Stolen: Dante’s Vow by Natasha Knight

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Five years.

That’s how long it took me to find her.

Five years after my world shattered, leaving me a scarred and broken man.

By then, the girl I knew was gone. In her place stood a woman. One who looked like an angel. An impossible, beautiful angel.

I killed for her. Soaked my hands in the blood of those who hurt her and rescued her from hell.

But hell has a way of following you. Becoming a part of you. Maybe the only part you recognize.

I had every intention of bringing her home. Setting her free.

I swear I did.

But the men who stole her all those years ago weren’t done with her yet. They’d stop at nothing to get her back. And I’d kill any man who tried to take her from me.

She calls me her avenging angel.

But I know the truth.

I’m no angel.

Because even as I tell myself I’m protecting her I know one thing for sure.

I am a monster, too. No better than them.

Because just like them, I’ll never let her go.

Author’s note: Stolen is Dante Grigori’s story and although a standalone, would be better enjoyed after reading With This Ring and I Thee Take.

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• MY REVIEW •


“I like the kill. But I won’t hurt her. Ever. And whether she likes it or not, I’m hers now. Her protector. Her monster.”


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Mara, the little girl who went missing all those years ago, along with Dante’s life since the tragedy with his family are two stories interconnected that I was intrigued to know about since the To Have and To Hold duet.

This is a standalone story with a relatively steady-to-slow pacing. It can be wordy at times and filled with details but I found the shorter chapters kept the story rolling along. If you haven’t read the duet, you may find it a little difficult to understand or connect some of the events that happened prior to this story, and unfortunately it only skims through the details in this book. Whilst you can still read this one without having read the duet first, in my opinion you’ll be missing out on the backstory between Mara and Dante, and the history between their families.

There is a blend of worlds and within it particular characters who play significant roles in both Mara’s and Dante’s stories. Knight has written in some great anti-heroes, straight-up villains, and lighthearted characters. The combination of worlds colliding along with these secondary characters provided a contrast of group dynamics and dimension to the overall storyline.

This might sound a little strange but I found the struggles that both Mara and Dante faced throughout and their difficulties moving forward the most interesting to see. Mara especially, has been forced into a particular hellish world for most of her life and it’s clear from day one that not only has it taken a physical toll on her body, but worst, she’s been mentally brutalized. Her mindset is a jumbled mess and seeing Dante (who is broken in his own right) make an effort to get her adjusted and to overwrite her current mentality had me sympathizing them both. There’s a strong sense of unfairness surrounding these two and a saddening realization that their lives could’ve been so different. I don’t think either one of them would’ve survived if it hadn’t been for their strong-willed determination.

It’s a story of second chances, complexed, tortured souls, and a war that’s bigger than either of them could have ever imagined.

With the enormity of the situation surrounding Mara, I was expecting tons of suspense and build-up, so I was surprised to discover that the atmosphere stayed pretty much one level from beginning to end. The premise had piqued my interest, and I was curious by Mara’s character development and Dante’s evolution from the man he was to the “monster” he is now, but I found a lot of the plot twists were predictable losing grittiness and a slight edge. 🤔

The connection between Mara and Dante is evident despite their age-gap and being apart from each other for so long. But I did however wonder at one point when their relationship started to develop romantically if Mara’s feelings didn’t stem from some type of hero-worship. Having suddenly be rescued by Dante from the constant torment— is she of sound mind having romantic feelings for him? Same goes for Dante. With what Mara has been through, is his romantic pursuit of her justifiable? It’s a thought-provoking story and certainly has you questioning some of their behaviour. I’m glad to see Knight has considered this and included her characters to have similar doubts, but it also helped reiterate that Mara and Dante are truly connected on a deeper level. What it lacked in suspense, made up for in the complexity of the characters, their development, and the drive behind their set goals. In plenty of ways I found the characters, their emotions, thought-process, and actions fairly understandable and relatable at times.

Told from first person, dual points of view, this is a dark mafia-themed romance. It contains sensitive subject matters that may be triggering for some readers such as kidnapping, human trafficking, graphic violence and abuse. It also broaches on psychological trauma and effects of captivity. This book is intended for audiences 18+ only.

Overall, I liked reading their story and there was a sense of contentment finally knowing what had happened to Mara since her disappearance, and knowing that despite all she has suffered she gets her HEA with Dante.

Knight has created quite a world-building with tons of potential to expand. She’s introduced characters and as mentioned earlier interconnected worlds, one being from The Society Trilogy, making the crossover seem effortless. I found the setting intricate and with certain secondary characters standing out a little more than others, you can’t help but wonder if there’s more to their story than what is mentioned in this one (and if it will ever be told).

If you’ve read any of Knight’s dark romance books in the past then what you’ll have a pretty good idea of what features you can expect from this book— effortless, easy-to-follow writing, multifaceted characters that instantly have you intrigued, and a great balance of dark elements and romance.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Natasha Knight and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading Dante’s Vow? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Google Play

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Resurrection Of The Heart by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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Santiago finally has what he wants. His baby is growing inside me.

I’ve rewritten her destiny, binding her to me for good.

Things are changing for us. I see beyond the monster he shows the world. See the scars he hides beneath the ink.

Love is a weakness men like me can’t afford. I’ve decided to keep her, but I’ll never forfeit my revenge.

His final betrayal proves his vengeance means more to him than our love.

I will have my pound of flesh, no matter the cost.

I made a mistake trusting him. I forgot how much he likes my tears.

When I am through, I’ll have what I thought I always needed.

I’ll run from him. I’ll have to.

I’ll bring her back when she runs. I’ll always bring her back. She belongs with me.

But it’s too late when I realize he’s not the only monster in my world. And that mistake will cost us both dearly.

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• MY REVIEW •

What a finish to The Society Trilogy! *phew!* It’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride full of drama, suspense, and a spectrum of emotions reading these books. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down until I finished. It’s a book I easily read in one sitting. I was enthralled. There were so many things still left unanswered in the storyline that I was eager to see how it’ll go down. Not only did I get to see it unfold, new and unsuspecting situations occurred on top of it all that had me completely blindsided. Gosh, this book definitely went out with a bang!

Resurrection of the Heart delves right back into where Reparation of Sin concluded. As I’ve mentioned in my reviews for the first two books, this is a continuous story. You will have to have read the first two books in this trilogy before reading this one. And you do NOT want to miss out this one. Trust me!

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Oh my. To think the first two books were action-packed enough, this one is equally as much. Ugh, and angsty! So frickin’ angsty! Without giving spoilers away, here’s what you can expect from this book:

  • Family drama (annnnnnd a whole lot of it!)
  • Plot twists 🤐
  • Steamy adult content *waggles eyebrows*
  • Swoon-worthy Santiago moments 🤗🥰
  • Vengeance fulfilled *dum dum duuuum*

Told from first person, multiple points of view (but mostly from both our protagonists), you will undoubtedly see how far both Ivy and Santiago have come since their first interactions. Now that I’ve read this third and final book in the trilogy, I can look back at the growth of their complicated relationship. It’s complex that constantly grows hot and cold but throughout it all you see the dynamics between them changing.

Santiago is your typical morally grey character who instantly had appeal from being a hard, mysterious, broody alpha. But the minute he meets the one woman that changes things in his life, he becomes this overprotective bear willing to change for her because she’s his exception.

Ivy on the other hand I found very naïve at times, dare I say, maybe dense but her loyalty to loved ones never wavered. In comparison to Santiago her youth definitely shows and I’m not going to lie, you may feel frustrated with her on more than one occasion. 😅

Call this a pleasure read, if you will, but it’s nowhere near fluff. I can’t tell you how many times I got teary-eyed reading some of the scenes that played out. It may be a work of fiction but it was weighty, had a lot of oomph, and I was utterly invested in seeing their story through.

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I adored reading every bit of Resurrection of the Heart. The entire trilogy is a must read in my opinion. Knight and Zavarelli know how to write those deviously bad (in a good way) dark romances that pushes the boundaries but doesn’t go completely overboard shocking that’ll have you closing the books midway and never turning back. The gripping pace was kept up from book one all the way to book three. Ivy and Santiago may have had a twisted relationship with problem after problem popping up, but their sizzling chemistry was constant. Seeing their relationship gradually develop throughout each book and eventually seeing how it culminated by this third one was cherry! Ivy was more open to her feelings for Santiago (despite how they first started), but I felt like we were scrounging for scraps when it came to Santiago’s feelings for Ivy in the first two books. He was in pure denial. But in this one, it was like a dam breaking, and it was… ugh *chef’s kiss* ❤

Be prepared for some sweet, “aww” moments… in between all the hectic craziness.

Just like in the first two parts of this storyline, I found this one just as well-balanced. In my opinion the plot didn’t stray away from its original premise. Sure there were things happening in the background with the secondary characters but it still came back around to the overall main storyline with Santiago and Ivy. It’s one of the reasons why I was thoroughly absorbed because it had layers. Not only are you reading about the protagonists, you’re also getting to see snippets of the secondary characters’ lives as well. You’ll never be bored with this one.

One thing I do have to point out though (and this is just my opinion) — From the very beginning, the story revolved around needing revenge, an eye for an eye sort of deal, and it sort of set the atmosphere that loomed over Ivy and Santiago. And whilst it was one of the reasons as to why I thought this story was gripping and suspenseful, I did find once it was all unveiled in this book, it ended up feeling a little bit anti-climactic (and again, this is just from my POV). I don’t know if it’s because I already had my suspicions who the ultimate antagonist would be, or if the punishment didn’t necessarily live up to what I was expecting (maybe I’ve read one too many dark romances and have an evil streak), either way I was a little bummed to see the one part I was expecting some bloodshed actually lacked in it.

But overall, it was truly an enjoyable enemies to lovers/ hate to love dark romance. It’s one of those dark romances that leaves you happy sighing with contentment. It’s what you would expect a dark romance story would be — a strong plotline, atmosphere that sets the entire mood, character growth, and an overall world-building that sucks you in with its detail and dimension. It’s a story that has elements you can connect with.

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Resurrection of the Heart not only concluded Ivy and Santiago’s story in a strong and satisfying way, but it also leaves you with lingering afterthoughts of the entire IVI world they are living in.

If you’ve read the first two books, or even Natasha Knight’s To Have and To Hold duet, then the allusive IVI would’ve made you a little curious. This secret society is a fantasy world in itself that seems to have endless power and possibilities. Ivy and Santiago’s story may have already been told, but there is no doubt that this isn’t the last we’ll see of The Society. And I for one, am totally down for it! 🙌

I have always found both Knight’s and Zavarelli’s writing styles to be such effortless reads with their suspenseful build-ups and intriguing characters, so reading a collaborated story was a no brainer! Highly recommended!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Natasha, Ashleigh, and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading The Society Trilogy? Grab your copy here:

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💀🌹 Read my reviews for The Society Trilogy!

Book One: Requiem Of The Soul by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

Book Two: Reparation Of Sin by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli


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Reparation Of Sin by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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My husband hates me. But he’s also the only man who can save me.

Taken by a stranger, Santiago is my only hope. Except that I don’t know if he’s dead or alive. And for as cruel as he can be, the thought he might be gone is unbearable.

But he has nine lives, my monster.

He’s not finished with me yet. And soon I’m back at The Manor. Locked in my room. At his mercy.

I know I am despised.

I know I have become the face of his vengeance.

But there’s something else too. Something between us. It’s a dark and gnarled thing. And it has its claws around my heart.

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• MY REVIEW •

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Oooh things have just gotten more complicated! I didn’t think situations could get any more fucked up between Ivy and Santiago…. but man, was I wrong!

Things to consider before starting this book:

  1. This is a continuous story. You will have to read Requiem of the Soul first.
  2. This is book two in this trilogy, so yes, like the previous one, this too will end in a cliffhanger.
  3. There are sensitive subject matters that may be triggering for some readers such as, violence, non-consensual sex, domestic abuse, and attempted suicide.
  4. This is dark romance with adult themes — readers 18+ only!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s continue, shall we?

There’s a lot of complex and damaging situations going on in Reparation of Sin. Just when you think one fire is being put out, there’s another being fanned by a mystery antagonist(s) — whom at this point could be ANYBODY! 🤔

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Vengeance, hate, and jealousy is what’s driving these characters to take action. Whilst some parts of the storyline I found fairly predictable, one thing I am absolutely clueless on is who the true villain is. This is a dark, gritty romance that is full of suspicion, ulterior motives, and all around shady characters. It’s already 2/3 of the way through the story and I’m still hesitant of Ivy and Santiago. Eeep.

I’m going to be brutally honest… there are a ton of “facepalm” moments throughout. There are a couple of characters who stuck out like sore thumbs in this book that had me wanting to rip my hair out of frustration. But you know what? I commend the authors and their book for evoking deep emotion out of me. Just as Requiem of the Soul, this one held my attention and I was wholly invested in seeing the next obstacle in Ivy’s and Santiago’s twisted marriage. It picks up right after the conclusion of the first book, and ultimately starts the next plot in the story. The devious characters are in full force, and what’s worst is that it seems no one can be trusted in this world. Lots of little things are happening and they’re all interconnected and relating to Ivy and Santiago.

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And throughout it all, you’re witnessing the push and pull in their relationship. The twisted back and forth hate to love to hate mentality with these two has amped up because it’s more than vengeance at stake now. You’ll see Santiago struggle not only with his undeniable feelings for Ivy but with new developments brought on by his family and The Society. His inner monologue ended up being one of my favourite things to see.

Ivy on the other hand is more willing to open herself up to her growing feelings for Santiago but it seems every time she takes a leap, she falls flat on her ass, which I think is a big reason as to why at times she came off pitiful. Not going to lie, I felt disappointed in her decisions throughout this book. I could nitpick certain things that occurred that Ivy could have easily avoided. But funnily enough when I think back on what I’d read, it’s almost as if I just finished watching a turbulent episode of a telenovela. 😅 Hot, cold. Enemies, lovers. Trust, don’t trust. *phew!* There’s so much drama! Even between the sheets.

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Things are escalating and they’re escalating like crazy! Both Ivy and Santiago do some very questioning things. I can only hope that they redeem themselves in the next one. I wish I could say this book won’t leave you hanging like the first one did but I’d be lying. The cliffhanger in this one is torturous. If you had any patience, you’d wait for the third book before starting this trilogy. 🤭

Knight and Zavarelli fans, Ivy and Santiago’s story is not to be missed! If you enjoy dark romance reads, I think this storyline will be right up your alley. It has suspense, chemistry between the hero/ heroine, intense dynamics between a range of characters, and a storyline that’ll have you hooked with its twists and turns.

There’s a lot of intrigue surrounding all the characters in this world not just with protagonists, and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface. There are a couple of secondary characters from the first book… *cough* “C” and “J” *cough* whom I was hoping to see more of and I’m giddy to say I got my wish! 🙌🙌 Despite having only a scene or two in this book, they played vital roles… aaaaaaand their personal story was divulged (I would love a full length novel on them but if it never happens, I can happily say I’m content with the appearances they made in this book).

It’s told from dual points of view and although it has slowed down a little in comparison to the first book, I still consider it to be fast-paced, and the world-building is lush! I’m talking quality atmosphere, dimensional storytelling, and complex characters! 👌 It’s definitely elements you would expect from both authors. Looking forward to the next book!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Natasha Knight, A. Zavarelli and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading Reparation of Sin? Grab your copy here: Amazon Universal Link  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books

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📕 Book One: Requiem Of The Soul by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli


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Requiem Of The Soul by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

⚠ Warning: This review contains minor teasers
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I was born with noble blood in my veins.

Heir to a powerful dynasty.

Wealth. Power. Aristocracy.

Temptations too dangerous to resist.

Until someone tried to steal it all.

Scarred and broken, I emerged from the flames.

Now I’ve returned to take what’s mine.

Revenge.

The first item on my agenda? Make Ivy Moreno my wife.

Second? Bend her until she breaks.

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• MY REVIEW •

😮😮😮 Holy book gods! I’m gonna need a minute. What did I just finish witnessing Ivy Moreno enter into with Santiago De La Rosa?! Sheesh. May the odds be ever in your favor.


“You’ve been chosen.”


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I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed in another Knight/ Zavarelli collaboration. They always manage to conjure up some deviously twisted dark romance! Requiem of the Soul is without a doubt a gritty mindfuck of what-ifs and know-hows.

First off— the world building is so crisp, so vivid that you can’t help but imagine if exclusive societies such as this one exists in reality (and for that matter… are they as dirty and shocking as this one has been made out to be?!)

Trigger Warnings: It contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers. Violence, non-consensual sex, and abuse occur throughout. Please take into consideration before starting it. For readers 18+ only!

This book is set in such a dramatic and intriguing atmosphere right from the opening scene that I was having a hard time putting it down even for a bathroom break. 😅 I happily read it in one sitting but after the killer ending it leaves you with, I was cursing for not having paced myself. I have now joined the ranks of my fellow ARC readers in saying, “I need book two now!” Ugh. 😭

It’s gripping, with a complicated captor/captive type, arranged marriage between a man who has the power to call all the shots, and a young woman who is determined not to break in the life she’s been forced into. I am hooked and utterly invested in seeing this through to the end!

It’s one of those dark romance storylines that has you narrowing your eyes, trusting no character in sight, and trying to figure out the direction the plot is heading. Putting aside the elusive world of The Society that has been richly described, there are a handful of characters coming and going who all seem to have their own agendas. For secondary characters they all have such strong personalities that it’s interesting to see the contrast amongst them whenever they interact. If you’re a fan of morally grey characters, you’ll get your fill from this one! I am absolutely itching to discover certain secondary characters’ stories, and that’s just one of the reasons why I found the world Knight and Zavarelli created so multifaceted— with its untold history and full of secrecy that’s just waiting to be revealed. There’s so many things happening from all different directions, yet they all blend together seamlessly to give you a grand picture of the situation.


“Some call us thieves in the night.”


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A thrilling, fast-paced storytelling told from dual points of view. There’s a gradual build-up of suspense that’ll have you on the edge of your seat waiting for the pin to drop. Santiago De La Rosa is a larger than life personality who tends to lurk in the shadows that you almost think this is one of those stalker type, crime books. He’s a complex character. To be honest, there were times he gave me mental whiplash with his back and forth indecisiveness when it came to his game plan with Ivy.

Ivy Moreno is no better. I like that she has determination and I respect her ultimate reason for why she’s putting up with everything she’s enduring… but I wish she stuck to her guns a lot more. But putting those issues aside, I am truly fascinated by these two protagonists. Santiago oozes mystery… and craziness. Not to mention, when you discover the story behind his appearance, you’ll be all the more invested in seeing everything unfold.

I’m even more curious when it comes to Ivy. I’m really liking the fact that Knight/ Zavarelli has written in some diversity with their characters. Especially when the backdrop of this world is all about the pretences of perfection and certain expectations.

Besides the intrigue surrounding The Society, the sizzling chemistry between Ivy and Santiago is palpable. I adored their sweeter, more civil moments just as much as their fiery banter. They have a Beauty and the Beast meets Romeo and Juliet type of romance where a lot of factors are in play that I couldn’t get enough of.

You’ll be second-guessing decisions made, actions taken, and questioning whether or not these characters actually have any redeemable qualities in them.


“Don’t let him be a monster.”


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✔ Broken characters

✔ Vengeance

✔ Male-dominated world

✔ Manipulation

Are just some of the things you can anticipate in Requiem of the Soul! This is the first book in The Society Trilogy and does end on a cliffhanger. But if you enjoy filthy as fuck, gritty romances that contain some BDSM elements, then I highly recommend you add it to your reading list. You’ll find a strong, consistent storyline, crafty characters, and a lot of little surprises here and there. Such a raunchy, thought-provoking read!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Natasha Knight, A. Zavarelli and Give Me Books Promotions for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading Requiem of the Soul? Grab your copy here: Amazon Universal Link  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books

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Natasha Knight and A. Zavarelli’s Dark Mafia Romance

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📕 Book Two: His by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli


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I Thee Take by Natasha Knight

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Scarlett

Cristiano is my enemy. He’s also the only man with whom I’ve ever felt safe. Protected.

But I have to remember that he married me with one purpose in mind. Revenge. I would be the
bridge to his real enemies.

I can’t let myself forget that he isn’t the hero of this story. His hands are covered in blood. I saw that
with my own eyes.

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I thought I knew Scarlett’s past, but I didn’t know anything.

I thought I knew the worst of monsters, but I hadn’t seen anything yet.

Sometimes you have to lie to yourself to survive.

Sometimes it’s those closest to you who will bury their knives in your back.

Too many times it’s the innocents who pay for your mistakes. For your refusal to see.

I can’t let Scarlett pay for mine.

But I may be too late to stop it.

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• MY REVIEW •

👏👏👏 Natasha Knight has done it again! Another mafia romance I’ll be adding to my list of faves! This story had the right balance of elements to ensure it captures your attention. What an amazing conclusion to what was an incredible smack-in-your face beginning!

  • A strong continuous storyline
  • Character development
  • Drama and suspense
  • A gritty world

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What I find I can’t seem to get enough of from Knight’s mafia romances is the strong family bonds she includes in her stories (specifically the brotherly love). In this case with Cristiano and Dante. These characters have been hardened by their horrific past and consumed by anger and vengeance, yet as strong as their hatred is of their enemies, it’s evident these brothers are still capable of love. It’s crazy swoony to see their protectiveness and their ride-or-die mentality for one another! Seriously… 🔥    

I Thee Take is a much slower pacing in comparison to With This Ring. Whilst that one had a lot of build-up between Scarlett and Cristiano and seeing the beginnings of their relationship, this book focuses on what brought them together in the first place. Both their pasts have come back to haunt them and as secrets slowly unravel and the bigger picture sets in, they realize they need each other more than ever to survive it all.

Our hero and heroine both have hard outer shells with soft centers, and they both seem to only show that vulnerability to each other. Their chemistry was sizzling from the start and I’m glad to see it hasn’t wavered in this book. Their relationship is one that only grows stronger the more they’re together.     

The storytelling may have slowed down in pace but it’s jam-packed full of action! The fight kicks up a level in this book and as it did I’m not gonna lie, I started to get more and more anxious at what the outcome could be. Lol. 😅🙈 

A rollercoaster ride of emotions. And I’m blaming the characters! Not only our protagonists but all the secondary characters that brilliantly played their roles in getting me emotionally invested. Knight has cleverly kept her characters’ cards close to their chest until that perfect “mic drop” moment. Yeah, some you could pick out of a lineup easily enough from the start but then there’s the ones that make you second guess things. 🤔😈

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Not only had I become invested in seeing Scarlett and Cristiano together, I quickly became attached to Dante (Cristiano’s brother) and Cerebus — that loveable fluffball!

There were also these moments in the book that had me fist pumping the air with such satisfaction that if people knew what that was about, they’ll probably think I’m all out psychotic. Haha. If you love some good old fashioned violence (think Taken and John Wick), then it’s another reason as to why this is a must read. 

The world-building is very cloak-and-dagger. It’s a gritty, hell on earth underworld they live in and the further the story develops, the more you feel transported into it right alongside these characters. If Knight hadn’t included some light-hearted moments throughout, this book could easily have been a much darker story.

Right amount of sin.

Right amount of raunchiness.       

This duet as a whole is one gripping, edge-of-your-seat story, and the only reason why I’m not rating this book as high as the first one is because I saw where this second half of the story was heading. If you’re new to Natasha Knight’s mafia romances, then I have no doubt that you would rate it a four and half (or even five stars), but I’ve read most of Knight’s mafia books… she has certain tells and a lot of her books have common elements, and this one was no different. So once they started cropping up, I knew where the story was heading from there on out. Don’t get me wrong I honestly don’t mind seeing the same types of plotlines in Knight’s books — hey, I wouldn’t be reading any more of her work if I didn’t, right? But it did take some of the surprise out of it.

But in saying that… there was one little thing Knight included in the end that did have me perking up with anticipation. I won’t spoil it for you guys, but if you’ve already heard the early buzz then you know what has me all giddy! *skips merrily* 😍😍 

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Scarlett and Cristiano’s story to bits. I couldn’t put it down and I was constantly on edge right alongside Scarlett and Cristiano as bombshell after bombshell dropped all around them. A thrilling mafia romance that’ll have you questioning anything and everything, narrowing your eyes at certain characters, clenching your fists when the situation calls for it, and more importantly… salivating at the angsty moments between Scarlett and Cristiano! Eeep.

A highly recommended dark read for my fellow mafia romance lovers. Just be aware before starting this duet that it contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers, such as human trafficking, relatively graphic sexual assault and violence. Also remember that this is part two of a duet and you must read With This Ring first in order to read this one.         

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Natasha Knight and Give Me Books Promotions for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading I Thee Take? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Google Play

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Read my review for the first book in the duet!

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📕 With This Ring by Natasha Knight


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With This Ring by Natasha Knight

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When I rescued Scarlett De La Cruz from her tower it’s not like her prospects were looking so great. You’d think she’d show a little gratitude. Thank me for putting my ring on her finger and marking her as mafia property.

My property.

I’ll keep her safe. And the trade-off isn’t so bad. Most women would jump at the chance to sleep in my bed.

Not Scarlett, though.

My Cartel Princess has a big mouth and an even bigger attitude. But it’s her furious caramel eyes that keep me coming back for more. That and the way her body bends to mine like it already knows it belongs to me.

Scarlett is my enemy. She’s also the one woman I can’t keep my hands off.

But if I don’t keep my head on straight, everything I’ve worked for all these years will have been for nothing.

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• MY REVIEW •

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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!

If you’re ever in the mood for a reaaaaally honest to goodness mafia captor/ captive romance, I can without a doubt tell you to check out any one of Natasha Knight’s books! And after having finished reading With This Ring…? I can easily say it’s become one of my faves! 😍😍😍

The minute I started this book, I didn’t put it down. I read the entire thing in one sitting and I have no regrets! Yeah… I probably should’ve taken my time considering this is only part one of the duet but whatevs! 🤷‍♀️ I’ll read again it when it gets closer to the release date of book two; I Take Thee!

I’m no stranger to Knight’s books, having read quite a few in the last year. She has written quite a handful of captor/ captive mafia romances, and she has perfected the balance of a light and dark atmosphere, the romance, and the suspense. I was completely invested and hooked on Cristiano Grigori and Scarlett De La Cruz’s story. I love the mixture of the mafia and the cartel in this one, with an enemies-to-lovers romance between our anti-hero and heroine.

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What starts out as a war between territorial, power-hungry families, turns into a struggle for vengeance. But what’s left of both sides are forced together as bigger unsuspecting threats are on the rise and has taken aim at both the Grigori and the De La Cruz families.

I’m a big fan of Knight’s writing style and she has a way of easily getting you to fall in love with her characters. Cristiano is a scarred hero who is secretly struggling with life, and hates showing any vulnerability. But it’s his sensitive side that makes him all the more human and authentic. He’s not necessarily the most damaged hero I’ve read of Knight’s but he still manages to have an air of intimidation, darkness, and strength to him. And when you discover his story, you can’t help but feel a little protective of the guy (despite the fact that he can kill in a blink of an eye).

Scarlett is broken in her own way and just as tortured as Cristiano. What I like about her is despite what she’s going through, she still has the character in her to be selfless. Her emotions and actions are understandable, and you can’t help but root for her to succeed.

Cristiano and Scarlett are driven, strong-willed characters. Their story is very much family bound. They may be rivals, but they have more in common when it comes to family than they are willing to admit.

There’s a lot of push and pull between these two. It’s hard to pick a side because honestly, you want things to go both Cristiano and Scarlett’s way. The character growth is slow yet gradual, and as their journey progresses they start opening up. Putting aside the sparks between them, it’s the quiet moments where they’re simply learning more about each other that are some of my favourite parts to read through.

As a mafia romance lover, this book ticks every box in my checklist of what I consider an amazing mafia romance book.

  • Storyline with a solid, well-developed plot
  • Vivid, expanding world-building
  • Complex, intriguing characters you can connect with
  • Chemistry between its protagonists
  • Suspense and unpredictability
  • Secondary characters that add another layer
  • Swoon-worthy romance!

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What keeps you engaged in this story is the constant unease of what could happen next between Cristiano and Scarlett. They’re from enemy families — one seeking retribution, whilst the other is just wanting to survive, yet both unaware that they share the want and need for freedom from responsibilities that’s been demanded of them. The build-up is 🔥 in this one, people!

Call me cruel, but seeing them struggle with their feelings, and be in constant denial was entertaining as hell to see! 😈😄 I wanna say theirs is a slow burn romance but to be honest I think it’s because I simply wanted more! Knight is skilled at teasing her readers with just enough raunchiness to the point where the anticipation for a full-blown scene will emotionally kill you. Lol. Sigh.

A well-paced storytelling, told from both Cristiano and Scarlett’s points of view. You’ll see backstories to these two families. It’s very modern Romeo & Juliet set in the underworld. There’s a few vital secondary characters who are just as evasive as our lead characters that you’ll wanna keep an eye on. There’s also a few sub-plots that interconnect with the main that’ll have you itching to uncover. As I mention earlier, it’s suspenseful. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end and will have you grumbling when you discover how it concludes. Ugh. 🙈🙉🙊

If you love a forbidden-esque enemies-to-lovers trope with tons of heated banter between your protagonists, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy this read. It does have some sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers but not overly graphic or detailed. I would still advise that with the dark themes included, readers 18+ only!

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Overall, another much loved book from Knight that I am happily recommending to my friends and fellow romance readers. It’s such an intense, emotional story of two broken souls who are left to pick up the pieces and fight on! This is the first book in the To Have and To Hold Duet, and I love it so much that I consider the brutal cliffhanger well-worth the pain!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Natasha Knight and Give Me Books Promotions for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!


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The Benedetti Brothers by Natasha Knight

After having read some of Natasha Knight’s newer releases, I was curious about her backlist. Decided the Benedetti Brothers series was a good place to start with.

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The series consists of five books in total. Each book in the series can be read as standalone. The first three books in the series are on the Benedetti Brothers (the two books following are just set in the same world).

This review is for the first three books! 😊


📙 Book One: SALVATORE


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It all started with a contract signed by him, then by me, while our families watched. While my father sat silent, a man defeated, giving his daughter to the Benedetti monsters.

I obeyed. I played my part. I signed my name and gave away my life. I became their living, breathing trophy, a constant symbol of their power over us.

That was five years ago.

Then came the time for him to claim me. For Salvatore Benedetti to own me.
I had vowed vengeance. I had learned hate. And yet, nothing could have prepared me for the man who now ruled my life.

I expected a monster, one I would destroy. But nothing is ever black or white. No one is either good or evil. For all his darkness, I saw his light. For all his evil, I saw his good. As much as he made me hate him, a searing passion burned inside me.

I was his, and he was mine.

My very own monster.

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I owned the DeMarco Mafia Princess. She belonged to me now. We had won, and they had lost. And what better way to teach a lesson than to take from them that which is most precious? Most beloved?

I was the boy who would be king. Next in line to rule the Benedetti Family. Lucia DeMarco was the spoils of war. Mine to do with as I pleased.

It was my duty to break her. To make her life a living hell. My soul was dark, I was hell bound. And there was no way out, not for either of us. Because the Benedetti family never lost, and in our wake, we left destruction. It’s how it had always been. How I believed it would always be.

Until Lucia.

REVIEW:

Dark, mafia romance. ✔ Enemies to lovers. ✔ Arranged Marriage. ✔

With lots of banter, intimidation and lust! 🤤

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This is a great start to the series. It immediately gets you intrigued with Lucia being forced into a secluded life with Salvatore. There’s history between these two characters and their mafia families. What starts out as hatred, slowly but surely turns into lust, then eventually love. It’s a Romeo and Juliet type romance along with their two warring families.

I always enjoy some banter in my hate-to-love romance books — and this was a good one! There’s a nice little build-up. Lucia and Salvatore can deny their attraction for each other all they want but it doesn’t mean it’s not evident.

But there blossoming romance comes with issues. Not to mention Salvatore’s own personal conflicts with his family and the pressure of being the next one up to head the Benedetti family and all that comes with being in the mafia.

This book is full of drama. With a few swoon-worthy moments here and there.

RATING: ♥♥♥½


📓 Book Two: DOMINIC


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He’s the last born son of the mafia king. The one with nothing to lose.
I’m the daughter of a foot soldier and the sister of a snitch.

Monsters have been part of my life for as long as I can remember, but none as dangerous as Dominic Benedetti. None as cruel. None as broken.

I have no illusions about what he is. I have no desire to save his soul. And I can’t care about his bleeding heart.

But love isn’t always beautiful or kind.
It can be a twisted, ugly bitch.

I’d always known this was the kind I’d find. The only kind that could touch me.

Because some of us, we belong in the dark.
And Dominic and I belong in the dark.

REVIEW:

This is a captive/ captor romance. Contains sensitive content that may trigger some readers (e.g. kidnapping, violence, trafficking).

But ahh… Who doesn’t love the bad boy from the bunch?! 😜

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I knew from Salvatore’s story that I had to read Dominic’s book. He’s the black sheep of the family. He’s the youngest, who was never considered to rule so he causes trouble where he can, whenever he can. When everything crumbles around him, he leaves it all behind… but what happens when he can no longer escape his past?

Dominic is the bad boy with the attitude and he knows it. He doesn’t pretend to be anything else. His story is one of acceptance, growth, and healing.

The developing relationship between Dominic and Gia not only saves both their haunted lives but it changes them. Despite the fucked up way that they meet, in the end there’s no doubt that they are well suited for one another. I loved seeing Dominic’s character growth, from when you’re introduced to him back in Salvatore’s book all the way to this one. You can’t help but not hate him (even with everything that’s happened).

Besides the romance, his story had a good chunk of family dynamics. Reading this book made me understand and see his family in a new light… including Dominic himself *whispers* …and I had already loved him when he was being an asshole. 🤭

And who says bad boys can’t be romantic as hell?!

RATING: ♥♥♥½


📕 Book Three: SERGIO


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I’m the first-born son of the mafia king. The favorite. Destined to rule, I’m a dangerous man, a ruthless one. But in my world, you have to be.

Then Natalie stumbles into my life. Wrong place. Wrong time.

Twice, fate put her in my path.
Twice, fate placed the innocent lamb at the mercy of the monster.

I gave her a chance to walk away. Told her it would be better for her if she did.
But she didn’t listen.
And now it’s too late.
Because I’m not good. I never wanted to be. And I won’t let her go anymore. See, I’m not the hero. When I touch her, it’s with dirty hands.

I know my reckoning is coming though. I know I’ll burn for the things I’ve done, the sins I’ve committed. And I don’t deny hell is where I belong, but I want my time first. I want my time with her.

She’s mine.
Forever.
No matter what.

REVIEW:

⚠ WARNING: If you have yet to read Salvatore, please be aware this review for Sergio contains spoilers! 

Aw, this was bitter fucking sweet! Ended the trilogy of the Benedetti brothers with possibly the best brother and book from them all!

This is a somewhat opposites attract romance. Such a contrast between Natalie being this innocent young woman, and Sergio being the next in line in the Benedetti family to be the Mafia king, yet the attraction is fire! 🔥

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“Wrong place, wrong time, sweetheart.”


Going into this book knowing that Sergio Benedetti wouldn’t be surviving the end, I mentally prepared myself. What I hadn’t counted on was that Sergio would become my absolute favourite brother. Dammit!

The more I read, the more I dreaded getting closer to finishing the book because Sergio stole my heart from the second he appeared… and knowing that I would have to read and experience his demise was gut-wrenching.

Yes, I cried. 💔

I’m so glad Natasha decided to write his story. It’s definitely worth the read. I love that Sergio and Natalie’s love was fierce. They knew their time together would be limited and they didn’t bullshit around. Sergio knew what he wanted, and damn well got it!

Not only has the book wrecked me, but it’s also made me wonder how Sergio (and Natalie) would’ve lived out their lives had they had the opportunity to. After now having read all three books, I have no doubt that Sergio would’ve been the best man to rule. Personality-wise, I thought he was the most balanced out of the brothers. Considering he was in the business of death, danger and darkness, he still had the most heart.

Thoroughly enjoyed reading every bit of Sergio and Natalie’s short but sweet romance. Beautifully told.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥


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OVERALL RATING: ♥♥♥½

As mentioned earlier, each book can be read as standalone and technically in any order. But I recommend you still read them in publishing order despite the fact that Salvatore’s book contains the biggest spoiler for Sergio’s story.

Relatively quick reads. All told from dual points of view.

Besides the continuous family issues in each book, the only other similarity is with the brothers’ possessiveness over their heroine. They’re all mafia romances but each story and couple have a little something different from the last. These boys are alpha, but you’re bound to love one, two or all three of them! 😉

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Happy reading and as always, catch you in my next one! Xo

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