"You're getting married. Milos Levin needs a wife. He heads the Russian mafia—Bratva—here in Chicago. It's time for him to get married, he wants kids and he wants them soon."
Ice slides down my spine. Milos Levin is a man who has haunted my dreams and nightmares for the last four years. As the daughter of the Don of the Outfit, I knew this was a possibility. Yet I hoped since I made it to the ancient age of twenty-three, I was safe from a mob marriage. I'm the weird cat lady, too fat, and my mother is half Filipino. I shouldn't have anyone asking for me—but Milos isn't asking for me.
All he wants is a woman who fits his needs, someone who will cement his relationship with the Outfit and give him the children he wants. He would take my sister if she were willing because, as he told Carlo, all women are the same in the dark. But Carlo picked me, and I'll do anything to protect my little sister.
Or so I tell myself—but that's the biggest lie of all. The truth is four years ago I met Milos Levin on a freezing February morning, and I've never been the same since. I'll marry him because I think that day, as crazy as it sounds, I fell in love with him.
But I can't let Milos know that. Ever. He's mafia, and whatever the name, their ways are all the same: take until there's nothing left, then leave the enemy broken. I won't be broken by him, or anyone. I won't become my mother, willing to endure the affairs and lies in exchange for the money and status.
Four years and three months—one thousand, five hundred and forty-seven days—I have known Celia was mine. I have watched over her, listened to her, protected her. There is nothing I have not done and would not do to keep her safe and mine.
What it started as. I do not know. but now it can only be defined as an obsession. Celia is mine. Like me, she has known it all this time. Why she is suddenly fighting me as our wedding day draws closer, I do not understand. It does not matter. The day is nothing more than a formality.
I have never claimed to be a good or patient man. For her I was. That time is at an end. My kitten is baring her claws. She will find the veneer of civility I show the world is far thinner than she ever imagined—for in the end I am Bratva. We take what we want, ruthlessly and completely, and we never let it go[SP2] .
***This is a standalone first in series that does not end in a cliffhanger. While Tony and Dominic Sabatini from the HIS: Sabatini Family series appear, you need not have read them to enjoy this. This novel includes spankings and rough sexual scenes. If such things offend you, please do not purchase. ***
Great page turner!
As the neglected daughter of the Chicago Don, Celia Parker wants to live life on her terms: college and becoming a veterinarian. It doesn’t include being forced to marry the head of the Chicago Bratva and having his children. Her head’s in the right place, so why can’t she control the electricity she feels whenever she’s near Milos? Is following her heart worth giving up her dreams?
Milos knows he’s always the villain, but there are some lines he won’t cross. He knows Celia is for him, but he’ll let her go to college before he claims what’s rightfully his. He’ll also protect her from his enemies, even if that means a loveless marriage. He can’t risk his enemies knowing that the biggest weakness of the head of the Chicago Bratva is a silver-eyed kitten lover with a mouth and a temper.
Many authors try, but fail, to create interesting new series within the worlds they’ve created. Ms. Murphy has not only succeeded; she has triumphed. New and current readers will enjoy this expansion into the Chicago Bratva. Readers who have followed the Sabatini family will enjoy appearances from those characters. Overall a fantastic addition to the world Ms. Murphy has created. Already looking forward to the next in this series!
I understand the plot, but my… oh my… this grammar is atrocious I stopped reading on page 169.
To the author: you did your best; this makes me feel as if English is not your first language.
To the editor: you are in the wrong profession.
This was an incredible book - I just loved it! Mafia is not my usual trope but this author is, so I HAD to read it. It is a bit longer than some books but definitely worth the read. Celia is arranged to marry Milos. A part of her is excited about that and another part of her is scared, as he is the head of the mafia. She’s only 23 and a bigger gal so she is not quite sure why he would want to marry her. She learns though that he not particular, he’ll marry her or her sister. Celia convinces herself and others that she is protecting her sister but she clearly remembers meeting Milos 4 years ago.
Milo’s is a force to be reckoned with. He is harsh and unyielding. While he does care for Celia, he does not elude to that for her safety. He has waited for her to marry him.
This book was a great read! I truly enjoyed it.
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