Author(s): Sarah Castille
Series: Ruin and Revenge #3
Also in this series: Nico , Luca
Narrator(s): Aiden Snow
Published by Tantor Audio on March 6, 2018
Length: 11 hrs 35 mins
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Audible Escape, Netgalley
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Mafia enforcer Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business. Cold, hard, and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford-until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul. Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. The daughter of the boss's right-hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both?
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I immediately dived into Rocco, the third book in the Ruin and Revenge series upon completion of Luca. I was curious to learn how this story would unfold as the hero of this installment was a cold-blooded killer. The second most feared enforcer for the mob. I met him in the previous installment and I recognized that beneath his cold-blooded exterior he harboured deep-seated pain and I was desirous of learning what made him tick. What I learned was heart-breaking and painful.
Rocco knew only pain and loss for most of his life until the Grace Mantini, the daughter of an under-boss, entered his life. Despite their ten-year age difference, they forged an unbreakable bond. He became her protector, her best friend and her lover. They had plans to spend the rest of their lives together, but when Rocco was forced to kill to protect her their dreams were shattered. That incident changed their lives forever. Rocco became an unfeeling and cold-hearted enforcer who never questioned his orders to kill.
Grace left home after that fateful incident and spent most of her time trying to live her life separate from the mob. However, she would learn that no matter how far she ran, she could never out run her past.
This was a beautiful written second chance romance, and I enjoyed every moment spent in Grace and Rocco’s world. Watching them both find their way back to each other was such a delight. Their moments together were intense and passionate and their chemistry was hot enough to burn a hole through my headphones.
The flashbacks provided by the author allows the reader to understand the horrors they suffered along with how their relationship had developed. Reading about their past and watching them in the present fuelled my need to see them get their happily ever after. However, before they could accomplish that, there were several obstacles they needed to overcome.
The story had its share of danger and drama one would expect with a mafia romance. It was fast paced, engaging and emotional.
My issue with this installment was how it ended. I had hope to get an answer regarding Rocco’s heritage, but that information was never revealed.
Aiden Snow continues to narrate, and he did an excellent job as I expected. He brought life to the story and the characters.
Rocco delivered a steamy and passionate second chance romance that will put a smile on your face and leave you feeling contented.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Audio Book Challenge
- Netgalley and Edelweiss
Great review. I just LOVED these books so much. She really handled the mob boss/mafia theme so well. I couldn’t get enough.
Thanks. This was indeed a wonderful series. I agree with you on how she handled the themes. You can’t help but fall for these guys.
Awesome review and I love the covers! I am glad that you enjoyed these books!
Thanks Cindy, it is a wonderful series.
Wow I need to check this series out what an unusual premise. Thanks Nadene
Yes, it is. Thanks Debbie.
I haven’t read this one but I’ve enjoyed this author before. Lovely review!
Not my sub genre, but my best friend loves mafia romance so I will suggest to her.
I love the sounds of this series. It sounds like my kind of read. I’ll definitely check this one out 😉
Yes. it is a great series. I hope you enjoy it.
Not my cup of tea, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully the next book answers any lingering questions you have
This sounds like a book I would enjoy. That cover is gorgeous!
I hope you get the chance to read the series.
I’ve heard of Castille, but never read any of her work. This sounds like such a great read, and it looks like I’ll love the series! Hugs, RO
The description sounds awesome. I might be in the mood for some good romance.
I love a fast-paced, emotional, and passionate second chance romance. Flashbacks are always so helpful in understanding the current situation. Great Review Nadene!
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
Bummer that you were left with unanswered questions.
Yeah, I was hoping to learn about his heritage, but she left it hanging and I don’t if there will be a next book. I hate when that happens.
I seriously need to start this series! Thanks for sharing your review 🙂
Megan | The Ginger Mom Reader
You are welcome Megan. I am sure you would enjoy it.
This sounds like another good one! It would have been nice to get your questions answered about Rocco but it sounds like it was an enjoyable read overall.
I must admit it was, despite not getting that piece of information.
I am glad you enjoyed it.
Gayathri @ Elgee Writes
I don’t like having ending’s with questions left unanswered but other than that it sounds good.
Same here Mary, I was like what the hell and the thing is I am nit sure if anymore books will be forthcoming.
i need this series in my life
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