The second volume in the Dark Soul series features the stories "Dark Whisper" and "Dark Night."
In "Dark Whisper," Gianbattista may have broken Silvio's heart and sent him off to the States, but he's still just a phone call away. When Silvio returns from a sex shop with a bag full of goodies, Gianbattista can't resist topping his boy one more time, even if they are 4,000 miles apart.
In "Dark Night," the Russian problem comes back to haunt Stefano, and when a dark encounter leaves him bloody and broken, Silvio knows just the right way to ease his pain.
Vol. 2 of Dark Soul picks up right where we left off previously in a seamless manner that immediately throws you back into the intense world of the mafia. Silvio has been sent away by his lover Gianbattista because he's gotten too old and he's not handling it well. Being with Gianbattista made him feel loved and needed and now he's feeling lost. As if those feelings aren't bad enough Silvio's showing signs of PTSD caused by the killing that made him famous. The only way he can drown out these feelings is through sex, the more meaningless the better. I hated seeing Silvio going through this but was happy to be given a more in-depth glimpse of his life and thoughts.
Things are getting more dangerous for Stefano in this story. The Russians go after him in full force and he ends up bloody and beaten with his most trusted men dead or badly injured. Knowing this event was going to happen and seeing it are two different things. This was an intense scene with vivid imagery and I could feel each punch myself. I felt sad for such a strong man like Stefano being brought so low and weakened so badly.
It spoke volumes though that the first person he called to help him was Silvio. The tenderness by which Silvio aided him gave a glimpse into how strongly he feels for Stefano. After such a horrific scene their sexual interlude was both sweet and intensely sexy. I can't wait to see them together again and watching the sparks fly again whenever they're in the same room.
Dark Soul has been an exciting series from the very first word. The action is intense and the characters multi-layered. I love seeing the different sides to Silvio and Stefano considering the circumstances and with them teaming up they'll be a formidable force. The sensuality between them is getting stronger and I'm enjoying the evolution of their relationship and look forward to seeing them together again. Aleks Voinov has created characters that will long be remembered so here's hoping for many more installments of this intensely intriguing series!
My rating for this is an B+
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.