She’s the wife he never wanted…and the weakness he never saw coming.
Ruthless. Meticulous. Arrogant.
Dante Russo thrives on control, both personally and professionally.
The billionaire CEO never planned to marry—
until the threat of blackmail forces him into an engagement with a woman he barely knows.
Vivian Lau, jewelry heiress and daughter of his newest enemy.
It doesn’t matter how beautiful or charming she is. He’ll do everything in his power to destroy the evidence and their betrothal.
There’s only one problem: now that he has her…he can’t bring himself to let her go.
Elegant. Ambitious. Well-mannered.
Vivian Lau is the perfect daughter and her family’s ticket into the highest echelons of high society.
Marrying a blue-blooded Russo means opening doors that would otherwise remain closed to her new-money family.
While the rude, elusive Dante isn’t her idea of a dream partner, she agrees to their arranged marriage out of duty.
Craving his touch was never part of the plan.
Neither was the worst thing she could possibly do: fall in love with her future husband.
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20, 2022
Not my first read by the author but she is a NEW TO ME author and I read 4 of her books and 2 out of those made it on my TOP read of the year. That said I was super excited for this one. I love me a good arranged-marriage enemy-to. That said I am at 18% and am trying so hard to like either Hero or Heroine. The heroine so far to me just seems like a goodie spoiled rich girl, I don’t find her strong because to me she is lacking maturity thus far. Which is making it harder for me to finish this book as fast as I anticipated I would. And of course I am dreading posting this because in the now a days if you say anything outside of the norm you get stoned. Not saying that people lie about their reviews and just hype things up but everyone loves what they love and I just happen to not be a fan of the heroine right now or their harsh relationship this far yet but it’s early. I wanted to do my review like this AS I GO which is most my reviews, but this one in particular. I’m sure no one will read this but maybe a couple people and I’m okay with that I don’t thrive for the fame, but I am feeling so far that I will be the only one that hasn’t liked something. I really loved the previous series of the author so so much so I had high expectations. p.s. by 20% i really was questioning if this will be a love triangle because of her ex Heath. Right now I just feel like this si a bad match, they have exchanged a hand full on conversations and they haven’t been very hate/warm to me at all. I really rather not have them together to be honest haha it’s just I can’t even, I really wanted even a glimpse of connection by now. I think at this point I am going to take a break and come back to this because it’s really depressing me and I don’t want to hate read anything ever. p.s.s. i am going to say this in the most ‘as is’ way that I can: this to me so far (at 30% now) seems very…RICH & privileged. That’s where I am leaving it, it has a meaning to me and makes sense and that’s all that matters. Basically I couldn’t even imagine it…
Why couldn’t Vivian just be more realistic….this is driving me insane. The hero is officially a ASSHOLE not a grumpy-hero. Period. I really wanted to DNF this book at 50% because of Heath, I absolutely HATE heroine that was wishy washy and other men involved especially when her and the hero haven’t even established a strong connection. Just a huge turn off and immature. I wish there was a warning on this book that there would be a love triangle in a sense. How gross from the heroine, and at her soon to be husband’s home, like she wouldn’t know that he only came there and keeps coming back because he wants her back. I was already not happy with ‘Vivian’ and now I totally ewwww. You can’t tell me that her family is truly the reason she would uphold to a arranged marriage, it’s all just not believable even if it’s made up. Haha what’s worse I kept reading, and after he looking like she still is in love with Heath she goes ahead and has sex with her soon to be husband. Why, why did no one warn me this author would turn, why? If i wanted to read this style I’d have read any other YA author. I am so disappointed right now. p.s. I skipped to 60% from here, I just did not like being here and couldn’t even enjoy the first sex scene.
Currently at 65% and their first fight as a couple, I can’t even..I don’t know where to start and I want to ask Ana why she would make that about the fact that the hero was actually looking out for her and her defending her low life family. You can’t tell me that rich people are really like this and if they are I definitely now know I don’t want to read them or would ever hang out with them. So far Vivian to me is a people pleaser and there is nothing authentic about her. I really wanted to give her a chance and hoped that she has a normal people heart but in a body of a heiress, but nope, proved me wrong. I’ve never rolled me eyes more than this book about the ‘first world problems’ a rich heiress has. Out of all the twerks there could be for a hero, food touching on the same plate is one I will never forget hahaha, what the actual F!
Oh it gets better: she confronts her father after she finds out the truth and he at one point tells her: He’s upset now, but he has a soft spot for you. Convince him to…assist. And instead of telling him absolutely NO and kick him in the balls, she says: I told you. We broke up. He hates us. I honestly at this point am far enough I guess where I can go ahead and await this no groveling or peek of the story that let all of the 1-3 star reviewers down. How can anyone like a woman like this. Luckily she said no, but now she has to go cry because she was disowned. Tears for the rich. The fact that in the end the heroine’s family thinks that Vivian betrayed them and doesn’t want to stand united as a family, is insane I really feel like I am in a different universe reading this. I would never want to be near or part of this style in fiction or non-fiction haha insane. After finishing this finally I am left a little speechless that I lasted without actually DNFing even if I did have to skip a few pages. I guess my anticipation and what I was looking for out of it, got the best of me. I will not be reading any more by the author because I now know which way she is going to, while it may be popular, and a lot of people LOVE to read this style it is not for me and that’s okay. I’ve learned to part ways and just move on. Am I sad about it? Heck yes! Will I still recommend her books I’ve read that I loved? HECK YES! In the end I just didn’t know how to feel about all of it, the feel was normal enemy-to, close proximity but it almost wanted to have a gangster mafia feel to it but not, then we have Dante in the very end that had I gotten glimpses of him like that throughout I would have enjoyed reading him. I don’t think there would have been help with the heroine for me, just not my taste. And having read a little about Kai and Isabella I most definitely know that I will not like them and can predict the style they will fall under. Best of luck to the author going forward.
And the only reason I gave this a 3 star is because at the end I really enjoyed Dante with a heart.
Triggers: Personal Dislikes Only
Standalone/Series: (Kings of Sin #1)