Title: Silent Vows
Series: The Byrne Brothers #1
Author: Jill Ramsower
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2022
Narrators: Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross
I wanted out of the mafia and unexpectedly got my wish,
only it’s worse than I ever could have imagined.
I’ve been promised to the Irish.
An arranged marriage in the name of alliance.
I have no choice.
My father will kill me if I refuse.
In two short weeks, Conner Reid will become my husband.
The ruthless Irishman threatens my composure and intoxicates my senses.
He represents everything I hate in this world yet summons my darkest cravings.
I can’t escape him.
The worst part is, I’m not sure I want to.
Because my life is in danger, and Conner may be the only man who can save me.
A dark romance with adult themes, Silent Vows may not be suitable for sensitive audiences. But if you like your men possessive and a steamy read with a guaranteed happily ever after, this enemies to lovers arranged marriage romance will satisfy your every craving!
His cool stare held me captive, eyes inches from mine. “Is your father going to be a problem?”
My lips parted in surprise.
I’d expected innuendo and manipulation. Such a direct line of questioning hit at the very heart of my worries and unsteadied me.
I shook my head and tried to dart beneath his arm. Conner wedged his body in front of the door, blocking my path completely and bringing us chest to chest. I sucked in a shock of air, then narrowed my eyes defensively.
He wasn’t remotely unsettled by my display of irritation. If anything, his intensity only darkened further in the dimly lit basement hallway—a villainous storm threatening to crumble me to my foundations.
“Protective is one thing. I get the sense this is more, and I think I ought to know if it’s going to be a problem.” His eyes narrowed a fraction, the difference between tension and savage ferocity in one tiny twitch of a muscle. “He ever hurt you?” The words were deadly calm.
Oh God. Why was he doing this?
He needed to stop asking questions, and I needed to stop thinking his questions meant he cared. This was all probably about control and power, not me. I had to shut it down. Now. The best way to accomplish that was not to look like a scared little girl.
Taking a small step back, I opened my clutch and pulled out a pen, then took his hand in mine, palm up. It’s so much wider than I expected. Rough and solid muscle. Hands that knew hard work, like squeezing the life out of an enemy.
I mentally scolded myself to focus and wrote two letters across the full surface of his palm.
Releasing him, I peered up in challenge. Conner stepped forward, placing his leg between my thighs and swiveling us until my back was against the wall next to the door. I didn’t squirm or respond, knowing I couldn’t show doubt or weakness if I was going to shut down his questions.
“Not so fragile as they implied, are you?” he purred above me.
I took his tie in my hand, pulling him slowly lower until our noses almost touched, and shook my head slowly side to side. His hands came to rest on either side of my head as he brought his cheek to mine, his hint of stubble creating a delicious friction against my skin.
“Good, because I’m not remotely gentle.” The words were a black promise, raw and demanding and utterly intoxicating.
OVERALL REVIEW & RATING: 4 STARS
I read Silent Vows back in October when it released and I loved the story for reasons you will find out below, so when the opportunity to jump back into this world via audio came up, I jumped!
PERFORMANCE REVIEW & RATING: 3.5 STARS
*sigh* … Kai Kennicott did not do it for me with this narration. I tried slowing her down and speeding her up and nothing helped. The biggest problem for me was she sounded like she was reading each and every sentence. It felt forced or rather like she was reading the story for the first time and it just did nothing for me. The deep tenor in Wen Ross’ voice saved the day for me!
STORY REVIEW (from release) & RATING: 5 STARS
I’ve only read (actually, I listened) to two other books written by Jill Ramsower but I’m already putting her on the #oneclick side of authors I enjoy and I’m also super stoked that I got to start one of her series from the beginning with Silent Vows! Because I am also a huge mafia/criminal underworld junkie, I think I’ve hit the jackpot! LOL
Silent Vows has all the elements that you would expect to encounter in a mafia world story. It’s also a story that if you’re a beginner into such worlds, it might just be a great introduction because yes, all the elements are there, but the dark and seedy aspect of such worlds is more of a dark grey in this story and it fits it perfectly. Don’t get me wrong, the criminal underworld aspect is part of this story, but it’s just not highlighted with neon strobe lights. Feel me? The story is captivating, suspenseful and action-packed right alongside with sexy, erotic, and passionate. The romance journey between Noemi & Connor runs seamlessly alongside the mafia arc and makes for a very thrilling and exciting reading experience!
Character development is one of my favorite aspects of this story. The build-up between Connor & Noemi alongside with their growth as individuals left me wanting to know more and more about them and not because it was lacking, but the complete opposite. It was so well done that I felt I knew them and wanted to be in their circle. Their banter was fun and uplifting and their sexy-sexy made my panties melt! I cannot wait to keep going with this series and hopefully see Connor & Noemi in snippets again!
COMING SOON IN THE BYRNE BROTHERS SERIES
#2 Corrupted Union – Releasing April 4
Apple Books: https://apple.co/3Eqi5C7
Google Play: https://bit.ly/3CKjFh0
Award-winning author of contemporary and fantasy romance. With Jill’s books, you can count on confident heroines, plenty of steamy tension, and deliciously assertive leading men. There are no guarantees in life, but with her books, you know everything will work out in the end. However, a perfect ending would not be nearly as satisfying without a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Jill loves to add plenty of adversity in her stories, creating unforgettably dynamic characters and sneaky plot twists you will never see coming.