They say your first kiss should be earned.
Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.
They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.
Mine were broken before we left church.
They say your heart only beats for one man.
Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.
I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.
Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.
They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.
I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.
And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.
Welcome to the world of wealth and privilege . The world where the rules are followed to the max and when it comes to love there are rules that can not be broken . Oh so thought Francesca Rossi , nineteen and ready to marry her childhood sweetheart . Angelo who is the son of a fellow mobster . Until the night a man stole her kiss and her life away from her over protective family. Will Wolfe and Francesca survive the missed cues and the fighting against each other , to let each other in to their hearts and fall in love that they know they are in .
When I started reading this book I really couldn't connect with Francesca . To me at the beginning she came off as a spoiled little rich kid . That has been pampered and sheltered her whole life . There were moments I really just wanted to turn her over my knee and spank her . But as I read the book I realized that she is stronger then she lets on . She is a fighter and will do everything in her power to help those she loves . Even if he is too block headed to realize it .
Wolfe Keaton well he is a man's man , and bent on revenge. To take down all the made men in Chicago . When we meet him he is oh so arrogant . There are times I just wanted to slap him hard across his smug face . But just like Francesca there is so much more to him . We see that there is a deep hurt that is in his heart . As you get deeper into the book you see him change and realize that love is good and being part of a family is good . He becomes the man that you could fall in love with very easily . I did like these characters as I watched them grow . They were good characters by themselves but together they were on fire .
The other characters are diverse and very well written .You see arrogance and denial all the way through the book . The one other character that really got to me was Francesca's mother , she is the biggest person in denial in the book . She goes through so much in the book you want to hug her and tell her everything will be ok .
This book has so many twists and turns you will be reading all night long . The author takes us along for a roller coaster ride with lots of feels . Trust me there are so many emotions running around in your mind when you read this book . I will admit that the big age difference had me bothered at the beginning ,but it does disappear after awhile and you forget the age difference . The romance between the two main characters is explosives , raw and emotional. You will love them and hate both of them at the same time . The author has a way of ripping out your heart . smashing it to the ground and then picking it up and repair it . I took a chance on this book when I heard about it in a book club . I am so glad I did , I got sucked in and couldn't get out until I was done . So if you want a great story that will pull you in and keep you there until the end check it out . You will not be disappointed .