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Lust (A Sinful Empire Trilogy #2) by Eva Charles


Our fate was sealed with a blood oath.

She’s much more than I expected. Beautiful. Fiery. Seductive. And hiding deadly secrets.

Her angels play so nicely with my demons.

I crave her touch. Her whimpers. Her obedience. Her light. Do I deserve her? No. Will that stop me from taking what’s rightfully mine? Also no. Some men never seek forgiveness, not even with their final breath. My name is Antonio Huntsman, and I am one of those men.

Lust is the second book in A Sinful Empire Trilogy, which begins with Greed and concludes with Envy. It should be read after reading Greed. Lust is a dark romance with dark themes.  Forbidden fruit has never been sweeter…


Lust picks up where Greed left off with Antonio clamoring to keep Daniela safe from his enemies while Daniela confesses a devastating secret from her past.

Antonio has a lot of battles to deal with in his life. He’s trying to keep his wife and her daughter safe, he’s hunting down the traitor in his house, and he’s getting vengeance on the man who destroyed his wife’s innocence. Will he be able to keep his family safe with danger waiting right around the corner?

Daniela’s priority is to keep her daughter safe and there is no safer place than with her ruthless and formidable husband. She finally has a family and she is determined to make their home as normal as possible. But after her confession, he has pulled away. Will he ever desire her again?

Daniela and Antonio have more in common than one thinks. Vulnerability and weakness are not allowed. They strive for control in their lives which makes for an interesting dynamic in their unconventional marriage. Daniela’s strength and courage are admirable as she opens up about her awful past and stands her ground with Antonio when he goes all alpha male on her. Antonio’s unwarranted guilt over Daniela’s assault is understandable due to the circumstances, but his vow to stay away from her until he gets his revenge does not sit well with her. It is refreshing and sexy to see Daniela step up and take matters into her own hands proving Antonio should never treat her like a fragile flower. 

Antonio’s possessiveness and kindness show through in this book. He works hard to be deserving of Daniela’s goodness by giving just a little more of himself to her while trying to keep control. His surrender is evident as he allows both Daniela and Valentine into his heart while trying to keep them safe from his enemies who can snatch them away from him at any second. Their happily ever after is close at hand until the heart-stopping cliffhanger.

This engaging story is filled with a sense of foreboding from the first page. Secrets are revealed. Lives are threatened. Love is discovered. A traitor is exposed. And a future is questioned. I can’t wait to pick up the final book of this captivating trilogy.

Thank you to Ms. Charles for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


“I’m not easy, Daniela. I’ll never be easy, and we will never have the kind of marriage little girls dream about. But I can take care of you the way you deserve. If you let me.”

The steam has taken over every corner of the shower, but through the fog, I see the emotion in his face. I feel how much it costs him to open his heart to me. It’s staggering.

I stand and drag my hand over two days’ worth of stubble, enjoying the rough prickle on my fingertips.

“Little girls don’t all have the same dreams. Some of us dream about dark princes, on dark horses, who defy danger, bravely slaying dragons and monsters. I’ll take the extravagant library and the glass slippers, and even the little mice who chatter endlessly, but in my heart, I’m a dirty Princesa, and I want the dark fairy tale. The one with the dangerous, broody prince who has a good soul that he never allows anyone to see.” I stroke his jaw. “I can take care of you too, if you let me.”

He takes my hand and brings it to his mouth. His eyes never leave mine. “You deserve more than me. So much more.”

I shake my head. “What I deserve is what every girl and every woman deserves: to choose my own fairy tale, and my own prince. Tradition and outdated customs be damned.”

“You make it sound so simple.”

“It is, Antonio. You’re too close to see it, but it’s not a novel idea. That kind of freedom will strengthen our world rather than weaken it.”

A muscle in his jaw twitches. “You would have never chosen me after your father died, or if I’d gone to Fall River and asked you to come home.” Anguish is woven around each word.

“I don’t know. Maybe not.” It pains me to tell him, but it’s the truth. “There have been so many seasons of my life when I would have chosen you over anyone. But I don’t know. What I do know is that I choose you now.”



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Eva Charles is the best-selling author of sexy romantic suspense, and contemporary romance. She spent a career working as a social worker and an attorney, specializing in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often sneak their way into her books.

When she’s not writing steamy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two naughtiest dogs you’ve ever met, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

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