She thought it was love.
Rose Romanov is a mafia princess, and everything that entails. Violently over-protective parents. A giant extended family, all ready to kill anyone who looks at her wrong. Learning to run a business that isn’t exactly on the right side of the law. So, naturally, when she meets a nice guy who isn’t in the life, she falls hard… Right up until the she discovers her new boyfriend isn’t a civilian at all.
But he betrayed her.
When Dante Verducci was sent on an undercover mission to evaluate the Romanov family for weakness, he never expected to have an instant connection with their unlikely heir. There’s something fierce and feral about Rose that calls to him. They’re alike, even if they’re both lying to each other during the months they date. Before he could figure out a new plan, Rose finds out who he really is, dumps him, and immediately enters an engagement with the heir of a rival family. Yeah, no, that’s not going to work for Dante.
Now he’ll do anything to reclaim her. Even go to war.
Loved This Book!
Ah, Katee Robert. She is one of my favorite authors, and anything she writes I am there for. “The Bastard’s Betrayal” is soooo good. The story picks up the tale of the O’Malley family that was started with “The Marriage Contract,” with this series jumping ahead thirty years and focusing on the children of the O’Malley clan. (While you by no means need to read the original series to enjoy this one, you’d be crazy to pass it by. It is amazing.) Rose and Dante are an perfect pair. They are destined to be together, and Dante is willing to go to any lengths necessary to make sure Rose is his, including kidnapping her on her wedding day. I loved the push and pull of these two. Rose is dealing with the responsibility of being the heir apparent in her family, and that doesn’t seem to leave room for her to make a love match. Dante, however, is committed to Rose and will do whatever he needs to convince her they belong together. There are a lot of machinations between the two, along with great banter and some truly excellent sexy times (something Katee Robert absolutely excels at). Through it all you really feel for the characters and the struggles they go through. And I have to admit, I absolutely loved getting a glimpse of some of the characters from the original series. There is passion, drama, excitement, danger and a bit of humor, too. This is a brilliant start to the new series and I cannot wait to see what else Robert has in store for the next generation of O’Malleys. Highly recommended.