Series: Mafia Royals #1
Published by Independently Published by Author on May 19, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Mafia
Source: Self Purchased
A mafia romance about best friends turned enemies by Rachel Van Dyken, the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend…I never thought my father would ask this of me, to become the second generation at Eagle Elite University, to rule with an iron fist, and to take care of anyone who gets in our way.But ever since the incident.Ever since Him.There’s been a war in our little clique.After all, a house divided cannot stand.He’s the problem, not me.He used to kiss me like I was his oxygen.Now he looks at me like I’m his poison.But we both drank it, again and again, never believing there would be a day when our love would start a war.And our friendship would shatter into a million pieces.Then again, the worst thing you could do in the mafia is hang on to hope that your life will be normal.The second worse thing?Fall in love with your best friend.Enemy.And heir to the Nicolasi throne.
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
Ruthless Princess is a book that I have been wanting to pick up for a year now. Now I will admit that this author isn’t one that truly appealed to me, I am not exactly sure why but it wasn’t until this series became released that I was more and more curious about these books here. I have to say that I was completely wrong in waiting so long in reading this author, because Ruthless Princess, is a book I didn’t know that I needed. It was fantastic and wild and crazy in all the fun ways. I had a blast in seeing this book grow in its intensity and seeing the rich relationships that are developed here. And as a fan of mafia romance, I knew there was something so unique about this one here.
Because if I had her love—I wouldn’t be able to become the monster my dad needed me to be—the monster she needed me to be—to keep her safe.
Ruthless Princess is a story of two young people that fell in love and their love was utterly forbidden. They grew up together and were best friends, but to fall in love wasn’t okay. Their parents handed out demands and rules, and if their love affair was found out, it meant betrayal and death. The world they grew up in wasn’t easy and one had to make difficult choices for the people you loved. Junior had to make a painful choice, save the woman he loved by making her hate him. And his plan worked, their hate for each other grew but even their hate for each other couldn’t mask the hidden love and desire that was always beneath the surface. As the feelings of love become rekindled, so is the risk of their relationship being found out…but Serena and Junior will need to make a decision….hide what they feel and stand tall for their love even if it means ….death
Sometimes, hearts can’t help but beat for the wrong person, and who am I to deny what my heart craves even if it ends up killing me?
WHEW BOY….this book was a powerhouse of a read. I will admit that at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, it does have a bit of a slow start so I was unsure about it, but once it kicked gears, I was all in for the wild ride this author gives us. I was completely unhinged during the whole book and once I was invested I just didn’t want to let this beautiful ravaged love story go. I adored Serena and Junior together. They are such a kick ass team, even when they hate each other fiercely. Their bantering was hilarious and I loved seeing that burning connection that just builds beneath the surface throughout the story. I have NEVER read a mafia romance like this one before though. There was such a unique take on the flow of this story and the hate/love tones within the relationship.
“As long as we both shall live,” I swore. “As long as we both shall live,” she repeated.
Also as a side note the world building on this one is fabulous. It actually had me eager to try out the connecting series to this one. The family connections are wild and crazy yet fun. I adored what we see built here and what the previous series set up this wonderful wild world. The relationship between all these friends was pure perfection. This story had me laughing and crying and experiencing a whole range of emotions that knocked my socks off.
Because… I choose you.” I held her hand tightly. “Because you own my heart.” She started sobbing quietly. “Because as Ash said, we’re only given moments, and I’m choosing to live mine with the truth.
Overall I found Ruthless Princess to be a fun and crazy story that was pure indulgence and I can’t wait for more and seeing what this author gives us in this series….bring on the wild and crazy!!