Queen of Thorns Extended Excerpt – Tortured Soul

Queen of Thorns (Mice and Men Book 2)

Blurb:

With all hope of the peace shattered beyond redemption, Donatello Vanici is waging his most violent, bloody war yet. 

And caught in the heart of the carnage is Willow Stepanova, the adopted daughter of his dangerous enemy and the girl who once adored him to the depths of her soul. 

Torn between her loyalty to her family and her volatile connection to Donatello, Willow quickly realizes that it’s not just her life at stake in this vicious battle…

But what will be left of her in the end?

Mice and Men is a new standalone series in the War of Roses Universe.

Extended Excerpt – Tortured Soul

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“Look at me.” 

His voice casts a spell over my body, banishing any thought of escape. My limbs jerk, maneuvering without input from my brain. Against my own will, my head swivels bringing into focus the lone figure standing near the center of the room. 

Up this close, it’s even more stark how different he is from the man in my memories. Different from the figure I faced just a few days ago, even—a rival who barged into my family home under the pretense of attending my debutant ball. 

This Donatello does nothing to disguise who he is at his core. A tortured man. A bleeding man. An empty soul. 

“I want to hear you say it…” He trails off, laughing to himself.

The coldness of the wall against my back is a shock before I even register backing away—but I didn’t move toward the doorway like I should. A few feet of space separate me from it, more than enough for him to cover in a single stride. I’m trapped as he moves to block my only path. 

“I want to see it on your face for myself,” he says, amending his request. “The happiness. The satisfaction. After all, this is what you wanted isn’t it?” 

His stress on that word paints a morbid picture. This. Vincenzo dead and my father at his throat. 

Is it? 

After a decade spent claiming a throne for himself in the seething violence of the criminal underbelly, all Donatello Vanici craves now is peace.

Only a union forged between his heir and the most powerful mafiya family in existence could ever be strong enough to end the bloodshed for good, but the Stepanov head resists his overtures at every turn… 

Until tragedy strikes, and forces Donatello’s hand.

Haunted by a past that dogs her every thought, Willow Stepanov will do anything for the man who adopted her—until a chance encounter with the enemy lands her right in the middle of a dangerous power struggle and a war that grows more violent and vicious each day.

But it’s not just her future her captor holds hostage.

He is a man with nothing left to lose—while she may just lose everything. 

Her life, her family, and her heart…

Mice and Men is a new standalone series in the War of Roses Universe.

With all hope of the peace shattered beyond redemption, Donatello Vanici is waging his most violent, bloody war yet. 

And caught in the heart of the carnage is Willow Stepanova, the adopted daughter of his dangerous enemy and the girl who once adored him to the depths of her soul. 

Torn between her loyalty to her family and her volatile connection to Donatello, Willow quickly realizes that it’s not just her life at stake in this vicious battle…

But what will be left of her in the end?

Mice and Men is a new standalone series in the War of Roses Universe.

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