Series: Untouchables #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Vicki Calvetti made it out of the mob—or so she hoped. But when the old family hitman, the FBI, the Justice Department, and a smoking hot man from her past crash land on her doorstep, she learns she's not quite done.
An undercover cop chasing revenge, Blake Reilly gets the shock of his life when Vicki walks back into his life and into his club full of more drug dealers than a pharmaceutical convention.
Catching up doesn’t take long, and their undeniable chemistry is full-speed-ahead until someone ends up dead, putting both their lives at risk unless Vicki can remember the secrets she paid to forget.
I haven’t read anything by Cindy Skaggs yet, but this book sounded like a perfect fit! Its got mob ties, FBI agents, and a second chance romance! Seriously, this is right up my alley!
Told in 3rd person POV, the narrative alternates focus between Blake and Vicki. While I didn’t read book 1, I didn’t find it difficult to get the back story. Vicki’s family is mob. Well, they were mob. Now they are dead. Her brother was evil; since his death Vicki has moved and is trying to start her life anew. She is a hypnotherapist and lives a fairly mundane life. Until her mobster uncle reappears, giving her an odd warning. Then, she is subpoenaed to testify against a few of her late brother’s men. Her day culminates in a bar fight in which she discovers her ex is apparently now a mobster. Her previously ‘new’ life doesn’t seem to be any different than her old one.
The plot twist was unexpected. I felt that this would be a fairly straight forward storyline with a few clues as to which one of her former family ’employees’ was responsible. Skaggs totally threw me for a loop with the direction she took and it was intriguing.
My struggles with the story centered around Blake and Vicki. They have a past together but I didn’t really believe their relationship. It felt more about sex and control than actual affection. Vicki has an issue with any man trying to tell her what to do, and I completely understand her point. She has spent her life being controlled by men and is not interested in willingly allowing it to happen again. However, Blake isn’t giving up control in this area either, so I kind of felt like it was a relationship that was doomed to burn hot then flame out.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: second chance, mafia/mob
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
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