Review : Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille

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Published December 6th 2016 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

This book was excellent. A dark and fast-paced ride into the Mafia underworld, it has all the qualities of a compelling read, with non-stop action, suspense and a story of true love.

Mia Cordano grew up in a Mafia family, the daughter of a Cosa Nostra boss. She can’t be seen as a Mafia princess, though, her father despises and emotionally abuses her. But she has fought him all her life. Mia is independent, strong-willed and refuses to be ordered around. The submissive role of Mafia wife is definitely not for her. She has built a business specialized in security checks and is a gifted white-hat hacker. However, hacking the computer system of Nico Toscani’s Las Vegas casino was not a good move. As the highest-ranking capo of a rival crime family, he isn’t a friend of hers. For years, the Cordano and the Toscani families have been involved in a war to avenge Nico’s father’s murder.

Nico is a respected Mafia boss, with a growing business empire, partly legitimate. Under a veneer of civility, he is a dangerous, cold and ruthless mobster and is not a good man. However, he refuses to participate in drug dealings, human trafficking or prostitution. With Mia, he finds himself in unknown territory. She is head-strong, sassy, determined and defies him. He is drawn to her generous and passionate personality. Mia isn’t interested in getting involved with a mobster, she finds Nico arrogant, misogynist and overbearing. But she can’t resist their undeniable chemistry. Their game of seduction was intense and even fun at times. Nico has a difficult choice to make, torn between his loyalty to his family and his love for Mia.

Sarah Castille is a gifted storyteller and her version of the Mafia bad boy is irresistible! I loved that Mia was a sassy, quirky and badass heroine! Nico is the first book in the author’s new series “Ruin and Revenge”, but it can be read as a standalone. I definitely recommend this riveting book if you enjoy fast-paced, suspenseful mafia stories.

An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.

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