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The Wrath of Cain by Kathy Coopmans
Series: The Syndicate #1
Genres: Mafia Romance
Eloped at the age of eighteen. Separated at the age of eighteen. Disappeared at the age of eighteen. This is what happened to Calla Greer. Her perfect life was shattered on her wedding day when she caught her husband Cain with another woman just hours after they said I do. With her heart broken, she moves across the border to Windsor, Canada to get away from the nightmare she stumbled upon. Hell bent on going to college and fulfilling her dream of becoming a lawyer.
After six long years of still being married, Calla returns to Detroit to have Cain sign divorce papers.
Only Cain has changed.
He’s bitter, angry and for a good reason. At least that’s what he’s been telling himself for the past six years. Cain Bexley had fifteen minutes to destroy his marriage to protect the woman he loved. He did the only thing he could think of to make her leave. He jumped in bed with a woman. Life at home was a lie. Lives were at risk.
People are not who they seem.
Not even Cain’s dad or Calla’s parents are who they say they are. When Calla shows up begging for a divorce. He shows her exactly who he is and no way in hell will he sign those papers.
What happens when six years later she returns? The only woman he has loved. A woman who has changed herself! When all the lies surface will she be able to forgive everyone she has trusted in her life or will Calla turn to the man who destroyed her?
I cannot tell you how much I love this book! When we first meet Calla and Cain they are young and just married against their parents wishes. Cain leaves Calla with her parents to go tell his father and something happens between the time that Cain leaves and Calla goes to the clubhouse to find him. When she does he is busy having sex with another woman. Heartbroken Calla leaves and heads to Canada where she stays for six years. After six years she comes home to get a divorce only Cain refuses to give her one. Not only that but he also refuses to let her leave because she is in danger.
There were times when I wanted to punch Cain! When Calla comes back to say that he was an a** is putting it lightly. Alpha male doesn’t begin to describe but then you see and learn things that makes you understand just how far Cain went in order to protect Calla because he loved her. For example the headboard on his bed that could have been purchased with Calla in mind. The very personal tattoo that no other person (except for Cain and the artist that put it there) has seen before Calla does and more.
If Cain made me want to slap him I wanted to punch Calla at times. She works so hard to push Cain away but he won’t go and then when she uncovers all of the secrets she has a moment when she snaps but then she realizes more about herself than anything else. I love when, even though she is pushing him away, she gives Emerald the beat down! It was great and Emerald really got on my nerves. Cain and Calla are explosive together and once the secrets of the past are revealed Calla proves just how strong she is. I can’t wait for the next one!
My brain finally catches up with the fact I’m naked in front of Cain for the first time in six years. I sit up in a rush of water and bring my knees to my chest, resting my chin on top of them.
“You… you shouldn’t be in here.”
“You wouldn’t answer me,” he says exasperatedly.
“Well, no shit. My head was underwater. That still doesn’t give you the right to just walk in here.”
“When you don’t answer me when I’m standing right outside of a wide open door, not to mention the fact this is my house… well, then I think I have every fucking right. Don’t you?”
“No, I don’t. You could have just peeked in and seen I was fine and waited. Was this some kind of ploy for you to get me right where you wanted me? Are you so afraid that the minute you turn your back on me I will up and try to leave? Are you going to watch my every move? Or did you have an ulterior motive in suggesting I shower, just so I could strip down naked and you could make damn sure I didn’t go anywhere? So tell me what the hell it is, because this back and forth, hot and cold game you’ve started is really starting to piss me the hell off!”
I glare up at him, not quite able to read his eyes.
What I do know is that the sexual tension between the two of us is so strong, it’s working triple overtime. There’s only one tiny little obstacle in our way… and that would be our past. The fact that I can’t trust him. He broke every bit of it the same day he broke my heart. One of us needs to give in, take charge so we can just fuck and move on.