NOT A ROMANCE
Okay this is marked as a romance but it is definitely NOT a romance. It's not even a dark romance. In the "Romance" genre, the MC's come together at the end for the "happily ever after", or, at a minimum, a "happily for now" ending. It doesn't even really fall the the "love story" category either. Not really. I guess in his twisted way he thinks he loves her, but she genuinely hates him and there is no romantic energy between them. I think if you stretch your imagination you could call it a love story since they're married. It's a drama for sure, though. Author needs to learn which genre she is writing for and label appropriately. That said, the story is good. It's VERY dark with explicit descriptions of rape and abuse. I couldn't stop reading even after I realized that this book wasn't actually a romance. It's a damn good story. Yes, it could use some editing but nothing so overt that it took me out of the story. The problem is, we never learn why Damien behaved the way he did. He came from a loving family. His POV never explained anything except that he "doesn't know" why he behaved that way and that he's a bad man. We never took a deep dive into his psyche to try and figure it out. Vague mentions of him being a Don but nothing mafia/mob related other than her gang-rape, so not sure what the point was in bringing that up. Plain and simple this is just a story about the acts of abuse the FMC suffered.
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