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Serenity Bishop is a work of art. Her skin a canvas, decorated with the scars of her evil captor’s twisted abuse. But her tormentor, Angelo, is about to lose control. Zachary Schiavelli is an art thief and forger. His handsome face is merely the mask that hides a cold, calculating man whose own childhood of abuse has honed him into a remorseless killing machine. Zachary isSerenity Bishop is a work of art. Her skin a canvas, decorated with the scars of her evil captor’s twisted abuse. But her tormentor, Angelo, is about to lose control. Zachary Schiavelli is an art thief and forger. His handsome face is merely the mask that hides a cold, calculating man whose own childhood of abuse has honed him into a remorseless killing machine. Zachary is about to take an intense disliking to Angelo.Sometimes you need to fight fire with fire. In a violent tale of mob rule where violence begets violence, an unlikely alliance between two forces of nature is about to change the face of organized crime. When Serenity and Zachary collide, it’s an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, and everyone around them is about to get caught in the crossfire.A complete novel with no cliffhangers.A violent tale of mob rule and dark romance. Warning contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex. Adults only...

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The Degas Girl Reviews

  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    2019-01-23 21:49

    Book – The Degas GirlAuthor – A.J. AdamsPublication Date – May 16, 2014Type – Stand AloneGenre – Romance, DarkRating – 4 out of 5 StarsBook provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.ReviewCaptiveSex SlaveAbuseMafiaItalian MenControlLoveWhat else can a reader ask for?I can really see how this author has grown in their writing.  This was a fresh of breath air from the first novel “The Bonus” – I love watching an author mature in their writing and prose.This story gripped me from the beginning and continued until the end.  Two souls fighting past demons that hold them into a stalled future unless they can learn to trust each other and learn to love again.Serenity is thrown into a world of the mafia and sex trade after her family sold her into slavery – during this time she is put through so much torture by the hands of Angelo until Zachary witnesses firsthand the shit she goes through. Zachary takes her for his own while Serenity thinks she is just going from one torturer to the next but Zachary has different plans for her.  These two through time form a bond and Zachary starts to open up to her and guides her into coming into herself.Not only do we have a story about a man and a woman but add the Italian Mafia, forgery, thieves and murder and now we are talking!

  • Katie
    2018-12-29 04:49

    4 bound stars Loved the characters. Loved the sex scenes. Just the right amount of "dark" for it to be an enjoyable read without too much cringing. This is definitely a dark & steamy "romance" novel you need to check out..especially if you enjoyed reading The Bonus !

  • Z-squared
    2018-12-29 22:48

    I was expecting The Degas Girl to be the sort of dark erotica you occasionally get a craving for but won't admit to liking in polite company. Yet despite the subject matter, this book wasn't nearly as dark as similar books (e.g., Captive in the Dark or The Erotic Dark), largely because the really difficult stuff was alluded to but never graphically described. In a sort of Jane Eyre meets The Godfather mash-up, orphaned, lonely sex-slave Serenity is more or less rescued by mobster, sociopath, and ex-sex-slave Zachary. In the beginning of this novel, I found both characters basically detestable, and my desire to keep reading stemmed from the same urge to rubberneck at a car accident. But damned if both Zachary and Serenity didn't grow on me by the end. The reason this was a three-star read for me, rather than four, is that the author needs to have "Show, don't tell!" spray-painted over every inch of his or her workspace. The plot of this book was dense in an enjoyable way, so much so that for the first time in the history of ever, I found myself wishing this book was a trilogy, and not in a fan-grrrrl-i-lurv-them-so-much-i-even-want-to-read-about-them-doing-laundry kind of way. Overall, this novel read like a very detailed outline for a two- or three-book series. Several times I wanted to beg for an honest to God flashback instead of the flat, lifeless recounting of past events that was all either Serenity and Zachary ever gave us. By actually describing some of their most poignant, character-forming moments in vivid detail, this OK book could be made into a truly OUTSTANDING series, especially because the delicious, Machiavellian machinations of the Schiavelli family provides more than enough plot to sustain such an epic. And a note to writers: please don't create a main character who copyedits for a living unless your novel is nearly free of typos and grammatical errors. Kristen Ashley made the same mistake in Mystery Man, and I nearly gave up on her. Of course, she's a freaking huge success, so maybe it doesn't really matter, but the cognitive dissonance is distracting!*Received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Romance Readers Retreat
    2019-01-14 04:58

    If you like dark romances like The Beast or the Dark Duet series, then this book is right up your alley. It is the second dark romance I've read by AJ Adams, and I have to say both have been great. The first one was The Bonus, which you should also check out. The Degas Girl is the complete story of Serenity and Zachary, no cliffhangers here.Serenity is a smart woman in a terrible fix. She is being kept as a slave and sex toy for Angelo, the son of a major organized crime lord. Angelo has tried everything to tame her, including torture, starvation, you name it. Angelo wants the satisfaction of turning an Oxford graduate into a whore, but Serenity is refusing to be tamed. She fights Angelo at every opportunity, no matter the consequences to her health or well being.Just when things are at their darkest, her savior comes in the unlikeliest form. Zachary is an art forger, thief, and deadly assassin for the very same crime family. Zachary, who has his own reasons for hating Angelo, witnesses him torturing Serenity and decides on a devious way to get back at Angelo. He decides to take custody of Serenity, taming her himself, thereby showing everyone that once again Angelo is a hapless fool. He will show her off to everyone at Angelo's arranged marriage by having her trained to give blow jobs to all the men in attendance.But what Zachary hadn't counted on was falling for this strong, yet fragile beauty. He finds in her a fellow kinship. You see Zachary did not exactly have a wonderful upbringing himself. They both have their scars, both visible and invisible. This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout. The suspense is taut, the danger is real, and the sex is hot. I could not put the book down, and I doubt you will be able to put it down either. Can love be built from such sordid beginnings? If The Degas Girl is any indication the answer is a resounding YES. As hard has it may be to believe, and as dark as this book can get at times, it is still a romance, and you will root for love to win out above all else.There are scenes of graphic violence and torture, so if that kind of thing bothers you then you might want to look elsewhere. But if you like a lot of dark excitement with your erotica, then you have got to check out The Degas Girl. I can't wait to see what AJ comes up with next.

  • Blondie
    2018-12-28 01:32

    Two damaged soles just looking for their place in the world both with difficult families. Serenity's family is selling her into slavery where she is almost broken after months of torture. Zachary's family are Italian Mob and bought Serenity as part of a drug deal. When Zachery meets Serenity he is instantly drawn to her eyes the eyes of a Degas girl. He enjoys taking Serenity away from his cousin Angelo the family mess up. He does not much care for him he is the son of the head of the family so humiliating him is the next best thing to killing him. Serenity is easy to like and as I feel sorry for her she is fighting and so you just like her for that and you realize that she is just being shaped into who she was meant to be. Zachary is also tough and he is the bad guy you can not help but to like. As soon as Zachary takes Serenity from Angelo the book really starts to take off. The author's writing takes you in from the start and you never know where things are going. The dialogue flowed nicely. The characters are written well and fleshed out to the point I felt like I would have known them had we met. The plot was driven and packed full of an interesting fast paced story that I never wanted to end but at the same time I was dieing to see how it ends and who will be left standing will anyone get their HEA? I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kate's Corner
    2018-12-28 05:57

    I read this book and finished it a couple of days ago and I needed some time to think about what I wanted to write. This is my personal opinion on this book so please respect what I've written.Finishing the first chapter of the book Zachary had me on his side. He is part of the Italien family and is a thief and a forger. He loves art. He brings the required painting back to the family and has a run in with his cousin Angelo who is beyond crazy, cruel and a monster. Serenity was sold by her boyfriend as he had a coke deal gone bad. At the best of times Serenity was naive but she was also a hellcat. To placate Zachary because of what Angelo did he asked for Serenity just to piss him off. Both Serenity and Zachary have had a hard life with things that were done to them. This book touches on topics of rape (male and female)It isn't as dark as I expected it to be. Serenity and Zachary have been thrown together and they have problems at the beginning but the development of their relationship was beautiful to read. To certain extent they used one another to their advantage which is understandable as it is a matter of survival. This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
    2019-01-23 04:51

    Copy received in exchange for an honest review.***************Another enjoyable book by A J Admas.She has a way of writing dark, not very nice characters that you still end up loving and rooting for.These are flawed people, with past pains that have scarred and marked them and forged them into the person they have become!"Zachary Schiavelli is an art thief and forger. His handsome face is merely the mask that hides a cold, calculating man whose own childhood of abuse has honed him into a remorseless killing machine.""Serenity Bishop is a work of art. Her skin a canvas, decorated with the scars of her evil captor’s twisted abuse. But her tormentor, Angelo, is about to lose control.Serentiy was "sold" as part of a deal by her then boyfriend and has been living in hell for the past few months.Zachary is a man who had a terrible childhood and will not be crossed.When Zachary's cousin tries to double cross him on a deal, he becomes aware of Serentity and who she is to Angelo, and decides to have her and use her to get revenge on Angelo.He is quite cold and ruthless.Serenity is distrustful (for obvious reasons) and tries to figure out Zachary and his plan for her.Yet, over the weeks and months, they both find something neither ever thought they would find, or indeed ever looked for.Past guilts and actions haunt them both."I felt nothing because I had completed the circle. I had been a victim, and I had taken that experience and used it to debase and exploit this girl. I hadn't survived; I had become the abuser.I looked into those blue eyes and I knew myself for what I was: I was a monster"How they both came to know all of the others secrets, accept them and saved each other, fought for and defended each other made for a beautiful story.It is hard to take in places, the actions of the characters, Zachary in particular, and the history and abuse they have both had to live through, was at time difficult to read.But, you rooted for them both, wanted it to come good in the end for them both and for them to be able to carry on their lives free on the past and stronger together."At her words, the first thought that entered my mind was that her directness was one of the things I loved about her. Love. That was a word that wasn't in my vocabulary.I looked into her red rimmed eyes and suddenly it all clicked into place: the possessiveness I felt for her from the start, the way her emotions resonated with mine, and the peace I felt when she was near me were all symptoms of the same thing; I was in love with Serenity.I'd been an idiot not to know it before maybe, but I didn't think I had it in me. Now I looked at my girl and knew she'd changed me forever. She'd shown me a side of myself I didn't know existed. Maybe it never had; maybe she'd created it. Either way she owned my heart"A brilliant 4 stars.

  • Mike Smith
    2019-01-01 02:51

    Reviewed on behalf of Fictional BookHos:+++If you like dark romances like The Beast or the Dark Duet series, then this book is right up your alley. It is the second dark romance I've read by AJ Adams, and I have to say both have been great. The first one was The Bonus, which you should also check out.The Degas Girl is the complete story of Serenity and Zachary, no cliffhangers here. Serenity is a smart woman in a terrible fix. She is being kept as a slave and sex toy for Angelo, the son of a major organized crime lord. Angelo has tried everything to tame her, including torture, starvation, you name it. Angelo wants the satisfaction of turning an Oxford graduate into a whore, but Serenity is refusing to be tamed. She fights Angelo at every opportunity, no matter the consequences to her health or well being.Just when things are at their darkest, her savior comes in the unlikeliest form. Zachary is an art forger, thief, and deadly assassin for the very same crime family. Zachary, who has his own reasons for hating Angelo, witnesses him torturing Serenity and decides on a devious way to get back at Angelo. He decides to take custody of Serenity, taming her himself, thereby showing everyone that once again Angelo is a hapless fool. He will show her off to everyone at Angelo's arranged marriage by having her trained to give blow jobs to all the men in attendance.But what Zachary hadn't counted on was falling for this strong, yet fragile beauty. He finds in her a fellow kinship. You see Zachary did not exactly have a wonderful upbringing himself. They both have their scars, both visible and invisible. This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout. The suspense is taut, the danger is real, and the sex is hot. I could not put the book down, and I doubt you will be able to put it down either. Can love be built from such sordid beginnings? If The Degas Girl is any indication the answer is a resounding YES. As hard has it may be to believe, and as dark as this book can get at times, it is still a romance, and you will root for love to win out above all else.There are scenes of graphic violence and torture, so if that kind of thing bothers you then you might want to look elsewhere. But if you like a lot of dark excitement with your erotica, then you have got to check out The Degas Girl. I can't wait to see what AJ comes up with next.

  • Aura
    2019-01-15 04:51

    A new favorite!I was expecting this story to go darker than it did. I'm really happy with it, don't get me wrong. Zachary is an anti-hero. He's a master art thief and forger; very precise, calculating and cold. He is the product of his upbringing, and unapologetic.Serenity was abducted into slavery, and had the extreme misfortune of belonging to Angelo…Zachary's cousin.The meeting that crosses Zachary's path with Serenity's, shows the slave girl to be anything but broken and tamed. Zachary is interested in the girl, and she presents an opportunity for Zachary to take Angelo out of power, so Zachary secures Serenity for himself.I didn't like Zachary much at first…his initial act of sex with Serenity is not very nice…although downright loving compared to Angelo. He devises a plan to keep Serenity, manipulating her into willing obeying him, until the time is right to toss her aside.Serenity is smart, determined, sassy, and just about unbreakable - despite a traumatic childhood, and recent months spent under Angelo's brutality. She doesn't trust Zachary, and she knows he's playing with her. I love how the characters overcome themselves, and each other, unite, and pretty much defeat everything against them. This is my ultimate "Love Conquers All" story, and one of my favorite dangerous criminal heroes. Serenity's intelligence surprised me, as did Zachary's observant deductions. I love that they are both creative, in different ways. There is an element of mystery that wasn't terribly mysterious, and a dose of suspense that was enjoyable.What I didn't like:When Zachary comes clean to Serenity, she instantly forgives him. No animosity, no resentment, just "We're all good."Zachary's plan and execution of the enemy family was totally out of character. The skillset he exhibited for that attack was totally wrong for a forgery artist/thief. This was a delightful read. A strong, intelligent, yet victimized heroine slowly finds her place with a damaged, manipulative, cold, yet sweet professional criminal, and they beat ridiculous odds to find their HEA.I received this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Karen111
    2019-01-14 05:34

    Out of the 3 books I've recently read by AJ Adams (the others being 'The Bonus' and 'Songbird'), this was the weakest for me.The format for all three books is the same, and I was expecting something different as 'The Bonus' and 'Songbird' were both connected. But this also followed the same format, and I just wanted something new. Serenity was taken as a debt payment by the son of a prolific Mafia member, Angelo, and abused by him. Then she's 'rescued' by Zachary for his own pleasure and amusement (i.e. exactly the same as the start of 'The Bonus'). I kind of wanted Serenity to come from a loving home and fight to get out because of this, so the whole 'my family hates me' excuse didn't wash with me at all, and indicates lazy writing to me.The circumstances of how Zachary came to be the man he was was too over the top, and I didn't buy it either. Then the whole coercing-of-females-to-have-sex-with-them tipped me over the edge. And not only was Zachary an art thief and dealer, but a ninja.A lot of these books try so hard to be like Captive In the Dark, but they pale in comparison. Caleb was a total psycho who JUST ABOUT managed to redeem himself. He most certainly was not a bad boy turned good as soon as the right woman came along.

  • lynn❤️lynn
    2018-12-27 04:35

    Not really sure what to say about this book...this is the first time I've struggled with a review. I was debating between 2 and 3 stars as I really struggled with this book..I loved the start, but then for me it went down hill. I felt that Zachary was too "soft" for a contract killer..in my opinion. I just expected him to be stern and tough, yet he allows serenity to get away with all sorts..the way she talks to him at the end..no respectNot quite my cuppa..very James Bond and to be honest quite ridiculous in places...absailing down the wall and busting through the windows..now come on!!!!!

  • Nicole
    2019-01-19 01:51

    Full review here My Book Filled LifeA dark romance, but a lot of the elements that make a story dark aren't really included in this book; they've already happened prior to the main characters meeting. What starts out as a plan for revenge slowly morphs into a unconventional love story. This is one time I think a book should have been drawn out into at least two books in a series: one so that we can the early histories of both Zachary and Serenity, and this book could have been the conclusion to their story. But overall still an entertaining read.

  • Lorrie
    2019-01-23 02:46

    I enjoyed this; it was hard to put down. Serenity was spunky; she was tough but not over the top - she was still vulnerable. I loved Zachary! The two of them were great together, and I liked that it wasn't instalove with them - although things were hardly traditional with them (haha) they still became friends first - it made their relationship believable. It was interesting and cute watching Zachary learn to love someone. I don't know...I was just sucked into their story.

  • Cathy Geha
    2019-01-08 21:35

    This is the second dark erotic romance I have read by this author and I have to say that Adams has a way with words that is rather wonderful. The characters are not perfect, have suffered, continue to suffer and yet are people you end up liking and rooting for. This book is not a vanilla sex easy romance to read but it did make me think and feel in ways that other books have not.

  • Prismseven
    2018-12-26 00:54

    I received a copy of this story in exchange for a honest review. This story is defiantly a dark erotic read. If you enjoy reading taboo erotica (kidnapping, rape and abuse) this is the story for you. The author did a beautiful job of binding two broken souls.

  • LeelooDallas - Books Fifth Element
    2019-01-24 03:51

    I saw the difference in the author writing. She has matured and this book is better written than The Bonus. Again in my opinion is not quite a dark erotica but anyway darker than the first book, and not as near dark as the Duet.

  • ★Winter★
    2019-01-17 04:59

    Word count: 108,060 found on smashwordsthoughts soon

  • KC-- Reading Is My Superpower
    2019-01-24 02:46

    This is the 3rd book I have read by this Author. And I have read them back to back. I have really come to like her work, but I must admit, there is a pattern to all of the stories that I hope to see her break out of in future books. All of them surround a kidnapped woman, being tortured and then "rescued" by a man that has taken her as payment. And although they all read differently and are not the same story, its just that the outline is the same. Even if the next one had the same outline, I would read it because I have enjoyed them.The Degas Girl was not my fav by this author. And I really would give it 3.5 stars as opposed to a solid 4, but since we don't get 1/2 stars, I have rounded up.Like I said, the outline is the same. Zachary is a thief. And he steals high valued pieces for rich and wealthy people. He gets paid well and lives what he deems a good life. I wanted to cry for him when his childhood was revealed. Just OMG is all I can say. How he survived what he went through is beyond me. But survive he did, and it gives you a better understanding as to his cold and aloof nature. He comes across as cold and calculating, unfeeling and self centered. And although he is, it's amazing what the love of a good woman will do.Enter in Serenity. She has been kidnapped and abused by one of Zachary's clients. When he shows up to collect payment for his theft, the client decides he wants to change the payment plan. So, Zachary ends up taking Serenity as payment. He has a wicked plan for her, he plans to use her to get even with the client.... who turns out to be his cousin. But all is not fair in love and war. And Zachary soon finds himself in a position he never thought he would be in. Not only with Serenity, but with "the family". As the Family tries to draw him in, Serenity fights to keep him out. Murder and mayhem ensue... I couldn't figure out which way was up. Which I loved. And the ending was not what I expected.. This is a stand alone. And all in all it was a good read.

  • Kristi Cramer
    2019-01-02 22:55

    Broken people. That is what kept going through my mind when I stopped enjoying the story enough to try to process what I was reading. Serenity and Zachary are broken people. This story was not nearly as dark as I was expecting, as much of what I consider the horrific darkness happened "off scene", before we meet Serenity. Then again, maybe I'm just getting accustomed to AJ Adams' stories.I liked that Serenity is a fighter, and I liked that Zachary grows and changes for the better as the story progresses. I like the exchange of power that occurs. I disliked the bad guys intensely. They were lovely to hate, and I looked forward to them getting their come-uppance.Oh, and Ms. Adams does seem to know a thing or two about art and classic literature. I enjoyed reading the brief bursts of Art 101, and the way Serenity used the classics to analyze a situation.I do wish there was another way to get these character's rich backstories without so much telling. There were a few times I was wishing to get back to the action, even as I was soaking up their histories. I'm probably just too impatient.I think the thing that bugged me most is that it kind of came off as a fairytale in the end. I'm not opposed to fairytale endings in general, but it just seemed like the arc was a little too sharp at the end. I was 40 pages from the end, and knew the other shoe had to drop, and it did, and then bam, it was the wrap up.Perhaps it was that the final conflict, while broadly hinted at, wasn't foreshadowed enough? I know, that means it isn't a twist, but I've never been fond of that kind of twist. Always feels a bit like a bait and switch to me.So, with that quibble aside, The Degas Girl is definitely worth the read. The book has action, sex, and a thorough exploration of what it looks like when two broken people end up being the best thing in the world to each other.

  • Jayne
    2019-01-24 05:50

    Serenity Bishop has been abducted, forced into a series of horrible sexual scenarios before being rescued - and falling in love with her rescuer, who also is keeping her behind closed doors. I can feel feminists bristling in their Doc Martins at this point. Should point out that this book isn't for the faint-hearted, the rose-tinted romantic or the card-carrying Gloria Steinem devotee, but it IS sexy, erotic, very well-written, and daring as well, even in the 21st Century. Yes, it will have it's haters, but not because the writing is not up to scratch. Adams has (as ever) researched her subject well, and has imbued it with her inimitable style and favourite subjects of kidnap and Stockholm Syndrome (although it's never called that.) I'm sure Freud would have a field day with this and her other novels, equally brilliant, and equally highly recommended.So, Serenity finds herself at the heart of a brutal mob family, where Angelo (the boss) is in a power struggle with Zachary (Serenity's lover/rescuer/captor) and the people she thought she could rely on let her down in the most horrible way. It is bloody, violent, and there are scenes of sexual coercion which some readers might find upsetting. You can't deny the cleverness of the plot, though, or the quality of the writing. My only gripe (and it's a small one) is that the formerly curvy Serenity slims down to a model-slim beauty so she can wear all the latest designer clothes, bought for her by Zachary. Why couldn't she have been a bit more bootilicious? Just askin... Otherwise, another winner for Ms. Adams!

  • Erin Cartwright
    2019-01-05 04:39

    a wonderful quick read!I picked this gem up on the advise of another author to fill the time awaiting her newest books release date. I sure am glad I did! This story is grate as it sucks you right in from page one. AJ does an amazing job with background and character development, and the writing style is so descriptive that at times I felt like I was right there watching the scene unfold rather reading them from my couch, phone or where ever else I could steal a moment away to dive into Serenity and Zachary's story. However, what really made this book attractive to me was the female character. She wasn't your typical stupid, cowering, sniveling, predictable coward. She had flaws, self doubt, attitude and was so much more real because of it. I also like the fact that this was as stated a standalone novel with no unaddressed cliff hangers leaving us waiting on the edge of your seat for a sequel. With that being said this is an amazing story and I would love to see where life could take these characters and if their changes could sustain long term. If you are looking for a book that you won't be able to sit down look no further! I have already recommended it to everyone I know and I recommend it for you too.

  • Lena Dublin
    2019-01-10 05:01

    This novel wasn't at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a dark, erotic novel, which it was at times but in the heart of it, it was a romantic/organized crime thriller. The two main characters are Serenity, who was sold to an abusive son of a mob boss. By his hand, she had endured months of torture and sexual abuse. Despite how she was being treated, she never lost her fighting spirit. She was one tough bitch who did not take crap from anybody. The other main was a cunning, quick thinking art thief named Zachary. He took Serenity as payment for a job he did for the Don Vicente, much to his son’s protests. In the beginning, Zachary was a tough one to figure out. One minute he would be taking such good care of Serenity and then the next, he was being rough and commanding with her. Like all good stories, this one had many twists and turns. I liked that AJ didn't leave any loose ends. I am not a fan of loose ends. I especially liked the ending with Zachary and Serenity. They were two tumultuous and rough characters that can be force to be a force to be reckoned with to the outside world but behind closed doors they are beautiful and heart warming. “The Degas Girl” was a wonderful story and very much worth a read.

  • Christina Harding
    2019-01-11 02:53

    First and foremost, The Degas Girl is a mafia novel reminiscent of The Godfather. Actually, I shouldn't say that because I haven't read The Godfather, but I have seen the movie. After watching one mafia film and then reading this mafia book, I am now convinced that the best way to tell a story about the mafia is through a book. What was greatly lacking in The Godfather film was readily facilitated in The Degas Girl: the ability to get inside of the characters' heads to understand their motivations.The Degas Girl is a fascinating story that I literally couldn't put down! I was awake until 4:30 am reading it and only went to bed when I realized I was falling asleep while reading. While this book does have its share of erotic scenes, it has an intense violent drama going on as well. An intriguing dynamic of this story is that Adams switches back and forth between telling the story from Serenity's and Zachary's point of view. These two characters are constantly trying to "get ahead" of the other, and so it's fascinating to have more information than either of them. Adams smoothly transitions between telling this story from both the male and female perspective in order to create a fascinating drama.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-19 05:34

    Received as a R2R for honest review.I enjoyed this book immensely. It is on the darker side and involves a lot of criminal activities. The two main characters are both used and damaged and brought together under horrible circumstances. Zachary 'saved' Serenity from his evil cousin but for his own personal gain and purposes. Serenity wants nothing more than to get away from him and back to her family that she thinks is missing her.But as time passes and they spend more time together, Zachary and Serenity learn each others dark secrets and find a kindred spirit. Feelings develop and they create a life together and support each other while the world they live in destroys itself around them.This book was very well written with dynamic characters and great details about the locations, actions and situations that take place throughout.

  • Shelby
    2019-01-07 03:47

    3.5 StarsI was expecting something much darker then this story turned out to be, not that that is a bad thing.Poor Serenity finds herself in an awful situation, she's been enslaved in Italy by a brutal and sadistic bastard. She has the scars to prove the evil she's lived. Zachary, the dark anti-hero, is in the "right place at the right time" - and her ownership is transferred to him.While there are dark aspects to this story, including her captivity and other organized crime aspects, the majority seemed rather light.The characters were well written and I couldn't stop reading it. Overall I enjoyed the story, the mystique of their situation, and will read more by AJ Adams!

  • Debra
    2019-01-01 21:51

    I liked this one better than the other 2 only because I really liked Zacary. She's held captive by a brutal guy who tortures her but she does not break and she fights tooth and nail. Zacary takes her from him for a payback and so begins their story. It has such a great HEA. The herione is smart but with a temper(she needs to learn to control it)and so is the hero. The tortue parts are told from her thoughts or told to Zacary so you dont see them and they are not disciptive. I would recommend this book

  • Johanna Panko
    2019-01-19 21:35

    Thanks to the Author for a free book to read and review.Lovely Mafia romance.... Where all the Justice is drawn equal. I enjoyed reading this mafia/romance. Serenity was given as an interest payment on a coke deal only to be abused horribly by the man that took her. Rape/torture and sodomy she endures until she is freed from her capturer. Frying pan into the fire, she meets Zachary. He takes her as a method of revenge only to be snared in this brutal web she weaves. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I am a great fan of this authors dark romances. Entertainment is five stars.

  • Colleen
    2019-01-25 03:40

    I really enjoy these Mexican mafia books! ms. Adams writes these well! I couldn't put it downI can feel the relationship between Zachery and Serenity.. I also liked the action between Zachery and his family.Maybe what he done was not right but I sure it must happen. I didn't feel sorry for the victims as most got what they deserved.I have read 2 before this and highly love each book. Also the fact that they are full length novels

  • Carolmlayton
    2018-12-25 21:45

    WTF! I got a pre-publication copy for review. Still reeling. Sat up till 3AM to finish it. Loooooooove Zachary! And Serenity is something else. God I love them both and I never wanted it to end.Right, this is dark and violent but also romantic. It's like nothing else I've ever read. It could be tagged kidnapping and sexual slavery but that doesn't describe it. You've just GOT to read this!

  • rvagirl
    2019-01-16 01:51

    I really enjoyed this book. This is the first I've read from Adams. I absolutely loved the characters! The banter between Serenity and Zachary was realistic and fun, and the story line flowed very well, although it did seem to be a bit long winded in some places. The scenes were well detailed, and the characters were well developed. I will definitely read more from her in the future.