Sarah Castille is out with the second book in her Ruin & Revenge series, LUCA , and I have a print copy to give away to one lucky commenter. Entering is as easy as leaving a comment. Winner will be listed here over the weekend. Good luck!
UPDATE: The winner is ERINF1
Congrats, Erin! Please email me at contact at smittenbybooks dot com to collect your book and include your snail mail address. Also, don’t forget to include the title in your email. You have 3 weeks claim your prize.
**US residents only
Release Date: Jun 27, 2017
Series: Ruin & Revenge
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
I really don’t know how to rate this one. There is just so much going on in this story. I have to break this down into parts. Luca and Gaby’s relationship is the best part of the book. They have an immediate and intense connection to one another. I think the intimacy is rushed a bit but I loved it anyway. There is no denying the steamy scenes are a bonus.
The complication with this story is my love for mafia romances. I like the action, the bad-guy persona and the representation of the life. This book had every bad cliché from an old mafia movie or book. The guys are constantly roughing someone up for payments, there are mistresses, and a guy in a track suit with a gold chain. No real modern take on the mafia romance here.
How as readers are we suppose to be okay with all the mafia clichés when Luca is just okay with Gaby being a cop. There is no hidden secrecy about it. He learns pretty early on and everything is okay. Hmmm not in any mafia world that I read about! Granted, it is a fictional world but we got to make it a bit believable. I expected more conflict from that issue alone. Gaby is just okay with working with Luca to help her find Garcia. How is that even possible?
There is tons of action and Luca finds himself in a new situation once Gaby’s life is endangered. I liked how alpha and bad-ass Luca is. He is willing to go the distance for Gaby which is surprising after what happened with his deceased wife. I am slightly torn with Gaby because she is slightly annoying but I liked her strong independence.
The author spends a little too much time on Paolo without any added benefits. There are parts of the story that dragged and I wished were cut but overall it is still an entertaining story.
I’m curious to see where the author goes next.