WHEN OBSESSION BECOMES DESIRE…
Ellen Winthorp has no choice but to rely on the protection of Mischa Stepanov—the vicious mafia leader who captured and disfigured her. But the more she learns about him, the deeper she falls into a world of violence, deception and intrigue where danger lurks around every corner.
As long as she plays by his rules, Mischa seems content to drip-feed her information about her family and the secrets shrouding her past.
But her innocent questions may lead to devastating answers…
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I hinted before that I was not sure which friends were really friends and if the supposed enemies were truly enemies. Now I am even more unsure of who to trust. Retaliation against Mischa leaves 'little rose' with her petals crushed. Robert's secrets are exposed. Sergei, I'm not sure if he has the best of intentions or is working his own agenda. Vanya, his kindness confuses me, almost makes me think something is off. He could be a key player in this puzzle. Mouse, there is a story there. XII gave us a more personal (? ) and up-close look at Mischa. Dare I say I was a bit shocked at his past? He has a softness under all that growling that he does. He reminds me a bit of a lion with a thorn in his paw. All bluster and growl, protecting his soft underbelly. No, he is still not redeemable in my eyes just a bit more likable? Still highly psychotic, but a bit more likable. Little Rose is finding her thorns. I worry for her though as each piece of the puzzle is revealed and her reality as she perceived it is shattered. Will she have the strength to go forward. In a couple of scenes her inner strength wavers, I can't blame her. How much more betrayal and deception can her mind suffer through before it just isn't worth fighting anymore? There is so much more going on and I don't want to risk spoilers. Be prepared for the brutal twists. For bloody betrayals For a hellacious cliffhanger I need to know this works out - I need to know she comes out the other side intact.
I thought book one left me breathless. It did, but wow, book two took my breath away more than I ever imagined it could. Book two picks up where book one left off so you do need to read them in order. Ellen and Mischa's "relationship" is more than messed up. Ellen endures even more trauma in book two, you wonder how she's managed to stay alive to this point. Mischa is just plain cruel, or is he? He physically and emotionally abuses Ellen. However, we are given glimpses into a man who may care more than he's comfortable with. In real life, I'd never root for them to develop an actual relationship, no matter how gentle he can be at times. However, in my fantasy world, I'm cheering for them. The way Mischa takes care of Ellen after her altercation with Nicklaus, and his treatment of the young girl, makes it hard for me to completely hate him. I also get the sense Ellen feels more free to be her true self around him, or at least stand up for herself if nothing else. I also get the impression Mischa wants to be different with Ellen. He's just struggling with years of molding of his role and how he should act as leader of the mafiya. The writing, once again, is excellent. I was glued to the story and didn't want to have to put it down. There were even more secrets revealed, as well as twists and turns. We don't know who to trust and it seems neither do Ellen or Mischa. I thought book one ended in a heck of a cliffhanger. That was nothing compared to the cliffhanger we are left with in book two. Book three can't be released fast enough. I have to know what happens next!! *I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review.*