I loved Nico (the book, though the man was pretty damn smexy). The vibe and writing and all the various, and crazy, characters that I got introduced to but the one that stood out the most was Luca. I wanted to know more about him and dear lord did I get what I asked for in the most deliciously dirty, panty melting and heart melting way ~ yeah...I know...just roll with it ~ This book had it all and kept me turning the pages just to see what would happen next with Luca and Gabrielle and kept me tapping the screen even when there were no more pages because I needed more.
I adored Luca. The man is all kinds of large and in charge alpha male. He’s also ruthless and doles out his brand of justice without thinking twice doesn’t miss a beat and doesn’t let anyone and that saying about how Italians are born to seduce? Yeah, the man breaths and you’re more than willing to drop your panties. He opens his mouth and you don’t even have to worry about them, they’ll have melted off. I only had one issue with the man, and considering everything it’s funny that it was only one, because I couldn’t believe he just accepted it (yup, vague but it’s part of the storyline so *zips lip*) but it does get worked out in the end.
Having dealt with heart shattering losses, Gabrielle hit rock bottom but with the help of her friends, and the need for revenge, she’s picked herself up and found a purpose to continue living. I adored Gabrielle. Knowing what she went through had me admiring her strength and conviction, even if it was a little tunnel vision, but I couldn’t blame her at all. This woman had moxie and a protective streak a mile wide. There were somethings that she was a little blind to, but once the blinders came off, she got down to business.
Luca and Gabrielle together were all kinds of fun and smexy. From their first meeting there were fireworks, whether it be their dominant personalities butting heads or the heat the gave off during those panty melting smexy times, and the show never ended. I had to laugh at how honest they were with each other, while not being absolutely honest ~ sounds odd, but when you read the book you’ll totally get it. I loved watching as they knocked down each other’s walls and ended up helping the other become stronger in the end. There were quite a few bumps in the road for them, but I liked how there wasn’t a lot of angsty-ness when it came to them together and loved where they were at the end of the book.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. The suspense storyline was very well done and I will say I figured that something wasn’t right with one of the characters early on and got a small portion of what was really going on correct, which in my book is a total win-win situation. Luca and Gaby were great characters and the supporting cast were all very well written. We do get to spend a little time with Nico and the other family members, but Matteo and Frankie were my favorites and I cannot wait to get my hands on Rocco’s book!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
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.
Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption 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.