Series: RAW Family #2
on October 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me.
Mrs Alejandra Gambino. Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.Respected. Loved. Mob royalty.
They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.They didn't know I was at the lowest point a person could reach.
Enter Julius Carter.Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter.
He saved me.I screwed him over.
Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking.
The question was, who would get to me first?
I’m going to be brutally honest. I don’t know what to say or how to start this review, to do it justice. And, for a person who talks pretty much non stop (as my friends can tell you), this says A LOT! Dirty is mindblowing! I’d like to just leave it at that, but I won’t because it wouldn’t be fair to this incredibly talented author and book, to not sing it’s praises. I won’t include any spoilers, though it’ll be hard not to, and I’ll try to do Dirty justice (sorry, very bad pun!). So, **deep cleansing breath ** here goes.
Alejandra is the 18 year old daughter of mob boss Eduardo Castillo. As such, she knows her place, and that’s to make her father happy. After losing his wife 12 years ago, Eduardo rules his family with a firm, cold hand. He makes a deal with another crime family, ruled by Vito Gambino, to unite their families. By marrying Alejandra to his 25 year old son, Dino Gambino, there is strength in numbers. The two families united will be more powerful. As he tells his eldest daughter
“There is a time in every person’s life where sacrifices must be made for the sake of the greater good. Understand?”
And yes she does understand, despite the fact she has a boyfriend, Raul Mendoza. Without a second thought, Eduardo tell her that Raul’s been promised he will later marry Veronica, her 16 year old sister, when she is of age. Problem solved, no fuss, no muss. Miguel, Alejandra’s older brother is not happy with any of this, but as his father informs them, they need this alliance, it’s an honor. Eduardo assures his children that Vito has promised him that Dino is a good boy and will treat Alejandra as a princess. Too bad Vito doesn’t know his children as well as he thinks. When the families meet to go over the union, it’s clear that Dino is taken by the tiny and petite, long dark-haired, innocent beauty. Dino charms them all, including Alejandra. He promises to keep her safe.
“I think I could love you. I think we could come to love each other”
What a difference 6 years make. We discover Dino isn’t the charming, loving husband he fooled everyone into thinking.
“I’m afraid of my husband. And I’m afraid that one day, he’ll kill me without meaning to.”
At this point, Julius Carter and Ling Nguyen come into the story. For those of us that read Raw, the first book in the series, you’ll remember that Julius was Twitch’s best friend and Ling worked for him and was in love with Twitch, or you could say obsessed. I’d say both, and add crazy to the mix, and I wouldn’t be too far off. After Twitch died and his business went under, they decided to move to the States to work. Julius has a strange “job” that he describes himself as judge, jury and executioner for the mob, and Ling is his PA. He’s been called in by the Castillo/Gambino family, due to a dispute. And here the plot thickens……
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”
I loved that this story was really 2 stories going on at the same time. We find out what happened to Twitch, Lexie and their baby boy, AJ. Why he had to fake his death, there was only 1 other person who knew he didn’t die. As far as Julius and Ling know, Twich is dead. As the story moves, at an incredible, heart-thumping pace, it goes back and forth, between Twitch’s storyline and Julius/Alejandra/Ling’s. I absolutely love a flawed, damaged man in a story. A man that puts fear in the heart of others and is mercy less; and here we have two! I was torn between both stories, and both men made my heart ache. Any book that makes me scream out loud, with the feeling(s) of rage/impotent/dispair is a book I want to read and re-read several times. I’m going to stop here, so I can to go back and re-read it, at a leisurely pace (yeah right, who am I fooling?). I loved this series, and want more!!! So, SO much more. My only complaint would be if it took another (almost!) 2 years for the third book to come out. Please, please have mercy on us!