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Fragile Longing: An Age Gap Arranged Marriage Romance Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B08KFD7ZQF
- Publication date : September 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 631 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,725 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot was too predictable and I had a feeling that also repetitive (Saying that it’s easy to foresee where e.g Samuel’s and Emma’s story is heading). There were some interesting moments and characters (Anna, Santino and mostly Leonas) but most of the time it was just boring and cringy (a lot, too much for my taste).
What bothers me about this book the most is: reading about a character-Sofia who is for 50-60% of the book underage (12-17 years old)… It’s just gross to read the supposed mature content of the book later (after that 60%). The other thing I really couldn’t overlook was her naivety, lack of self-confidence and simple stupidity. The things she did… let’s say she won the spot for the most cringe-worthy character in this series (that scene at Danilo’s birthday party.. whoa.. I want to forget it..and preferably unseen it. At that point the book turned from being gross to comedy). Her constant comparing herself with Serafina just started driving me mad…Really? It borders on OBSESSION (perfumes, hairstyle… seriously I waited for her to do some secret plastic surgery -_-). At some point I had a feeling that was a main plot of the book and sorry I’m not buying it.
When it comes to Danilo, I had a nagging feeling that his character development was no existent (there was a beginning and the end, but the middle was missing). In the blurb it was written that he has a thirst for revenge and yes it was stated multiple times throughout a book but… where was that revenge?! He did nothing but f***** blondes. Well man, you are very creative…And here I was waiting for some thrilling mafia like action… But I should have known that sleeping around is the highest action you could get from these books. And still... I had a hope.
And lastly Miones, you really get on my nerves. I liked you… before reading this book but well, now I just can’t stand you (that includes you Samuel). The level of hypocrisy is high. Maybe they will redeem themselves but I doubt.
To sum up, it was incredibly hard to connect with main characters (unfortunately I didn’t succeed at all). When the plot reached the moment where they started working on their marriage, I was so disinterested in their love affairs, that I just skipped reading it. The epilogue was irksome. The only thing that had me interested was the famous chapter 23, which I loved wholeheartedly, finally we got some action! And Leonas and Santino (of course) I have a high hopes for you, don't disappoint me.
Will I read other books by this author? yes, I'll.
Well. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t HATE it. Which was odd, right? Seeing how the theme was unrequited love and Sofia being the “consolation prize” and what not. We all know from previous book, Sofia has been mad crushing on Danilo since yay high. And he happened to be her sister’s ex-fiancée. Quite the situation. Also add in the fact that I really didn’t look forward to another Savio 2.0. The guy was just utterly repulsive to me. So I did went in with lower expectations though still wanting a HEA for this couple. I needed to be convinced Sofia wasn’t second best. And that Danilo truly loves her. That it wasn’t just out of duty, pity or guilt.
The first half of the book was agonizing, painstakingly slow. And entirely too much focus on Sofia’s younger years. Her naiveté and her seeking out Danilo whereabouts. Checking up on who’s he dating or sleeping with. From age 11 all the way 15-16, her crush never quite went away. Instead it morphed into an unhealthy obsession. It's just insane when you think about it. She is just a KID, feeling jealous and territorial over a grown man. Her complete infatuation and pining for Danilo despite years spent apart and him screwing all the blondes he can. (In his head, this was a FU to Serafina. He was punishing her this way). And though it irked me, I was more aggravated with Sofia. She never grew out of her love-sick fascination with Danilo. And her constantly comparing herself to Serafina was tiresome. She truly was her own worst enemy.
"He’d wanted Fina, had chosen her, and now he was left with me instead.
"Always less. Never enough. "
"Serafina had been close to perfect in people’s eyes when she was still around, but now that she was nothing but a fading memory, her absence amplified all that she had been. She’d become larger than life."
Trust me, this went on for while. It was really frustrating because I was waiting her Sofia to emerge as a kick-ass heroine. I wanted her to develop into a strong woman who didn’t need a man to validate her worth. To be more fierce and stop having such a low opinion of herself. Didn’t quite happened like I wanted. If anything, Anna, her BFF fits that persona more. That girl is full of sass and such wisdom at her age. She was also really a great friend. Though I did wish more of her strong personality had rubbed off on Sofia. Now, as for Danilo. I wanted to hate his guts more for how he behaved and his transgressions. I did. He pissed me off with his early disregard of Sofia. And all the womanizing while engaged to her.
“You weren’t supposed to be at a party, Sofia. We weren’t married yet, so I was still well within my rights to do as I please.”
"I’d been effing blonde girl after blonde girl for years, as if I could eff her out of my system. It never worked. Any reprieve I felt was short-lived before my anger burned only brighter."
BUT, he wasn’t a completely immoral, unredeemable a-hole to me. I didn’t find him maliciously cruel and hell bent on making Sofia miserable. She was just a child when promised to him. Just 11 yrs old. He's not going to stop and think of the impact of his actions on a kid. And after the whole fiasco, of the broken engagement, Danilo only thirsted for revenge. He felt disrespected and was furious for having what he coveted, what he considers his, stolen. Though it was more hurt pride and bruised ego, not a broken heart honestly. Still, Danilo wanted vengeance and couldn’t see Sofia as anything but a political arrangement. A stand in
“Remo had taken Serafina from me, had stolen her innocence and her heart. I’d lost my fiancée—my future wife—when Remo had kidnapped her and had gotten Sofia as a replacement.”
"I couldn’t imagine wanting Sofia like that, couldn’t imagine wanting her at all. She was a child. She wasn’t Serafina."
"When Sofia had taken her sister’s stead more than six years ago, I’d considered her the consolation prize. She’d been a child. I hadn’t been able to see her as anything but the cute kid who followed me like a lost puppy. She’d been an afterthought.”
Yes, I wanted to kick his teeth in for those horrible words. In the end, he realized how wrong he was and that it's Sofia he really wants. He was sorry for his treatment and expressed his remorse. And he was kinder and took gentle care of Sofia. I believe in his sincerity and that he grew to love and appreciate Sofia on her own merit. He was determined to change his ways. No more screwing OW. He wanted to earn her forgiveness for what he wrecked with his past misdeeds.
“I’d sinned against my own wife, someone I was supposed to protect from the day of our engagement. Instead, I’d run with my pride and bathed in self-loathing, hurting her in the process. That she was still willing to allow tenderness for me showed how kind-hearted she was."
“I allowed myself to take Sofia in, to see her for what she was: a gorgeous young woman. Not a consolation prize, not Serafina’s sister. And damn it, Sofia was stunning. She met my eyes, and I hoped she could see that from this day forward, I’d do my best to make her forget our painful encounter and all my other eff-ups.”
Danilo growled. “Of course. I love you. I can’t bear the thought that something might happen to you because I’m not there to protect you. Serafina and Emma got hurt when I was away, and it almost broke me, but with you . . . with you, I don’t think I could actually live with myself. You are my life, Sofia. Don’t ever risk your health or life again.”
Theirs wasn’t a perfect love. Far from it. I wished it was more epic and had more fireworks but it worked for them. I didn’t find myself wanting to rip Danilo's balls out or damn his soul to hades like other Heroes. I could have done with less of Sofia’s musings and feelings of inadequacies throughout the book though. But she got the love she wanted. I didn’t feel she was second best. Danilo assured her of his commitment. And where his heart truly lies. The epilogue was nice. So great to see them expand their family. The Remo & Serafina cameo was definitely a bonus. And I know this will be years later but…man… I love Greta & Nevio. Can’t wait for their books.
I did not care for Gemma in Twisted Hearts at all. Sofia was about the same for me. I can't stand a poor me, I can never measure up heroine. The best part of this book for me was the Remo and Serafina scene.
I felt like there was so much hype for this couple and it just didn't fulfill.
One of the best parts of her previous books was her ability to weave an awesome mafia story. The last couple books to me were not the same.
I'll still give her future books a try but she is slowly losing me as one of my automatic buy authors.
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(Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles)
Danilo & Sofia
We've met Danilo and Sofia in TWISTED PRIDE (The Camorra Chronicles #3). But can be read as a standalone.
Sofia has always had a school girl crush on Danilo, ever since her sister Serafina, niece of the Outfits Capo, her Father an Underboss of Minneapolis was promised to him years before, to bring the families together.
Then her sister was taken by their enemy on their wedding day. And wasn't the same since. So, she ran to be with him.
Now that Serafina's with the enemy. Sofia is now to marry Danilo in her sister's place. The only acceptable option.
Danilo, youngest Underboss of Indianapolis in the Outfit was armoured by Serafina, she was everything, an ice princess.
But now, Sofia, is Serafina's replacement, consultation prize. Walking in her sister's shadow. Not being enough, second best, opposite of Serafina.
To say that Danilo is not impressed is an understatement considering that there's a10yr age gap, and a further six year wait until Sofia is of age. But he's determined to get what he was promised, a strong union. Now adding revenge on the Camorra, they're responsible for taking Serafina, humiliating him, the Outfit, and tarnishing their pride.
Sofia rebels, like the teenager she is, to get reactions out of Danilo. She wants his attention like the way her sister had his attention. As she gets older, Sofia knows that men in their world aren't Disney Princes. They may look the part, but they're not. Doesn't mean she can't pretend.
She tries so much to be like Serafina, she lost herself along the way.
Getting control of herself, she sets herself boundaries and gets over her childish crush on him.
Danilo, who's changed, being more distant, angry. Whist doing the gentlemanly distancing from Sofia.
Will he lose Sofia?
Will Sofia stick up for herself?
Stop trying to please her parents and everyone else?
Will they get along and try to get to know one another?
Felt so much for Sofia, she has so much pressure on such young shoulders. The hurdles that these two had to go through, especially Sofia. Such a great read.
I don’t know if it’s just be me but having Remo in this book just for a second gave me butterflies 🦋
I absolutely love Sofia and Danilo but there story was too heavy focused on Fina all the way through, I understand why but for me it was too much and the first half of this book was set in the past again this was for way too long.
I felt like FL wasn’t mafia based it was just set in there world. Danilo has a lot of anger, and I was just waiting for him to do something but he didn’t, he didn’t do anything, he didn’t say anything.
I feel like he didn’t get what he deserved.
I honestly feel like this book is so different to all the other books in the series, it didn’t give any butterflies, I won’t lie I even skipped some parts at the beginning. It lacked a lot compared to the other books and I’m always going to compare them. As much as I love Cora this book wasn’t Ho to her usually standard.
I loved being able to see Fina and Remo again, that was my favourite part - being able to see a glimpse of Fina again.
I also loved Anna's interactions in this book I didn't think she was going to be that prominent, but I'm so glad she was! She's an amazing character and I'm so excited to read her book - hoping it to be with Santino!
I love how both Sofia and Danilo overcame their greatest weakness together, the second half of the book definitely took off somewhere.
I'm really excited for the rest of the series, especially the final instalment in the Camorra series and the beginning of Sins of Our Fathers!