innocent Sophia Guardia, Marcus's granddaughter! But beware the path of vengeance as it can turn on you in a heartbeat!!
Sophia comes home from boarding school at Christmas break only to discover that her Grandfather has sacrificed her as restitution for his disgusting deeds (the depths of which will be revealed!) She has until her 18th birthday in 6 months to enjoy what freedom she has...and then she is to marry Raphael, whom she has met exactly one time!
Raphael is the anti-hero of anti-heroes!!! Natasha has brought to life a man who you initially despise, but the underlying pain he feels, his absolute NEED for revenge, his self-hate and complex emotions all come through ....making you almost unwillingly fall for him! At the same time Sophia, sweet and innocent, yet sassy and strong-willed totally and completely captivate you! You will empathize with her untenable situation, you will FEEL her pain and uncertainty, you will totally and completely fall in love with her...her strength, her courage and her loving woman's heart! Will her innocence and her faith be enough to turn things around? Will all the lies, all the secrets revealed destroy BOTH Raphael and Sophia?
This book is sooooo dark, sooooo consuming, so complex and evokes ALLLLL the feels!!! If you're looking for something different than the run-of-the-mill romance, something that makes your heart alternately melt, break, beat with fear and anticipation, has some pretty shocking twists and turns, suspense and drama out the ying-yang and some EXCEPTIONALLY HAWT & STEAMY love scenes then THIS is the book for you!! A DEFINITE MUST READ and a TOP read of 2017 for me!! I can't WAIT to get into Disgraced (Damon and Lina's story)!!! It's happening....very soon!