Series: Cavalieri Della Morte Series
Author: Jo-Anne Joseph
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 20, 2019
They call me a God, Demon, Monster,
Depends on which side of me they've faced.
I'm cold, with an insatiable thirst for blood, lust, and money.
If you've got my attention,
You're either next on my list, or about to slip into my sheets.
I'm Arthur Calthorpe, leader of the Tabella Della Morte.
I don't trust, I own.
I don't love, I desire.
I don't ask, I take.
And I want Gaia.
The silver haired tyrant is a ruthless criminal,
The first time I saw him was in my mother's bed,
But the monster has set his sights on me.
He's relentless, and he's found my Achilles heel.
When he offers me a bargain, I'm hard-pressed to refuse.
What lengths am I willing to go to be free of him, and how far will he go to stop me?
The trouble is those eyes and the fact that I want to know the story behind them.
Most times, I skip right past any warnings that might be at the start of a book, especially if I'm familiar with the author. I'm a first time reader to Jo-Anne Joseph, and still almost skipped the warning, so after reading said warning, I'm all "well, let's see how this plays out".
Good heavens, by the end of the first chapter, it's 86 kinds of clear how cold and ruthless Arthur is and how he came to create the Tabella Della Morte. I literally had to go back and read a particular section of the first chapter to make sure I read the words and yep, my eyes bugged out of my head on the second reading of that event.
We get a bit of history about Arthur's upbringing and events that happened when he was 25, then the book slips into present day, which is 25 years after said events. Now I'm not gonna lie and say I wasn't a bit skeeved out that Arthur got it in with Gaia's mom before deciding he wanted Gaia, cause ewww, but since this isn't your typical (or even atypical) romance, I shook off the skeevy feels and rolled on with the story. And honestly? This did not disappoint at all. Both of their families have all sorts of fucked up issues that have contributed to the characters we meet, but that somehow works in their favor; I don't think this could have worked as well as it does if Arthur and Gaia weren't affected by the members and actions of their respective families.
"...THIS BOOK, y'all!! It scrambled my brain, put my heart through a blender and scorched my soul. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I never could have imagined this. This bloody, vindictive, sinister and oh-so-delicious masterpiece! ..." - Book Addict
"...This is a perfect end to this series, it has twists and turns, harrowing scenes that they have endured throughout their lives and moments of reflection and regret that humanised the monsters. Happiness is fleeting unless you work at it and pursue it and Arthur finds his happy in others pain. He is sinister and brutal and yet beautifully controlled and precise with each movement he makes against his enemies. ..." - Obsessed by Books
Jo-Anne Joseph is an indie contemporary romance author, dreamer, doer, artist with a flair for creating stories about the seemingly impossible and second chance romance. Along with a passion for writing, she is an avid reader and enjoys painting and coloring. She also has a deep love for poetry and prose. Her lifelong love affair with words started at a young age and resulted in her debut novel Infinity.
Jo-Anne is a business professional by day and also writes on a volunteer basis for on-line publication Still Standing Magazine and the website Glow in the Woods. Her articles have been republished in several newsletters.
Jo-Anne lives in Johannesburg South Africa which provides the inspiration for the settings in her novels, with her husband Brian and their beautiful son Braydon.