(Ruin & Revenge #1)
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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?
Nico is the first book in a full-length, standalone series by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Castille, set in Las Vegas and featuring deliciously sexy mafia bosses and the women who can’t help but love them.
“So, this is the real you.” Nico gestured vaguely to Mia’s clothing. “Not what I expected.”
Indignation gave her the courage to overcome her fear. “Apologies if I don’t fit the stereotype of a typical Mafia princess.”
Something cold and dangerous moved in his dark eyes. “I got that when I walked into Vincenzo’s and saw you standing in the middle of a massacre with a gun.” Nico’s gaze raked over her body, openly lingering on her chest where the torn dress barely concealed her breasts. “You seem to attract trouble wherever you go.”
“It’s this life. No matter how hard I try to run from it, it always seems to find me.”
All business, he grabbed a chair from a nearby table, straddled it in front of her, and rested his arms on the back. Her gaze drifted to his powerful forearms, the soft hair, strong wrists, and Toscani tattoo. Sexy. She’d never thought a man’s arms could be arousing, but she couldn’t tear her gaze away.
“What were you doing there? Tell me.” His voice was pure steel, sharp and biting.
A shiver of excitement ran down her spine. She wanted to obey and resist, both at the same time, but a life of secrecy in the mob overrode her desire. “I can’t tell you.”
“I don’t want to hurt you, bella.” He reached out and touched her cheek.
Unable to read his intentions, Mia shuddered.
“Shhh.” He rubbed his thumb gently over her skin and held it up for her to see. “Blood.”
Papà’s blood. A wave of emotion threatened to breach her walls at his hushed voice and gentle touch after all the horrendous events of the evening. She dipped her head so he didn’t see her falter. “I wasn’t there by consent. Well, not real consent. So now you know the truth. You can let me go.”
“Could you at least pretend to think about it?” She tipped her head to the side, looked up at him through her lashes, hating herself as she did. But this was a matter of life or death, and she couldn’t let pride take away her only advantage.
His eyes sparked, amused. “If you killed those men, you will die either by my hand or another. If you didn’t, then you are safer here with me until the shooter is found.”
“So you kidnapped me and tied me up to protect me?” She almost laughed at the irony. Only in death could she finally be equal to a man in the Mafia world.
“Some might say I’m protecting myself.” He reached out and tucked a wayward strand of hair behind her ear, his touch so gentle, it was almost a caress.
Uncontrollable desire pooled in her stomach. Anticipation and fear warred inside her as his touch lingered. “Are you afraid I’ll grab a gun and try to shoot my way out of a room full of wiseguys?”
His fingers trailed down her neck, rested in the hollow at the base of her throat. She felt the throb of her exposed pulse, as heat swept through her body.
“I’m not afraid of girls with guns, bella. They either don’t know how to shoot or they don’t have what it takes to pull the trigger.”
“Then you’ve never met a woman like me.” Her hoarse, throaty voice betrayed her desire.
He leaned forward, whispered in her ear, his voice dangerously seductive. “No, but I’m looking forward to our acquaintance”.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. She is the author of the Redemption series, the Sinner’s Tribe MC series, and the Legal Heat series. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and travelled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home on Vancouver Island.