This mind-blowing piece of art is by Beena Khan. She is not just a remarkable author but a sweetest person to be in touch with. Her hard work is shown in her writings and she knows how to take care of her readers. This was her first mafia romance book and tbh mine too. I had never come across dark romance that involves mafia and unions. Though I have watched a couple of movies of this genre but not when it comes to books and let me tell you here, my journey through this book was dumbfounded. It was one of the greatest surprises I have ever come across. Beena’s writing style is just… WOW! The specialty of her books is that when you finish one, you think the story has ended and there is no open end for a sequel but then after some time Beena will surprise you with another part of series and you want to rush to read it to know what is it about, or what is the new turning point in this one and that’s the beauty of connection is her series that I love the most. One of the most appreciable thing I have noticed in her books is that she tries to touch the ground realities of this world, the dark realities that we feel forbidden to talk about. For example; in this one she mentions human trafficking and how women are treated when kidnapped. As these topics are not easy to read about, same is the case for author to write about these, you have to be very careful about the choice of words you use and how much description you are giving to read.
First, let’s talk about Dahlia Hadid, the main character of the book. She is portrayed as the most courageous yet a delicate woman one can ever come across. Her character is “once in a lifetime” kind of woman. As ever, Beena’s female characters are fearless and bold and same was Dahlia. In the start of book, she was at a masquerade ball where she saw Vlad. She was about to leave when she was in an unfortunate situation that she shouldn’t be in and witnessed a murder by people of mafia. To save her life, she presented herself to those mafia men and they took her to their king. The king Vladimir Vitalli was a renowned don and his family was famous for drug dealing, human trafficking and many other underground crimes. He kept her captive in his palace and didn’t let her out of the sight of his men. He tried to protect her from his own men since he knew what kind of cold-hearted people they are. He even punished his right hand Leo for touching her. Dahlia was taken aback by the way he was treating her as if she was the most important person in his life. She knew what kind of a beast he is and yet she was unable to control herself from falling for him. She knew it was not a good idea to fall for his actions towards her but let’s just admit here, girls do fall for the guys who are gentleman towards them even when they can be the most brutal beasts.
Vlad was now the ruling king of one of the five mafia families. He had always known this in his life and he became the same person as anyone else in his family. Yet there was something different in him than his father or other kings of mafia families. Ever since he met Dahlia, he was changing and that was not acceptable for his men and most importantly for his father. His father, on the other hand was a narcissist person and he tried to interfere in Vlad’s business a lot of times. He even didn’t like the idea that Vlad was keeping Dahlia and protecting her so he tried to make a scene in front of him and even though Vlad did not like it, he still kept himself quiet because he was his father. He tried to console Dahlia from time to time and in their meetings you see something burning up between them. He got to know about her past and for the first time he was opening up in front of someone especially a girl. The kind of person Vlad was, the kind of family he belonged to, did not allow him to trust anyone or to let anyone close to him specially a girl. But he was drawn to Dahlia the moment he saw her. The two lonely souls were growing a very strong chemistry between them. Once again his father Enzo betrayed him and sold Dahlia to Salvi Moretti for a huge amount. Vlad could not brace this because he felt that Dahlia was only his and he didn’t want to share her.
There is a twist in the ending that you never expect. Throughout the book, you feel sorry for Dahlia about how she has always spent her life and bad for Vlad about what kind of a human he is, but in reality they both are not what the seem to be. The ending will leave you shocked specially if this is your first ever mafia romance to read. This book will give you chills with the element of suspense that it has. I am already reading book 2 of this Beauty And The Beast series and just can’t wait to finish and jump to third one since the cover is already revealed. I am so proud of Beena Khan and would definitely recommend her books to all my fellow readers.
My favorite quote from the book was “ “Tears don’t belong in those beautiful eyes”. he whispered at me “They’re for those who are broken” his eyes lit up at me.
“And you are anything but that” ” ❤
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