I had been waiting for Giovanni and Clara’s story ever since reading ‘Tough Love’. With each new book in the series, I hoped that it would be their story. Talk about leaving me hanging! Finally, I got the story I’ve craved since the very beginning!
For those that had forgotten, or didn’t read ‘Tough Love’, the prequel novella was provided at the beginning of the book. At first, I panicked, thinking that the original novella had just been retired and I wasn’t getting the story I’d waited for after all. Once I got ahold of myself and skipped forward, I found exactly what I’ve been waiting for all this time.
Clara is attending art college, dating a total douchebag and trying to maintain her cover. She is still haunted by Giovanni’s memory, but believes him dead. Honestly, her life was pretty depressing. The only things keeping her going was her love for her sister and best friend and a stray dog that she was trying to warm up to. Like I said, depressing.
Giovanni has spent years climbing his way to the top of the Mafia hierarchy. As unlikely as it may be, he has gone from being tortured in the basement to ruling the city. He is now the Las Vegas Capo and he still wants Clara.
After being drugged, Clara wakes up in the back of a limo to find that Gio is still alive. Her relief is soon overshadowed by the realization that he is not the same boy that she loved years ago. This Gio is colder, harder and more reminiscent of her cruel father than the boy she remembered. The old Gio may be alive, but he’s also dead.
Tables have turned and the boy who helped her escape this life is now the one to drag her back to it. He plans to marry her, irregardless of whether or not she consents. He needs her name to cement his position as Mafia royalty. Once again, she finds herself a prisoner in her home.
I loved seeing these two come together again. Despite being angry at Gio, I knew they would find each other again. I couldn’t imagine that these two would ever be complete without each other. Yes, he was overbearing, manipulative and callous at times. Given what he’d been through, it wasn’t surprising though. Regardless, I still loved him!
If you’ve followed this series, or even if you haven’t, this is a great love story. Two young lovers separated, only to be reunited years later and much changed. Great love story. Classic storyline.
Gio and Clara are still my favorite couple from this series. My only gripe is that some of the events toward the end seemed a little rushed. After all the build-up and anticipation, it felt a little anti-climactic to have things just work out perfectly in such a brief period.
Overall, I thought this was great addition to the series and a fantastic conclusion to Gio and Clara’s story. I was so glad to finally get the closure that I’ve craved for these two. Everything worked out perfectly in the end.