Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: February 8, 2016
POV: first dual POV
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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Guys, I LOVED this book so much! I highly recommend it. How I’ve just recently heard of this book (and the series) is still a mystery to me!
What is the story about?
Mackenzie Wilder has always had a tough life. After being an orphan when she was thirteen years old, she’s been living in different foster homes and most of the time on the street. It’s made her become a strong woman at twenty-two unlike any other girls her age. She understands how tough and dangerous life can be and is prepared for the worst. Along with her friends, they’ve struggled to survive in a city ruled by syndicates.
Mackenzie loves her friends and will do everything for them since they’ve been the only family she has. When one of her best friends, Talia, goes missing, she is off on a mission to find her. Her research about her whereabouts leads her to one of the leaders of Irish mobsters, Lachlan Crow, the next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. Her determination catches the man’s eyes, and not long after she earns a job to his pub, gets closer to the people in the syndicate.
I’m the daughter of Jack Wilder. A third-generation Irish-American with champion’s blood running through my veins. I was raised on the streets of Southie, and I’m not afraid of anyone.
Both of them hold secrets that will become the end of their lives, and even though they both don’t trust each other, the attraction between them is unmistakable and undeniable that either of them cannot fight. When their loyalties are questioned, each of them has to decide what is more important and what deserves to fight for.
“I thought I told you I don’t play by the rules,” I argue.
“Ye’re mistaken,” he says. “Ye just walked into my world unbidden. So you will play by the rules, butterfly. You’ll be playing by all my rules.”
What did I think about it?
If you love a strong, confident, sassy heroine, you will love Mack. She is my most favorite heroine so far. She is a strong young girl who will do anything to whom she loves even though she has to sacrifice herself. She is loyal to her bones, compassionate to those who has been mistreated, and despite her tough persona, she is a loving and caring human being who does not want anything bad happen to anyone. She believes in herself, can defend herself (knows how to throw good punches), and always stands up for herself. She is smart, has a great sense of humor, and doesn’t let any man take advantage of her. She is not afraid to challenge him and I loved it about her. She is my dream heroine. Period.
“Jaysus, woman,” he sighs. “Ye clean up your fecking mouth before I do it for you. You want to work for me ye better start acting like a lady.”
“I am a goddamn lady.” I grin.
He shakes his head. I really like pushing his buttons, and I don’t know why. This is probably not going to end so well.
If you love a hot, brooding, mysterious, alpha male with an accent, you will love Lachlan. He is the ALPHA of alpha males. Hot and handsome in a mysterious way, yet incredibly intelligent. He is loyal to his family, always thinks ahead of everybody, sharp, alert, and dangerous. Despite her loyalty to his family (the syndicate), he trusts almost nobody, especially those who make him weak (women). It makes him untouchable and unreadable. DANGEROUS to everyone. No one dares to challenge him. I fell head over heels in love when he showed his vulnerability. This extremely sexy, dangerous, alpha male made me swoon.
“Lachlan Crow is only loyal to one thing, and that is his syndicate.”
“I am all sorts of confused. He’s told me he doesn’t want me here. He’s told me he doesn’t trust me. But right here and now, his body tells me something else. At this point, I have no idea if he’s going to maul me or make love to me.”
I loved that the dual first point of view did not affect the characters. I’m used to feeling different toward the characters especially the male characters portrayed as mysterious ones whenever I heard his inner voices. It ruined the mysterious sides I saw through the heroine POV. I was glad that the author managed to maintain it throughout his inner voices.
I loved that there was instahate instead of instalove. Their relationship was hot and passionate and built up slowly with the elements of believability that I loved. I believed why it progressed that way. The hate and love thing going one did not bore and annoy me, mostly because how the characters handled things and the believability elements in the plot. It was fresh, interesting, sexy, and entertaining. The non-exist instalove made the build-up was incredibly amazing and when it reached the peak, it was passionate. I LOVED it.
“Nobody has ever looked at me the way he’s looking at me at this moment. Like I’m his possession. Like if anyone else were to touch me, he’d break both their legs and an arm for good measure. It shouldn’t make me feel anything, but it does. And the worst part is, this is the last thing I need.”
I loved the suspense and action mixed with mysterious elements portrayed in this story. It kept me on my edge with my heart full of anticipation and wonder. The twists and turns present while still blew my mind did not take away my chance to get to know the characters, especially the main ones, and connect to their love story. All these elements were presented smoothly and flawlessly that made the whole story felt REAL, not ridiculous.
The brotherhood in this story was the kind of relationship that I expected to happen among mobsters—loyal and tough. While they could be funny (and made me laugh out loud) to one another in their banters, I still could feel their strong characters behind them. They were still mobsters who lived a tough life most people could not imagine. I loved that it was still present in each of their conversations.
The ending was better than what I anticipated. While I still thought the romantic scenes could have been stronger, the emotions it made me feel was awesome. The revelations, actions, mixed perfectly with the romance. It reflected in the strong emotions I was feeling during and at the end of the story.
“I never realized how empty my life had really become until I had him in it. He did that to me. He said I wrecked him, but he completely destroyed me. Everything was fine when I was alone. When I didn’t have to feel or think or care about someone else. Sure I was sad and broken, but I was okay. Now, I’m anything but.”
I cannot recommend this enough to those who love mobsters, alpha males, strong heroine, great side characters, and awesome love story.
“I’m so tired of being strong. So tired of trying to do everything myself. Is it wrong to let him comfort me? To be relieved in the false sense of security I find here. These arms will shelter me and keep me safe. Something I thought I would never want now means the world to me. Even if it is all one giant lie.”