She wasn’t mine to take, but I’ve never been the type of man to ever give a damn. If someone’s expecting me to ask for permission, well, they’re shit out of luck.
I run the streets of New Orleans and if I have my way with it, I always will.
That is, until a new dog comes into town. He’s slick, cocky and arrogant as hell. Everything that leads me to believe I’ll crush him at our meeting this evening. He isn’t the first who’s tried to take what belongs to my family, and he certainly won’t be the last.
But unlike the rest of them, he brought a bargaining chip with him.
A woman by the name of Madelaine Rosseau.
Her name isn’t important to most, but to me she’s worth nearly a million dollars.
Her father’s been avoiding me for almost a year. He owes my family quite the debt. A debt that grew out of control, but gambling debts will do that to you, especially when the odds are against you.
He hasn’t paid us back and I doubt he will.
I’d assumed the only way we were going to get payment would be through blood, but now we have it in flesh.
Madelaine Rosseau no longer belongs to her father–she belongs to me.
If I don’t marry him there’s no doubt a war will ensue.
My brother crossed the line. He wanted an allegiance and in accepting it, he’s promised me to a man. While he isn’t a stranger, this isn’t something I’ve wanted. I craved a normal life and now I’m just like every other mafia princess.
I’ve been resenting my brother and why shouldn’t I? He did the one thing he promised he’d never do.
But maybe this won’t be the end of the world. It’s the one thing I keep telling myself. I know if I don’t do this, our family will be in danger. I have no choice, though I’m hopeful this could be the greatest love story of my life, even if the man I’m marrying has more secrets than I know. He terrifies me, but I need to have faith, and more than that–I must keep my family safe.
***Deprave is a dark mafia romance written by E.C. Land and Elizabeth Knox. It is not recommended to read this book as a standalone.
I had one rule: don’t sleep with the talent. Yet, I had no problem breaking it for her.
My family had dealt with nefarious people for most of our lives. We became accustomed to it. In fact, we were raised by someone who was the worst of them all. We knew what to look out for, and we became a stronger family unit because of what we endured.
Things had just begun to settle down. Our family had kept another war from starting with a rival family, and for a while the coast was clear. As the one who manages the club we own, Diamond Dancers, I was simply ensuring the show would go on.
We were waiting for our breakout star to come from Europe. We’d booked her a while back, but were forced to wait until she had finished up her previous contractual obligation. I figured she was a phenomenal burlesque dancer, considering my sister-in-law recommended her for the job.
What I didn’t expect was that she’d be the most beautiful woman I’d ever meet. One look at her and undeniable desire coursed through me. I knew I couldn’t have her. She worked for me, and I never wanted to be that man.
But I saw the way she looked at me too. She was fighting the same urges, and in no time I knew we’d come crashing together. I just never thought it would be quite this powerful.