A life free from sin.
For seventeen years, I have lived and breathed those words. But there is no balm to the war inside my soul.
The mysterious beauty too lethal to taste. She’s a thief, a con, the essence of everything I loathe. Still, she lures me in with her lying eyes.
In the dark of night, she came to confess her sins, and in the light of morning, I plotted to steal her away.
She will be my ruination. My damnation. My biggest regret.
So help me, God.
A word of advice? Don’t show me your vulnerabilities because I will find a way to exploit them. I learned the hard way to take what I want from life with no regrets.
He’s one of the most hated men in America. A soulless criminal attorney. A recluse. And as of five minutes ago, my new husband.
He wants to keep my secrets and collect my tears, but he should know that a wild animal can’t be domesticated.
I don’t know how to love men. I only know how to leave them.
With everything I want.
I’d been in a mood for contract/forced marriage for some reason. So I was glad to come across this book when I did. The synopsis was interesting too. I wasn’t expecting an extraordinary read. Just something of a time-pass. But I did end up enjoying this read, for the most part.
This was like an adult version of The Taming of The Shrew, among a lot of other things.
Gypsy and her younger sister have had a horrible childhood. So, she turned to conning rich men by exploiting the one advantage she has – her beauty. She excels at it too and is content with her life for now. Until Lucian, a lawyer infamous for representing the worst of the worst, decides that he wants her to marry him. He basically blackmails her into marrying her.
Things I liked :
We start off with Lucian being a closed book. There’s a mystery behind him and his motivations. I liked that suspense element.
The slow evolution between Lucian and Gypsy’s relationship. That’s what had made me want to start the book in the first place. So, in a sense, I did get what I set out to read this book for.
I liked the character developments too. Gypsy starts off being immature and spoiled while Lucian starts off being unemotional and closed off. All of that changes as the story progresses.
There was this sub-plot about an innocent 19 year old guy who was charged with murder. His story did touch my emotional chords.
Things I was dubious about:
I wasn’t really convinced by the reveal of the reason behind Lucian marrying Gypsy.
Honestly, the smut came a lot later than I’d expected and the scenes were not as many as I’d expected. I knew, going into the book, that there would be dark and erotic elements, so there’s nothing to complain about, really. But there were some themes about sadism that I wasn’t comfortable reading and skimmed through.
There were drama and angst galore in this book. Some of the twists, I liked. Others just weren’t to my taste.
Anyways, I started this book fully aware that there would be elements that might not be my cup of tea, so I can’t complain about the parts that I skimmed through.
In a nutshell, this was an interesting read that I liked for the most part. But chances are high that I might not pick up its sequel.
My Rating: ★★★★☆