Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Salvatore by Natasha Knight


It all started with a contract signed by him, then by me, while our families watched. While my father sat silent, a man defeated, giving his daughter to the Benedetti monsters.

I obeyed. I played my part. I signed my name and gave away my life. I became their living, breathing trophy, a constant symbol of their power over us.

That was five years ago.

Then came the time for him to claim me. For Salvatore Benedetti to own me.
I had vowed vengeance. I had learned hate. And yet, nothing could have prepared me for the man who now ruled my life.

I expected a monster, one I would destroy. But nothing is ever black or white. No one is either good or evil. For all his darkness, I saw his light. For all his evil, I saw his good. As much as he made me hate him, a passion hotter than the fires of hell burned inside me.

I was his, and he was mine.

My very own monster.


I owned the DeMarco Mafia Princess. She belonged to me now. We had won, and they had lost. And what better way to teach a lesson than to take from them that which is most precious? Most beloved?

I was the boy who would be king. Next in line to rule the Benedetti Family. Lucia DeMarco was the spoils of war. Mine to do with as I pleased.

It was my duty to break her. To make her life a living hell. My soul was dark, I was hell bound. And there was no way out, not for either of us. Because the Benedetti family never lost, and in our wake, we left destruction. It’s how it had always been. How I believed it would always be.

Until Lucia.

Author’s Note: Salvatore and Lucia’s story is a steamy standalone romance with a happily-ever-after. No cliffhanger and no cheating. It is intended for mature readers.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I found myself hooked within the first few pages of Salvatore. I couldn't get enough of these families.

The Benedetti and DeMarco families are at odds. They are both Italian mafia families fighting over the streets of New Jersey. People have lost their lives over these wars and to keep himself alive, DeMarco signed over his daughter, Lucia, to Franco Benedetti. Contracts were signed and Franco's son, Salvatore, who was next in line to take over the family, would take possession of Lucia after her completion of high school and college.

Lucia DeMarco accepts her fate even though she feels nothing but hate for the Benedetti family, especially Franco. He was the reason she was in this predicament. He humiliated her just for the sake of doing it and would at every turn given the chance. Lucia's pigheaded and not one to just bow down to the life she was thrust into. She's not going down without a fight, but her fear can't always be contained.

"Maybe I like you a little scared, Lucia."

Salvatore Benedetti has played his father's puppet for years. Franco yells and Salvatore acts. Salvatore is biding his time until he stands at the head of the family. He's doing what he has to do. Lucia isn't quite what he expected. Salvatore needs to show his father he is in charge of her, but she refuses to give in. Disobeying will always have consequences.

"Obedience is what I will have...I don't mind teaching it to you."

Secrets are exposed. Alliances will be tested. What side will they be standing on when the dust settles?

I loved the fast pace of this book. It kept you on your toes. Not wanting it to end but needing to find out what happens. It's not what I would call dark by any means, but it's also not a fluffy love story. I loved Salvatore's character, he's a complete asshole but in the best way possible.

This was my first introduction to Natasha Knight or any book that's categorized as a "Dark Mafia Romance," but I figured you never know until you try. I really enjoyed Kight's writing and I thought the story was nicely paced for such a quick read. Also, I loved being able to read from both Lucia and Salvatore's points of view. I always love when authors give us more than one point of view because I feel like it gives a deeper connection with the characters.

Lucia DeMarco was just sixteen when she signed a contract that basically allowed Salvatore Benedetti to own her. She was the spoils of war and would spend the next five years in an all-girls Catholic school before coming to live with Salvatore, where she would be a living trophy of his family's triumph over the DeMarco family. The only problem is Lucia has spent the past five years thinking of Salvatore as a monster, but now she's suddenly seeing him in a whole new light. Things are less black and white than they seemed.

I have to say that I had some mixed feelings at first because it seemed a little too Stockholm Syndrome for me, but I think it kind of grew on me. Lucia was such a strong female character that refused to let the Benedetti family break her. Although, I'm not sure if I'm sold on reading more mafia romance books, but I would be interested in reading more from this author. Luckily, it seemed like Salvatore ended on a note that could allow for the potential for a spin-off, but if not, it ended perfect for a standalone as well. I'd give it 3.5 stars!

USA Today Bestselling author Natasha Knight writes dark romance as well as spanking romance in a variety of genres including contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction and fantasy. She is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories forever searching in every story for that single most important element of love. All of her stories contain at least one kinky Alpha male, lots of dirty talk and a well-deserved happily ever after.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Salvatore by Natasha Knight to read and review.

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