⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5
Dante Gallo is the oldest of the Gallo children. He’s angry, protective, serious, focused, broody, and oh so sexy! He wasn’t always this way though. When he was younger, he was impulsive, reckless, and happy, but if you crossed him you saw the dangerous side of him. A woman changed him and for almost ten years he was the serious, protective, focused Gallo offspring. He was in love and would do anything to keep Simone Solomon, but fate had other ideas for these two, and Simone left Chicago and Dante. Her leaving crushed Dante and made him a changed man. To avoid the sadness and heartbreak he joined the service and left Chicago himself and his family to fight for his country. Now, with his family’s connection to the Irish mafia, he and his brother in-law Callum Griffin two very powerful men in Chicago.
Simone Solomon is young and the daughter of a very wealthy businessman that has her whole life planned out for her by her father. Her chance meeting with Dante changes everything for her. Her father is not happy about her relationship with Dante and goes to extremes to keep her away from him. Unfortunately, a fateful meeting on Dante’s part one night when he is going to meet Simone, scares her more than anything her father has told her and makes her choose a life away from Chicago. Little does she know that it will be the wrong decision and she is just as miserable as Dante because she left him. Another chance meeting will put her back in Dante’s sights and although they try to avoid one another while she is in Chicago, fate intervenes again.
I have loved Dante from the beginning of the Brutal Birthright stories and this story made me fall more in love with him. He is a brick house as a young man, but he is even more of one almost ten years later when Simone sees him again. We’ve never seen a vulnerable side like this to Dante, but Simone sure destroyed him and then she reconstructed him and his heart when she returned. Even though he tried his best to protect his heart and himself, he was no match for fate and her path for these two. The Gallo family has had their fair share of trouble, but this book has both the Gallo’s and the Griffin’s in danger. It was tragic, beautiful, heartbreaking and healing. Dante and Simone have a once in a lifetime love and there was no way they could avoid the collision both times they met. I give this story a 5-star review and am so looking forward to more of the Brutal Birthright series. Ms. Lark is a great storyteller and has a way of breaking your heart and healing you in one book. I highly recommend her books but will give you fair warning that you will need to be prepared for tears, laughs, and anger. She can bring all of these emotions out in one book as well. If you are a lover of mafia romance, Sophie Lark is a great author to go to.