He thought I owned him. He thought he loved me, that I was enough. But this animal, this sex god who could drive me crazy and steal my heart in the same breath, he would never be fully mine. It was impossible. No one ever owns a God.
“I assume you know the business of this family?” It was a dry question, stated without malice or concern, directed at me.
I nodded, meeting his sharp eyes. “Yes.”
“And you find … issue, with this business?” He watched me closely, sitting back in his chair and studying me.
I stared back, my face expressionless. “Issue would be the wrong word. I disagree with your business practices. Issue indicates that I am confrontational in my disapproval.”
A slow smile spread over his face, a transformation that brought a hint of the good looks he must have once possessed. “That’s an interesting choice of words, Ms. Campbell.”
I said nothing, and he glanced briefly at Brad. “What exactly are your intentions with my son?”
“I intend to marry him.”
“Yes, I gathered that from my son. The issue is, Ms. Campbell, that marrying Bradley is not quite as simple as happily ever after. Do you love my son?”
I hesitated at the change in his tone, the question rolling harsh off his lips. “Yes.”
He leaned forward, fixating me with cold eyes. “Imagine your love for my son, if love is what it truly is. Whatever that love is, it won’t possibly compare what you will feel for your own children—what I feel for Bradley, as well as my other sons. Your children, whether they are number one or five, will be more precious to you than your own soul. And you, choosing him to marry, to father your children, are putting those future babies in danger. You will never be able to sleep soundly, knowing the evil that waits for them. You will never be able to vacation, or play with them in the park, without worrying about cars driving by, or men who look at you a moment too long. You are not marrying Brad. You are marrying this family, and endangering yourself and your children with that act. You may be scared of me now, child, but I am one family. There are four others, in this city alone, that have us dead center in their targets. You are not, and will not, be safe in this family. You are marrying into a lifetime of fear, and you need to understand that now, before it is too late.”
I listened to his words, understanding the reasoning behind them, my thoughts wandering down paths I had not even considered. I had been so worried about being against the Magianos that I had not considered what being part of them would entail.
“I am not marrying Brad for safety. I am marrying him because I am in love.”
He leaned back and smiled slightly, a cruel expression on his face. “Let me tell you a story about Bradley. We had a dog, an old mutt that used to sit behind one of our butchers. He would eat the scraps that we threw out each day. And one day we opened the shop to find him inside, his mouth bloody, meat still inside his mouth. I started to kill him, grabbed a meat beater from the counter and went to smash his skull in. But Brad stepped in front of me.”
He laughed, looking over at Brad. “The boy was eleven years old, and he stepped in front of me, his father, to save a dog.” He stood, leaning heavily on the cane, the movement slow and pained. “You don’t know the Italian way, but disobedience is not acceptable. I told Brad to leave or kill the dog himself. He refused, and stood his ground.” He shot Brad a look of disgust. “He defied me over a dog, a mutt, an animal not worth mopping the floor with.”
He looked into my eyes, stepping forward, speaking slowly. “I used the beater on Brad’s skull instead, knocking him unconscious with two blows. He spent four days in the hospital before he woke up. And his first question when he did?” He closed his eyes briefly. “The dog, he wanted to know about the damn dog!” He finished the statement with a snarl, his finger stabbing the air in Brad’s direction to punctuate the sentence.
“We had killed that dog before we even took Bradley to the hospital. Bradley risked himself for a dog—a trash animal he had played with in the alley one day. So yes, he is marrying you, but what does that mean to me?” He straightened and turned, walking carefully, his words tossed over his shoulder to me. “You are worse than a dog, Ms. Campbell. That dog was hungry, eating for his survival. You are eating to get fat, and ruining my son’s life with your greedy acceptance of his sacrificial offer. I am not surprised that he is marrying you. I am only surprised that you are stupid and selfish enough to accept.” He waved dismissively in my direction and closed the space to the window, leaning heavily on the sill and looking out toward the backyard. “Leave, I am tired.”
**ARC received from the author for an honest review**
5+++ “Brad De Luca” stars!!!
Oh Brad De Luca, how you make my heart and vagina do things it shouldn’t 😉 This series has to be one of my all time favorites!! I accidently (and don’t even remember how) started reading Blindfolded Innocence a LONG time ago, and have been in love since. I could never bore of these awesome books. And am quite sad to say that I am finished. I see MANY rereads coming in my future.
“I’ll be in the office around ten. I ‘ll tell my staff, so you can either be the engaged assistant who looks like she’s hiding her engagement, or you can be the confident fiancée I know you are.” -Brad
Brad and Julie have come a long way in their relationship and both have grown so much from it. In End of the Innocence I was so freakin’ proud of them both. Brad has gone from a bossy alpha male to a teddy bear version of an alpha male. And I know that shit don’t make sense to you, but he is still all bossy, aggressive, and alpha, but yet such a sweetheart, too. The places these two have gone and the things they have done in this series will make you laugh, smile, swoon, and go have sex with your significant others 😉
“I’m not going to kiss you until his cock is deep inside me.” -Julia
Wow!! This is my most favorite Julia quote 🙂 Julia has really grown up and I LOVE her!! In End of the Innocence, she is exactly what I love in a female character. She is timid and unsure sometimes, but yet still stands her ground when it matters. She knows exactly when to put Brad in his place, but yet isn’t overbearing. You would never have thought it in book one, but this girl can take care of herself. Lucky her, though, she doesn’t have to all the time. Brad is very happy to give her everything she needs. And I mean everything 😉
“Now. Hard. Fast. De Luca-style.” -Julia
These two(or three) can make some heat. I could never tire of reading their sexcapades. Alessandra gives us the perfect amount of suspense, sex, heartwarming moments, and humor in The End of the Innocence.
“Whether or not our marriage lasted, I would always and forever, madly, deeply love the man.” -Julia
My opinion is that she ended this series very well. End of the Innocence still has so much going on that I was a nervous wreck at the beginning of every chapter. I knew it had to all fall apart at some point and it was just a waiting game for it to happen. But I was pleasantly surprised at how all the events played out 🙂 This will sound super silly, but it all warmed my heart and made me love Brad and Julia so much more.
All is well in the land of Brad and Julia and that makes this Book Bitch super happy!! This series is a must read in my opinion. I know not everyone will enjoy the events of this series as much as I did but at least give it a try. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it 🙂
Alessandra Torre is a new author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks. The sequel to Blindfolded, Masked Innocence, will be released in February 2014.
Alessandra lives in the Southern United States and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.
Learn more about Alessandra on her website at http://www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or her Facebook fanpage.
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