Review: Lover (Betrothed #3) by Penelope Sky

Title: Lover
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Penelope Sky 1/5/20
Length:  195 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #3


I lost the only thing that matters to me.

My wife.

And I’m the only one to blame.

I will sacrifice my life, my pride, and everything else for the woman I love.

Whether she loves me or not.

My Thoughts

When we parted ways in the last book, we knew that Hades was still far gone over Sofia, knowing that she was the one woman that he loved, the one woman he couldn’t live without, but knowing at the same time that she hated him and never wanted to be with him. He stood for all that she didn’t believe in and she wanted to take away what she felt was hers and wha she worked so hard to achieve.

In this third book, we see how things can change and how they can evolve when they both realized that the choices are out of their hands. Sofia is forced to come to terms with the fact that she will have to marry Hades, even after she turned him down and they parted ways. It’s the best thing for both of them, and it’s inevitable. From that, we see how their lives change.

They create a relationship and a bond that becomes more than they each anticipated. They both found that there’s more to the other than they knew, and it’s enough to change how they feel towards one another. Or at least how she feels about him since he’s been so far gone in love with her from day one it seems that there’s no where more to go.

If we recall from the intro to the series, there was a fortune teller who has laid out what Hades future will be. When he’s not willing to accept that, he goes back and tries to understand what he can do to break the curse. He’s told either he can make Sofia forget about him or Hades will have to atone for his greatest evil, which was killing his father. That means that he some how needs to gain the foregiveness of his brother Ash, and that’s an impossible task.

We spend much of this story watching that play out – watching the failed attempts at a reconciliation and it’s a pipe dream that there will be a way to make things better so that Hades can live the life he wants.

Just when it seems as though they have turned a corner – when things seem to be settling across the board, an enemy comes at them again and again, and it’s through some stupid decisions made by Damian that we see everything crash and burn. Sofia is kidnapped and this adversary is so good that there’s no way to track him down to save her.

The remainder of the story from here is a dark one. There’s torture and pain. There’s fear and depression. There’s the notion that Hades and Damian will never be friends again because Hades puts all the blame on Damian for making rash and stupid decisions. We see Ash take a role in things and we have a glimmer of hope that’s very short lived.

There’s no way to get a step ahead in this story. There’s no way for Hades and Sofia to come out on top because every time it seems like they may, something happens and that something is Maddox. A man who inflicts pain, who has some weird motive and obsession, and a man who is impossible to beat. It’s because of this man that we are left at the end of this third book with everyone walking away. There’s no protection, or safety or security left, and we can only hope that perhaps in book 4 we will see his demise. I’m not so sure, but it would be interesting. So, on that note, i now have to wait for the next book but i’m excited to see how this plays out. Enjoy!

Review: Husband (Betrothed #2) by Penelope Sky

Title: Husband
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Penelope Sky 12/10/19
Length:  188 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #2


Two years of bitter loneliness have passed. The woman I love is now the woman I hate. I lose myself in beautiful women every night and tell myself that fortune reading was nothing but a scam. 

But then her mother asks me to marry her. 

I say yes. 

Now this woman will be mine forever. 

Maybe the prophecy really is true. I’m committing to a woman that will never love me in return. 

But it was better to be her husband than allow someone else to take my place. It was better to conquer her body every night than be lonely with someone else. 

Much better. 

My Thoughts

well, i love all things that our author Penelope Sky writes so this second installment to the series featuring Hades and Sofia is at the top of my lists for great ways to start of 2020. There was such a connection between these two characters from the moment they met with Sofia was just a teenager, that to see it blossom in book one was amazing. And then it crashed and burned.

So we pick up their story in book 2 where there’s still such hatred between this couple. Sofia feels blindsided by what Hades truly does for work, and the fact that he paraded another woman in front of her was too much. Hades however has such intense feelings for her still, to the point of pain and when Sofia’s mother pushes the idea of marriage at him again, well, he jumps.

The journey that we go on in this second book in an interesting one. there’s the need to build some type of foundation here between the two of them sine Hades wants Sofia on the same page as him, even if it’s almost impossible. She wants to find happiness, but also is 100% opposed to the notion of love. She doesn’t trust easy, but she finds that the fact that he has such respect for her to be something that could go in the direction of strong feelings.

Add to that story Damian, Hades best friend that we met in the beginning of book 1. The same friend who was at the fortune teller in Morocco and who has a huge stake in everything that goes on in their business, which inevitably turns into a quest for too much power and greed, which results on catastrophic events happening from there. There’s a kidnapping, a bit of torture, and Hades is forced to make tough choices about his future.

Then add to that Hades need to figure out a way to prove the fortune teller’s premonition wrong which results in even more struggle and stress. What we do get from this though is the introduction of Ash (a name that i feel like i’ve seen in other Penelope Sky books), Hades’ brother, and a man who i believe will come in handy at some point.

We’re left in this story at a point where there’s been a huge betrayal and now there are consequences to those actions. One person’s choice has led us to the kidnapping of another person and we really don’t know yet how this will all play out.

If that story and plot line wasn’t enough to keep you engaged, we get what’s become to be something that i expect and crave from Ms Sky – the intense connection that she’s able to share and create for our main characters – something that makes you feel the passion and heat even when it doesn’t seem ideal. And to see the potential for romance and something deeper when they don’t believe it themselves.

Luckily i only need to wait until next tuesday to continue on this journey with some of the best characters.

Review: Wife (Betrothed #1) by Penelope Sky

Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Penelope Sky 9/23/19
Length:  187 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #1


I was twenty-one when the gypsy read my future:

As punishment for your crimes, you will only love one woman…but she’ll never love you back.

I didn’t believe a word of it.

Until I met Sofia Romano almost ten years later.

I fell hard for this woman. Would die for this woman.

But she left me.

Now years have passed and Sofia needs a husband. Her father is gone and her mother is trying to marry her off to a man that can protect their family, protect their company. 

She’s looking for someone powerful.


Someone rich.


Someone handsome.

Double check.

Now it’s my chance to have the only woman I’ve ever loved…and I’ll make sure she feels the same way.

I have a lifetime to make that happen.

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of Penelope Sky which by now i’m sure that you guys have all realized so I’m happy that there’s a new series for me to sink my teeth into. In this new series Betrothed, we’re taken back to Tuscany, the setting for just about everything in her world, to see how the underworld mixes with the ‘proper world’ and how once secrets are reveled, life is changed.

This story takes place in a few different time periods. We open the story with our leading man Hades and his friend Damian on a trip to Morocco to celebrate Hades 21st birthday, and there his life is changed forever, but he doesn’t really know what that will feel like just yet.

Then we push forward a bit to where we meet Sofia, when she’s just eighteen and thinks that she’s mature but still has so much more to learn. She meets Hades at an event at her father’s hotel and is so attracted to him that she wants to pursue him, yet he makes her realize that she’s still got so much more to learn before that’s realistic.

Then we fast forward a few more years to see how Sofia has grown up now, out of university and trying to get a chance to run her family business now that her father has passed, she’s gotten an education, and wants to learn everything from her stepfather. Her mother seems to think that it’s a silly concept, to be left to whomever she marries, and there’s a lot there behind her words that we don’t know yet but will find out. Strong women are fully capable to run a business, but once we learn more about how the financing of the hotel has been done and who does business there, well it’s quickly becoming clear why there’s a need for a strong powerful man.

This is where Hades comes into play, but not in the right context. Sofia and Hades cross paths again and well, now that she’s experienced life, they some how manage to combust together, allowing the intense chemistry that’s been building for years come to a head and explode. What they have together is hot and intense and the exact connection that they both say they need. Neither is looking for a relationship with strings so what they have is great. until it isn’t.

Hades feelings come on strong and he’s quickly falling faster for Sofia than she is him. This i actually a huge trait that we have in most of Ms Skhy’s books if i’m honest. The man is the one to admit his feelings first and then he finds that it’s an uphill battle from there on to make things work as they should.

He pushes her too hard and she pushes him away. He gives her one chance to redeem herself and it seems to work, again until it doesn’t. When Sofia is almost raped and hurt, Hades comes to save her and we all think that a corner has been turned, but no – Sofia’s walls are still up. Hades doesn’t read it the same way and makes a proclamation that changes the course of this story for good.

There’s now hated. They’re at am impasse. There’s no hope for redemption. And there’s jealousy.

We’re taken taken two years into the future again when Sofia’s stepfather passes away unexpectedly, Sofia’s mom is alone and deems herself too old to find them the right protection for the family and puts the weight of the world on Sofia. Sofia is forced into a situation that she never wanted, feared and abhorred. The question becomes who will save them and who’s going to be on the other side of the coin to hurt them and take them down? We know that the mafia in Italy is something intense (thank you for all the other series that we’ve read to learn the true depth and breadth of what it is that they handle and do to those who don’t comply).

Will the hate between Hades and Sofia be the family’s ruin? Will the premonition that Hades got when he turned 21 turn out to be true and what will that mean for the progression of things. How much can Sofia take before she breaks and who’s going to be the one to break her? So many questions and so few answers. I need book 2 to be out already so i can see how this plays out. Enjoy!

Review: The Lone Wolf (Wolf #3) by Penelope Sky

Title: The Lone Wolf
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Penelope Sky 8/20/19
Length:  200 Pages
Series:  Wolf #3


My gravest mistake was falling in love with my husband.

It crept up on me so slowly that I didn’t even notice it was happening until it arrived. I assumed he felt the same way every time he kissed me…every time he touched me.

Until he proved me wrong.

Kamikaze is dead so I don’t need him for protection anymore. Divorce is all I want now. I’ll find a man that will love me the way I deserve, that won’t bring home two strange women just to hurt me. 

I don’t need him. 

Now it’s time to start over.

My Thoughts

This story left us in a very bad sad and dark place at the end of book 2 and i don’t know that anyone wanted to watch the demise of the relationship that was but wasn’t meant to be. Where we left off – Arwen performed as she always does at these parties but this time it was a new song that put all her feelings of love and emotion out there to the world for Maverick to hear. He wasn’t prepared for that and I think that he’s still too afraid to admit that he has those deep feelings for her, so he screws it all up. He brings home two women, beds them and acts as though he’s allowed to do this. In true Arwen form, she drafts divorce papers and leaves him.

So the beginning of this third and final installment is watching Maverick come to terms with what he did, knowing that he’s pushed Arwen so far past her breaking point that he’s lost the one thing that mattered most to him. Arwen on the other hand has so much anger towards him, that she uses that to fuel herself forward. She gets a second job so that she can support herself living on her own, she finds men to keep her company at night, and even starts seeing a man regularly even though her heart isn’t open to someone else and she thinks non stop about Maverick.

He grovels, he repents, he apologizes ,but the damage is too drastic for Arwen to let him in. The shock here is that it’s Caspian, Mavericks father who gets in the middle of things. He goes to the bar that she’s working at, with armed men. Threatens everyone in the bar so that he can have a conversation with her – to make her see that without Maverick, she’s still not safe. not from others and definitely not from him. Caspian as you’ll remember still has a vendetta against Arwen for taking away his full revenge. He provides color to what she’s living and as a result, gets her to go back to Maverick.

The build from here is a slow one – where we know that there’s no trust but there’s a LOT of romance and emotion and we know that at least with that foundation, there’s hope. So Maverick is in it for the long haul, doing what ever he can without pushing too hard too fast to get Arwen to see him as the man she loves. We spend the rest of the story watching that relationship try to repair itself, but i’ll be honest, what Arwen holds onto makes it nearly impossible to make any progress.

The other story line that we have is the one of repairing the father/son relationship. As we will recall, Caspian became a deranged man when his wife was murdered and he’s never come back from that. Arwen sees that there’s something there worth saving and tries to meddle over and over again to get the family back together. She’s persistent and she’s stubborn and it’s a quality that starts to make progress. I think that watching this unfold is something that makes the story even more compelling.

Add all those crazy story lines to a relationship that’s got so much heat and passion and you know that you’re going to have this amazing finale to the trilogy. The questions that we’ve wanted to have answered are resolved, and we see a glimpse into what could be. There’s no easy and direct path, but that’s what makes this such a great book to read. Ms Sky, our amazing author has done it again and now i’m sad to have to find something else to read. Enjoy!

Review: The Wolf and His Wife (Wolf #2) by Penelope Sky

Title: The Wolf and His Wife
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 7/23/19
Length:  169 pages
Series:  Wolf #2


Tensions rise and now I have two enemies that want me dead.

But I’ve never felt safer.

My wolf protects me. He cherishes me. And I think he loves me.

This arranged marriage was detested by us both, but now I look at him with new eyes.

My husband is strong, smart, and gorgeous. His coffee-colored eyes make me melt. My heart slowly starts to soften for this man and I fall deeper and deeper.

I fall in love with my husband.

My Thoughts

The dynamic between these two continues to get even more exciting and complicated. We see what happens between Arwen and Maverick change into something that’s a layer deeper, but outside forces make it impossible for there to be happiness.

In this second installment, we get to see how the story continue with Mav and his father and how no matter how much everyone tries, all hope is lost. They have the chance to kill Ramon, the man who murdered Mav’s mom, and that should have been the end of the story – a way to get revenge. The challenge is that Mav’s father takes things one step too far and takes Ramon’s wife and daughter as well and wants to give them the same fate as his wife. So, there’s no choice here but for Arwen to take matters into her own hands, free the wife and daughter and that means that whatever rifts were in existence with this family are even worse now.

That’s the path that we’re on throughout this book. There’s so much hatred, so many opportunities of breaking trust and worrying that nothing will ever make things ok that we’re left to wonder how far Maverick will take this ruse. It’s only when Kamikazee comes along again, and makes attempts at kidnapping Arwen and forces a war that things change.

I spend a lot of this story thinking that there may be hope at some point, that we may be able to see a happier ending, but i think that there are far too many obstacles to find happiness. There’s clear chemistry between them, there’s a sense of friendship between them that makes you feel like there’s a true foundation, but through a series of events, our world is turned upside down.

So, what to say now – i’m really left shaking my head at what happens at the end of this 2nd book. There are so many things that are now up in the air, and yet to be determined that we don’t know how this relationship will shake out. Mav does things, Arwen does things, and well, i’m unhappy with everyones reactions to everything. I have to now wait another couple weeks before the third installment comes, but i think that we’re going to have our minds blown however this ends up. On that note – enjoy!

Review: The Wolf and the Sheep (Wolf #1) by Penelope Sky

Title: the World and the Sheep
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 6/18/19
Length:  180 pages
Series:  Wolf #1


Till death do us part.

My father married me off to one of the most powerful men in Italy.

Maverick DeVille. But I call him the wolf.

He calls me his sheep. 

The arranged marriage was detested by us both, but we had to make sacrifices for the right reasons. He needed to avenge his mother and I needed protection from the mobs that want to torture me.

He’s not what I pictured for my husband. He’s ruthless, calloused, and cold. His walls are higher than mine. He possesses cruelty that makes him feared.

But it doesn’t take long for me to respect him…even like him.

I rely on my husband more than anyone else in the world. He provides for me, protects me, and chases away all my fears.

He lets me graze in the meadow…not a care in the world.

Because the wolf is always watching. 

“When people look in the darkness, they see shadows. I see monsters. And I kill the monsters that hunt my sheep.” 

I hated this marriage in the beginning, but now I realize how lucky I am.

How lucky I am to be the sheep the wolf protects…and doesn’t eat.

My Thoughts

I was worried for a moment when i finished The Skulls series that i would be at a loss for all things Penelope Sky however YAY i found this new series. We go back to Tuscany, into the balance of legal and illegal doings – where bad decisions have implications on your life, and people die for it.

In this story, we’re introduced to Maverick, our leading man who runs a legitimate family business off the tails of some less than savory things that his family had done in the past. Those underwold jobs that were done came at a price about a year or so ago when Mav’s mom was kidnapped, tortured and killed. That changed the man that he was, and killed the man that his father was – making him into this man who was out for revenge and who had no affection or emotion towards his children outside of hatred. When there’s a chance for Mavericks’ father to get revenge in the form of killing the man who killed his wife, he jumps. This means that Mav has to marry the daughter of the man who’s giving information on the whereabouts of the killer, and thats’ a deal that no one wants.

That’s where we meet Arwen, the daughter who’s live is now being promised to someone else. She’s young, at the peak of her career and in a relationship that’s going down the road to love. What she doesn’t know is that her father is dying, and not only that, he’s made so many bad choices in the past that their fortune is gone and there are ‘bad men’ who want to collect. When her father dies, there will be no one to protect her and that’s why he makes the deal to marry her off.

So you can imagine the direction that this story is going to go in. Two very attractive people who are strong willed and who don’t have a say in their futures and are quite unhappy about what it means. But who both at the same time can’t say no to their fathers for a number of reasons, so married they will become.

The dynamic between these two is a fresh take v. the intense and immediate attractions that we’ve seen for all the other couples in Ms sky’s worlds. Maverick and Arwen both appreciate the physical qualities of one another, but they are both so guarded and closed off that there’s really no chemistry at all between them and no hope for it.

Of course it’s when someone’s life is threatened, and when someone’s shot and when someone is on the verge of being killed that things start to change and that means that the next installment of our series will be compelling and exciting. I’m constantly wondering what the turning point will be for them, and what the sacrifices will be when their lives take the turn. Who will have to give in more than they want, and who will be hurt for it. We know that Mavericks’ father always believes that his son is a coward and not capable of doing anything, and at the end of this installment we see Arwen take matters into her own hands for something serious and that means that now she’s a target as well.

So many questions, so few answers, but i can only assume that the heat will come soon, the angst will come soon and their paths will cross, converge and become something intense. on that note – off to read book 2. Enjoy!

Review: The Skull Ruler (Skull #3) by Penelope Sky

Title: The Skull Ruler
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 6/4/19
Length:  345 pages
Series:  Skulls #3


Instead of handing me back to Lucian so Balto can get everything he wants, he keeps me.

He pledges to fight for me until I’m free.

But as the weeks pass, freedom isn’t as appealing as it used to be. This place has become my home.

This man is my home.

I’m not sure if I’d ever want to leave…even if Lucian was dead.

My Thoughts

This is the first time that i’ve had to wait for the next installment in a series and i don’t know that i liked it! Because i’ve been so immersed in the other stories that our amazing author has penned, it took me a second to get back into the swing of things with Cassini and Balto. Once i got a few pages in though, it was like i was back where we were with them.

The dynamic here is an interesting one – we know that Cassini was forced into all of her situations, being with Lucien because her boyfriend at the time got mixed up in a few things (until we learned that wasn’t really the case and he was paid to hand Cassini over), and then Cassini found herself ‘willingly forced’ into her relationship with Balto. There wasn’t a safer place to be, but the struggle here was real.

In this third installment, we come to the point in time where Balto has to make the trade back with Lucien to get his skull diamond – that means giving Cassini back which in his head isn’t such a hard task since he’s the Skull King and being in a committed relationship isn’t in the cards for him. When the time comes though and Cassini makes it clear that she’s got nothing to live for and she’ll just kill herself if she goes back, well that pulls at Balto’s heart and we find ourselves at an impasse – where the trade doesn’t happen and we know that there will be implications.

That’s the undertone for the remainder of the story. When will Lucien strike since we know that he considers Cassini his property, and who will die when this interaction happens. Lucien is a wizard with explosives, so that makes things more complicated since Balto isn’t willing to mindlessly go into anything with him without preparation. The choice is taken away when someone they love is taken as collateral, and our story takes yet another turn.

Just when we think that these interactions are bringing Balto and Cassini closer together, we find that Balto is so set in his ways that it tears them apart. He gives Cassini her freedom, and with that, she still chooses him. that’s not an option for him and he does everything that he can to push her away. Similar to how we see this play out in all of Ms Sky’s stories, we end up seeing Cassini find her footing in a new life, with the help of her brothers. Yet more unexpected things happen now that she’s without Balto, and of course that means that our story will take more weaves on this rollercoaster.

The questions still beg to be asked, who will make it out alive and who will be happy. What roles will Heath, Case and Dirk play in everything and what does the future hold for the Skull King? Is Cassini strong enough to be on her own, create a new life and move on? Well we know the answer to that since all Penelope Sky leading ladies are beyond capable. I’m sad to see the closure come to this story and i can’t wait to see what’s next. Enjoy!

Review: Lover in Lingerie (Lingerie #15) by Penelope Sky

Title: Lover in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 10/23/18
Length:  235 pages
Series:  Lingerie #15


I know this has no future.

Only heartbreak.

Bosco Roth may be the man I’ve fallen for, but he’ll never be the man I marry.

He’s too dangerous. Too risky.

When our three months is over, I’ll walk away.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself…

My Thoughts

Knowing that there’s not apparently a book 16, i guess i have always gone into this hoping for the final installment of the series and closure all around. The way that the series has evolved and run from the first books about Conway and Sapphire all the way to now gave me the impression that finality and resolution would be the name of the game. The questions that beg to be answered though are around many of the characters – not just Carmen and Bosco, and it seems like we may not have enough runway to do all that.

So, to start with Carmen and Bosco, we know that their relationship is something real, we have watched it grow into the soul connection that all the other couples have – including the parents, but what i find to be most interesting with this dynamic is that there’s really no outside pressure here bumping up against them. Sure, we know that Cane will hate Bosco for what he stands for, and we know that Griffin has his own opinions because he’s from a similar world, but we don’t have the same level of risk in most instances that we have with the others.

That all changes of course when The Butcher takes a liking to Carmen and Bosco has to step in. It’s literally an apt description for what happens, all because The Butcher was put in the ring and didn’t lose, and that wasn’t a viable option for anyone.

As much as Carmen wants to leave because she knows in her heart that Bosco can’t give her the life and future that she wants, seeing how he will go to any length to protect her, how he makes her feel cherished, well it’s only through the means of a term agreement that she’s able to continue on. We all know that won’t last and play out how she wants, but oh well.

Intertwined into this story is that of Carter and Mia, and Luca. Seeing how that relationship has grown and developed into a family. Personally, I constantly wondering how Egor hasn’t discovered them yet, but well, that’s not for me to say since i’m not the author. Or then again, has he discovered them and that will have a bad omen on the ending? We all know that everyone’s actions have an affect on another family member, Vanessa getting kidnapped because of Sapphire, Griffin getting shot for Conway etc. So, who’s going to be the bait this time?

The power struggle is real here, yet the pull of love and romance from the Underground is even stronger. Peace and family are the name of the game, but it’s too much for some to compromise. Bosco isn’t in the same situation where he can walk away from his business for Carmen and be safe since he is the business – him physically and that puts everyone at risk. His brother Ronan though has ideas, and power, and desire for everyone to find what’s right for them that he serves as a voice of reason and a man who can help things go in the right direction. He makes Bosco realize that family is more important than work, trying to pull him out of the grief from their mothers death bit by bit, and he serves as a voice of reason for Carmen every time she leaves and pushes Bosco away.

What this means to me though is that Ronan should have his own story and i don’t see another installment hinting at that. @PenelopeSky – if you’re reading this – we need a Ronan Roth Story!

The passion and heat comes across in book 15 just as strong as it did in book 1. The plot lines, characters and depth in this final installment were just as compelling and intriguing as they were in very first book as well. I feel like i’m going to be suffering a bit of loss now that i’m done, even with the Epilogue that we were served since the Barsetti’s are an amazing family. I guess the good thing is that i can dive into the 3rd book in the Skull Kings series, but i’ll miss these guys! Enjoy!

Review: Fighter in Lingerie (Lingerie #14) by Penelope Sky

Title: Fighter in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 10/9/18
Length:  172 pages
Series:  Lingerie #14


Bosco Roth is a crime lord. 

The owner of the biggest underground casino.

He’s the kind of man who gets what he wants. He’s got the best poker face in the world.

Now he wants me.

When things become too intense, I hit the brakes and make a run for it.

But one problem…he won’t let me go.

Now I belong to Bosco Roth.

My Thoughts

Carmen seems to be everyone’s favorite Barsetti and it’s about time that she gets her time to shine. Her story with Bosco has only begun, and it’s anyone’s guess to see how this will play out. We know that he’s a protector just like Bones is, but we know that he’s got exponentially more power than Bones as well, so that means that there’s more fear and reason for him to be plain wrong for Carmen.

The journey that this installment of their story goes on is one where as everyone else has experienced, they deny how they feel – or at least Carmen denies it because she has this image in her mind of what her future looks like, of who her family will approve of and of what she will become. Bosco doesn’t check off any of those boxes, but what he does for her personally, the way that he makes her feel really does mean the world and it’s enough for her, but on her terms.

We spend much of our time watching the power dynamic seem to shift when it really doesn’t at all. Carmen always holds the power here, but she for some reason seems to think that Bosco does. She negotiates what she needs out of their arrangement, getting him to compromise on a term of time so that she can hopefully work him out of her system, but we all know that it will never happen that way. Even if he agrees to let her go, she won’t want to because they are so deeply connected now.

Every time that Carmen needs to be saved, she knows that Bosco will be there and he proves is 2 and 3 times more. He’s not intimidated by Bones and the authority that he has, there’s respect there but there’s not willingness to back down. This makes their chemistry even more intense, it makes what they are together more powerful and when it’s Bosco who admits his feelings first, well we see all hell break loose.

I think that it’s safe to say that we can assume that this story will go on the same path that Bones did, but maybe with stress in different places since the families aren’t so intertwined. I think that it’ll just be a unique path that we take to get to the same end point, and i can’t wait to see how the this resolves now that we know there are only four more weeks to the deal. Enjoy!

Review: Dancer in Lingerie (Lingerie #13) by Penelope Sky

Title: Dander in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 9/25/18
Length:  198 pages
Series:  Lingerie #13


Griffin offered to take me home but I refused, knowing he needed to get Vanessa home. 

I walked to my apartment and took a short cut down an alleyway.

That was the worst mistake of my life.

Four men grabbed me. I fought them off, but when the barrel of a gun was pressed between my eyes, I knew the game was up.

But then a man appeared from the shadows and scared the men away like rats.

Tall, dark, and handsome. 

His name is Bosco Roth.

He just saved my life, but he didn’t do it for free.

He wants something in return.

A kiss. A hot and passionate kiss right up against the wall.

But that kiss is just the beginning.

My Thoughts

AHHHHH we finally get Carmen’s story and it seems like it’s following the nature of all the Barsetti women – being with a man who’s completely wrong on paper, someone that their family would never approve of, yet this same person is EXACTLY what they need. The path that we go down with Carmen and Bosco is very much reminiscent of that of Vanessa/Bones, so i guess we’ll have to wait and see how things play out.

Carmen sadly is in the wrong place at the wrong time, she turns down Griffin’s preference to walk her home one night and well, that was the wrong choice. She’s grabbed by a few men in an alley whos intentions are to rape and kill her, and since she has the Barsetti moxy, she fights back, and threatens the men not only with her family name but that of Bones. While it doesn’t do much for the men who are attacking her, another man walks to the front of the alley and hears Bones’ name and puts a stop to everything.

Here comes Bosco. A man that knows Bones, and owes Bones a favor for a job that was done (thank goodness Bones doesn’t always collect money for his work) and Carmen’s life is spared. Would have been a good ending of course except that Bosco is the kind of man that you dream of, built in a way that’s insanely strong but not boxy, eyes that you can get lost in, and a power that makes you want to submit in ways that you never imagined. He gets under Carmen’s skin, but once she learns that he’s not the right guy at all for any number of reasons, she tries to exterminate. Doesn’t work of course.

The path that this story goes on is one that’s rather familiar. Carmen tries to put Bosco out of her mind, he pursues her because he’s intrigued. They realize that while they can be everything for each other, it won’t be easy. Carmen voices her concerns to Vanessa who pushes her to end things with Bosco, but what we quickly learn is that he’s not willing to lose, and not willing to lose her. Carmen is his, and he wants her forever.

There are more questions than answers here in this story. We learn what it is that Bosco does to be the King of Italy essentially and it’s not a direction of work that makes anyone happy. We learn what’s made Bosco into the man that he is, the pain that he’s had in his past from his father who left and his mother who passed away. We see that he’s got a brother who maybe sees further into his soul than anyone else and begins to question his motivations. At the same time, we see that Carmen isn’t just a woman who’s strong, but a woman who knows that she wants to have the greatest future with a family and everything that comes with it.

Where we are left off is a point where they are forced to compromise but that’s not an answers that really gives anyone any peace. Bosco has to fight harder than ever to get Carmen and she needs to figure out how she can be happy either with him or without him.

Families will never allow this romance to happen, yet their chemistry is so intense and heated that it would be a shame to let it go. Penelope Sky does it again with crafting an amazing story and set of characters, although this time around i think that we’re starting to see a similar story to what we have in the past, so i’d love to see how the next installment turns out so that we can get a truly unique story. Enjoy!