Title: Confess

Author: Isabella Starling

Genre: Romance, Dark Mafia Romance, Forbidden

Publication date: November 2019

Ebook: 246 pages

My Rating: ★★★.75


My name is Amadeo Dacosta, but you... you will only call me Father.
I’ve been watching Carlotta Tomassi for months, biding my time to pluck her out of her sheltered life. The mafia kingpin’s daughter is not going to be a sweet little thing much longer. Not if I have anything to do with it.
Soon, she will be kidnapped. Taken. Captive. Carlotta’s transformation from sweet little lamb to broken sinner will begin in the cell I built for her. Barely legal and enchanting in her innocent beauty, she will be my prized possession.
I can’t wait for her to open her eyes and realize she’s now my property. The fear. The anticipation. The pain. I will take it all. And the first words I’ll tell her will seal her fate.

It's time to confess, little sinner.
And Father does not forgive.

Confess is a full-length novel with a dirty priest straight out of your fantasies... or nightmares.
This is a captive dark mafia romance.


"I confess," she admits. "I confess... I fell in love with a monster..."

I was really intrigued about this book after reading the blurb and I couldn't wait to get into it. I love mafia romance especially if it's dark and gritty and this one is wickedly dark and taboo. Isabella Starling sure knows how to write steamy scenes, even when there is "torture" involved.

The book started out really promising with Father Amadeo stalking Carlotta (the daughter of the most fierce man in Malborne, mafia capo Massimo Tomassi) and then kidnapping her. He is out for revenge and won't stop until he punishes Carlotta for her father's sins. The interactions between the two of them are really intense, some of the scenes quite harsh (there is physical torture involved) and the chemistry is quite palpable. The secondary characters were also interesting, but they weren't presented as much as I would have liked.

The story is told from multiple POV, it was angsty and suspenseful and the plot had a lot of potential in the beginning but I feel like the action developed too rapidly and it didn't leave enough room for more backstory. Everything happened so fast that it was a bit hard to grasp what was happening and really savor the plot twists. I did love the epilogue a lot, it was really heartwarming.

Overall I liked this book because of the themes presented and the dark elements and I'm looking forward to reading more stories by this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Author Bio:

Dark, dirty and taboo is what Isabella Starling is known for.
An Amazon top 25 bestselling Author, Isabella is a self-proclaimed sexy gif addict and always looking for her next forbidden story.
If you pick up a Starling book, you can count on a bad-mouthed, bossy man who will dominate his woman with a rough hand.
Add just a sprinkle of taboo, a touch of BDSM and a pinch of suspense, and you're all set for a story you won't forget.

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