Nico, the first book in the Ruin & Revenge series
by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille
5 MAFIA ROYALTY CROWNS
I love, absolutely love, mafia romances. I am not sure why, but they are my weakness. The dangerous men you shouldn’t love who live a life of crime and violence but are secretly good men driven by loyalty and family, the woman who are fierce and strong who choose to live the life, and the action and romance combined entertain to no end. Of all the mafia romances, though, Nico has taken the top position. I loved it! Every single action packed, heat laden scene of this book is fantastic!
The characters of this book are completely phenomenal. Nico is the dream mafia hero. He is loyal, operates under a code of conduct and honor, and is dominant in and out of the bedroom. These ideals and attributes Nico possesses in the mafia world carry over into his personal world and his dealings with Mia. Even with his dangerous side lurking underneath, his protective side shines through consistently throughout the novel. Sarah Castille also writes his character in a way that makes him seem incredibly dangerous, yet completely safe with him. He is strong yet vulnerable, unforgiving yet compassionate when needed, and indifferent yet incredibly passionate. There are so many layers to this man, and I absolutely fell in love with every single one. His perfectly suited counterpart is Mia, and how I revere Mia. Fighting against the Mafia life and the expectations placed upon her, Mia defies everything that is expected of her as a mafia princess. She refuses to take orders, to be a docile and subservient woman, and defends those she loves no matter what. In a world of expectations, she has chosen to shuck them all, damn the consequences, and live her life for herself and embrace who she is versus the Stepford wife that is expected of her.
These two together are passionate and their chemistry radiates off of the pages. From the moment they meet the tension between the two is palpable. Their chemistry is electric. Every single time she challenges Nico and he pushes back creates incredible foreplay, and the intensity of each scene is explosive, which obviously translates to the bedroom or desk or bathroom, you know wherever the passion strikes.
There is also an incredible secondary cast of characters that are just as endearing from Nico’s crew and Mia’s friends, and I am so excited to get their stories.
The plot of this book will have readers turning the pages quickly with its action, double crossing, violence, and romance. There is the struggle for power, plans for revenge, withholding of secrets, and so much more in every page of this story. Not only will readers fall in love with Nico and Mia, but they will also be enthralled with this mafia world she has created, and I cannot wait to see where she takes Luca’s story in the next book and to continue to see Mia and Nico and their quest to gain power.
This is my first book by Sarah Castille and it will not be the last. The romance laced with the mafia life engaged me, the writing was impeccable, and the characters are so complex and well-written that I cannot wait to see how she continues to develop this world and these characters. I will truly be anxiously awaiting the next book in the Ruin and Revenge series.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
A dangerous proposal
Las Vegas Mafia boss Nico Toscani is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off . . .
Sexy computer hacker Mia struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties . . . but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?
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“Welcome back, my friend.”
Wham. Nico had King by the throat and halfway over the bar before Mia had a chance to introduce him.
“Let him go.” Mia tugged on Nico’s wrist, dislodging his hand from the bartender’s throat.
“Sorry.” She reached across the bar to straighten King’s collar. “He doesn’t get out much.”
“Hey, no problem.” King held up his hands, palms forward in the universal sign of surrender. “Just being friendly, man. We got a hands off policy until five a.m. That’s when the clubs shut down and the strippers come in looking for some fun.”
“You.” Mia turned and poked Nico in the chest. “Take it down about one thousand notches. I know these people, and they know me. Nothing’s going to happen to me here.”
Nico grunted but didn’t look convinced. Mia ordered a couple of two-dollar drinks and found a small table near the back that wasn’t covered in empties.
“Don’t use the washroom unless you’re desperate,” Mia said, amused by how uptight her Mafia boss was in the pit of sin. Or maybe it was because he had left his bodyguards outside and he was alone for the first time in forever.
“I’ve got my piece.” He patted his jacket, and Mia laughed.
“Oh. It’s a gun. I wondered what that was when you were pressed up against me at the bar. I thought you wanted me.”
His eyes darkened and he reached over, dragged her chair toward him. “I wanted you back at the hotel. Now it’s a fucking need.”
Mia leaned over, kissed his neck. “Do you know what I need?”
He threaded his hand through her hair, pulled her closer. “What do you need, bella?”
“I need to dance.” She pushed away and wound her way through the tables to the tiny dance floor in front of the stage. How the hell could she make this work if she wanted to jump him every time they were together? She didn’t want to get emotionally involved in a fake marriage that tied her to the mob, especially when it was never meant to last. And yet, she was already emotionally involved. She could never have said ‘I do’ to a man she didn’t trust, a man she liked and cared deeply about. There was so much more to Nico than the cold, ruthless mob boss he let the world see. He was passionate, protective, deeply committed to his family, and so damn sexy she couldn’t keep her hands away.
Someone put the Clash on the jukebox and she danced with two biker chicks as punk rock videos played on the projection screen behind the stage. She glanced over at the table, but Nico was already behind her.
“You trying to fucking kill me?” He wrapped one arm around her waist, and pulled her against him, as if they were alone and not in the middle of a dance floor in a grungy dive bar.
“I was trying to dance.” Her nipples tightened as he ground his hips into her ass. “I see you want the X-rated version.”
He kissed his way down her neck, and nipped the sensitive skin on her shoulder, sending a shiver down her spine. “I could fuck you right here and no one would bat an eye.”
Mia turned to face him, wound her arms around his neck. “I knew you’d like it.”
“I like watching you.” He pulled her close and danced like his hips were unhinged, grinding against her until her clit throbbed and she was so wet for him, the thought of fucking him in the filthy bathroom held considerable appeal.
“Nico.” She moaned softly, and he thrust his thick thigh between her legs, rocking her against the rough fabric of his jeans.
“Can you come like this?” His voice was a low, sensual rasp in her ear, his hands firm on her hips, his body hot and hard in her arms.
“I don’t know, but I want to.”
He twisted her hair in his hand, yanked her head back, and kissed her fiercely. “How bad is the restroom?”
She slid her hand down, smoothed it over his T-shirt, tracing over his rock hard pecs, the ripples of his abs. Nico’s grip tightened and his voice dropped to a husky growl. “How much do you want me?”
“Worse.” She rubbed the palm of her hand along his rock hard erection. People danced around them, laughed, and joked. Their R-rated behavior was nothing in a bar where she’d witnessed X-rated shenanigans.
“Come.” He grabbed her hand, pulled her across the dance floor and through the maze of tables to the tiny, dark hall leading to the restrooms.
“Where are we going?”
His lips curved in a sensual smile. “To give you what you want.”
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah Castille worked and travelled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. She writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them. Her books include the bestselling “Redemption” fighter romance series, and the dark, gritty Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club romance series.