Title: Mafia CaptiveAuthor: Kitty Thomas
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My ratings: 4 stars
Faith Jacobson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After witnessing a mob hit, she's only moments from death when Angelo Raspallo decides to give his brother an unlikely gift. Leo has avoided involvement with the family business, but it doesn't make him a saint. He's troubled and ashamed by his darker sexual desires, one of which is to own a slave. But when his brother throws Faith at his feet, repainting the scenario to make Leo the hero rescuing her from certain death, his moral fortitude will be tested. If Faith were kinky, it would be easy to live out his fantasy, but she's not. Not even a little bit. Even the mildest spanking sparks terror in her that Leo can't bear. The gift soon becomes a burden as he fights with himself over how to handle the addition to his home. He could release her, but his brother doesn't do loose ends. The only thing keeping her out of the bottom of the harbor is Leo's mercy. She's like a beautiful piece of art he keeps in a glass case but can never touch. Is possessing her enough?
I am a huge fan of Kitty Thomas, her books are simply unforgettable and I cannot stop think about them for a long time after I finished reading them. Nevertheless, her work will not appeal to everyone because it contains controversial issues and is intended for an emotionally mature, adult audience. Do not read this book if you are not 18+!
It took me two days to get my brain to start working again and to be able to write this review. Honestly, in my mind I rated this book from one to five stars. I was really confused. Which in a way is a good thing, because I usually feel strange and maybe even sick a bit after I finished reading her books. But this one took me by surprise. It is actually more romantic than I expected it to be. I was reminded of a fairy tale, but this fairy tale doesn't have a classic happily ever after ending. Well, It ends well, but I am not gonna spoil the ending for you. :)
The best quote to define the major conflict between protagonists Leo and Faith:
“Why can’t you be normal?!”
It was the wrong thing to say. He came toward her full of purpose and force like a freight train, backing her against the wall. He pinned her.
“Why can’t you be kinky? You’re submissive, now why can’t you be a good little masochist?”
While I was reading this book, like Faith, I wanted this fairy tale to be real and Leo her Prince Charming. He did save Faith from certain death by Angelo's hand and from her miserable and lonely life without family and real friends and bring her to his home-castle, but he also stripped her from liberty and made her his slave. Faith was unsure weather to feel like Leo was the best thing or the worst thing that could ever happen to her. It is hard to say that, this is definitely not a black-white story in which you can easily distinguish between good and bad characters. Leo is not complete monster, he is very loyal person, protects his relatives, he took care of Faith, he even took care of her cat Squish (that was really sweet, it made me like him even more with the fact that he is Italian) and he even gave her a way out from her slavery. Her response was predictable and although I did like the romance, sometimes it was too corny for my taste. It made me wonder was I really reading a book from Kitty. That was not like her at all. Faith was likeable character. She is too young and innocent for her own well , life was never easy for her and I respect her struggle to survive in this cruel world. But for one thing I am envious at her: beautiful red hair. Oh, I hate her for that! Another one great character was Leo's mom Ma. I enjoyed every page at this book with her. She was such a refreshment, I just loved that woman, she made me smile countless times.
The plot was easy to follow, but sometimes I was little annoyed by Leo and Faith. After reading half of the book I was like come on, just do it already I am dying here. Oh, I am such a bad girl! :) But this book also broke my heart. Seriously, I need my tears back! I was content with the ending, I would not change it. I guess I just forgot that I am not reading fairy tale and that love sometimes do not make people to change themselves. Some traits of characters are stuck with your personality forever. You cannot change who you really are and this book reminded me of this fact that a lot of people overlooks when they fall in love. That was a priceless lesson.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to Kitty Thomas fans and those who avoids her books because they find it disturbing or too twisted or something else. Give a try to this one, you will not regret it. It is definitely more romantic than dark. You may even enjoy it.