Title: Queen of Thorns
Series: Mice and Men #2
Author: Lana Sky
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2021
With all hope of the peace shattered beyond redemption, Donatello Vanici is waging his most violent, bloody war yet.
And caught in the heart of the carnage is Willow Stepanova, the adopted daughter of his dangerous enemy and the girl who once adored him to the depths of her soul.
Torn between her loyalty to her family and her volatile connection to Donatello, Willow quickly realizes that it’s not just her life at stake in this vicious battle…
But what will be left of her in the end?
Mice and Men is a new standalone series in the War of Roses Universe.
My breath hisses through my teeth. Damn her. I know her aim the second her eyes go to my mouth—but I’m even more sure of the fact that she won’t carry through. She’ll cower in the end. Slap me. Try to run.
Those lips won’t brush mine with a hesitance that fractures my resolve more than a bullet to the head would. It’s like I have been shot. My mind goes blank. Her breath is on my skin, her mouth so soft it’s like fucking silk…
My lips part, drinking in her taste however faint it is. Like fire and spice—the very embodiment of the lighter fluid I doused myself in at Havienna. Only in this instance, she’s both accelerant and a match.
A low grunt catches in my throat, my fingers grasping for a slender hip to steady her as I inhale, our lips a breath apart. She deliberately lingers here, daring me to react.
Because I’ve already failed. Her scent is a poison, made ten times more effective by her nearness. I’m struck by both. Defeated. A surge of lust overwhelms every other thought. I want more. Crave it.
Until I remember who she is. What she is.
What a follow up to the first book! So insanely intense with all the plots and plans and revenge going on in the aftermath of the destruction set in motion by an unknown party. Danger and action-packed at every turn. I love the battering ram that is Don as he grapples to take over the famiglia and get Vin the help he needs. Boy, he comes alive in his passionate fury and dark memories. A plan forms that will crush his enemy, Mischa, and keep Willow by his side, of her own free will. This author does impassioned like no other. The rage oozed off the pages as Don and Willow play a dangerous game with each other and the forces that threaten everyone they love. Who’s the unknown force with a hidden agenda? So much mystery and intrigue. Plus there’s another game afoot with an old foe of the Willow’s parents steps into the light. Willow’s a terrific heroine and her disability is an interesting element in the story, one that the author makes work in a way that it’s a nonissue for the most part. There’s not any real romance in the story just a few charged moments between Don and Willow and some heat between a possible new couple in Briar and Evgeni. Can’t wait for that to develop. I’m just hoping the next story will have Don and Willow realizing their true feelings. The set up promises for an explosive next book as Don and Willow forge ahead with a new relationship that should bring them closer. I love this author’s twisted, inspired characters and a storyline that gives them full range to explore their madness. So good!
Lana Sky is a quirky writer from the US who dabbles in dark,
paranormal and contemporary romance. Her stories aren’t always typical, but
contain a little something for everyone.