Renowned glass artist Lissa Piner is living a double life so secret she can’t even tell her sisters-of-the-heart, but when she meets Casimir Prakenskii, who can relate to her deepest, darkest aspects, perhaps together they can right two lifetimes of wrongs.
Lissa’s circle of friends, all survivors whose relatives were murdered, have become like family to her, and she wishes she never had to leave the shelter of their friendship. But she does. Because the members of her own family who were murdered were her parents, part of an influential Italian mob family, and she’s been secretly avenging their deaths ever since. Reportedly killed with them, she was actually raised by her uncle, who took over the family business and trained her to be a predatory assassin. He sent her to the U.S., where she established a cover as a celebrated artist whose glass-blown chandeliers are prized by collectors. Now she's heading back to Europe to meet with luxury hotel owners about work, and she also intends to take her final retribution. Suddenly, though, the past doesn’t make complete sense, and discovering some horrific secrets about her uncle compels her to take a harder look at his version of the facts. Her mission is further complicated by the appearance of Casimir Prakenskii, a dangerous Russian assassin who has his own vengeance to mete out but has promised his brothers—most of whom are in relationships with her closest friends—that he’ll keep an eye on her. All the Prakenskiis think there’s more to Lissa than meets the eye, but none of them know just how deadly the enigmatic beauty is. Initially averse to Casimir’s scrutiny, she soon finds him a valuable ally in her plans and realizes he may be her best hope for love, survival, and redemption.
Feehan continues her Sisters of the Heart series with another searing romance that explores the emotional toll of violence and the healing power of love, but its highly erotic sex scenes and violent themes may be too intense for some readers.