Dark Mafia Prince by New York Times bestselling author, Annika Martin is LIVE!
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.
About the Author:
Annika Martin is a NYT bestselling author who enjoys writing dirty stories about dangerous criminals! She loves helping animals and kicking snow clumps off the bottom of cars around the streets of Minneapolis, and in her spare time she writes as the RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.
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Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Aleksio Dragusha and his younger brothers were the princes of an Albanian Mafia kingdom, until their parents were victims of a cowardly murder. Aleksio escaped and his two brothers, Viktor and baby Kiro were split up. Viktor was sent to the worst orphanage in Moscow and Kiro was sold to an American family.
Twenty years later, Aleksio is back to take revenge on his parents’ murderer, Aldo Nikolla, the new Albanian mafia kingpin. So far, his life plan has been to find his two brothers Viktor and Kiro, but Kiro is still missing.
His first step is to kidnap his childhood friend, mafia princess Mira Nikolla, to blackmail her father. Mira is afraid of him at first. He seems so emotionally detached, cool and focused.
Over the years, Aleksio has been watching Mira from afar. He can’t let go of their connection, even if she is his prisoner and he definitely can’t hurt her. I felt for Aleksio. He had so much pain in him. He was hunted unceasingly by Aldo Nikolla’s men and constantly lived in danger. He grew up without a real family, trying to remember what it was to feel good and safe. He wants that feeling again, he wants to care about Mira. Aleksio and Mira’s bond runs very deep. It can appear instant, but it is rooted in their childhood. Aleksio is a strong leader, a mafia boss, but he is also a warm, decent person and Mira is his only weakness.
This story was not what I expected. It is dark, thrilling and the level of angst was very high at times, with some scenes that were really chilling and perfectly written. However, I wouldn’t call it action packed. There is an ongoing mafia war, but the focus is on the search for Aleksio’s younger brother, Kiro, to save him. Aleksio is not your average mafia killer. He is tender and loyal, but haunted by his past. He won’t hesitate to do what needs to be done, though. Despite the fabricated image she gave of herself, Mira is not vain or spoiled either. Her life purpose is to help others, as a lawyer at an advocacy center. Aleksio and Mira were a perfect match and had a soul deep connection. I loved their chemistry. So, of course, I would have enjoyed more scenes centered on their relationship.
Overall, Dark Mafia Prince is a great start to a new series. It is a standalone, with a HEA and is part of a saga of the three Dragusha brothers. The next book will feature Viktor Dragusha, a cold killer who became a key member in the Russian Mafya in Moscow. And I definitely want to read it!
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An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.