Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the “values” Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family-and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O’Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can’t stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian’s own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast-and how hard-she’s falling for him.
Plagued by a violent past, Cillian is more vulnerable than anyone realizes. Anyone except Olivia, whose beauty, compassion, and pride have him at “hello,” even if she’s more inclined to say good-bye to an O’Malley. While his proposal of sex with no strings seems simple, what he feels for her isn’t, especially after he learns that she belongs to a rival crime family. Cillian knows that there is no escape from the life, but Olivia may be worth trying-and dying-for . . .
“You don’t want to leave. You want to be kept as much as I want to keep you.” “Which is a good goddamn thing, Olivia, because I am never letting you go.”
“The past is the past. You can’t go back and change it. You can only move forward and ensure that the mistakes you made don’t define you.”
From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked on Cillian and Olivia. I desperately wanted to know more about Olivia and her past. I really liked just how tough Olivia was. She could take care of herself, but at the same time was just as vulnerable as the next person. She had secrets and a past and I wanted to know what she was hiding. And the more I got to know Olivia, the more I had to keep reading and see how her story would play out…Cillian really intrigued me. He seemed flighty and like he was always looking for trouble. But, the more I got to know him, the more that I saw what was hidden under the facade. There was so much more to him than what meets the eye.
Cillian and Olivia were a terrific match for each other. What was supposed to just be one night, quickly turned into something more. The two of them shared an undeniable connection. I loved that Cillian wasn’t the relationship type, but one night with Olivia just wasn’t enough. Cillian wasn’t afraid to go after what he wanted and I loved how protective he was. These two together were just explosive and I couldn’t get enough of them.
Overall, I thought this book was a pretty great read. It was a little slow at times, but I didn’t let that deter me. I really enjoyed the story-line of this book.I was hooked and left on the edge of my seat, in anticipation for what was going to happen next. I am huge fan of mafia style books and this one checked off all the boxes for me. There was plenty of hot, steamy moments. There was just the right mix of danger and suspense, drama and romance and of course, a few good twists along the way. I would definitely recommend checking this book out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*