by Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date: Sept 18, 2015
I used to watch her through the lights. I watched as her body turned and twisted as she morphed into my siren.
I wanted her—I craved every ounce of Ryleigh Turner. But I knew once I had her, all I would do was corrupt every inch of her pretty little soul.
Valentinos aren't made for tales of love. We star in the horror stories you fear.
We're the monsters that make you scared to ever hope again.
It's time that she realises that.
He's watched me for months, given me every reason to allow my curiosity to start killing me slowly.
He makes the world melt away; he makes me want to throw all my inhibitions away and greet him personally. But every time the music ends and the lights lift, he vanishes, crushing my hopes.
Until one day, a moment of chance happens.
How does a man like Dante Valentino cope with a woman as messed up as me?
I let him have every inch of my tainted soul.
Not all love stories have a beautiful start.
Some just need a perfect trigger.
**This is a dark romance with intense scenes of murder and sex. There is coarse language used throughout. Not for the faint hearted.
As I pull her against my body, swaying to the music, I gaze down at her, and now my breathing shallows. The voice that whispers to me is unknown, dipped in disguise, and doused in addictive tones. It whispers the seed of madness that consumes me - fall in love.
But as always, I decide to stop the thought from burrowing any fucking deeper.
“This is lust, not love, cara. It’s what has you so confused. Lust mimics love to trick a naïve heart.” I keep the conviction strong in my voice, forcing her to understand what it is I want. We may have had this conversation before, but it didn’t do much to heed her rapid emotions. “I’ve never felt lust like this, and I know I never will again, which is why I brought you here. I want tonight to end with you screaming my name. I want to claim you as mine and make you realize I don’t do love.”
“I know you don’t,” she replies, bitterness edges her words. “You don’t need to worry, Dante. I know why you want me here. I got the message loud and clear, but if you think you’re getting into my panties quite so soon, you can think again. My motives here aren’t sexual. That’s just an added bonus.” She narrows her gaze on me, the pupils shrinking as she calmly responds to me. “I think the other evening proved a lot to us. I allowed you to have my entire body, and while I loved the way you commanded me, I won’t give it to you so easily. You’ve had a taste of it, Dante. You can work for another round.”
“I don’t have to do anything,” I respond dryly, ire heating me. “I could have any girl I wanted. I don’t have to wait for you to put out.”
She takes a step back, breaking our connection.
“Go on then,” she tells me, her voice strong. “Go and have any girl willing to give it up to you as easy as I did.” She doesn’t come back to me. “I’m going to the bar, so you go and find a girl as willing as I am to adhere to your sadistic requests.”
★✩★✩★ 5 – Dark, Deadly & Dangerously Addicting – Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
The danger that Dante is swathed in is alluring and makes me become a daredevil. He triggers something in me. He's a spark I forgot I needed and he's a flame I know that will only burn me, but I don't care.
Ryleigh Turner is haunted by a past that has shaped her into the lost and lonely soul that she is today. Stripping was never on her list of dream jobs, but it pays the bills and for those few moments on that stage she is able to lose herself and forget about the nightmares that constantly stalk her, if only for those few moments. But nothing brings her to life more than when he shows up. For months he has been watching her from the shadows, and whenever his eyes are on her everything else but him fades away. She is dying to meet the man who has her captivated her, but he is always gone but the time she walks off the stage. Til one night, one moment, one situation triggers a chain of events she never could have been prepared for...
Dante Valentino is a dangerous man, the prince of New York Maphia with so much blood on his hands he's lost count of where is all came from. The last thing he needs in his life are any attachments to anyone outside of the family – but he is still drawn to her. For months he has been watching her from the shadows, entranced by the way she moves her body and he knows she notices him too. He craves a taste of her, but he knows crossing that line could ultimately destroy her. Til one night, one moment, one situation triggers a chain of events he never saw coming...
He wanted to break her, she just wanted to feel anything other than numb and for the first time in her life she truly comes alive. No matter what he throws at her, she comes back swinging – it both thrills him and sends him running. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't stay away. But when their pasts show a deeper connection then either of them ever expected, it may just cost someone their life.
“You don't seem to understand my moves and motives anymore, cara. I want you as a greedy man wants any woman. I want everything about you, and I won't allow anyone to stop that, not even you.”
Ok THAT – was a hott mess. A total mindfuck of the best kind and I loved every sick, twisted, tortured, sexy and dirty minute of it. Right from the beginning you just know you're in for one helluva ride and it doesn't disappoint. This is definitely a dark romance, which I have a slight obsession with, so take the warning in the synopsis to heart and proceed with caution. Dante is the type of character you love to hate and hate love but he will pull you in regardless. Dominating, badass, possessive, dirty as hell, completely unpredictable and absolutely twisted, but with a deeply hidden vulnerability that makes him even harder to resist once you get a glimpse of it. Don't take all this to mean every moment with him will be a happy one, he can also be a hardcore dick when he wants to be, which is often, and the first half of the book he is scary and his actions towards Ryleigh were cruel, meant to destroy her and bring her to her knees. It wasn't always pretty. But the beauty of it came from Ryleigh's strength. She would not be broken. She has seen far worse than anything Dante could throw at her and the more time she spent around him, the stronger she became as a person, which in turn, changed Dante in ways he never expected. The sex was rough and dirty but oh so sexy. The story itself was intense. Emotions run high, violence is ever-present, and every time you think you cannot be shocked any more – you will be wrong. There was one point, when Dante finally starts to see what exactly Ryleigh could mean to him no matter how hard he tries to fight it, when I thought the book was gonna take a drastic sappy turn, but again – I. Was. Wrong. However, it was made quite clear just how much these two were made for each other, that was never in question, getting them to realize it was the problem. Jackson and Jodi were fabulous additions to the story – they made Dante seem a little more human and a little less monster in the beginning and were there for Ryleigh when no one else was. This is the first book in the series I have read but it stands on it's own with no issues – I never felt any confusion or like I was missing any important information. From what I understand, the first two books were focused on Amelia and in this book I can honestly say I Did. Not. Like. Her. Maybe if I had read the first two books before I ventured into this one, my opinion of her would have been different, who knows, but I was captivated by this world enough that I'm gonna read them and see. Just be prepared for a rough journey here, but one that is more than worth the anger, frustration and tears it will drag outta you. The ENTIRE last chapter was spent with my heart in my throat, right up til the very last damn sentence. I was almost ready to hunt down Ms. Kirsty-Anne Still and give her the what-for, but alas – I will not. She may have beaten me down and damn near killed me, but she eventually returns my sanity. This may not have ended on a cliffhanger exactly, but it wasn't wrapped up in a shiny bow either – considering the life these two lead, I wouldn't expect it to be. Doesn't mean I don't want more. Much MUCH more. I need to know what happens now, where we go from here, and I just don't know if I will ever have those answers. If I had any complaints at all, it would be the dialogue at times. Dante is a New Yorker, a Maphia guy, but there were a few instances where he and Ryleigh both would throw a word out there, or a sentence, that honestly sounded more British than anything. It threw me a little. Not so much that it took me out of the story, but enough that it had me forgetting for just a second where this book was based. Other than that small detail, I still loved everything about this and it definitely landed this author on my watch list for some time to come.
I wanted to stay as far away from this woman as possible, keep her at arm's length, destroy her, but she destroyed me. She pierced into my cold, stone heart, throbbed love and faith into it, and never stopped. She filled my world with meaning.
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