NICO is the first book in a new series by Sarah Castille called Ruin & Revenge. The series title is very significant to the entire books and I'm sure it will play out even more in the books to come.
Mia is supposed to play the part of the perfect Mafia princess, to be everything her father expects her to be. However, that's just not how Mia sees her life. She doesn't want anything to do with the Mob life, and she is too independent to play by her father's rules.
Nico has been searching for revenge since the night his father died 10 years ago and his life was ruined. He is supposed to be the head of his family, and take the throne as the Mob boss, but his uncle has taken it and claimed it for himself with no intention of ever giving it to Nico.
But, is there a way for Nico and Mia to get what the both want from each other? The only problem is that Mia is the daughter of the Don who killed Nico's father.
It's clear that Romeo and Juliet inspired something of Nico and Mia's relationship, however being star-crossed lovers from rival families is where the connection ends. This book is intense, and very big on the steamy action. There is violence and passion. Obsession, greed, and defiance. So maybe it is a bit more than I give it credit for.
The one thing I loved so much about this book besides the love and heat between Nico and Mia is the feminist message. A lot of people have a misconception about the romance genre, that it can solidify and encourage women to just look for men to sweep them off their feet, that life can be a fairy tale if only they can find the right man. Prince Charming. Castille completely ignores this and while Mia does gain something significant from being with Nico, it does not take away from her value as a woman. Mia has very strong feminist leanings and she is not quiet about it through out the book. I want more of that in my romance.
Overall, outstanding book and I cannot wait for the next one in the series! Highly recommend to anyone who loves a well written story, and some heat thrown in the mix!
A dangerous proposal
In Nico, the first book in the Ruin & Revenge series by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille, Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .
Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them?and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?