Synopsis from Goodreads
Elena Watkins is used to getting what she wants. She grew up the daughter of one of the most powerful mafia bosses on the west coast, an indulged, rich girl who got away with everything.
Except the love of her life.
Archer was the king of their high school. His charming grin swept her off her feet. Days after graduation, they ran away together and eloped. Elated to spend the rest of their lives together, Archer and Elena were on cloud nine.
Until Elena’s father discovered what they’d done.
He swore to keep them apart, even if it meant taking Archer’s life. Knowing what her father was capable of, Elena left Archer, and never looked back. The pain of leaving him would pale to the pain of losing him.
That’s what she’s told herself every day for twelve years. But now her father is dead, and Archer is back. Finally, they should be able to piece the broken pieces of their love back together.
But the mafia has a long memory.
Mafia based stories are not my favourite because of the twisted sense of family and loyalty, especially with the females of the family being used as bargaining chips, such a patriarchal misogynistic and brutal society.
So for Elena to elope with Archer at 18 was a direct violation of everything her mafia boss of a father had set for her. The consequences, ruthless and heartbreaking for both Elena and Archer.
Through the years neither Elena or Archer has been able to move on from the other, it is as if their souls are tethered together ❤ Even while Elena had to disappear for her own safety she always found a way to check on Archer; which leads to Archer discovering this piece of vital information and tracking Elena down despite the danger he may be placing them both in.
The chemistry between Archer and Elena is so powerful it combusts from the beginning of their reunion. I loved the way in which Archer was able to wear Elena down with his calm presence and immovable faith in their relationship.
However, in order to be truly free, there is a price to be paid to the ‘family’. I couldn’t quite grasp the necessity of this apart from the need to keep their reputation intact. Elana’s cousins were intriguing and I think we are going to be seeing them again in the future with the tidbits Kristen peppered through the narrative.