The Sanctum Syndicate #1
by Lilith Roman
It was supposed to be my last con.
But I didn’t expect him to be the client.
Dangerous, powerful, and drop-dead gorgeous, Ronan Hennessey’s sharp blue eyes drew me in, but it was his wicked tongue that kept me there.
As one of the leaders of his underworld, I should have been scared. Instead, I was mesmerized. Enthralled.
So I sent him an invitation made of brush strokes and riddles, tempting him to chase me. One last adventure before I vanished to my island paradise after years of crooked black-market deals.
He was only meant to be a thrill. But when he called me his little witch, casting his own spell on me, my heart was in trouble.
Only, I didn’t know someone else was already hunting me, determined to get revenge and make me suffer for a past deceit. It was only a matter of time until this enemy found my new identity.
Meeting Ronan changed everything and mine wasn’t the only life on the line anymore.
Who will get to me first? The man who makes my soul sing, or the monster who wants to burn it?
Author’s Note: Dangerous Strokes is Book 1 in The Sanctum Syndicate series of interconnected standalones. It is a dark mafia romance where sensitive and violent situations, that could be triggering for some, are depicted. There is no cheating and it has a HEA. Please go to the author’s website for the full list of triggers.
My ARC Review:
A mafia syndicate read with a twist – Ronan is the eldest of the mafia gang, who ends up being duped by Annika, who along with her best friend, Hanna, have come up with a really clever way to earn millions, as long as nobody notices of course!
Annika is a painter, who has perfected her craft so well so copies masterpieces that are missing and sells them as the recovered original, earning millions in the process. No one has ever found out that they are fake….. yet.
Ronan and his mafia brothers bought a painting off them, but whilst in the meeting to do that they have that insta-love/lust connection going on, throwing both of them completely off their game. It was supposed to be Annika’s last job before they retired, but she finds she wants the chase, off Ronan in particular.
I enjoyed this mafia read with a different, I loved the painting con! Quite a dark and emotional read at times with the events taking place that surround Hanna. Ronan and Annika cannot shake their connection, he calls her ‘little witch’ as he is convinced she has worked some type of magic on him to have him so wrapped up in her!
I loved the way he was around Annika, how supportive and caring he was when she needed it, not pushing.
Of course he is an alpha male, very jealous and possessive of his girl, and when things get hot and steamy you certainly know about it! Whew!!
Lots of different plot twists and suspense/drama in the later stages as a previous buyer finds one of the paintings is a forgery and he is a trafficker and is out for revenge on the girls.
Lilith Roman is a romance author who lives with her husband and fluffy bear-dog in the UK, where she writes stories laced with a little danger, intense passion, and dark themes, always ending in a Happily Ever After.
She’s an introvert with an addiction for pretty hardbacks she never reads. A lover of anything with chocolate, cursing, and steamy books. And her love for horror movies convinced her without a shadow of a doubt that… even the monster under the bed needs a love story.
I may have more to say about myself, but I’ll be honest, I’m too awkward. I do tend to overshare in my Newsletter… and sometimes on Instagram.