REVIEW: Violent Delights by Jessica Hawkins
In the de la Rosa family, old grudges run deeper than loyalty, and betrayal is a three-letter word: war.
But this feud isn’t between enemies. It’s between brothers. And I’m the prize. I was born a princess among criminals. An untouchable among thieves. Heiress to a life others have killed for, and one I'd do anything to escape. I vowed not to leave without Diego, my first love and best friend, but if his ruthless brother has his way, I won’t leave at all. Cristiano de la Rosa is a man as big and bold as his legend. Once upon a time, he was our cartel’s best soldier . . . until he became my family’s worst enemy. A man like Cristiano will bend fate to his will to get what he wants. Even if it means dragging me to hell—and tearing me from his brother's arms. “She is mine.” Three words from two different men. A life, future, and love I don’t get to choose.
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I was suffering through a book hangover after reading Broken Knight by LJ Shen, when I randomly clicked this stunning cover and was captivated from the very first page! I’ve never been a huge fan of Mafia reads because they usually end up being too dark for me. However, recently I’ve been gravitating towards darker reads as my reading palette changes and grows. Violent Delights has been sitting on my TBR from the minute I first saw the cover, I’m obsessed with Romeo & Juliet, Mexico and the Day of the Dead, so I was intrigued when I saw the cover and then I read the blurb and knew I needed to get my hands on it! And still, I waited far too long to read this captivating book! Violent Delights is written in three POV’s, the main being Natalia Cruz with a chapter each from Diego de la Rosa and Christiano de la Rosa. Natalia Cruz is a sheltered Mafia Princess who has lived amongst the chaos for most of her life and yet has no idea what those around her are capable of. Her father made a conscious decision to keep her as far removed from anything to do with the Cartel, even sending her to California to attend school. The opening chapter of Violent Delights is through Natalia’s eyes and sets the scene for the series. It evolves heavily around Christiano and Diego. There is quite an age difference between the 3 characters, Natalia has grown up being quite close to both brothers in different ways. One always her protector, and the other always getting her into trouble. Christiano and Diego are from the De la Rosa Cartel Family who you learn early in the book were killed, leaving Natalia’s father to take Christiano and Deigo under his wing. I found Natalia to be a slightly frustrating character, she was naïve and seemed so much younger then her 20 years. She made decisions that made me want to shake some common sense into her. And then at other times she was far more perceptive than anyone gave her credit for. As I got further into the book and she grew as a character I liked her more and more. I always tend to fall for the bad boy, the one that everyone else doesn’t want the heroine to be with and I instantly fell for Christiano in Violent Delights while simultaneously falling in dislike with Diego. I never connected with his character, I thought he was your typical manipulative character. Violent Delights was exactly what I needed to get over a book hangover, I was obsessed from the first page and struggled to put it down when life got in the way. I found myself hiding in the car for a few brief minutes before having to go into work to read just one more page. This book had me captivated, I absolutely love Jessica Hawkins writing style! The angst, the slow burn, the twists and turns, I loved every second of this book!
About The Author: Jessica Hawkins
Jessica Hawkins is an Amazon bestselling author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together. She writes romance both at home in California and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.