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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Sarah Castille's back with her second book about Sin City's Italian Mafia family and this time it's Nico's capo Luca who finds love in the least likely place. In book 1 Luca had put himself in front of a bullet meant for Nico and, in this book, the handsome charismatic sexy Italian Playboy is recovering well in hospital with the help of some very willing nurses. Luca had been betrayed by a woman before so now he's strictly a 'one and done' kinda guy - never letting his walls down and, because of his looks and abundant charm, he's never had any problems. Until a blonde angel is wheeled in to share his hospital room - her looks had him intrigued.. but it was her feisty attitude that made her unforgettable. And, when she walked into his Restaurant a few weeks later, Luca knew he had to have her.. but this time once just isn't going to be enough for this crime boss.
For two years Detective Gabrielle Fawkes has been mourning her husband, piecing together clues about his murderer and seeking revenge on Garcia the Drug Lord who orchestrated his brutal and bloody murder. But, after a raid went wrong, Gabrielle ended up in hospital and when she woke up Gabrielle discovered she'd been put next to a handsome charming Italian. Despite her injuries, for the first time since her husband's murder.. Gabrielle was interested in and tempted by a man.. that temptation continued after she left the hospital because the sexy Italian God had given her his card.. along with an open invitation to eat in his Restaurant anytime. Eventually Gabrielle plucked up the courage and invited her two best friends there - and yes they wanted the food.. but the particular 'Italian' dish Gabrielle longed to taste was Luca.
Their insane chemistry leads to a passionate pleasureable evening - but the intended 'one and done' only ignites Luca's possessive caring alpha side and, when Gabrielle's life is in danger, Luca finds out his woman is not only beautiful but she's bold, brave, smart, independent, sassy, caring and she can handle herself with a gun too. All things he never knew he wanted in a woman and the opposite of his usual type.. yet Luca can't get enough of her. And Gabrielle is learning that Italian men aren't like other men.. or is that just Luca? Luca and Gabrielle initially don't realize that they are lovers whose loyalties lie on opposite sides of the Law and that they're hunting the same enemy. But, the more time they spend together, the more the clues slowly click into place.. until eventually there's no denying that by being together Police protocols and Mafia laws are getting broken. However, they are both determined to take Garcia down - no matter the cost.. and to make their relationship work - no matter what sacrifices have to be made.. and there will be sacrifices.
Sacrifices, Mafia ultimatums, a delusional dangerous enemy, a close and loving Italian family including Luca's six yr old son, shocking revelations and a brutal beating have all been well thought out, expertly described and perfectly placed in between the covers of this wonderfully intense forbidden love story. And, with each carefully positioned pitfall, it's purpose is to chill, to thrill, to excite, to shock, to incite havoc and to trip the captivated listener up as you slowly make your way to the finish line.
They were complex likeable characters and this particular love match was forged from the ashes of past relationships, adversity, bloodshed, wise-guy angst, a bitter betrayal and relationship based drama. There was a bit of humor, lots of sex, character development, sweet sentiments - whether they were heated passion-filled romantic words, sweet declarations of love or the uncertain promises of better tomorrows - they all sounded wonderful in Italian. A captivating stand-alone dual (and ocassionally triple) POV second book in the series that gave me butterflies, made me drool, made me smile, made me tense and gave me goosebumps as I eagerly watched the hero and heroine innocently meet and hopelessly fall in love despite so many obstacles working against them. Sarah Castille's book is good.. but the audio version was awesome thanks to the phenomenal voice of Aidan Snow whose smooth sexy Italian phrases left me swooning.
Worth a credit? YES absolutely I couldn't listen to it fast enough yet didn't want it to end and it made me want to listen to Nico's book again.
Ok, I know this fiction but, some fine too comes across as somewhat plausible and other fiction, not so much. The development of this relationship is more unrealistic than most romances. Yes, the story was very predictable, also. It doesn't mean that a reader /listener can't still enjoy the fantasy. The first book, in the series, was better written but I enjoyed the second one enough to get the third book, when it comes out. The Narator, Aiden Snow, did this Alpha male flawlessly. He also did a beautiful job with the Italian. I don't know for sure but, I'm going to guess that Mr. Snow speaks Italian as a first or second language. worth a credit? I think so. - V from Kansas