We’re celebrating the release of Love Her Madly (Sex. Rock. Mafia.) by International Bestselling author Jessica Ruben! This is the second stand alone novel in the series.
From India to Iran and New York City, buckle up for a journey you won’t forget.
NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2020
“Ruben’s words flow flawlessly with amazing attention to detail and depth. You will be spellbound and bewitched and will completely fall in love with this world she has created.” – Suzanne, Goodreads Reviewer
Darius is a man with power and control.
As a child in the Mumbai slums, living among lethal street gangs, all he cared about was his safety and where he would find his next meal.
That is, until the Madam of the most famed brothel in India finds him, offering him a life he can’t refuse.
As an intelligent, beautiful woman raised in a small mountain village, Gini never would have imagined a place like The Mansion exists.
Stolen by Darius into a dark underworld where the famed Mullah Omar arranges pleasure marriages to the highest bidder, Gini fights for survival.
At first frightened by the dangerous man who keeps her prisoner, Darius slowly becomes the one light in her dark world.
The Madam. The Mullah. The Protector. The Beauty.
Who will win when money reigns supreme and power is everything?
I push the button, and the music starts. The girls dance as they have been, in perfect sync. But this time, Darius is here. He changes everything. His muscles flex as he lifts Roshan, and she slides from his waist, downward, her body pressed against his until she’s on her knees before him. Suddenly, she pops up with the music, twirling as his hands move to her behind, sliding across her slim hips. His hands are so large that they surround her entire waist. Roshan spins around again and again before dropping down to the ground, this time into a perfect split.
I gasp because I can’t help it. Luckily, no one notices or hears. I’ve seen beautiful dancing. But this? This is something else entirely.
She rises, and their chests touch. His eyes stare directly at hers. I can’t help but touch my own chest with my hand. Darius and Roshan are mere inches apart, seemingly so entwined that even their breathing is in sync. I feel a pressure tugging into my soul. Watching this is … hurting me. Is there something between them? They are perfect together.
I look down at my own brown clothes, the sack for potatoes. Where I grew up, these differences between people were never possible. We all wore the same clothes. We slept in similar homes. We farmed. We worked. We helped each other. But here is a true hierarchy, like animals. And I’m at the lowest rung.
This had a little bit of everything. A dark, dangerous hero. A beautiful, innocent heroine. Religious backed brothels and temporary marriages. Mafias and gangs. And more. I’m not sure what to think about this story. There wasn’t much romance or sex other than training for “marriages” or prostitution. The writing was a little simplistic and some of the events were too much of a coincidence or unrealistic or too convenient. Most of the story is commentary on the Muslim culture and beliefs surrounding temporary marriages and the lack of rights of women in that culture. Quite depressing to think that it is an honor and the only option for a young girl to be sold into prostitution under the guise of religion by her father. I found myself skimming after it turned a little preachy plus I was ready for more romance. This could have been so much darker than it was based on the topic. For the most part there’s not much distress or harm to the girls/women. It also highlighted the horrible conditions in the slums of Mumbai and poverty in rural India. Children stolen off the streets or bought from their fathers and sold to brothels. So sad. I found both Darius and Gini compelling characters. Both with interesting lineages. Gini’s a source of shame and Darius‘ a pleasant surprise. The ending wrapped up nicely with a bad guy getting what he deserved. Definitely something different and not your usual romance.
About the Author:
Jessica Ruben lives and works in New York City, where she spends her days dominating in the court room as an attorney. Come nightfall, she writes romances centering on gorgeous alpha males and the intelligent women who love them.Jessica is an insatiable reader, and will devour a few books a week without batting an eyelash. Books have always been her drug of choice, and she has no plans on detox anytime soon. She has three wildly delicious children and a husband who, for reasons unimaginable to her, loves her brand of crazy.