Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Wedding Debt (Underworld Kings) by Clarissa Wild ~ Book Review with Excerpt


Title: The Wedding Debt
An Underworld Kings Series Novel
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance


The mafia prince wants her,
But she only wants his brother.

Some boys are popular.
Some boys are heartthrobs.
But Luca and Liam De Vos?
They have what no other boys in my school have…

They’re heirs to one of the biggest mafia empires in the Netherlands.
And now our parents are doing business together.

They’re dangerous boys that get everything they need with one snap of the finger.
But boys like them always want what they can’t have.

The younger brother, Luca, can’t stop teasing me.
And it makes me hate him.
So I fight back by going after his brother instead.

But when boys like Luca don’t get their way …
They will find one.

We’re like fire and gasoline.
All he had to do … was light the match.



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Once upon a time, there was a girl with a crown too heavy for her head and a prince who was ready to steal it all for himself.
“No, give that back!” I scream as Luca runs past me and snatches the crown right off my delicate head.
He laughs out loud and spins around on the grass a few feet away from me, dangling the crown between his index finger and thumb while wearing a disgusting smirk on his face. He blows aside a strand of his brown hair, his dark eyes taunting me. “C’mon then. I dare you to get it back.”
My eye twitches, and my hand curls into a fist. “Give. It. Back,” I say through gritted teeth.
When I approach him, he keeps backing up, making it impossible to retrieve.
“Stop,” I hiss.
“No,” he replies, grinning so broadly I want to take off these pretty new heels I got from Mom and jab them in his face.
Instead, I dig my heels in and sprint toward him, trying to catch him off guard. He twirls the crown around right as I catch up, giggling hard as he sidesteps to avoid me. “Missed,” he muses.
I growl in frustration. “Luca!”
“Jill!” He imitates my voice with a high-pitched tone, and the sound makes my blood boil.
“C’mon, Luca …” My sister, Jasmine, sighs as she follows us around the garden in her pink dress.
“What, Jasmine?” he scoffs.
“It’s not funny!” I jump to snatch the crown from his hand, but he keeps throwing it up and down, out of my reach, backtracking like he enjoys seeing me struggle.
So I stop and put my hands against my side. “Why do you do this? Huh?”
He raises a brow and shrugs. “Because you look stupid.”
My jaw drops, and a gasp escapes my mouth. “I do not!”
“Only queens and princesses wear crowns,” he retorts. “And you’re neither.”
I’m fuming so much it feels like steam might exit from my ears. “I am a queen!”
He waggles a finger. “Queens are only queens if they’re married to a king.” He plops the crown onto his own head. “Maybe I’ll be one now.”
Jasmine begins to giggle, but when I look at her, she slaps her hand in front of her mouth like she’s trying to hide it.
“C’mon then, Jill. You wanted to be a queen,” Luca jests, and he waves his hand and dips into a bow.
I frown. “What? You want me to be your queen?” I snort out loud.
He cocks his head. “A queen isn’t a queen if she isn’t married.”
I revolt at that thought.
Me marrying Luca? No way.

The UNDERWORLD KINGS SERIES is a Multi-Author Series of standalone books, THE WEDDING DEBT is Clarissa Wild's contribution to the series and it's a great one!

This book is about two families that work closely together The Baas family has two daughters Jasmine and Jill and the De Vos family has two sons Liam and Luca so it's only natural that they would have the kids spend time together while they were in "meetings" and in this novella we get to see how things evolve between the four of them over a nine year span. 

Liam and Luca are so very different from one another and even though both are learning the family business Liam will be the one to run it when the time comes, with this comes obligations to the family and one of those obligations is an arraigned marriage.

Jasmine and Jill are different as well but not as dramatically different as the brothers are. Jill is fiercely protective of her sister even though she is the younger one, and Jill is very creative if it was up to her she'd love to design clothes and not have anything to do with the family business. 

This story has quite a few twists and turns and it leaves you with a surprising cliffhanger if you aren't aware of THE MARRIAGE DEBT already. I would suggest you be prepared because you're going to want it handy when you finish this book so you can jump right in and see what happens next. The majority of the books I have read in this series have been HFN or HEA's but this is the second one I have read that left us with a cliffhanger and I have to admit that I really dislike that but with this book I knew it before going in. With the other book I had read, I had no warning because none of the reviews I had read mentioned it which is why I am pointing it out in mine because you should be aware of the cliffy before you begin. 

If you enjoy Mafia Romances, Dark Romances, Bully Romances or Enemies to Lovers Romances I would recommend this book to you. 

Happy Reading!!!


Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels. She is an avid reader and writer of swoony stories about dangerous men and feisty women. Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her two crazy but cute dogs, and her ninja cat that sometimes thinks he's a dog too. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, reading tons of books, and cooking her favorite meals.

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