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Crime Lord’s Captive (Crime Lord #1) by Mia Knight

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Crime Lord Series #1
Mia Knight
Fiction, Dark Romance
September 14, 2016
No, read in order

Three years ago, Lyla fled from her ex, Gavin Pyre. She created a new identity and began a relationship with a man who knows nothing about her past. The normal life she built for herself is shattered when Gavin blackmails her into returning to Las Vegas where he rules the criminal underworld.

As Lyla navigates through the dark secrets of her past she’s forced to face a man who refuses to let her live without him.

Val’s Review

4 Stars

I personally really liked this one.

This isn’t the best mafia romance I’ve ever read by any means, but it was decent enough in that aspect. Gavin’s violence and involvement in the “underworld” as it is referred to here is not watered down or depicted through rose-colored glasses, which I always appreciate.

Also, I love how Gavin doggedly pursued Lyla after she ran away from him three years before. I loved how possessive he was, how obsessed he was…how just plain OTT alpha crazy he was.

That said, this book will definitely not work for some people. It states pretty explicitly early on that one of the reasons Lyla left is because Gavin cheated on her numerous times and she finally found out about it. I was personally okay with it because 1) It happened off page and before this book started, 2) I was able to buy into the reasons provided Now, I know there are never enough reasons for some people, and I get that, but for me if I can wrap my mind around the provided reason(s) – because HUMAN – and I can believe it won’t happen again, I can accept it within the framework of certain circumstances, which I was able to do here. I definitely understand why some people are unable to, however..

This one does end on a bit of cliff, but the whole series is already out.

So, onward.