Nico by Sarah Castille (Ruin & Revenge #1)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: St. Martin’s

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

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?

All I can say is merry early Christmas to me. I read Nico in one sitting, not because it was short (it wasn’t) or an easy read (it wasn’t that either), but because I.COULD.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN. I don’t know how Sarah Castille did it, but she made me fall in love with a mob boss. She has a talent for taking larger than life heroes and making a romance with them seem attainable for any woman.

Mia Cordano is not just any woman. She is the daughter of Don Cordano, who heads one of the three most powerful mafia families in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for her, everything in her rebels against the mafia lifestyle. In her world, women are married solely for political reasons and family advantages. They are property, there only to look pretty, raise children and keep up a certain image. Mia grew up watching her mother turn a blind eye to the physical and verbal abuse her father heaped out. Disobeying meant a beating, and Mia suffered her share of those, until she finally broke free. After leaving home and working her way through college, Mia has taken her talent for computer hacking and turned it into a successful – and legitimate – business.

It is that business that puts her on mafia boss and casino owner Nico Toscani’s radar. Having been hired by Nico’s casino manager to test their cyber security, Mia is caught in the act as she was sneaking out of the control room during her hack. She is no

stranger to powerful, arrogant men, but when she is brought to Nico to face the music, she is caught completely off guard. Aside from being the sexiest and most compelling man she’s ever seen, Nico is someone she knows from her past. The son of a rival mafia family, Nico has grown into a powerful and successful mafia businessman that most people think twice about crossing. Ten years ago, a teenaged Nico showed her compassion and support in the face of one of her father’s tirades, and ended up losing his own father that same night.

What follows is a dangerous cat and mouse game in which Nico focuses solely on possessing Mia. She wants Nico, but his life and everything he stands for are what she’s been rebelling against her entire life. There is a blood feud between their two families that is a decade old, stemming from the murder of Nico’s father Don Toscani. Working for him is dangerous. Being seen with him even more so. Having an intimate relationship with Nico is treacherous and puts both of their lives at risk.

There was an attraction between them that goes beyond sexual, and neither of them were able to deny it, despite the danger. Nico was bossy and self-assured and sexy as all hell. The way he single-mindedly pursued Mia despite the obstacles….. sigh. He could no more resist her than he could stop breathing, and Mia’s independence was no match for his magnetism.

I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that Nico is everything you could want in a sexy romance. Mia was a kick-ass heroine who wasn’t afraid to give Nico shit. She wanted him as desperately as he wanted her, but she was not an easy conquest. I could FEEL how much Nico wanted her, and he was as irresistible to me as he was to Mia. There are twists and turns and secondary characters that bring some surprises to the plot, and the writing was excellent as usual. Ms. Castille is at the top of my auto-read list and I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

I give Nico by Sarah Castille 5 stars!

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