I knew little of Raphael Amado’s history with my family, but when he turned up on our doorstep demanding restitution, my grandfather quickly conceded. That restitution? Me.
Six months later, on my eighteenth birthday, Raphael came for me. He stole me from my home, taking me to his Tuscan estate, where from the crumbling chapel to the burnt-down vineyard, to the cellar that haunted him, the past stalked him like a shadow. It waited for him, hid behind corners for him and trapped him at every turn.
As much as Raphael's cruelty terrified me, his darkness seduced me. But in the end, it was his tenderness that devastated me.
Sofia came to me like an offering. Like a virgin to be sacrificed at the altar. But truth was, her grandfather betrayed her. I guess we had that in common. He’d screwed me too.
I knew hate. I'd vowed vengeance. This was never supposed to be about anything else. But in the end, her innocence broke me. The very thing I would destroy, destroyed me.
4 out of 5 stars
Sofia is promised to marry Raphael on her eighteenth birthday to settle an old debt. As her grandfather owes a lot of money, he uses Sofia like a worthless pawn. She is more than angry about the situation, but she follows through with the arrangement and moves to his house in Tuscany.
Raphael has plans for revenge. He's angry towards Sofia's family and another Italian organization. He needs to be a monster to follow through with his plans, but Sofia's presence messes with his mind.
The chemistry between them is hot and steamy. I couldn't put this down! Raphael is one sexy alpha male with some dark demons.
I really enjoyed all the characters involved. The amazing story kept me glued to the pages, but towards the end I started losing track of who owes who. But even with that, I still really liked this book.