Thursday, 31 July 2014

Review: Revenge in Rio by Samantha Darling #multicultural #romance

The Blurb

Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…

Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancĂ©e, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that's all he intends to do.

Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca's life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.

Luca's flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother's child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?

My Review
The short journey to Rio though this novella was lovely. From the urban favela where gangs ruled the area to the hero’s hidden mansion. It was a true rags to riches story.

I felt badly for Daniella and what she had to go through in her marriage to Miguel. Her experience was well portrayed and believable. Luca had suffered emotionally during those years too, only in the lap of luxury. His need for revenge was understandable, considering the rejection he’d festered in his heart for so long.

It was an entertaining read. I would have liked for the author to translate some of the Portungese words she sprinkled throughout the story to make it more Brazil authentic. I also remained curious as to how Luca had amassed his wealth. He seemed to go from the ghetto to living the high life overnight.

Overall it was a touching, passionate story.

I give Revenge in Rio three chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon.


  1. Sounds like passions run wild here. And I would hate to read a book where I can't make out some words in a language I can't understand. Great review, Nana.

    1. There were only a few words which were used more for emphasis. Thanks for stopping by, Celestine.


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