“Dark Soul: The Complete Collection” by Aleksandr Voinov
Synopsis: Love lights even the darkest soul.
A killer’s moral compass rarely points true, and among made men, being gay is a capital crime. But Silvio Spadaro, deadly prodigy and heir to a Family fortune, is determined to find his own way—at the feet of the man he loves or by the barrel of a gun—no matter the dangers or costs.
Stefano Marino lives a comfortable—some might even say enviable—life. As a mob boss at the top of the food chain, he has it all: money, respect, a beautiful wife he loves as much now as the day they wed. But he also has a turf war on his hands, and far too soft a heart for this dark business.
When Silvio is sent to help Stefano with his turf war, sparks fly. Stefano loves his wife, but he wants Silvio. It’s a desire he hardly knows how to process, but Silvio, ever the patient predator, maneuvers Stefano closer and closer to his bed each day. Stefano resists; giving in to these dark desires means giving up on his marriage, and exposure would surely mean death. Yet there’s no denying Silvio’s magnetic pull, or the long-repressed urges inside himself. Yielding is inevitable, but he may yet find a way to hold on to everything—and everyone—he loves.
5 out of 5 stars
As I have said before, anything by Aleksandr Voinov is gold. After reading the first book in this series, I knew had to finish Stefano’s and Silvio’s story.
This is a collection of five novellas, and while each one can stand alone, it’s best to read them as a whole. I don’t see how you could read them separately and not want to know what happens next!
I really enjoyed the development of Silvio’s character. He’s not capable of feeling much but what he is capable of, he gives without reservation. Stefano struggles with his consuming desire for Silvio even while in bed with him. One of my favorite parts of the collection was Donata – Stefano’s wife coming to terms with his bisexuality and embracing it. Her character is not weak or pleading; she is a strong woman in an all male cast of characters and I appreciated that.
Voinov writes characters that are dark and broken in many ways. You either want to heal them and fix them, or stay far, far away. Silvio was both and brilliantly done. This collection does contain M/M, incest, adultery, M/M/F and other assorted combinations so if any of this is triggering, please be warned. That said, it’s another fantastic set of writing by Voinov that I am so glad I read.