Series: Ruin & Revenge, #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
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Luca is the second book in a full-length, standalone series by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Castille, set in Las Vegas and featuring deliciously sexy mafia bosses and the women who can’t help but love them.
Sarah Castille has certainly gained a fan in me with her Mafia centered romance series Ruin & Revenge. I feel like I’m peeking behind the curtain in the lives of the Toscani family and their business dealings, being careful not to move so they don’t see me. With Luca, she ups the ante on the “forbidden love” aspect as everyone knows that the mafia and law enforcement do not co-mingle. But restaurateur and capo Luca Rizzoli and widowed and revenge driven police officer Gabrielle Fawkes don’t know what they don’t know and soon find themselves unable to get enough of each other.
As much as the old school ways of the “family” make me a little crazy (goomahs and all), I love the cultural references. Castille does an amazing job setting up Luca’s situation. We met him in Nico, so we knew a bit about him. But as the star of his own story he is a bit more formidable. And sexy. Very, very sexy. He’s got a great backstory and his front as a restaurant owner sets the reader up for some very fun food scenes. His family interactions are traditional, giving the reader some interesting secondary characters to ponder over.
Gaby is a different breed of female detectives and she’s bent on avenging her murdered husband. Luca is the first man to get under her skin and together the two are combustible! Gaby is pretty naïve to the nature of Luca’s work and is also pursued by fellow police officer and friend Jeff. But Jeff, well he’s just not Luca and we have to wonder if she really knows him. He certainly gave me pause.
Gaby does have a side to her that Jeff can’t see and it’s something that only Luca draws out. She’s brave and also feels very protective of Luca – something he’s not used to. He awakens more than her sensuality and the whole she finds Luca wholly distracting.
There’s many challenges, many people motivated by greed, pride and lust which makes make this a fast paced and thrilling read. There’s a secondary storyline with Paolo, a young man a part of Luca’s crew that plays well in to the clever twist that I didn’t see coming. This is one of those rare romance stories where find myself chewing my husbands ear off. He’s made me love mafia films so he’s going to hear about it when I’m reading it. It’s a fun fast paced story and one I recommend to any readers of mafia romance (and my husband).
~Review by Cyndi
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About Sarah Castille:
Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Ruin & Revenge Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Club Excelsior series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island. Sarah’s books have been listed as Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Picks and Best Summer Reads, and Amazon’s Best Romance Books of the Year, and have won numerous reader’s choice awards including the Holt Medallion.
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