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My father owes a debt.
I am his currency.
I’m supposed to marry the recently crowned mafia king of the Foley family as repayment for my father’s transgressions. I don’t understand why the Foleys would want me, but I’ve grown up in a crime family, and I know the ugly consequences of not doing what you’re told.
But as the wedding date approaches, the deal changes, and I’m about to be wed to a man I know nothing about. In fact, I don’t even know his last name.
Instead of becoming a mafia princess, I’m marrying the henchman.
After one look at him, I’m not sure I’ll survive the wedding night.
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Loyalty…that’s what all relationships come down to, driving every decision made and action taken, and when those allegiances are tested, that’s when people truly know where they stand with one another and if those faithful friends and family members are as devoted as they say they are.
In Shay Savage’s newest release, Deklan, Kera O’Conner doesn’t have any other option but to be loyal to her father when she’s deemed as payment for what he owes the Foley family, and from her wedding day on, her choice of husband, of place to live, of a job are no longer her own, proving just how much of a pawn she’s always been when it comes to her father’s business dealings with criminals.
Deklan Kearney has been faithful to the Foley family ever since the family’s patriarch, Fergus Foley, gave him a job and a place to belong, so when Fergus’ son, Sean, takes over the family business and requires Deklan to take his place as Kera’s groom, Deklan does what he’s told, but every decision he makes after their wedding seems to illustrate his loyalty to protecting his new wife and doing right by her, which makes his ties to Sean and the Foley family a lot more complicated and perhaps even a bit more fickle.
The beginning of Deklan definitely grabs readers’ attention and then once the wedding day unfolds and Kera begins her new life as Deklan’s wife, everything becomes quite overwhelming for both of them; Deklan’s position as mafia enforcer is risky, which means that Kera can be used against him by the Foley’s enemies, forcing her to remain isolated and lonely as Deklan continues his henchman duties.
Because the story is told strictly through Kera’s perspective, it’s hard to truly get a handle on the type of man Deklan is. He’s a bit of an enigma because he’s a religious man who believes in Catholic doctrines, but he also is a crime organization’s muscle and as such must complete tasks that leave blood on his hands and his soul. He’s caring and gentle when it comes to Kera, but he’s also secretive and brutal when it comes to his job for the Foleys.
Even after reading the story, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about Kera. She handled a series of difficult situations the best she could, but there were times that her actions didn’t sit well with me. I get that she’s only 20 years old and that she has been sheltered much of her life due to her kidnapping when she was 15, but I didn’t think that some of her reactions fit how she’s been portrayed throughout the story, so I struggled with some of the character development.
Overall, I really liked Deklan. It was interesting to watch everything play out between Deklan and Kera since they entered into a marriage not knowing much about each other. Because the inner workings of the Foley organization were illustrated throughout the book, it was easy to understand why certain actions were taken and what was going to have to be done in order to ensure the family’s reputation remained in tact.
I always enjoy the gritty worlds and dynamic characters that Shay Savage creates, and Deklan definitely stays true to Savage’s winning formula.
4 Poison Apples
Shay Savage is an independent author from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. Her hobbies include off-roading in her big, yellow Jeep, science fiction in all forms, and soccer. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.
From the author: “It’s my job to make you FEEL. That doesn’t always mean you’ll feel good, but I want my readers to be connected enough to my characters to care.”
Savage’s books many books span a wide variety of topics and sub-genres with deeply flawed characters. From cavemen to addicts to hitmen, you’ll find yourself falling for these seemingly irredeemable characters!
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