It started out so good. I really liked Driven by Desire and this started out strong, but then Roman turned psychotic and Katie got weak. I hate when that happens.
Roman was taken with Katie since he met her when she was 13 and he 20. (He didn’t act on it but ok, a little creepy.) The timeline’s an absolute mess, though. Seventeen years later and she’s only 28 and he 36? Shit like that bothers me.
Anyway. Roman tells Katie on her 18th birthday that she’s his, yadda yadda. She rejects him knowing he’ll just lock her away and keep her for himself. He acquiesces but leaves with a “I will come for you Katerina” or something like that. Then some years later… 8? She marries some other guy but they get divorced like two years later, I don’t know, this book’s timeline was like one long algebra equation and no, I’m still not over it.
My favorite part is that Roman remained celibate since he met Katie… or she was 16. It depends on which chapter you’re reading. Anyway, the hero remains celibate for the heroine for a change and I loved that.
But now Roman’s tired of waiting for Katie so he does the reasonable thing and kidnaps her and keeps her on a boat. While on the boat he discovers Katie used to cut herself a million years ago, so Roman consults a professional via telephone for about 4 minutes and determines that he will give Katie the pain she seeks – pain she apparently hasn’t sought out for years – and cure her demons.
I’m not a psychologist, but I’m pretty sure that’s not how people get cured.
Roman beats and screws her a bit, but Katie’s convinced her job is too dangerous…. even though Roman works for the scariest mob boss on the west coast, and since she’s a stealthy little cat-burglar, of course she gets away.
A year passes and Roman is beyond pissed that Katie dared betray him and leave. So after getting his shit together, maybe by investing in some nice 401ks and mutual funds to convince her they’re good for each other- wait, nope. Sorry, nevermind. He resurrected his family’s old cartel and is now the baddest Mexican cartel boss on these here streets.
Why’d he do this you ask? I really have no fucking clue. He claims he had to be bigger and badder in order to keep her because she was stealing art for some other big bad boss, but that reasoning just convinced me Roman had a brain tumor and needed critical care, STAT.
Now he’s the cartel boss and ready to reclaim Katie so he does the gentlemanly thing and convinces her boss to throw her under the bus in exchange for some info on a hacker no one knows the identity of. Now Katie’s back in his clutches. And he’s just so fricking excited and enraged to have her back that he hangs her from a hook in his kill room and beats her with a whip, drawing blood. It’s just a little though, no biggie. And then he uses the handle of the whip and forces it inside of her despite her protests. But she gets wet! It’s ok people, it’s ok. She was wet while crying, it’s cool. No harm, no foul.
Considering she’s sufficiently scared to shit that Roman no longer even seems to like her much less love her, she’s constantly planning her escape from the specially built tower room that he has constantly guarded, locked, and with barred windows. But not before a forced wedding.
Come onnn. You knew it was coming, right? I did.
Well, she’s not thrilled at the prospect and throws a little tantrum. So Roman screws her into lobotomy territory so she walks down the aisle without a fuss. Now married, Roman still doesn’t trust her and continues to lock Katie in the tower, and Katie’s a world-class art thief with the willpower of a horny teenager so of course she makes another run for it. And now I have a headache and am running out of steam, so I’ll just say Roman hunts her down again, realizes she’s on his level and would make an excellent co-criminal war-lord. HEA. The end.