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 Complex Anti-Hero on a Quest for Vengeance
This story really kept me captivated and interested from the start. It's definitely darker than my normal read and I wasn't sure I would like it, but I'm so glad that I went for it. Dishonorable was gritty, emotional, and sexy and Raphael Amado is one of the most memorable characters I've encountered in a long time.
Raphael is a complex anti-hero and I went back and forth between hating and loving him throughout the book. He is so broken and angry when we first meet him, but as the story progresses you see how his past and thirst for vengeance has shaped him into the man he is today. In his moments of vulnerability, you can't help but feel compassion for him, but then a minute later, his cruelty and aggression will surface and the reader (and Sofia) are left reeling. I'll be honest, there were parts of this book that were hard for me to get through and I felt like I was going to get whiplash from the back and forth between Raphael and Sofia. Please keep in mind though, that this is not my typical read and so this could totally just be me.
Speaking of Sofia, I was a bit confused by her. Sometimes you can definitely see her immaturity (she is after all only 18), but then at other times, she displayed a maturity way beyond her years. I'm also not sure what to think about her sexual experiences with Raphael. On the one hand they could be viewed as hot and sensual, but on the other, it's degrading and humiliating the way she is treated. I understand that she is quickly seduced by Raphael's darkness and sees the man behind the mask, but I did find her too trusting and her willingness was alarming. I did like her as a character, but I definitely didn't connect with her like I have other heroines.
Dishonorable is a stand alone, but I would actually love to find out more about Lina and Damon, as well as the final Amado sibling, Zach. This is the first book that I have read by this author and though this story was on the darker side for me, it was still an interesting and riveting read.