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I Belong


Review: Nico by Sarah Castille

nico-coverTitle: Nico

Author: Sarah Castille

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Ruin & Revenge (Book #1)

Publication Date: December 6, 2016

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250104033 (Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-1250104038 (Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

A dangerous proposal

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?

Quick & Dirty: Dark, sexy story about the dangerous and tragic side of being in the Mafia.

Opening Sentence: Act normal.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Nico is the first in a new Mafia series from Sarah Castille. If you have a love for the darker side of life then I highly recommend Nico. The first novel in the Ruin and Revenge series deals with a heavy subject on abuse and the objectification of women because life in the Mafia is not all rainbows and unicorns.

Mia Cordano has done everything she can to get out of the Mafia lifestyle. She wants nothing to do with it and its demeaning ways. She did everything she could to piss off her father. She left home and now runs her own business as a hacker testing security systems. It is her job that reconnects her with Nico, reminding her of the tragic past that connects them and the rivalry between their Mafia families. But it is Mia’s father who makes sure that Mia will never get out of the Mafia life, when he forces her into an arranged marriage with an offer that she just can’t refuse.

Nico Toscani is a bastard in every sense of the word. As the child of one of his father’s mistresses, he shouldn’t be in line to rule the Toscani Crime Family but his father groomed him to rule. When his “uncle” takes over and makes sure that the family rule will pass to his own son, Nico is worried about the direction the family will take. Then things just get worse when he finds out his cousin Tony is going to marry Mia in a forced wedding then he knows he can’t just step back, he will fight for what should be his.

Mia is not a Mafia wife or child. She is the black sheep of the family. She hates pink and dresses and refuses to conform to how a woman in the Mafia world should act. Mia is crazy and lives her life how she chooses. She’s very punk and into woman empowerment. I liked Mia and I felt terribly for her because her choices were always made for her, whether it was to protect her sister or herself from death. She had no problem lashing out but often there were repercussions that she didn’t see.

Nico was raised with the Mafia mentality that woman are mere decorations and nothing more. They have no say because the men know what is best. He gets a lesson on how that is not the case with Mia and she won’t let him treat her like that or she will be out of his life forever. Nico is a tough but fair captain in the Toscani family. He is big on loyalty and knows that any sign of weakness will be his undoing. I did have a bit of a hard time liking him in the beginning because of his views but once Mia started setting him straight, I did find him a bit sexy.

There were three point of views throughout this story. Mia, Nico’s and an undercover police officer whose name I’ll leave out of this review. I liked how the third story plugged in some holes that wouldn’t have been filled otherwise but I hated knowing how that story would play out in the end, snitches get stitches and all that. The story was very dark. There is abuse towards women. The sex scenes weren’t very graphic at first but they get more heated as the story moves on.

Overall, Nico was a great start to a new series. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Notable Scene:

A shiver ran down her spine, and Nico leaned forward, brushed his lips along the taut line of her neck. “Shh.”

“I want you so badly.” She moaned softly. “I’m so wet. I’ve never wanted a man like this.”

Hands around her ankles he spread her legs wide. “There are no men for you. Not in the past. Not now. Not in the future. There’s only me, and I’m gonna fuck you so hard you never forget. You’re gonna feel me for days, bella, inside and out.”

“I like your dirty talking.” She arched her back against the hard desk, tilted her hips, so desperate to feel him inside her she didn’t care how he reacted to her challenge. “But you’re talking too much.”

Ruin & Revenge Series:

1. Nico

2. Luca (June 27, 2017)

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FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Paperback/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Nico. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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