Type: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: St. Martin’s
My Copy: Sent
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.
Luca is the second book in the Ruin & Revenge series, and I wasn’t sure Sarah Castille could make me love this one as much as the first. I worried for nothing. She has created such an intriguing, dark, seductive world surrounding the Las Vegas Italian mafia that she sucked me in from the very first page. I spent almost the entire book wondering how a romance between a police officer and a mafia criminal could work, and the happy ending didn’t disappoint.
Gabrielle Fawkes has been pursuing a dangerous drug lord since the day he killed her husband. Not only did she love David, but he was everything good and stable in her life, something she’d been missing since the death of her mother years ago. Focusing on finding and apprehending his killer gave her something to live for as she worked through her grief. Injured during a police raid, Gabrielle finds herself sharing a hospital room with the mysterious Luca Rizzoli.
Luca never expected to wind up in the hospital with a gunshot wound, and he never expected to find an intriguing woman in his room recovering from her own gunshot wound. A powerful crime boss in sin city, Luca is no stranger to beautiful women. What he’s not used to is having to convince a woman to spend time with him. To Luca, Gabrielle is a gorgeous, frustrating, elusive challenge, and one he refuses to ignore.
The attraction between Luca and Gabrielle was instantaneous and HOT! Their chemistry sizzled, and I loved how neither one of them could resist the other, despite the obstacles. Luca was the ultimate alpha male…. protective, possessive, seductive and powerful. He believes in the old school ways of treating women, and everything in him wants to love and protect Gabrielle. It throws him for a loop when she pushes back and insists on taking care of herself.
Becoming involved with a man with ties to the criminal underworld is career suicide for Gabrielle. Being tied to a cop could send Luca into exile from his family business, or worse, could result in his death. Both Luca and Gabrielle are torn…. knowing that being together is as natural as breathing, and yet so very dangerous. The fact that both of them were willing to sacrifice everything for the other was amazingly beautiful. This book was emotional and sexy and exciting. The writing was excellent, and once again Sarah Castille made me fall in love with a dangerous man on the wrong side of the law.
I give Luca by Sarah Castille 5 stars!