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Our relationship was a sin, they said, but how can it be a sin to love so deeply?
She shouldn’t have listened to them.
Shouldn’t have left us behind.
You can’t help whom you love, and without Silvina, I didn’t give a damn.
A mafia prince without a cause is a rebel with nothing to lose.
My brother owned an adult entertainment studio.
He wanted me nowhere near it. Thankfully, his competition did.
I auditioned. Landed a contract.
It’s how I took my sins to a new level, my up-yours to la famiglia.
Until Silvina was kidnapped, and my world was thrown upside down.
ARC BOOK REVIEW
I have never read anything by this author before and initially, I wasn’t quite sure if the writing style was for me, It took a bit of getting used to but I did get there in the end and before long I was racing through this mafia romance / forbidden love story.
So before I start I should mention that the two main characters here Silvina & Gioele are first cousins who have grown up together.
This really didn’t bother me that much as it is completely legal (well in my country anyway UK)
I know others may think differently than me that is why I was so impressed that this author tackled such a controversial and taboo subject.
So I found this to be utterly and totally heartbreaking at times.
To feel that strongly about another individual but for it to be classed as forbidden and wrong when all you want to do is just be happy together.
It was just so tragically harsh.
I get it, why the family was so set against this taboo, but I still felt so very strongly, that when all is said and done what was so wrong with Silvina & Gioele’s love.
Silvini calls Gioele her “bane” and Gioele calls her his “Ina Mia”.
These two practically finish each other’s sentences they are that in tune with each other.
Its like they occupy a totally different bandwidth from the rest of the populace and I found this to be utterly adorable.
So there were a few things going on here that I loved and a few instances that I was not so struck with.
Hence why I went in the end with the four stars.
So after I got used to it, I really loved the talky style narrative.
It was a very informal way of storytelling but it seemed to work for this, giving it a much more personal feel.
I also really enjoyed the use of the Italian smattered throughout, it gave this I thought a very exotic flavour.
“Regretfully Yours” was very plot driven and the focus was less on the sexual side of things and more down the feelings route.
I found this to be a very intense experience with a deep dramatic storyline that was also so very believable.
I did find that the physical side of this story seemed to take more of a back seat with the main focus being on the drama, especially after our girl is kidnapped.
I found this to be a good thing, as so much more is learned from there past endeavours and present interactions than would have been if this was too sex focused.
So a couple things I had a beef with the “Adult Entertainment Contract” Pffft what contract it was one audition where I think it seemed more of an excuse for Gioele to have relations with someone else rather than an actual new career path.
And that was the extent of the adult film industry input, so I do believe in hindsight that the blurb was slightly misleading here.
Don’t get me wrong there is no cheating as such here as our pair are not actually together but I am not really a fan of OW or OM tropes it’s just a me thing.
The overall action here was full on and through initially I did believe Gioele to be a bit of a dick I changed my mind quite quickly I liked them both (Gioele & Silvinia) and just wanted them to get there HEA, after everything they had been put through and suffered they deserved this at least.
One other thing I also found was that occasionally I had some difficulty following along with the storyline.
It was only slight and was not often enough to be a major issue, so I overlooked this slightly and just had a quick read through of the passage to orientate me.
All in all, I did enjoy this but I’ve got a feeling this is going to be a love/hate thing for most.
A bit like marmite. (Hate marmite though just bloody yuck and gross)
Me, I’m more on the Love side of the fence.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Regretfully Yours” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
As an author, I pen flawed characters. I seek the flip side where the soul hides, and once there, I want to be pulled out of my comfort zone by stories that take on a life of their own.
I’ve committed paranormal and young adult books. I’ve done contemporary romance verging on erotica, and I’ve dabbled in supernatural mystery. But my heart is anchored in new adult of the true kind: unapologetic young adult that’s all grown up, with conflicts and passions familiar to college-aged readers and people who remember those days like they happened last night.