on December 26th 2017
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Not your typical prostitute ... this is a story of unconditional love.
Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.
A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…
Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.
But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.
LILITH is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.
(This book was formerly titled WHORE)
Re-launch + Review + Giveaway: Lilith by Willow Aster
I love Willow Aster. Just plain and simple as that! She is so gifted as an author and each story she writes is so different and unique. I like to go into books blind so when I started reading Lilith I didn’t know quite what to expect and it was just so much more than what I could dream of!!! Sure this is a romance story but the suspense and mystery was the icing on the cake! I honestly didn’t expect to be sucked in as much as I was and I was glued until the very end! Ms Aster is a must read author and Lilith is no exception! This is a standalone, complete novel.
Lilith was born in New Orleans and her mother was the madam of Maison D’amour, a brothel that catered to the elite. Lillith was groomed to follow in her mother’s footsteps and being second best was never acceptable. She wasn’t allowed to have her own hopes and dreams. They were a pipe dream. She knew what her reality was and she accepted it along time ago…. Until Soti Christos.
He is her salvation and a Greek god with a golden heart. He works at a local community center and he is there for Lili when her reality starts tumbling down. He is able to show her there is more to life than what she knows and she doesn’t have to go back down that path. He is so swoon worthy and you can’t help but love the guy!
Enter Niko the mob boss that thinks Lili belongs to him. He’s a ruthless man that will stop at nothing to make sure what belongs to him and his alone. Lili’s mother has promised her to Niko and when her mother forces Lili’s hand, she knows she must make the toughest decision she will ever make.
Can Lili and Soti find their way back to each? How far will Niko go to keep his property his? He doesn’t like to share and that includes Lili. Lilith will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end! I thought this was a solid 4 stars and I would definitely recommend!
A note from the author: For me the word is exactly what Lilith feels about herself … it’s more than her profession, it’s her lack of self-worth, her shame, and her weariness with the lot she’s been given. It’s the word that’s been stamped across her chest and what she’s carried her whole life. The word that I’ve never liked just felt right, but I get how people who can’t see inside my head might not appreciate being blasted with the word. There’s only one other title I can accept and that is … Lilith. Because really, it’s always been about her and I want to keep it that way.
I take a sudden deep breath and my breasts brush against his chest. The contact surprises us both. I do it again, intentionally this time, trying to gain control in the only way I know how. His neck flushes and he takes a step back. I enjoy the rush it gives me, knowing that I affect him too. “Hey, would you like to come around the corner with me to—” I swallow my surprise and shake my head, holding my hand up before he says anything else. “Please,” he says louder. “What’s your name?” “I am Sotirios … Soti.” “Soti, what makes you think you know anything about me?” He tries to make eye contact, but I focus on a spot just past his left ear. “I just want to help you…” His words trail off. The wind blows my hair forward, a sheet of black coming between us until I smooth the long strands down on either side. I gaze down the street and see a blurry little girl with black hair down to her waist in middle school, standing shy and hopeful in front of a group of girls. “We know what you are,” they said. They hurled spit and names on her and she stood there, taking it, until the teacher came and helped her. Help only got me so far. “You listen to me, okay?” I say so softly he leans in to hear me. “I was born for this.” When my eyes finally land on his again, I know his face will haunt me forever. He looks as bleak as I feel. I clear my throat. “Now, if you’ll excuse us.” With that, I loop my hand through the arm of my next income source, calculating how I can get the most money out of him for the least amount of time. It takes every ounce of willpower I own to not look Soti’s way one more time. Once we round the corner and I know he’s out of sight, all the adrenaline leaves my body, and I’m actually glad to have someone to hold onto. I avoid my reflection as we walk back to the house. I don’t want to know what the rest of the world sees when they look at me.