“When you’ve finished making offers for the bracelet, I have a proposition for you.”
Billionaire Liev Dragunov has spent a lifetime plotting revenge against those responsible for his family’s ruin. Finally he has the way: Bianca Di Sione.
She’s denied their obvious attraction and coolly rebuffs every request to work for him—until he finds her weakness: a diamond bracelet she desperately needs!
Bianca must become his fake fiancée if she wants her trinket! But the taste of revenge isn’t as sweet as desire, and Liev discovers that she is innocent in more ways than one…
Worldbuilding: I didn’t really get much of a sense of a particular setting or social setup, though the story is set in New York high society(ish?). I didn’t get much of a sense of a particular world built, except the new-money versus older(er)-money kind of vibe that was mentioned.
Characters: I’m terribly sorry to say that Bianca and Liev felt pretty flat to me. They had great potential, they really did, but I just didn’t get the sense of them being for-real, you know what I mean? I didn’t feel they had any chemistry either, and their romance was pretty dull for me as a result.
Plot: While the combination of tropes had great potential – virgin, blackmail, billionaire – things just didn’t come together for me. The tempo felt terribly slow, events came of as not-exciting, and the stakes while good didn’t create for me the sense of tension in the read.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. Probably a great part of my reaction to the characters and story was the writing style, which felt a bit too narrative and certainly without humor – no banter, no snark, no witticisms -. I for one tend to respond to either fun or dramatic stories, and I didn’t get a sense To Blackmail a Di Sione was either.
Curb Appeal Nice cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my contemporary reading moods.
While many of the right ingredients were there, To Blackmail a Di Sione just didn’t end up tickling me pink much. But if you’re into sans-snark/banter contemporary romance and have a passion for the billionaire/blackmail/virgin mix with a foreign billionaire to boot, I think To Blackmail a Di Sione is worth a shot. It just wasn’t my cuppa.
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