This was my second book by Mrs. Martin and while she didn’t blow me away with this one, I’m looking forward to read the next installments in the series. ‘Dark Mafia Prince’, the first book in this author’s newest series was an interesting mafia romantic suspense that despite a few issues I had with it, it kept my interest from start to finish. If you are like me and love mafia stories, then you will want to give this series a try. This first book in the series tells the story of Aleksio Dragusha, the Albanian Mafia Prince who wants his revenge no matter what.
“The three brothers together will rule…Apart they are weak, together they are strong. They will take everything.”
Aleksio used to be a mafia prince, the future head of the biggest Albanian Mafia family in Chicago. Everything changed for him one night, when he lost himself and everything he had, being on the run since he was just a little boy. Presumed dead by everyone, Aleksio had time to plan his comeback. Now, he wants revenge, but more than that, he wants to reunite all three Dragusha brothers. He will do anything to accomplish that, even kidnap and use Mira Nikolla, his childhood friens and the daughter of the man who destroyed his life so many years ago.
“I’m the most dangerous enemy you’ll ever have because every time you look at me, you see somebody who’s not there anymore. Because every time you look at me, you fool yourself about what I really am.”
Mira still remembers Aleksio and his two young brothers. Aleksio is not the same person she used to know. The ruthless killer he seems to be is a cold, calculated man, a man you don’t forget too easily, a man who oozes power so effortlessly. Aleksio never expected to be so drawn to Mira, to feel such a strong connection with her. As time passes and all the lines are slowly blurred, Aleksio’s revenge seems to complicate with each and every day.
Aleksio and Mira’s story was interesting, fast-paced, suspenseful and was told from multiple POVs. While the romance aspect didn’t wow me…like at all, I enjoyed the suspenseful elements. The suspense aspect was done well, was intriguing and unpredictable which I loved.
“I’ll be as fucked up as I need to be to get our baby brother back. I’ll trash my very soul to save him—it’s how it has to be.”
Aleksio was more an anti-hero than a hero which I personally enjoyed. He’s cold and calculated, a killer who seems not to care about anything and anyone, until he sees and gets to know Mira again. I think his portrayal was done pretty great. Our hero/anti-hero is not a bad man, not exactly. As the story unfolds we get to see how different he could be…in the future, how Mira has the power to change him. Since the story centers around Aleksio’s revenge we don’t get to know Mira very well. I would have wanted her character development to be at least as good as Aleksio’s. Needless to say she was just an okay heroine to me.
As for the romantic aspect between the two main characters…well, it was underdeveloped, rushed at times and left me with just a “meh” feeling. Don’t get me wrong I liked these two together and in some way I understood their connection, but sadly this connection between them wasn’t enough for me. Also, I wouldn’t have minded more sexy scenes between these two. I’m saying this because they really had potential to be combustible together.
The side characters were intriguing, and I’m talking about Viktor here. So it goes without saying I’m looking forward to read his story in the next installment.
Overall, this was a great first installment!