Review: Rocco by Sarah Castille

Nadene May 12, 2020 Reviews 28 Comments

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Review: Rocco by Sarah CastilleTitle: Rocco
Author: Sarah Castille
Series: Ruin and Revenge #3
Narrator: Aiden Snow
Published by Tantor Audio on March 6, 2018
Length: 11 hrs 35 mins
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Audible Escape, Netgalley
Format: ARC, Audiobook
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Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: four-stars
Heat Level: four-flames
Narration: 5 stars, Speed: 1.25x

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?

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.

Narration

Aiden Snow continues to narrate, and he did an excellent job as I expected. He brought life to the story and the characters.

Conclusion/Recommendation

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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About Sarah Castille

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 20 novels, Sarah Castille is known for contemporary romance that is edgy, sexy and scorching hot. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she lives in British Columbia with her husband, three children and a family of owls.

Sarah’s books have been published by Samhain Publishing, Macmillan and Sourcebooks Casablanca, and have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly as well as being included in their Top Ten Picks and Best Summer Reads. Her books have been named Amazon’s Best Romance Books of the Year, RT Book Reviews Top Picks, and have won the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Literary Fiction as well as numerous reader’s choice and romance writers’ awards.

Sarah is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Vancouver Island Romance AssociationInternational Thriller Writers Inc., and the Writer’s Union of Canada.

Sarah is represented by Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency. For rights, media, or other inquiries, please contact Laura Bradford at laura@bradfordlit.com.

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