About Luca Vitiello by Cora Reilly
I was born a monster. Cruelty ran in my veins like poison. It ran in the veins of every Vitiello man, passed on from father to son, an endless spiral of monstrosity.
A born monster shaped into an even worse monster by my father’s blade and fists and harsh words.
I was raised to become Capo, to rule without mercy, to dish out brutality without a second thought.
Raised to break others.
When Aria was given to me in marriage, everyone waited with baited breath to see how fast I’d break her like my father broke his women. How I’d crush her innocence and kindness with the force of my cruelty.
Breaking her would have taken little effort. It came naturally to me.
I was gladly the monster everyone feared.
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Aria let me admire her, standing completely still but a blush traveled over her throat and face.
I set my brush down and took one of the towels from the rack before I moved toward her. Aria’s eyes held insecurity as she opened the shower stall and took the towel with a small thanks. I couldn’t stop looking at her and so close up her nakedness called even louder to the worst in me. The monster in me beckoning to be unleashed.
Aria wrapped herself in the towel and stepped out of the shower. She peered up at me. She was petite, vulnerable, breathtakingly beautiful and unconditionally mine.
“I bet you’re already regretting your decision,” she said, her eyes searching mine, looking for something all women hoped for: tenderness, affection, love. She wouldn’t find any of those things in my eyes… or my heart.
I couldn’t and wouldn’t give her those things but I could treat her with the respect she deserved as my wife, as the woman I swore to protect. I’d respect her body, would honor her “no” as if it was my own. That was all I could give her.
I returned to the sink and picked up my shaving brush. Aria slipped past me and was almost out of the door when I gave her an answer: “No.”
She peered over her shoulder at me.
“When I claim your body I want you writhing beneath me in pleasure and not fear.”
About the Author:
Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a traditionally published author of young adult literature.
Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.
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