Regretfully Yours by Sunniva Dee
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Our relationship was a sin, they said, but how can it be a sin to love so deeply?
She shouldn’t have listened to them.
Shouldn’t have left us behind.
You can’t help whom you love, and without Silvina, I didn’t give a damn.
A mafia prince without a cause becomes a rebel with nothing to lose.
My brother owned an adult entertainment studio.
He wanted me nowhere near it. Thankfully, his competition did.
I auditioned. Landed a contract.
It’s how I took my sins to a new level, my up-yours to la famiglia.
Until Silvina was kidnapped, and my world was thrown upside down.
I’m going to share this with you, because I already shared with the author – I was worried about this book. I was concerned it would be a bit “Flowers in the Attic-esqe” with the nature of the relationship between Silvina and Gioele. I really should have known better than to doubt her.
There are themes and instances in this book which should probably carry a trigger warning – I mention that purely as a note of caution.
At first, I thought that Gioele was an arrogant, hypocritical ass. But as the story unfolded, he redeemed himself. And my heart just broke for Silvina. I thought that the challenging part of this story was going to be their relationship. I was wrong. There are points in this story that are very disturbing. But the way that the author handled both lead characters’ responses to those events laid the groundwork for an outcome which would not otherwise have been possible.
Darkly delicious and deeply emotional, yet pitched exactly right.
I will simply end by saying that I think that this is probably Sunniva’s best (and darkest) work to date. Loved it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.
Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.
Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).
This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.