You don’t become the fiancé of one of the most powerful crime lords in the city without understanding exactly how gritty and depraved the world truly is… and how to thrive in the inferno.
After five years spent under his controlling thumb, Daniela knows her position with a man like Vincent Stacatto is precarious, but as long as she plays by the rules of his “game”, she’s safe…
Until she’s taken by the devil.
Kidnapped by a rival boss, Daniela becomes a pawn between two powerful forces, and just another casualty in a bloody game of chess. But to get to the top, and stay at the top, you have to fight dirty and hold nothing back, because the most dangerous piece on the board isn’t the King.
Contains Mature subject matter not suitable for those under 18.
It’s like a car crash – you know you shouldn’t look, you might not like what you see, but the pull is too strong to ignore it. You might miss something.
I’m reviewing Crescendo by Lana Sky. Here’s my thoughts:
^^ Woah! Now, I’m no prude by any means, but this has an unbelievable amount of swearing, abuse, and all sorts of possible emotional triggers. It’s clearly not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Although, it’s classed as a fantasy romance it’s not a ‘normal’ romance by any means; think dark, erotic, Mafia angels and demons with literally no holds barred. Honestly, I cannot stress enough how this author has absolutely no limits when it comes to writing erotica aimed to shock.
^^ Do I like it? I’m saying yes, but I’m torn. This book is causing a storm, but I’m not sure its for the right reasons. Readers are shocked — they’ve read nothing like it before — readers are giving the author lots of kudos for daring to be different, but I wasn’t hugely impressed with the actual story.
^^ It is well written, using different character viewpoints, and I’m sure the author will do very well from this series, but it’s not really for me. I didn’t find a clear antagonist, the main characters’ toxic relationship I felt was a bit repetitive.
^^ Yet after saying all that, this book does have something. Maybe it’s because it is intriguingly different? Or it just the author is good at drawing her characters out kicking and screaming in such an intense and twisted way? It’s like a car crash – you know you shouldn’t look, you might not like what you see, but the pull is too strong to ignore it. You might miss something.
Overall: I’m giving this three stars, which comes out as an ‘It’s Okay’. Underneath all the violence, torture, blood and guts, it’s a slow read and the action, I’m afraid, only really comes out at the end.
Disclosure: I was given a copy by the author and Xpresso book tours, in exchange for my unbiased opinion, as always!