Thea James is scraping by and trying to make a decent life for herself. She keeps her nose clean and stays out of trouble, trying to do what she can to pay the bills. One night on her way home she becomes a witness to a murder. Suddenly, with the shot of a bullet, she’s thrust into a world she had no idea existed. But what’s Thea to do when the darkness that could swallow her is exactly where she wants to go?
Salvatore Costello is the boss in the Los Angeles mafia. He’s in charge of everything, and that includes who he allows in his inner circle. He’s spent his whole life not letting anyone close to him because he knows what the consequences could be. But one night changes everything. She’s a witness and she needs to be taken care of, but after one touch, he’s redefining what that means. Is she strong enough to lead his empire? Will she be ripe enough to give birth to one?
Warning: This is dark, dirty, baby-making smut. This guy is after Thea, and he’s got a plan to keep her from getting away. Want to take a guess at what that is? Hint: There’s absolutely no birth control in this book. If you want it, come and get it! We’ve got you covered.
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in Los Angeles in and around Salvatore’s home.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Salvatore Costello and Thea James. Thea is scrappy. She didn’t have the best childhood but she’s determined to make it on her own and keep herself out of trouble. The only problem with trouble is, it does what it wants to do and picks who it wants to pick. Salvatore is trouble spelled with a capital T but for some reason Thea feels safe with him even after witnessing his crime. Can these two come together and find what they have been looking for all along within each other? Or will their worlds be too far apart for them to ever really come together?
Plot: This is an insta-love romance between Salvatore and Thea.
Writing: This short story is written in first person points of view of Salvatore and Thea. It is a standalone story.
Curb Appeal: I love this cover! It completely embodies Salvatore and gives a slight edge to the story overall. The blurb gives a great rundown on what has happened and who the main characters are, but also teases just enough information to make you want to read the story!
Ultimately: I love all of Alex Riley’s stories but especially the Breeding series! Thea was such a strong heroine and Salvatore wanted nothing more than to take care of his woman. I also loved the bonus story of the secondary characters! All in all, if you are in the mood for steamy loving and characters who love with their full heart then come checkout Kingpin!!!!!
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