Dishonored by Bethany-Kris
Published by Self-published on August 6, 2018
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Sex is his weapon. Power is her drug.
Caesar Accardo is gasoline. Mostly harmless while stable, but Aria holds the match to set the dishonored Cosa Nostra prince on fire in more ways than one. And if he burns down everything in his path because of it—so be it.
The problem is … she just wasn’t prepared for all of him.
Aria De Rose is a hurricane. Amazing from afar, but destructive up close. Caesar keeps getting pulled into the Camorra queen’s plans in her effort to gain power, but he’s a better player than she knows.
The thing is … women like her are the reason why rules are meant to be broken.
Philadelphia isn’t ready for game these two are playing—the sacrifices they make might not be worth it in the end, and someone will always lose in a war.
They’re broken, so very vicious, and they are not the good guys. But for every villain in the world, there’s a monster at his back who made him that way.
And monsters like those hide in plain sight.
Note: This is a standalone romance with content that some might find triggering. Be warned, and read with caution.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Another page turner from Bethany-Kris!
Dishonored is Caesar and Aria’s story which depicts two starkly different tales of survival. Caesar is reckless and revels in pushing his father’s patience to its limits. Aria meanwhile is patiently planning her path of escape. A master manipulator, Aria reads Caesar like a book, giving him a run for his money. Fortunately, her antics feed right into his need for a challenging relationship.
They called him the tyrant. She was just as bad. He loved it.
This is a case of Mr. Ruthless meets Mrs. LetMeShowYouRuthless! Boundaries became the edge of where their scheming began. Ceasar and Aria are driven by a combination of unthinkable and unwelcomed obsessions bestowed upon them because of the family life they inherited. The story focused on the present, keeping references to the actions of their perpetrators to a minimum.
Witty banter illustrated that Caesar and Aria’s actions impacted little weight on their consciences. They left their empathy at the door a long time ago, not giving anything other than their personal objectives a second thought. Flirting with each other and danger were one and the same, bewildering me and simultaneously desensitising me to the long list of retributions they initiated.
Caesar maintained an unhealthy level of disrespect, thriving on the discomfort his behaviour caused. Aria had a quieter approach because of her acute need to remain feared as well as wanting to stay off key peoples’ radars. The different approaches shed a light on their indifference to potential consequences.
A dark romance that maintained a good balance throughout all while leading up to an epilogue reminding me that two negatives make a positive! I relished the discovery of love between two people who never expected to experience such purity.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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