Series: Stardust Love Story #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Love Triangle, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Mob, Revenge, Romance, Suspense
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The face that launched a thousand ships...
I grew up knowing my destiny. Daddy pounded it in my head, my brother repeated it every day of my life. I was the only daughter of the Orsi crime syndicate, the pretty prize that would bring peace. My one job was to marry Callum Sheehan, the vicious head of the Irish mob in Chicago.
I never questioned my future–until I saw him.
The man who was never meant to love her…
I wasn’t going to the wedding. It’s shit that my brother does, things our father requires of the heir of the Sosa cartel. Not me. I’m the black sheep, the one Mama spoiled, and my father loves, but without the pressure of expectation. But Sheehan is too big a deal for me to blow off.
And then I see her.
The love that started a war…
She isn’t mine. She will never be mine. I watch her fall apart when she thinks no one is watching. I watch her marry another man. I watch her bravery. And I don’t care who she belongs to or that it will start a war between our families.
I will damn us both to possess her, and burn down the world to keep her.
A modern erotic retelling of Helen of Troy, and the epic love that brought an empire to its knees.
I love books that reimagine old stories, I’m the girl who likes fairytales retold, or modern day retellings of Shakespeare. But this book super intrigued me because I’ve never read a retelling Helen of Troy, so I was really excited about this book. I have to say if you don’t read anymore of the review, just know that I really loved it, and my biggest complaint is having to wait for book two to come out in few months.
So Ileana is our heroine, and man before this book even starts she has had a hard life. She’s the daughter of a big time mob family, and when she was young, in an effort to support peace between the families, it was decided that she would basically be given the head of another mob family to marry, essentially a royal merging. I have to say, she makes me sad during so much of this book. She is resigned to doing the right thing for her family, and going through with this marriage, despite the fact that she’s basically never had any freedom or ability to do anything she’s really ever wanted to do. And her relationship with her family is not the best, there is some interesting family drama as well as some family trauma going on to cause this, but it’s sad that she really has no one to trust or turn to when she just wants to talk. So right before the wedding Ileana decides to have just a few moments to herself, enter Paris. Paris is the first person to really make her feel alive, and the person that Ileana starts to become as the book continues just made me so happy. I am so excited to watch her get stronger and more sure of herself in the next book.
Now as for Paris, oh sweet Paris. He is the bad boy in every way you would want him to be. He is from yet a different mob family, and to say he is off limits, or rather than Ileana is off limits to him, would probably be one of the biggest understatements ever. Of course neither of them knew who the other one was when they met, so when they figure it out on the day of her wedding, well let’s just say its a recipe for disaster. What I loved about Paris is how he plays up the whole man-child persona, it keeps people from really taking him seriously, but ultimately he is always watching and observing and he takes his duty to his family very seriously. I also loved how much he wanted Ileana, how he was there for her whenever he possibly could be, even when he knew it was going to come at a cost to himself.
There is so much amazing angst in this story, that it just kept me going from start to finish. The biggest disappointment for me is that I have to wait until the next book comes out to see how things end up for Ileana. I loved the mob component of the book, and I thought it was really interesting. There are a lot of really dynamic secondary characters in this book, and while it took a minute for me to get them all straight in my head, they definitely make things interesting. If you like mob books, you should without a doubt check out this book.