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I really liked this story. All the Characters are witty as well as extremely interesting. Eliana and Numbers are great. The storyline and plot are well written. It is a book that at the beginning you have to concentrate on it is no coffee break read, more like a long journey or relaxing next to the pool. But be warned the sex is hot and frequent. Enjoy
From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride was a quick read but ultimately it was not the book for me.
Rafael Salazar’s life was irrevocably changed when he was a child after he was ripped from the only life he’d ever known. Having returned to Rio to confront the man responsible, Rafael is ready to finally have his revenge. But during a ball where he is watching his prey, Rafael spots Eliana from across the room and instantly knows he has to have her. But after discovering who she is, Rafael realizes she may be the one thing he can’t have if he’s to have his revenge.
Rafael and Eliana’s relationship starts out as a case of instant attraction and never really moves beyond that in my opinion. Little time is spent on the two falling in love, so I had a hard time believing they had. Ellie’s character turns into a doormat where Rafael is concerned and she never stands up to him in any meaningful way which was very irritating. A lot of the scenes between them are physical and they weren’t particularly well written or engaging. Also, in a couple of the scenes they go the pain is pleasure route which is not my cup of tea and I ended up skimming those scenes because of it.
The revenge plot in this book wasn’t my favorite and went for the obvious choice too often to be entertaining. Initially I thought the set up was a good one, Rafael was kidnapped as a child and forged a bond with other kidnapped children before eventually orchestrating their escapes. Unfortunately little background is given on why the children were taken which would have made the story more interesting. I found Eliana being the daughter of the person responsible for Rafael’s kidnapping to be convenient and I never bought the father not realizing who Rafael was. The ending was lackluster and the author chose to take the easy way out rather than creating real conflict between the main couple that they would have had to work through.
Overall if I hadn’t needed to read From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride for a challenge, I likely would not have finished the book. I will not be continuing on with the series.
The emotional intensity in a novel by Olivia Gates has never been more consuming than in FROM ENEMY’S DAUGHTER TO EXPECTANT BRIDE. Regardless of what type of feeling is being expressed, the scene grabs your total focus from the picture imagined in your mind. Ms. Gates never disappoints when it comes to creating alpha heroes who need the love of a strong-willed woman.
When Rafael Salazar was much younger, he was taken from his family and forced to do the bidding of merciless men who only wanted their goals fulfilled. Luckily for him, other captive boys being held at the place they called Black Castle let him become a part of their group. With their help, Rafael did manage to live through the ordeal and eventually they escaped. Now years later, he is a wealthy financial expert and is ready to implement a plan for retribution.
An opportunity has arose where the man responsible for Rafael being imprisoned for years can be made to pay for his offenses, where any future happiness will be taken from him. Right before the scheme is put into motion, Rafael comes in contact with a woman at a gathering. Though he has just met Eliana Ferreira and does not know her last name until later, their longing for each other is physically and emotionally fiery. When she discovers his identity, she thinks his career would cause too many complications for them to be a couple. What Eliana does not realize is that she is involved in his quest for vengeance, but the overpowering passion between them cannot be denied.
The Billionaires of Black Castle miniseries begins with an explosive romance filled with unpredictable situations and a spirited couple. Olivia Gates knows how to make the hero likable while never taking away his imposing traits, qualities that made Rafael impressive in and out of the bedroom. Though he is certainly an enthusiastic lover, he also displays thoughtfulness for Eliana at all times plus has a soft spot for those suffering some misfortune. The instantaneous connection they seem to have may not happen often in real life, but it certainly is captivating to see these two communicate their yearning for the other in various ways. Ms. Gates repeatedly took my breath away with her intimate descriptions of their sex scenes. The emotions conveyed all through the book are backed with passion and genuine feelings, and I never knew from one moment to the next when the secrets Rafael was keeping might be revealed and cause the couple problems.
Details about the large group of men linked because of their dark past are gradually exposed with a few surprises, and the several who were met are definitely unique in personality and have varied backgrounds. The whole premise of the Billionaires of Black Castle miniseries is very intriguing, and I am eager to learn about each man’s upcoming adventures. With a new book in the miniseries coming out next month, I am overjoyed to not have a long wait before discovering more about one of those greatly affected by the cruelty of others. Every second of FROM ENEMY’S DAUGHTER TO EXPECTANT BRIDE is notably compelling.
I liked how sexy it was, the only reason that I took a star off was that the final mystery revelation was so rushed that I completely missed it! I had to re-read it because it was so fast, from the reveal to the END was like 3 pages! What! Building the story up so much to then skim through the revelation that it made me feel confused and lacking. It was just cut off... like they explained it in 3 sentences and then THE END. Everything else was interesting.
This book was intense. The sparks flew between Rafael, and Ellie from the first look. It was love at first sight. Rafael didn't know he knew poetry, but poetic phases started pouring from his lips.
I normally try to steer clear of most revenge based books. This book however tore at my heart. I can understand why Rafael wanted revenge, or at least wanted to see justice. He was kidnapped as a young boy, and for all practical purposes was forced to live in a jail, and was taught organized crime. Years later he wants the man who took everything away from him, to pay for his crimes. He wants to make sure the man can not hurt any more children. Just so happens the one man he wants to pay, is Ellie's father. There are a lot of twist and turns to the story. I have to say I loved the whole book.
I loved Rafael. Especially after reading the prologue and the first chapter. But as the story progressed, I found him to be too mushy. A guy whose personality and character was forged under such circumstances suddenly turned into a guy who doesn't care about anything except the lady he fell for. Not even bringing the person responsible for it to justice. He had even been willing to completely let go of his need for revenge just because he can't see his Eliana in pain. It didn't gel. I think I would have given this story four and half stars if her father had actually been guilty and Rafael wanted justice despite his love for the enemy's daughter. The man had billions under his disposal, years of research and gathering of facts with him and in the end it all turns out that even those facts are not facts. And one small information from the loving father in law and the actual truth is out? Pardon me for saying this but that makes Rafael not a prodigy but a dumb guy who excels in prostrating himself at his lady love's feet. It also makes light of his tortured childhood...which I might add was pretty vague. The children were used as weapons. Weapons for what? On whom? Too many gaps. Hope the author makes an attempt to fill them in the following sequels.
This book is fantastic! I started reading it as a lark and found that I could not put it down. In turn I ended up purchasing the entire series and have been enjoying every single book. It is a fun read, a suspenseful book and a lovely romantic story!
This story grabbed me from the start and didn't let go. I'm pretty good about anticipating plot twists in books, but the one here took me totally by surprise. Everything worked here, the romance, the overall plot, and especially the characters. I'm a big fan of Olivia's, and I think this is one of the best, if not The Best, she's written so far. Can't wait for the rest of the series.
I am amazed at the incredible intensity that Olivia Gates puts into her characters. The amount of emotion it causes me to feel. I could read these books over and over again and still not tire of them. Very well done Olivia.