Before I can begin telling you all the reasons why I loved this book, I just want to let you know the trigger warnings associated with this book, such as rape and sexual slavery. This is a dark romance and not everyone’s cup of tea so be very careful if you do decide to read this book.
This is was my first every book by L.P. Lovell and I had no idea what I was getting myself into, it is intense, tragic and so beautiful. This story is about Anna, who has been a sexual salve since she was thirteen. The story starts when Rafael D’Cruze, leader of the Juarez Cartel, is asked to keep Anna, the collateral, safe for Nero Verdi, the Italian mob boss.
After being freed from slavery, Anna is still adjusting to no longer being a whore, no longer having to service men. But after years of captivity, she doesn’t know who else to be if not the whore. Yet with Rafael’s help she blossoms. Even though in the beginning Rafael wanted nothing to do with baby sitting the collateral, once he lays eyes on Anna, he’s determined to make her realize that she is finally free.
I know you’re not supposed to fall in love with a bad man, but the way Rafael is with Anna, it just melts your heart. Rafael is not a good man in any sense of the word, but the way he protects and cherishes Anna makes you fall in love with him. Anna’s struggle to become a new, free person is beautiful yet heartbreaking to witness, and finally we get to see her become a strong, resilient, and empowered woman.
This book does feature Anna’s sister Una (from the Kiss of Death Trilogy), so you might want to read that story first. However even though I had not read Kiss of Death Trilogy, I feel this book can be read as stand alone and I did not feel as if I was missing out on some important information.
Note: SWEET COLLATERAL was originally released as a three book Collateral Trilogy (Hate Me, Hold Me, Have Me) and now you can get all three books for the price of one
I want to thank CandiKanePR and author L.P. Lovell for, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.
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