Luce O’Brien is the only daughter of an Irish mob boss. She always knew her virginity would be sold to the highest bidder, and had prepared herself for that eventuality. However, she was not prepared for the monster she was promised to, nor the dark prince who would turn her life upside down.
When all is lost and her crew is at stake, Lucinda O’Brien must fulfill her duty to her family. She is given to an Irish boss in Harlem to marry—his virgin bride.
Luce’s future husband, the Butcher, is cruel and driven by greed. His tastes in relationships are not what Luce expected from a wife and husband arrangement. He doesn’t want a partner. He wants a pet.
Santino Buratti is next in line to become the Don of the Buratti family. His father wants Santino to find a wife and take over the family business. But Santino refuses to marry.
After a chance meeting, Santino is intrigued by the beautiful redhead with the sad eyes. Bit by bit, his obsession for her grows. By the time they meet again, he knows he can’t let her go.
When Santino discovers Luce has been promised to someone else, and she later becomes a threat to him, Santino does what he does best. He takes charge and changes Luce’s destiny forever.