By Danielle Slater and Lacey St. Claire
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Following orders could secure his future … and destroy his happiness.
A notorious man …
Francisco is next in line to take over as Mafia kingpin. His father wants him to settle down, but Francisco has never met a woman who made him want more than a one-night stand.
Until the night of the masquerade party at Club Ecstasy — when a masked woman entrances him with her warmth, kindness, and innate sensuality.
A dedicated woman …
Sarah is a hard-working nurse by day and a caregiver for her aunt at night. When she goes out for a rare evening of fun, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.
The irresistibly sexy man she meets at Club Ecstasy almost seduces her right there in the nightclub. She never learns his name, or sees his face … but she can’t stop thinking about him.
A fateful encounter …
The next time they meet, it’s because Sarah has become the unwitting target of a mob operation. For Francisco, family comes first. Can he find a way to satisfy his desire as well as his honor … or will his loyalty cost him the only woman he’s ever wanted?
Francisco is a real douche bag, an egotistical a** and alpha man whore who uses women for a good time and tosses them out as soon as he gets what he wants. At least this is what he is until he meets Sarah at a masquerade party and she rejects him. Sarah’s effect on him, however, convinces Francisco that maybe he does need to follow his dad’s advice and settle for just one woman – he can’t stop thinking about her. Once he realizes that the woman he’s been forced to kidnap and coerce into handing over a ring that his dad gave to a former love interest is really Sarah, he decides to do anything and everything he can to make her forgive him and – very quickly! – go out with him and fall in love. Even though Francisco is not a very nice guy, let alone a future mob boss, the authors do a brilliant job of making him so romantic and sincere when it comes to wooing Sarah that it becomes impossible to not fall for him, too! Is Sarah an idiot for falling for him? Maybe, all things considered, but who can blame her considering the package deal that Francisco offers? He’s drop-dead gorgeous, rich, romantic, and they have an amazing chemistry, and he’s on board with trying to get his dad and Sarah’s aunt back together again after all these years.
The primary reason I rated this book a 4 and not a 4.5 or 5 is because it really needed to have a thorough proofreading before release. There were a lot of verb tense issues, in-sentence word swaps and a few inconsistencies (i.e. the statement about not waking up Sarah’s aunt the first time they made love – weren’t they at Francisco’s apartment?) made reading a bit distracting. Several times I simply reread the sentences restructuring them in my mind the way I knew they should be written/worded. Though it was a problem throughout the book, I still stand behind my contention that it was a solid concept and sweet romance and the story was well played out. Additionally, if there was ever a story that could have benefitted from an epilogue chapter, this is one. It doesn’t seem that it was a deep enough story to merit a follow-up (i.e. building a story focused on one of his buddies) – nor was it really meant to be – but I was left curious about Aldo and Marilyn. What happens when they do meet again and Aldo doesn’t push her away this time? How does Francisco drop the news to his two friends/associates about his relationship with Sarah?
The “huh?” part?
Sarah remarks that they need to be quiet so as not to wake up her aunt when they hit the sheets after a bout of play in the shower. Uh, weren’t they at Francisco’s apartment? I’m pretty sure her aunt wasn’t with them.
Francisco’s transition to becoming a one-woman man…and the final chapter when he admits his true feelings to Sarah.
Yes, but be prepared to flounder a bit on the writing quality as you go. The verb tenses and word swaps really messed with me, but it’s a really good story.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on April 24, 2016.