'Unorthodox' by K.V. Rose is a story about Addison.. a girl born into a crime family, raised by the worst kinds of men, and valued only by what she can do for them.
When her father makes a mistake that costs Max millions, her life becomes forfeit and he decides she's the payment he wants. Not for himself, no. Not directly. Initially, he intends to sell her off, but then a deal he can't say no to comes up and no amount of money is worth letting her go to anyone else.
Max likes to play mind games. In fact, as much as he likes to do physical damage, it's the emotional damage that does it for him. He wants her to want what he does and he knows exactly how to make that happen. He's methodical and dangerous.. and even though she fights him, from the start.. she's in over her head.
They both have histories to tell, reasons for who they've become and the author does a pretty good job of developing the characters and their relationship. I enjoyed the fact that there's a level of unpredictability as to characters being safe and storytelling direction.
Also, though books are often labeled 'dark romance,' I find little 'dark' about them. That isn't the case here and there is a lot of potential, especially toward the end of the book, but Rose does still pull her punches a bit and that's unfortunate. Still, it's a worthwhile read and I didn't want to put it down.
As this was released back in 2020, I do hope there's a second book on the way to deal with the cliffhanger. Especially considering the situation at that point, I'd love to see the gloves come off here. In any case, I'm eager to continue and see where the path leads.