BLURB----Faith Jacobson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After witnessing a mob hit, she’s only moments from death when Angelo Raspallo decides to give his brother an unlikely gift.
Leo has avoided involvement with the family business, but it doesn’t make him a saint. He’s troubled and ashamed by his darker sexual desires, one of which is to own a slave. But when his brother throws Faith at his feet, repainting the scenario to make Leo the hero rescuing her from certain death, his moral fortitude will be tested. If Faith were kinky, it would be easy to live out his fantasy, but she’s not. Not even a little bit. Even the mildest spanking sparks terror in her that Leo can’t bear.
The gift soon becomes a burden as he fights with himself over how to handle the addition to his home. He could release her, but his brother doesn’t do loose ends. The only thing keeping her out of the bottom of the harbor is Leo’s mercy. She’s like a beautiful piece of art he keeps in a glass case but can never touch. Is possessing her enough?
This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any of this book’s content in a real world setting. This work is intended for an emotionally mature, adult audience. Do not try this at home.
This was different to what I thought it would be, not as brutal or sex based as I expected but more of a character exploration. Expect a fantastic psychological journey not hard-core erotica.
Faith witnesses a murder, some kind of mob hit. The murderer (Angelo) is about to kill Faith because of what she has witnessed when he notices she could have another use for his brother. Leo has always wanted a slave but isn't willing to do it, since Angelo has given him the option 'take her or she dies' Leo decides he has not choice but to take her with him.
Leo still doesn't have it in him to force Faith into being a slave- he wants a submissive masochist but because she isn't he attempts to let her simply live in the house with him. This works for a while but Faith is sort of in a state of mourning because she will never have a life outside of the house and Leo, she then decides to try and make some sort of relationship with Leo.
Watching Leo struggle with his self-control was refreshing. I don't think I have come across a man like him. A man who has his ultimate desire handed to him on a plate not take full advantage of it because he doesn't want to feel like a monster.
It was great to see them both struggle, Leo struggling with his shame of his desires and Faith struggling with her shame for considering them.
Faith probably looks weak but I don't think she is, she has accepted what has happened and what started out as a revulsion and fear started to change once she realized her life would be empty. She didn't really have much choice other than to try and make her life with Leo some form of relationship and she made the decision that if Leo needed the kink and submission- then this is what she has to do so for her to have someone in her life.
Leo- although not forcing Faith to do anything was who he was and made no attempts to change really. He treated her very well but he was not going to compromise his desires. Such a guy....take it or leave it kind of attitude. He was lovely though!
I loved the relationship between the two brothers, and the big Italian family was really fun to read. All of them! Mafia mum, arrogant brother and all the other crazies, it was just fun and interesting.
I loved the little details that let us learn about Leo, like his dog! This big mafia kinky guy loves his doggy.... awwwww. BUT he's not above murdering if you mess with his family!
If you like non-con/dub-con BDSM reads or like watching characters battling inner turmoil, this is a great read