This was easily my favorite novel by this author to date. Dark, raw, gritty, sensual, ‘Dishonorable’ is so gripping and fantastically written. I was immersed in this story from the very beginning and I couldn’t put it down for one minute. Natasha Knight is a talented author, but I truly think she outdid herself with this mind blowing read. Filled with suspense, intrigue, passion and steam, Natasha’s latest release will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time. It will captivate you from beginning until the end with a well-developed revenge plot, multi-layered characters and an intensity that will make you devour this story in one sitting.
“I should hate him. Fear him. And I did fear him, but there was something else, a pull too powerful to ignore.”
Sophia Guardia’s life changes irrevocably when her grandfather announces that she will have to marry Raphael Amado when she turns eighteen. The reason? To repay one of his debts. Raised by her grandfather after her parents died, Sophia never felt his love or care. Threatened by the old man, in order to protect her younger sister, Sophia is willing to do anything he tells her to do, even marry a strange man. She will be married to Raphael for three years, until she turns twenty-one and receives her inheritance that will go to Raphael.
“I would own her. I would know her pleasure. Her pain. I would possess every inch of her.”
Raphael Amado doesn’t hate Sophia, but he for sure hates the Guardia name. He knows Sophia is just collateral damage in his plans, but he doesn’t care. One way or another, he will get his revenge. Raphael had spent the last six months behind bars because he had killed his father. For years, he had been abused physically and emotionally by the one who was supposed to care for him, so he’s more than scarred inside and out. He’s filled with rage and hate and he’s determined to get his vengeance and he’s willing to use Sophia for that. She is just a pawn and he’ll do anything to accomplish what he wants.
“Being married to me, Sofia, you will always have the thorns, only there is no rose.”
‘Dishonorable’ is incredibly well written. It’s filled with suspense, mystery, action and steam and held me at the edge of my seat the entire time. I absolutely loved all the intensity and grittiness. The story moves at a steady pace, which I enjoyed, and the plot is well-developed with some interesting twists and turns. While the book wasn’t exactly as dark as I had expected, I really loved every single thing about it.
Sophia and Raphael are fantastically written characters. I loved Raphael’s portrayal. He’s cocky, arrogant and a real a$$hole at times, yet a very intriguing and charismatic character. Raphael is tortured and dangerous, but as the plot thickens, we get to see another side of him. While he’s dark and twisted, Sophia is light and pure and brings out another part of him. He’s sweet, caring and protective with her and I have to say that I totally loved his possessiveness. His vulnerability and sensitivity made me enjoy his character even more and reading about his tragic past made me sympathize with him.
“You want me to touch you, he whispered in my ear.
When his lips closed around my earlobe, I sucked in a breath. It was like the sensation shot right through me. Shot down to my core, awakening something else. Something he seemed to do just by being around me.”
Natasha did a wonderful job with Sophia’s character. You will root for her from the beginning and you will be amazed by her strength and fierceness. She’s sweet, caring and incredibly loyal towards her younger sister. Sure, she is naïve, like any another eighteen year old young woman might be, but she’s endearing and you can’t help but feel for her. I love her selflessness and how gentle she is with Raphael. She is everything Raphael needs in his life and I love the fact that she accepts him exactly how he is – tortured and dark.
Sophia and Raphael’s relationship is full of twists and turns and despite the fact they are so different from one another, they complement each other perfectly. The chemistry between these two characters is off the charts and the sex scenes hot as hell and so full of passion. I loved the intensity between them, the sexual tension between them, how good they are for each other.
“My lips parted, and I licked them. Raphael pushed me against the wall, his mouth crushing mine in a kiss so intense, so full of everything, it hurt, it seared. It was as if he were leaving his mark. Claiming me.”
All in all, ‘Dishonorable’ is a dark and twisted story, with a terrific revenge plot and two interesting, well developed main characters. It certainly left me wanting more and I am hoping to read about certain supporting characters in the near future.