TITLE: Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) AUTHOR: Sarah Castille PAGES: 350 pages PUBLISHED: June 27th 2017 PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Paperbacks GENRE: New Adult,
MY RATING: 4/5 birds
Gabrielle Fawkes has been admitted to the hospital after being shot while she was seeking revenge on the job. For two years officer Gabrielle has been trying to find the man who murdered her husband. In the hospital, she meets Luca Rizzoli and an instant attraction forms. She doesn’t know he is a merciless Italian crime boss who creates his own law, the exact opposite of everything Gabrielle stands for.
After one very sexy encounter, neither of them can let the other go, even though being with Gabrielle means Luca risks losing everything he has built in the mafia – and potentially his life.
I have always wanted to read Sarah Castille, so when I was given the opportunity to read Luca I couldn’t resist (even though I haven’t read the first novel of this series)! And I am so glad I did because this was a great read! It definitely can be read as a standalone, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything not having read the first novel.
I really liked how Luca was possessive over Gabrielle but he still respected her and in a lot of ways she completely ran the show and he just followed her. The first half of the novel I didn’t really like how he treated Matteo and how violent he was but Luca and Gabrielle made a really sweet couple. As opposite as they were, they were also a very believable couple.
Overall this was so much fun. Between the action, scorching sex scenes, crazy twists, humour and violence, this novel really had it all! I am excited to read Rocco which I think is actually Frankie’s story! I wonder who will melt his cold heart?
TITLE: Bound by Honor AUTHOR: Cora Reilly PAGES: 253 PUBLISHED: December 14th 2014 PUBLISHER: Smashwords GENRE: New Adult, Romance, Forced Marriage/Bond, Enemies to Lovers
MY RATING: 2/5 birds
Bound by Honor starts out with us learning that Aria is being forced to marry Luca “The Vice” Vitiello through an arranged marriage between two feuding Italian mafia gangs. Aria’s father has betrothed her at only age fifteen to Luca, whom she is to marry at eighteen. Aria sees Luca as a monster, a killer, whom she has nothing in common with and she is terrified to marry him. Their wedding is not about love, it is only about Aria being a good daughter and living up to her duty as a female in the mafia circle.
This started off interesting but it lost two ‘birds’ immediately due to the cheating. I just can’t believe Luca cheated on his wife only a few days after their wedding! Such a turn-off…I am not sure what the author was thinking. She used cheating as a way to actually bring Luca and Aria back together after they had been avoiding each other and made it a tool to have them actually talk about their relationship, but Aria was such a completely naive doormat. She forgave Luca instantly for no reason. She was a bit too naive, meek, and timid for my liking.
Another ‘bird’ was lost because I did not like the slut-shaming in this novel. It wasn’t too extreme but Luca called Grace a whore for no reason, and he called the girls he used to sleep with sluts. Umm okay, what does that make you then Luca? A huge manwhore and slut, womaniser, and player? Not exactly qualities I like in the main love interest…
I also found their whole mafia world fascinating. It was incredibly sad, women basically being sold off as slaves, their virginity up for auction and worshipped by the men in a creepy way. I can’t say I found any of this romantic, but it was a very interesting and unique plot.
I have a feeling the next novels might prove to be better, especially Gianna and Matteo. Aria’s sister definitely isn’t timid and I have a feeling I will like their story a lot more. The next novel Bound by Duty is about Dante and Valentina. We barely got to see Dante in this novel, I have no idea what his personality is like but Valentina seemed interesting, so we will see where the series goes!