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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Rocco by Sarah Castille
Series: Ruin & Revenge #3
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genres: Abusive past, Bossy Men, Contemporary, Mafia/Organized Crime, New Adult, Romance, Second chance love
Source: the publisher via NetGalley
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. 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’ve loved the first 2 installments of the Ruin & Revenge Series by Sarah Castille, so when I was offered a chance to read Rocco’s story I was all over it.
The chemistry between Gracie and Rocco was undeniable. I think the part I liked best was the fact that even though this was their second time around, there were no games. These two were so open about how attracted and special they were to each other. However, it wasn’t quite so simple and they didn’t get just to “be together” even though the pull was so strong.
The sweet side of Rocco is what spoke to my romantic heart. Ok, I’ll be serious, I loved his bad boy brooding and tortured side too, but when Grace made his cold black heart start to turn pink I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. He was so protective of her and would do anything for her, and that never ever wavered, not once. But the romance had two sides and I’m pretty sure I loved Gracie as much as I loved Rocco. Gracie’s fierceness and sweetness was the perfect combination and pulled off perfectly. When I fall in love with the heroine as much as the hero…that is special. It makes for the romance to be even more compelling.
The romance. My god these two were meant to be together. Let’s start with the Italian talk. My god, he could have been saying “chicken fried rice” and I was swooning. Rocco and that talk was to die for! And let’s discuss the sexy times: HOLY CRAP, the sexy times were sexy! From piercings to the dirty talk to the ….nope, I’m not saying anything else, you have to read it to enjoy it, but trust me, this was GOLD.
The cast of characters and back story was a lot. I have to admit I started skimming pretty early on because it was so detail-heavy. I can appreciate all the thought that went into it, but it was just a little too much for me.
The ending was stressfully fantastic! I guessed a lot of what was going to happen, but there were still so many blanks to fill in and I was sweating bullets the entire time. And the book ended on a sweet kind of note, except made a reference to something else and it just felt jilted. However, I loved that I got my HEA and simply adored this story, the characters and their romance.
Rec it? Absolutely! If you love mafia stories with very bad boys and some serious sexy times this is a must for your TBR!
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