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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 4, 2022
Christine Feehan is probably one of my most read authors as I’ve read almost everything she’s written. Currently, this is one of my favourite series from her and this more or less delivers. It’s not my absolute favourite from her, nor is it the best in the series, but it’s a good addition. The premise is that years ago Elie, hurt the (feelings of the) woman he was betrothed to and lost her. Now craving family, he has determined to make another arranged marriage work. Unfortunately, when his new bride, Brielle, meets him, she’s adamantly set against marrying him. In the midst of this, he’s dealing with having a hit taken out against him as he tries to crush a global human trafficking ring.
From the premise, it is already clear that A LOT is going on in this book. I liked the relationship between Brielle and Elie. Even though it was sort of a darkly erotic sort of intimacy, it never felt like an excuse for abuse or disrespect. I think consent and trust were dealt with very well in this aspect of the book. Yet, even though the intimacy was handled well, for me there was something missing form Brielle and Elie’s connection- perhaps the transition to water under the bridge was a little too fast for me or perhaps some issues raised were somewhat unresolved to me and I don’t think the lovemaking resolved them in my mind the way I think it was meant to.
In terms of secondary characters, this was fantastic. It was great getting to know Val and Dario through Elie’s eyes and I loved the interactions between th Ferraros, the Saldis and Eli’s little family. This had a lot of action and violence and drama as you can expect from this series, but again- some of it felt a little rushed, a little too easily won, a little too like the author just wanted to finish the book and be done with it. In a sense, I didn’t mind because this did not feel unnecessarily long like it was being dragged out with filler and repetition, but I also recognized that it’s not the most intricately plotted suspense in this series, and that’s fine.
Overall, I really enjoyed this and would give it a 3-3.5 stars. I cared about all the characters and I really hope Dario’s book is next because I would love to see how love heals him a bit.