by Blanka Lipinska
Laura Biel and her boyfriend are on a dream vacation in beautiful Sicily. On the second day of their trip, her twenty-ninth birthday, she is kidnapped. Her kidnapper is none other than the head of a powerful Sicilian crime family, the incredibly handsome, young Don Massimo Torricelli, who is determined to possess her at all costs. Massimo has his reasons. During an earlier attempt on his life, a vision appeared before his eyes: a beautiful woman, identical to Laura. After surviving the attack, he vows that he will find the woman in his vision and make her his own. No matter what.
For 365 days, Massimo will keep Laura captive in his palatial estate and attempt to win her heart. If she doesn’t fall in love with him during this time, he will let her go. But if she tries to escape at any point, he will track her down and kill her entire family.
Soon Laura develops a fascination with her handsome and powerful captor. But as a precarious, risky relationship forms between them, forces outside their control threaten to tear them apart...
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Yes I saw the movie first.
Enjoyed it somewhat but felt the movie was missing too much in the storyline so I requested to read the book because I wanted to find out more about the world the author created.
We all know a lot of stuff gets chopped when they are turned into movies.
This book was a very slow read. It was hard to keep focused trying to grasp the story. It just did not grab me.
Storyline was choppy like the movie, characters are too fixated on fashion and brand names just like the movie.
For Laura's illness described in book, I found it hard to follow this story with her being drunk or passed out all the time.
Massimo is another story. His chemistry with Laura was lacking. I thought they would be hot and heavy like the movie, but they just fell flat when reading.
I almost DNF but I stuck it out because my curiosity of wanting to know how it ended and if it was like the movie. Nope not what I was expecting in this book.
Disappointed because with all the hype of this movie, the book was not.
I thought the translation of this book would be good but it just wasn't.
Still missing tons in the plot and felt the translation of this book may have been rushed or literally lost in translation.
I say watch the movie instead of reading the book.
It is a Pass on continuing to read this 3 book series.
***ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review***
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