Author: Sarah Castille
Page Count: 362
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Notable Notables: Mafia love interest, steamy sex scenes
Recommended Readers: Fans of contemporary romance and mobsters
Listen, I won’t lie. I picked this up because I have a thing for Italian men and the mafia, and dammit, good gangster smut is so hard to find these days!
Luca is the second book of Sarah Castille’s Ruin & Revenge series, the first of which being Nico, which I have not read (yet). While the books follow members of the same crime family and their associates, it’s not necessary to have read Nico to understand what’s going on in Luca. In typical romance series fashion, each book follows a different character and introduces a new relationship.
In this one, we meet Luca Rizzoli, a capo in Nico Toscani’s crime family. After protecting Nico from getting shot, Luca winds up in the hospital and meets Gabrielle Fawkes, also there because of a gunshot wound. The attraction between them is instant, but what Luca doesn’t know is that Gabrielle is a police detective. And she only knows him as the owner of an Italian restaurant, not a mobster. Cue the forbidden romance!