Aleksandr VoinovDark Soul: The Complete Collection (Dark Soul #1-5)Riptide Publishing, June 1, 2012 | 310 pages
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Love lights even the darkest soul.
A killer's moral compass rarely points true, and among made men, being gay is a capital crime. But Silvio Spadaro, deadly prodigy and heir to a Family fortune, is determined to find his own way at the feet of the man he loves or by the barrel of a gun no matter the dangers or costs.
Stefano Marino lives a comfortable some might even say enviable life. As a mob boss at the top of the food chain, he has it all: money, respect, a beautiful wife he loves as much now as the day they wed. But he also has a turf war on his hands, and far too soft a heart for this dark business.
When Silvio is sent to help Stefano with his turf war, sparks fly. Stefano loves his wife, but he wants Silvio. It's a desire he hardly knows how to process, but Silvio, ever the patient predator, maneuvers Stefano closer and closer to his bed each day. Stefano resists; giving in to these dark desires means giving up on his marriage, and exposure would surely mean death. Yet there's no denying Silvio's magnetic pull, or the long-repressed urges inside himself. Yielding is inevitable, but he may yet find a way to hold on to everything and everyone he loves.
Genre & Keywords:
M/M Romance, Contemporary, Mafia, Erotic, BDSM, Revenge, Ménage
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Heat level: 3 out of 3 flames
Reviewed by SharonS.:
I am a fan of dark stories and Aleksandr Voinov’s assassin Silvio is one of the darkest, emotionally complex, unpredictable characters I have read. Add the violence of a mafia war and deviant sexual behaviors and you have a story that doesn’t just push the envelope, it pushes it off a freaking cliff and I loved every minute of it. Even with the dark themes there was still a story of love, sacrifice and trust.
There was so much suspense and unexpected twists it had me guessing what all the characters were going to do right up till the end. I can’t talk about any plot or it will ruin the story. I think the unexpected is what makes it so powerful. Erotic doesn’t even begin to cover the sex in this story. Silvio likes sex and pain. It isn’t for the squeamish, but it doesn’t feel like it was added for shock value. It is true to the character and an important part of his development.
The story was originally released as five novellas. I couldn’t imagine having to wait for each one to come out. Thankfully all five volumes are being published as a collection. This story is probably like nothing you have read before it is so much more than a story about assassins and the mafia. It isn’t the writing that grabs you, but the characters who are seductive and addicting.