COLLATERAL: An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance by Natasha Knight
Release Date: September 23rd
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Stefan Sabbioni showed up uninvited in my bedroom on my sixteenth birthday. He stood in the shadows smelling of whiskey and death and wrapped a broken, blood-crusted necklace around my neck. I thought he’d strangle me with it.
That night, he left a message for my father. He said he’d be back to take something precious.
I never delivered that message, though. I wonder if things would be different if I had because now, two years later, he’s back. And he’s not hiding in any shadows.
He’s come to make good on his promise.
He’s back to take that something precious.
Marchese is the manipulator of my family’s tragedy. I won’t just bring him to his knees. I’ll bury him for what he did.
Taking his daughter is only the beginning. I’ll do it knowing I’m starting a war. I’ll do it knowing my enemies will become his allies. They’ll stop at nothing to destroy me and he’ll stop at nothing to get her back.
I’ve never shied away from war, though. I’m not one to play nice and I don’t share my toys. I’ll demolish you if you touch what’s mine.
And she is most definitely mine.
***ARC generously provided by for an honest review.***
Storyline: 4 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Heat Factor: 2 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 stars
“That’s another point you’re wrong on. See, you’re in my world now. And in my world, I make the rules and you obey them. I. Own. You.” -Stefan Sabbioni
Collateral is book one in the Collateral Damage Duet by Natasha Knight. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I must say I really enjoyed this book.
Gabriela Marchese is the eighteen-year-old daughter of Gabriel Marchese, a calculating and ruthless mobster. Stuck in the crosshairs of her father’s dirty deeds and manipulation, Gabriela finds herself bound by a contract her father signed, to marry another ruthless mobster, Stefan Sabbioni.
Removed from her home and placed in the care of a stranger, Gabriela struggles to come to terms with her impending future. Stubborn to the core, Gabriela will not give Stefan the upper hand… but that doesn’t mean he won’t take it.
Gabriela is immature throughout this story, but keep in mind she is young and has been sheltered her whole entire life. Her stubbornness and defiance do make interaction with Stefan interesting though since he is a control freak.
Stefan… holy hotness!! He is a complete dominant at the core. He wants control so bad and is used to having it in all things. Let’s not forget his perfect body and a hot chest tattoo…swoon!
The story is well crafted. The flow in which the story unfolds is pleasantly surprising as the author took time to build the world in which this story takes place and the where the characters reside. This story is the definition of a slow burn romance. I liked that she took two characters, who were complete strangers and took her time to show the development of their relationship as the story unfolds. There are definitely still a lot of trust issues to work out between these two, but I feel when the time is right, the pages are going to explode with all the pent-up chemistry these two are giving off!
I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for the second part of this story.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark, tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are guaranteed, but she likes to put her characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like that.
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