Dark Mafia Prince by Annika Martin
Series: Dark Mafia Prince #1
Published by Self-published on June 28th 2016
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THE DARK MAFIA PRINCE IS BACK TO RECLAIM ALL THAT HER FAMILY STOLE.
Don’t look at me like that. So trusting. Like you think I’m not a monster. Like I won’t wrap your hair in my fist and bend you to my will. Like I won’t sacrifice you, piece by piece, to save my brother. I’m the most dangerous enemy you’ll ever have because every time you look at me, you see somebody good. That friend who died.And when you look at me like that, I die again.
I spent years making myself invisible. A good girl, apart from the noise. Then you came back, beautiful and deadly in your Armani suit. Don’t look at me like you still know me, you say. But I remember your smile and those sunny days. Before they lowered your small casket into the ground. Before they told us the prince was dead.
Dark Mafia Prince was my first Annika Martin book and I am so glad I took a chance on it. It’s a new series that features brothers who have been separated by a tragedy years ago. Aleksio and Mira, a prince and princess from mafia families separated by circumstances as children now face each other as adults on a starkly different playfield. The plot pivots around Aleksio and people loyal to him and his family who wish to avenge the past atrocities they have endured.
I instantly connected with all the characters, drawn into their families and the lives they were leading. What impressed me most was the clarity of each of the character’s PoV, and how it enabled their stance on situations to be conveyed through their eyes. The story alternates between three main characters, and while each has their own distinct voice, the chapters interchanged with ease.
“You need to stop thinking you know me,” he says. “You knew me once, but I promise, you don’t know me anymore. Got it?”
Aleksio and Viktor have been living life dangerously on the edge, staying out of sight and biding their time whereas Mira, although not having missed out on tragedy in her life, appears to be living a privileged life. All three have been impacted by the life they have lived and their outlooks constantly reflect this. There’s more than meets the eye about each of the characters and perceptions are slowly altered as more is revealed through situations and conversations.
My heart slams in my chest. “I’m not your baby.”
“You’re whatever I want you to be, starting now.”
This story focuses more on the suspense than the undeniable chemistry between Aleksio and Mira. When they find a rare moment to focus on each other it is intense. The interactions are a fine line between fighting and lust, where they take each other by surprise as they attempt to control their reactions. The romance is absent initially, with their raw energy and battling obscuring the dormant tenderness. They both have moments where they feel the need or are ignorant to the fact they are trying to suppress it.
As a reader, I am drawn to books of similar genres and it’s great when you don’t get that deja-vu feeling. This book was a page-turner but at the same time, it left me in a relatively sedate state as I neared the final chapter. Of course, I wanted to read on, but the story ends at a point that will be easy to return to.
What I struggled with:
- What a parent will and will not do for their child
- Doing what it takes to survive
What I loved:
- Mira wasn’t a pushover
- Fun times over movie scenes
- Being the best you can be when you have to
- Feeling Mira’s optimism, joy, and fear
- Aleksio’s passion
- Brothers looking out for each other
Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars
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