Vow of Deception is a Mafia romance. It’s the first book in the Deception Trilogy by Rina Kent. If you’ve never read a mafia romance, then I say you absolutely can’t go wrong by starting with this one. Seriously. It’s amazing. It might be one of the best series I’ve read all year long.
The most notorious man in the city offers me a job. Act as his dead wife. Adrian Volkov isn’t the type of person who takes no for an answer. He commands with an iron fist and all his orders are met. When he approaches me with the offer, I have two options. Go to prison or put myself under his wrath. I choose to have a roof over my head. What’s so hard about acting, right? Wrong. The moment I step into his wife’s shoes, everything spirals out of control. My only way of survival is through Adrian. Or is it?
Before we get started, let me just give you a big fat #SpoilerAlert!
I’m not a fan of books that end on a cliffhanger, but I knew going into it that this book was part one of a trilogy and that you needed to read all three books in the story to get the big picture; I was okay with it. The Deception Trilogy by Rina Kent starts out with Vow of Deception, which leads to Tempted by Deception, and ends with Consumed by Deception.
I’m not even sure why I decided to read this series. Not only do I not like cliffhangers, but I’m also not a fan of mafia romances. This story, however, has to be the exception to the rule. I was blown away. Let me just say right here, and now I LOVED VOW OF DECEPTION!!
Adrian is a high-ranking member of the Russian mafia. In the first book, you meet a girl by the name of Winter, who is a near-identical twin to Adrian’s dead wife, Lia.
She’s homeless and agrees to take on a job playing the role of his dead wife. Throughout the first book, Winter struggles with her feelings for this man, who, by all accounts, is a vicious brute.
Still, she absolutely lusts after him and can’t help her body’s reaction to him.
Again >> #SpoilerAlert
As the first book in the series comes to an end, Winter finds out that Lia isn’t dead. She finds her in a coma hidden in a private room in Adrian’s mansion.
This leads us to the next book, where we sort of go back in time and find out how Adrian meets his real wife, Lia. As it turns out, she was a ballerina, working for the New York Ballerina.
You learn about their love life and how it all began. The story is complicated and sweet. I mean, yes, he’s an obsessive ass, but it’s clear he absolutely loves her.
Yes, he’s still a jerk, but you see him in a new light compared to the first book.
You learn about Lia, their kid, how they got together, all the little details of their relationship, and really how obsessed with his wife he is.
This all leads up to book three, the big reveal, and I don’t want to reveal that big WOW moment, but I must say, I was rather impressed with how the author brought it all together.
It was a good story from start to finish, but one you really have to read all three books to truly enjoy.
I highly recommend it. Absolutely a great book trilogy, and I really do suggest you check it out. It’s one of those books you will stay up reading. It’s just that good.
And I don’t just recommend you read this great series of books I mean, drop what you are doing right now and go pick all three of them up. You’ll thank me later.
Now let’s talk about the type of book it is. For sure, Vow of Deception is a mafia romance. I mean, Adrian’s a high-ranking mafia guy, so that’s an obvious. But is it also a dark romance? Well, first, let’s define what that even means.
Dark romance novels are those books with darker themes. Dark romance novels often come with content warnings, as they cover topics of rape, abduction, physical violence, and captivity. They also include things like really toxic men who are more than just your typical alpha male jerks, they are completely obsessive control freaks or even full-blown stalkers.
In the first book, you absolutely get why people consider this a dark mafia romance. But once you get into books two and three, it really doesn’t fall into the dark romance category anymore. So overall, I would say it’s a mafia romance for sure but not so much a dark one.