by Author: Cora Reilly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Twisted Pride:Remo Falcone is beyond redemption. As Capo of the Camorra he rules with a brutal hand over his territory – a territory the Chicago Outfit breached. Now Remo is out for retribution. A wedding is sacred, stealing a bride sacrilegious. Serafina is the niece of the Boss of the Outfit, and her hand has been promised in marriage for years, but kidnapped in her wedding dress on her way to church by Remo, Serafina quickly realizes that she can’t hope for saving. Yet, even in the hands of the cruelest man she knows, she is determined to cling to her pride, and Remo soon understands that the woman at his mercy might not be as easy to break as he thought. A ruthless man on a quest to destroy the Outfit by breaking someone they are supposed to protect. A woman intent on bringing a monster to his knees. Two families that will never be the same.
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Exclusive Excerpt:His lips widened in a harsh smile. “The truth is that you are a woman, something precious, something they must protect. It’s engrained in them, burned into them irrevocably from the day of their birth. Their honor dictates they keep you safe, and every second you are in my hands, they are failing you, failing themselves. With every second that passes the shame of their failure eats away at their honor. As Made Men we live on honor and pride. They are the pillars of our world, of our fucking self, and I’m going to tear them down pillar by pillar until every fucking member of the Outfit is crushed beneath the weight of their fucking guilt.” My breath had lodged itself in my throat, and I could do nothing but stare at the man in front of me. Maybe he’d underestimated me, but I—and I feared even the Outfit—had underestimated Remo Falcone as well. His actions spoke of barely restrained violence and led you to believe that he lacked any sliver of control, that he could be driven into rash acts. But Remo was dangerously intelligent. A ruthless man with the power and wit to get his revenge. “Maybe they will feel guilty, but they won’t waver. They won’t risk any part of the Outfit for me. Not for the soundness of my body, not for my life, and least of all for my innocence, Remo. So take either or all. You won’t weaken Dante or the Outfit.” Remo’s thumb stroked the side of my throat. I wasn’t sure if he did it on purpose or without noticing, and it wasn’t the touch but the look in his eyes that made me shiver. “They will protect your innocence at any cost because it’s the only pure thing in their fucking lives. They think your innocence could wash away their sins, but they breathe sin. We all do.”
Remo is a brutal leader of the Camorra. Dark and unrelenting, this man's cruelty and methods of revenge are already legendary among the different Mafia families. When he decides to seek his revenge on the Outfit by kidnapping a virginal bride on the way to her wedding, you can count on this story being as brutal as he is handsome.
This is a dark romance full of power, control, submission, and reluctance. Serafina is not weak and her strength of character will be tested. She is as stubborn as she is beautiful. When she and Remo clash you can only expect a battle for dominance and control. Being a woman does not mean she is not resourceful. Remo never imagined it would be this hard to break her!
This is a dark book. Not for the faint of heart. Yet, it takes a woman like Serafina to grow and succeed in this struggle. Does Remo really have a heart?
I am voluntarily reviewing this book. Thanks to the author for sharing a copy with me.