Luca by Sarah CastilleRuin & Revenge #2
Published on June 27, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in the city of sin, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart--until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn't enough for a man who takes what he wants, but his mysterious temptress has slipped away.
For two years police detective Gabrielle Fawkes has lived for revenge. But a night of indulgence with a sexy stranger changes everything. Powerful, charming, and deliciously dangerous Luca, has his own private reasons for offering to help her pursue the drug lord who killed her husband. There's a lot Luca isn't telling her and the more she finds out the less she wants to know.
When Gabrielle becomes the target of the drug lord she has vowed to hunt down, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in a mobster's hands. To save her, Luca must break his Mafia ties--or risk losing Gabrielle forever.
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Having not read the previous book in the series, I wasn’t sure how this one would go and whether it would affect my reading. Thankfully, I didn’t have too much trouble with the world and characters. Which was great. Not so great? The writing.
Luca is one of those romances where the author takes an eternity to make anything happen. I’ve never read a mafia romance before, so I’m not sure how this compares, but I was expecting more action? Maybe some serious mystery, politics, something going on? Now I’m not a mafia expert or anything but I felt like the author relied on tropes more often than not to create the image of the mafia without giving it true depth.
Add to that the fact that a lot of the plot points didn’t quite line up for me based on the characters’ personalities and actions, and my interest is all but nonexistent.
Also, the Paola chapters? Why do we need them exactly? They were just wasted page space for me.
The romance was alright, I suppose. Some hot and heavy scenes, and I liked Gabrielle and Luca as a couple. But I didn’t believe the lead-up to that. The “courtship,” if you will, was awkward at times but I kind of got into it.
Will I read another by this author? Maybe. Not sure how I feel about mafia romances but hoping this isn’t an indicator of what the sub-genre is like. An okay romance, story not quite what I expected, but not bad.