REQUIEM OF THE SOUL is the first instalment in the contemporary, adult SOCIETY TRILOGY erotic, dark romance trilogy co-authored by Natasha Knight and A. Zavarelli focusing on crime lord and Society member Santiago De La Rosa, and Ivy Moreno. WARNING: Due to the violence and graphic nature of the story line content there may be triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from dual first person perspectives (Santiago and Ivy) REQUIEM OF THE SOUL follows in the aftermath of the forced marriage between crime lord and Society member Santiago De La Rosa, and Ivy Moreno. Several year earlier, Santiago De La Rosa lost his father and brother to an horrific fire, leaving Santiago scarred both inside and out. Fast forward to present day wherein Ivy Moreno is forced to marry Santiago De La Rosa, as payment for a debt, but said payment is but the tip of the proverbial ice-berg as Santiago is about to take his anger and vengeance out on a woman who is completely unaware of the sins of the past. Humiliated and bound, our heroine finds herself at the mercy of a man who is about to destroy her life but Santiago is not the only De La Rosa taking aim at Ivy Moreno, and in this Ivy becomes a fragile pawn in a much bigger game of winner takes all. Santiago De La Rose has plans for Ivy Moreno, and these plans do not involve a happily ever after. Betrayal destroyed his family, and Santiago’s need for vengeance has targeted Ivy Moreno. Innocent but for the blood that runs in her veins, Ivy is about to meet evil, up close and personal, evil that takes many forms within the De La Rosa household. The relationship between Ivy and Santiago is one of power and control. Ivy is a battle-worn young woman who is paying for the sins of the father, and in this our heroine is no longer in control of her life or her soul. Santiago knows that to get his revenge, Ivy will suffer as Santiago is not the only member of the Society taking aim at our story line heroine. The $ex scenes are aggressive and disturbing, and not without questionable issues of consent. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Ivy’s brother Abel; Santiago’s sister Mercedes; attorney and Santiago’s best friend Lawson Montgomery; Dr. Chambers as well as several employees within the Santiago family. REQUIEM OF THE SOUL is a dark, gritty and disturbing introduction to The Society Trilogy. There are no hearts and flowers, no romance, and definitely no love between our story line couple. Ivy Moreno is but a means to an end, and in this, her life will be forfeit, one way or another. The premise is dramatic and intense; the characters are broken, brutal and desperate. REQUIEM OF THE SOUL ends on a cliff hanger-you have been warned.
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The society...... a dark, brutal, archaic, misogynistic powerful secret organisation and Santiago De la Rosa is a sovereign son. These two wonderful authors have created a new dangerous, dark, twisted world that hooked me in from the start. Santiago is not a likeable man at all for most of the book. For a man with supposedly no emotion or empathy, he shows a surprising amount. Anger, guilt and hatred are strong emotions and this intense, dominant, tortured, scarred broken beast displays a lot of that to hide his pain. There were some definite but subtle signs of what he could be but he is on that beautifully sharp knife edge a good anti hero straddles. I want to see him reveal his redeeming qualities, but he's in for a battle, the biggest one being with himself. Ivy Moreno is sweet and innocent and damaged too, but her dreams are shattered when Santiago sets his sights on her. There is no choice, no escape but I loved her fiery determined defiance. I spent the first half feeling tense, angry and fearful for Ivy and what she is forced to endure and not just from Santiago. However for me it's a sign of a great story when it draws out your emotions and makes you feel everything alongside the characters and this was a fabulous story. I loved it, it kept me glued to the pages throughout. A dark, twisted secret society and a tortured soul with a thirst for revenge..... This modern day Beauty and the Beast style story isn't perhaps for the faint hearted, but I loved it's darkness and can't wait for part two after that absolute killer of a cliffhanger ending! I'm sure there will be more twists, reveals, revelations and treachery to come and I will be on the edge of my seat until I get book two in my grabby hands!!
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Something was just off for me with this book. I love the premise, but I guess it was the cruelty for the sake of being cruel, and the naivety of the both the main characters. I like the story and the dual POV, but the actions of the characters didn’t draw me in. There was too much “extra” from side characters that seemed to be driving the storyline and in a way that was distracting. The main characters were overly melodramatic and that took away from the enjoyment of the reading experience. I’ll still read the next book in the trilogy, because I do want to know what happens with the storyline, but this book didn’t hit enough chords to bring it all together for me