Tempted by the Devil by Michelle Heard

In “Tempted by the Devil” by Michelle Heard, readers are plunged into a world of age gap, forced marriage, and Mafia romance. This story revolves around the captivating characters, Tori and Angelo, whose unconventional love story is enthralling and intriguing in equal measure. This book is unlike many of Michelle Heard’s previous works, as it delves into the theme of innocence and sheltered life, which sets the stage for a spellbinding journey. 

Angelo, aptly named the devil, is a prominent figure in the world of the Cosa Nostra, feared by all, and shunned by society. His reputation as a ruthless leader precedes him, making him a character readers love to hate. However, it is Tori’s innocence that draws him in. Her purity and naivety serve as a beacon of light in Angelo’s dark world, sparking a connection that is as unlikely as it is undeniable. 

The initial meeting between Tori and Angelo is riddled with violence, setting the stage for a complicated and tumultuous relationship. As the story unfolds, it becomes evident that Angelo’s attraction to Tori is more complex than it seems. He embarks on a journey of plotting and scheming to make her his own, even if it means defying the odds and defying his own reputation as the devil. 

One of the intriguing twists in the story involves Tori’s stepbrother, a character who seems to cling to her fate like a vile cockroach. His sinister role in Tori’s life takes the plot in unexpected directions, adding a layer of tension and unease to the story. 

However, what sets “Tempted by the Devil” apart is Angelo’s trust in Tori. The narrative takes an unexpected turn, challenging preconceived notions about the characters and their relationship. A particular scene/plot twist takes readers by surprise and evokes a sense of sadness for Angelo, a character who is not what he appears to be on the surface. 

Throughout the book, Angelo’s true nature emerges as he defies his reputation as a sinister figure. He becomes a source of protection and love for Tori, defying the world’s perception of him as the devil. The complexities of their relationship, the transformation of Angelo’s character, and the juxtaposition of innocence and darkness make “Tempted by the Devil” a compelling read. 

Michelle Heard has crafted a story that keeps readers on their toes, combining elements of the Mafia, age gap romance, and forced marriage into a captivating narrative. “Tempted by the Devil” is an alluring tale of unexpected love, proving that even in the darkest corners of the world, the most profound connections can be forged. 

Book Stats:
Rating 4/5
Tropes: mafia, age-gap, anti-hero, forced-marriage, danger-stalker-kidnapping, dark, dark-moment-no-break-up, dirty-talker, instant-attraction, level-4-steam
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