Rocco by Sarah Castille

Posted January 1, 2018 in review Tags: ,

Rocco by Sarah CastilleRocco by Sarah Castille
Pages: 384

Series: Ruin and Revenge #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Nico, Luca
Also by this author: Nico, Luca

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?

Rocco is a mafia enforcer who has given up his soul a long time ago. Grace, the daughter of a made man, escaped the mafia life once she learned about it. Rocco and Grace were in love, but Grace was young and Rocco was a vicious enforcer. After a terrible attack that left Grace scarred, she runs, leaving New York and Rocco behind.

While her father and brother were in Vegas for a visit/mafia business, Grace is thrust back into the danger of the mafia world. She is older and a bit stronger now and she is willing to fight for her family and for Rocco, even though he does everything possible to push her away. Rocco was abused as a child and has developed some seriously messed up coping skills. He harbors so much guilt over his life but is essentially powerless to change his station. I didn’t expect to understand Grace and Rocco so much. I have nothing in common with these characters, yet Castille does a great job making them relatable and real. I also loved getting to see Mia and Gabrielle (and of course Luca and Nico).

The complex relationship between Grace and Rocco is the driving emotional conflict, but they do still have to figure out who put a hit out on Grace’s father and brother and wanted to kidnap Grace. As you can expect in a mafia romance, there is danger and violence at every turn which keeps you engaged, but there is also the push/pull between Grace and Rocco that provides this odd sense of a slow burn (which is deceptive because they certainly are lots very sexy scenes!). Even when they are ready to rip each others’ clothes off, you aren’t sure if this time will be what finally reconnects these two. The chemistry is scorching but with the way Rocco shuts down and runs hot and cold with Grace at times, it felt like a slow burn that was going to end with a major explosion instead of a fire!



Mafia series from authors like Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March, Tijan, Terri Ann Browning …then you will probably like Rocco!



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About Sarah Castille

After graduating from law school, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, practiced law on the West Coast and then with one of the world’s largest law firms in London, England for many years. She obtained a Masters degree in Law and traveled extensively before returning to Canada where she began writing novels about alpha males and the women who tame them. After her first book, Legal Heat, won prizes in nine Romance Writers’ Association chapter contests, Sarah decided to take a break from the practice of law to pursue a writing career.

Sarah’s books have been listed as Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Picks and Best Summer Reads, Amazon’s Best Romance Books of the Year, and have appeared at #1 on Amazon’s Erotic Romance bestseller lists, as well as being selected as “Must Read Erotic Romance of the Year.”

Sarah lives with her husband and three children on Vancouver Island, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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2 responses to “Rocco by Sarah Castille

  1. Great review you have here!!! I really had a blast with this book, its not my favorite of the series mostly due to the hero’s indecision, but I understood his reasons. And the suspense was intense.

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