"At the top of her game, Ms Marinelli delivers: a unique take on emotional conflict; passionate love scenes; and flawed characters who have depth, originality and emotional darkness.
Neither the boss / PA trope or the playboy hero is a particular favourite of mine�although in the right hands can win me over. And I didn�t immediately connect with Ella and reserved judgement on Santo before falling hard for him about half way through.
I love that Santo wears his mistakes for the world to see, whereas Ella hides her emotional bruises with make-up.
Love how the lovemaking and the emotion-driven dialogue are entwined and Ella and Santo�s deepening connection is shown through their passion and their dialogue.
And love that Santo makes Ella realise that moving away from your problems doesn�t mean you leave them behind.
The author�s unique way with emotional conflict means you buy into Ella and Santo�s Happy Ever After--even though Santo is still keeping a lot of Corretti family secrets that can�t be revealed in the first book of the mini series. So I didn�t get the feeling that all his issues were resolved, more that he was in a better place to deal with them. And I love that the reformed Santo doesn�t come wrapped in a bow.
<i> A Legacy of Secrets </i> marries gritty realism with Sicilian glamour. And if this Corretti headliner sets the tone for the rest, then we�re promised second, third and fourth helpings of dark, tortured and scandalous.
I agree with the other reviews; this has to be one of my all-time-favourite Moderns. Ms Marinelli maintains the fast pace whilst delivering depth of characterisation, deeply emotional, a unique plotline with an edge. One of those rare books that demands a re-read.
"Featuring a seriously sexy, tortured hero with deep dark secrets, light and shade. Like the lovely easy-to-identify-with Katie, I wanted the real Nathaniel, the man behind the actor's mask. I loved how she held out for him and was instrumental in finding him.
The strong characterisation is matched by the emotional depth and reltionship intensity, and propelled by loads of fab, fun and meaningful dialogue & hero and heroine interaction.
The ending made me laugh and cry at the same time. And had me looking forward to meeting Jacob again and Rafael and Lucas.
A five-rose read that's definitely a keeper as I can't wait for an Encore!
"Putting a marriage back together again.
I loved the relationship intensity. Pietro is to die for and I felt immediately connected to Marina. Ms Walker cuts to the emotional and sensual heart of the relationship. And even when they're talking about their marriage, you can see it from both sides, and really feel for both and remain emotionally connected to both characters. I cried for their past and she kept me on tenterhooks as to if/how they were going to get their future, even when it was obvious to me that a joint Happy Ever After was what they both deserved.
"I agree that there's a lack of interaction/dialogue between Guy and Alexa, but what there is has a strong impact on them and me. It's testament to Julia James' writing that I found this really compelling, really believed the relationship was doomed, and found the ending to be emotionally satisfying. "