Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in the city of sin, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart--until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn't enough for a man who takes what he wants, but his mysterious temptress has slipped away.
For two years police detective Gabrielle Fawkes has lived for revenge. But a night of indulgence with a sexy stranger changes everything. Powerful, charming, and deliciously dangerous Luca, has his own private reasons for offering to help her pursue the drug lord who killed her husband. There's a lot Luca isn't telling her and the more she finds out the less she wants to know.
When Gabrielle becomes the target of the drug lord she has vowed to hunt down, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in a mobster's hands. To save her, Luca must break his Mafia ties--or risk losing Gabrielle forever.
Author: Sarah Castille
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Chaos Bound, Nico
Series: Ruin & Revenge
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Nico
Published by St Martin's Source: Publisher
Published: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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Have I mentioned how much I love the way this author writes? No? Well let me start by stating that I don’t typically ready Mafia/Mobster books. It’s not really my thing. But after I picked up the first installment in this series, Nico, I just HAD to know what was coming next. Why? Because this author has a way of telling multiple, separate, stories, and bringing them all together in an amazing climactic way.
If you haven’t read the first book, Nico, don’t worry. You can actually read this one as a standalone, although I don’t recommend it. There are returning characters that only add to the story if you start from the beginning.
Luca’s in the Mafia. Not only is he in the Mafia, he’s pretty much one of the right-hand mans to the Don. But there’s a problem. After his father betrayed the family, turning evidence and ratting them out, Luca has been trying to prove his worth and loyalty ever since. It seems like he’s earned the respect of most, but there are still a few that see him as a potential rat. Like father like son, right? So imagine how difficult life becomes for him when he meets and falls for a cop. Yep, a cop. What the hell was he thinking?
Gabrielle has been chasing a murderer and drug lord for years. But it’s not just anyone. It’s also the same man that murdered her husband. After being pulled off the case, she finds herself struggling with letting it go. Ironically, someone helps her move past a lot of issues in her life. She forgets the rules, loosens up and starts enjoying herself more. Who’s the someone? Luca, of course. But when she finds out that his way of dealing with things and her way are total opposites, will it matter in the end?
Like I mentioned before, there are multiple stories within this read. You’ve got cops, Mafia, drug lords, Albanians, dirty cops and a son. And that’s just an outline. The way these stories merge together is awesomely beautiful. Is there chemistry between Luca and Gabrielle? Duh. But I never felt like “that” was the story. Luca has his issues, Gabrielle has hers. But together, nothing mattered. And in the end? Well….you read it to find out.