Book one of the Synful Syndicate series by Xavier Neal is a dark mafia romance. Yavok finds himself in The Diamond fighting for his life; he wants to give up until she tells him to live. He wants her to live, love, and submit to her. Remy Kessler is the head of her family after the death of her father, she believes three of the men close to her may have played a part in his demise, and she is determined to find out if it is her boyfriend Glenn (in title only); Ross second in command of her security (who wants to be more) or the cook Angelo (a fling until he tried to make it more). They all have an issue with Remy’s pet Yavok. Yavok will do anything to please and gain the favor of his master…is ultimate goal is to make her his wife. A very different story from the author. I did enjoy reading this dark romance and look forward to the second book of this series. This book is very dirty in the sense that if you are not used to erotic dark stories, I would recommend you pass this one by; if you are, I would recommend this as a story to read.