USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author L A Cotton's angsty college mafia romance series continues with Matteo Bellatoni's story...
Caitlin O'Connell hides the scars of her past.
Lost. Alone. Afraid.
When she wakes up in the hospital, broken and bruised, Caitlin has no choice but to accept help from the Marchetti crime family... and the one guy she never thought she'd see again.
Matteo Bellatoni wears his heart on his sleeve.
Loyal. Determined. Devoted.
Watching his best friends find love has left him wondering if he'll ever have that... especially, since he's pretty sure he already let his soulmate slip through his fingers.
When Matteo and Caitlin's paths cross unexpectedly, all those feelings come rushing back, and he's determined to prove to her that some guys are worth the risk.
All is not what it seems though.
Caitlin isn't the woman he thinks she is, and her secrets might be too big for Matteo to overcome. But he won't give up without a fight. Even when the past catches up with her and threatens the family he loves so much, Matteo refuses to let her go.
Because he lost her once...
He won't lose her again.
* Savior of Regrets is a 80,000-word story set in the Verona Legacy world. Due to mature content that some readers may find distressing, this book is recommended for readers 18+
Hard fought HEA
Savior of Regrets is the 4th book in the Verona Legacy series by L A. Cotton. There is also an Angel of Tears short story that is about one night Caitlin and Matteo spent together, taking place months before Savior of Regrets begins. It is a standalone, but I believe it would be better enjoyed after reading the series, in order. This was my first book in this series that I read and while I had no problem following along, the couples from the previous books play major roles and it made me feel a little disconnected.
When Caitlin wakes up in the hospital bruised and broken, Matteo, the boy she’s never forgotten is waiting for her to wake up. It would almost feel like fate, except for the fact that she knows her past could get him killed if she ever let him get close enough. Matteo has been unable to get his one night with Caitlin out of his mind and when he and his cousin are the ones that find her all broken he’s not going to throw away a chance for happiness - even if she seems determined to keep space between them.
This was a cute story that was well written and had a little bit of suspense thrown in. Matteo is a more sensitive soul and he’s definitely all in with Caitlin, whether she wants him to be or not. He sees his best friends and cousins in their new relationships and wants to find a forever person for himself. He knows that’s Caitlin, he just needs to convince HER. Caitlin is a girl that’s never had it easy. All she knows is heartbreak and loneliness and doesn’t dare to even hope a future with Matteo is possible without her past ruining it, just like it has every time. I kind of wish we had been told what her secret was a little earlier in the story, just because her pushing Matteo away continuously (after seeking comfort with him), make it a little more difficult to empathize with her without knowing the reason. With that said, I enjoyed it over all and will continue to enjoy L A Cotton’s fabulously angsty reads!
Trope: Second chance
Triggers: rape and physical abuse