Violent Delights: An Arranged Marriage Romance

· 518 Books, Inc.
76 reviews

About this ebook

I was born a princess among criminals. An untouchable among thieves. Heiress to a life others have killed for, and one I'd do anything to escape. I vowed not to leave without Diego, my first love and best friend, but if his ruthless brother has his way, I won’t leave at all.

Cristiano de la Rosa is a man as big and bold as his legend. Once upon a time, he was our cartel’s best soldier . . . until he became my family’s worst enemy. And a man like Cristiano will bend fate to his will to get what he wants—even if it means tearing me from another's arms.

Because in the de la Rosa family, old grudges run deeper than loyalty, and betrayal is a three-letter word: war. But this feud isn’t between enemies—it’s between brothers. And I’m the prize.

Ratings and reviews

76 reviews
A Google user
March 22, 2019
Well, Hawkins brought everything to the table with this book. Heat, angst, suspense and twists. This story was the very definition of binge worthy. Get ready to loose sleep over this, because it is just that good. Where do I even start with Natalia. Having been born into a dangerous life, she’s completely aware of her families involvement in organized crime. She’s not your typical damsel in distress in the story. She’s constantly digging for answers and putting herself on the line for her love interest. I really liked her, even though she seemed a tad naive about certain situations. I think that’s because she has dreams of a life outside of the cartel. She’s still hopeful even though her family history has taught her she shouldn’t be. The men in this story are polar opposites. Diego is kinder and gentle. Where as Cristiano is rough and raw. I have so many theories about these two, but I’ll keep that to myself. All I can say is that anytime I think this author is going to go right, she goes left. And with two men in the story , there’s bound to be more nail biting twists and jaw dropping moments. This was so different and yet so completely what I love and expect from Jessica. I can’t wait so see what wild ride she’s going to take us on. I’m ready lady, bring it on.
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Berry Nice
March 19, 2019
I'm so happy and super beyond excited for the rest of this series. This book was an amazing introduction of all the characters. Many characters and especially Diego, Natalia and Cristiano. I did NOT expect what I got from this story #Great Yes, I was stoked to read it and once I found myself in their world I couldn't turn away. The setting in Mexico was a nice change. Jessica Hawkins IMO did an amazing job with the Spanish that is used throughout. QUOTE ~ “Once a man gets a taste of power, his need for it surpasses hunger. It’s a sickness that demands more.” ~ ~ Excitement. Action. Betrayal. Loyalty. Deception. AND LOVE the blind kind. QUOTE ~ I give honesty where I get it. You’ll find me dead before you find me a liar.” ~ ~ QUOTE ~ “This is a game, Natalia, and you have to play— or you’ll lose. Learn your lesson should someone care enough to teach you. And never doubt that you are a prize to hold tight.” ~ ~ I CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 2
Laura Foster
March 23, 2019
***ARC Provided by the Author*** Well, that didn't go as I expected. Although, there was a part toward the end where I had a pretty good idea where it was going to go, and where we were going to be left at the cliffhanger. (Spoiler Alert: I was right.) But, let me be clear...I wasn't right because the story was predictable. Nope. I was right because of how incredibly well written it was...there were things that hadn't happened, and then they did, and you just knew where things were going with Diego, Cristiano, and Natalia. There are some conventions of a love triangle that this book is poised to break (YAY!!!) that I am not going to get into because, spoilers, but let me just say I love that this book is going to go there, that it's not going to pull back from this. I think, for me, this is why I read Jessica Hawkins. I know she is going to pull no punches, my heart is going to be in my throat, and I am going to like characters who maybe I really shouldn't because, well, they are not always the best of people. Oh, and one more thing...yes, this is set in the world of the cartels, but it's really not a mafia title. Really. The body count is fairly low and it's lacking the gruesomeness of the genre. This is a romance set in the world of the cartels, but it's not the traditional mafia. Read it, you will see what I mean. Oh, and the cliffhanger. THE. CLIFFHANGER. I saw it coming, I was SO positive I knew where it was going once I got close to it. I was right, but the actual point where it cut off was so riveting, and so perfect, I can't lie...when I went to the next page and it was the "thanks for reading" page...well, I can't lie...I was not happy I have to wait until June. I loved and recommend this title.
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About the author

Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling author known for her "emotionally gripping" and "off-the-charts hot" romance. Dubbed "queen of angst" by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she's garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart...and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York City and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and a coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

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