By: Sarah Castille
My Copy: Netgalley.com
The BookWhisperer's Rating:
A dangerous proposal
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?
A powerful and dangerous man who exudes sexiness – check! A beautiful and brilliant hacker who rejects her family’s life style and has paved away for herself – check! A forbidden love – check! How can you pass up a forbidden love?
I really enjoyed both Nico and Mia’s characters throughout the book. Both were born into mob life and while Nico accepts where he is and what his life was going to be, Mia rejects as much as she can but wrapped up in it enough so that she can stay alive and protect her younger sister. While Nico is a bad ass, he still had a heart of gold, especially when it comes to Mia. And while Mia rejects anything mob related in her life, she still stays in the family to protect her little sister. These two’s family is at war but once Mia and Nico meet, war isn’t on their minds. That forbidden love that I spoke of earlier, that is what they have and while they try to deny it at first, it magnifies each time they see each other.
Along with Mia and Nico, I found that I had a soft spot for one of Nico’s men that plays a bigger role in the book, as well as Mia’s sister. I am hoping that the next book touches more on them.
I will say that the ending felt a little forced for a HEA. It felt like we went through all this fighting and discovery only for Mia to fall apart when things got tough and Nico to turn away from a problem (the desert scene. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am glad he did but I felt as if a mob boss would have had to carry through.) So this book was good and had some good Mia and Nico moments but the ending dropped it down for a bit.