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.
|I must say I really was not expecting this book to be as good as it turned out to be. Luca Rizzoli is a playboy but is also working at making his family name good again in the eyes of his family. That is his crime family. Operating his own crew his is working at overcoming the obstacles that his father put in his way by going into witness protection. Now in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound he received by throwing himself in front of his boss. He is surprised when one morning a beautiful woman is in his private room because the hospital has become full with trauma patients. He is wondering who would shot such a beautiful women. After spending some time with Luca, Gabrielle Fawkes police detective cannot believe she has actual feelings for a man. In the two years since her husband was murdered, she has felt nothing, but now with Luca and just hearing him speak it is like something has opened up inside of her again. Going to his restaurant with her friends she is still taken with him not to see everything else that is going on around them. to her, it does not matter and when he shows up later that evening at the same club that they are at she allows herself to do things with Luca that she would not ever have done in public before. Now neither of them can get enough of each other. The problem is for Luca is that she is a police detective and they should not be together, for Gabrielle she has been sent away from narcotics to theft, and she is getting further and further away from who killed her husband. She is becoming more aware of Luca especially when the two men who shot up her home have turned up dead out in the desert. Everything changes for Gabrielle when Luca is arrested or so she thinks. He is not in any of the jails in Vegas and she is determined not to lose another person she is in love with. Like I said I was very surprised that the author was able to make this story work but she did. That different twists and how the plot comes to an end all works. I really was not thinking about who the bad guy could have been until pass the half way point. The Italian phases were a nice touch, and the epilog pulls the story altogether. Overall a very good book, with very good characters. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com|