by Kathy Coopmans
Series: The Syndicate #2
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
on November 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Stacy Hinkle
Roan Diamond’s loyalty to the family may be obligated by blood, but nobody ever said he had to love them all, right? As the next in line to head the Diamond dynasty, he has loose ends to take care of, and one of those is his brother Royal. Yet his plans for revenge fall apart the minute he lays eyes on Alina—Royal’s ex-girlfriend, who also happens to be the daughter of the rival Solokov family.
As a mafia princess, Alina Solokov knew it wouldn’t be easy when she made the decision ten years ago to leave the family for a new life at a college in England—but betrayal is often a dish served cold by those who you love the most. Now, back in the United States after a job offer that she couldn’t refuse, her new found strength is pushed to the limits when Royal returns to claim her for his own.
When the man who captures her heart amongst the chaos is front and center in a lifestyle she swore never to return to, can she hold her ground and fight being sucked back into the black hole that is the mafia underworld? Or will Roan’s love be worth the ultimate sacrifice?
I’ve loved Roan since he and Calla was held captive in the first book. I admired his loyalty and his courage. He was so different from his own brother. It’s difficult to believe they are even related. I enjoyed Cain and Calla, but I think that Roan and Alina are my favorite. For one, Roan wasn’t a cheater like Cain. Justify it all you like, but it still doesn’t change the fact that Cain cheated on Calla on their wedding day. Whatever his reasons were, there were other ways of letting her go. Roan, on the other hand, he has suffered a lot under his brother’s cruelty, and so did Alina.
I like the dark vibe of the book. I also like the chemistry between the characters. I already love Roan. But I am more than glad that I fell in love with Alina too. All the things she’s been through were difficult and a lesser person would not have moved on and lived her life the way she did. This installment really solidified the series. If you’ve read the first book, you should definitely read this as well. Once you’ve read this, I’m sure you will just as excited as me to proceed to the next book right away.