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Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille

Nico Book Cover Nico
Ruin and Revenge #1
Sarah Castille
Fiction, Dark Romance
December 6th 2016

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?


ARIANNA’s review


Having never read a Sarah Castille book before, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this first installment in the series, but since I’m a sucker for mafia romances I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did it. Sarah Castille’s writing was fantastic, very gripping and she sucked me in in her mafia world from the very beginning. I’ve read many mafia books in the so far, so trust me when I say, this first installment in the series was everything a book with this theme should be – action packed, suspenseful, sexy and so very intriguing. Needless to say, I really enjoyed it!

“You want to be in control. Trust me, bella. Let go with me, and I’ll catch you when you fall.”

Nico Toscani is a Las Vegas Mafia boss who’s used to getting what he wants. He’s wild and ruthless, dark and dangerous and everyone is the Sin City knows who he is. For the past ten years, his family had been involved in a blood feud with the Cordanos, another Mafia family that had started the war when Don Cordano murdered Nico’s father. Nico wants revenge and he eventually will get it, in one way or another.

“Dio mio, you test a man to the limits.”

Mia Cordano never wanted to be a Mafia princess. Her powerful, ruthless father had tried controlling her since she was a child, but even if he never really succeeded, he seems to have some power over her, controlling her mother and her little sister. Mia managed to build a life, a business outside the Mafia world, keeping a low profile, especially since she’s a hacker/security consultant.

Mia’s life is turn upside down when she find herself in Nico’s arms. She knows Nico is dangerous, especially since he’s the enemy, but she can’t stay away from him, not when Nico seems to be as infatuated with her as she is with him.

“Tonight I’m going to fuck you like the bad girl you are. You’re gonna learn who you belong to. Your voice is going to be hoarse from screaming your pleasure. And when we’re done, you’re gonna beg me for more.”


Like I mentioned above, ‘Nico’ was a very well done mafia romance. The action, suspense and steam were fantastically blend together and the story line was entertaining and intriguing from start to finish. The plot was complex and well developed and I have to say the author really surprised me at some point with how the story unfolded, mainly because I expected the story to progress in a total different way. Also, I loved all the twists and turns as the story progressed. Nico and Mia’s story was fantastic, gripping, enthralling and held me at the edge of my seat until the last page.

Both Nico and Mia were fantastic, well portrayed characters I loved reading about. I loved them individually and I loved them together. Mia was such an endearing heroine. Strong, independent, sassy, but also vulnerable and loyal she was everything I love in a Mafia princess. I loved her strength and the way she stood up for herself, the way she fought for what she wanted and her determination to have a business outside the Mafia world. The way she challenged Nico was entertaining as hell and I loved the fact that she wasn’t intimidated by him.

“Undress me, Mia. I want to fuck you into oblivion.”

Nico was a great anti-hero/hero. He was dangerous, yet so very sexy and charming. I loved the way he was with Mia and how possessive and protective he was at times. He was drawn to her from the beginning and watching him lose his mind around her was so entertaining.

I loved the way Nico and Mia’s relationship progressed. The slow burn relationship between them was fantastically done and I absolutely loved their passion and sexy times. They complemented each other perfectly in every way, which I really enjoyed.

“I want to own every inch of you. I want my hands in your hair, my lips on your breasts, and my cock buried inside you. I want to take you in every way a woman can be taken. I want you to come with my name on your lips.”


I have to mention the fantastic, engaging, well portrayed supporting characters I’m dying to read about in the upcoming books in the series.

All in all, ‘Nico’ was fantastic Mafia romance. I loved how the author portrayed the Mafia world, the dark and gritty elements, the engaging characters. If you are looking for a dark, intriguing, Mafia tale, don’t hesitate and read this first installment (standalone) in the series. You won’t regret it!


Book Excerpt:

“Welcome back, my friend.”

Wham. Nico had King by the throat and halfway over the bar before Mia had a chance to introduce him.

“Let him go.” Mia tugged on Nico’s wrist, dislodging his hand from the bartender’s throat.

“Sorry.” She reached across the bar to straighten King’s collar. “He doesn’t get out much.”

“Hey, no problem.” King held up his hands, palms forward in the universal sign of surrender. “Just being friendly, man. We got a hands off policy until five a.m. That’s when the clubs shut down and the strippers come in looking for some fun.”

“You.” Mia turned and poked Nico in the chest. “Take it down about one thousand notches. I know these people, and they know me. Nothing’s going to happen to me here.”

Nico grunted but didn’t look convinced. Mia ordered a couple of two-dollar drinks and found a small table near the back that wasn’t covered in empties.

“Don’t use the washroom unless you’re desperate,” Mia said, amused by how uptight her Mafia boss was in the pit of sin. Or maybe it was because he had left his bodyguards outside and he was alone for the first time in forever.

“I’ve got my piece.” He patted his jacket, and Mia laughed.

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“Oh. It’s a gun. I wondered what that was when you were pressed up against me at the bar. I thought you wanted me.”

His eyes darkened and he reached over, dragged her chair toward him. “I wanted you back at the hotel. Now it’s a fucking need.”

Mia leaned over, kissed his neck. “Do you know what I need?”

He threaded his hand through her hair, pulled her closer. “What do you need, bella?”

“I need to dance.” She pushed away and wound her way through the tables to the tiny dance floor in front of the stage. How the hell could she make this work if she wanted to jump him every time they were together? She didn’t want to get emotionally involved in a fake marriage that tied her to the mob, especially when it was never meant to last. And yet, she was already emotionally involved. She could never have said ‘I do’ to a man she didn’t trust, a man she liked and cared deeply about. There was so much more to Nico than the cold, ruthless mob boss he let the world see. He was passionate, protective, deeply committed to his family, and so damn sexy she couldn’t keep her hands away.

Someone put the Clash on the jukebox and she danced with two biker chicks as punk rock videos played on the projection screen behind the stage. She glanced over at the table, but Nico was already behind her.

“You trying to fucking kill me?” He wrapped one arm around her waist, and pulled her against him, as if they were alone and not in the middle of a dance floor in a grungy dive bar.

“I was trying to dance.” Her nipples tightened as he ground his hips into her ass. “I see you want the X-rated version.”

He kissed his way down her neck, and nipped the sensitive skin on her shoulder, sending a shiver down her spine. “I could fuck you right here and no one would bat an eye.”

Mia turned to face him, wound her arms around his neck. “I knew you’d like it.”

“I like watching you.” He pulled her close and danced like his hips were unhinged, grinding against her until her clit throbbed and she was so wet for him, the thought of fucking him in the filthy bathroom held considerable appeal.

“Nico.” She moaned softly, and he thrust his thick thigh between her legs, rocking her against the rough fabric of his jeans.

“Can you come like this?” His voice was a low, sensual rasp in her ear, his hands firm on her hips, his body hot and hard in her arms.

“I don’t know, but I want to.”

He twisted her hair in his hand, yanked her head back, and kissed her fiercely. “How bad is the restroom?”


She slid her hand down, smoothed it over his T-shirt, tracing over his rock hard pecs, the ripples of his abs. Nico’s grip tightened and his voice dropped to a husky growl. “How much do you want me?”

“Worse.” She rubbed the palm of her hand along his rock hard erection. People danced around them, laughed, and joked. Their R-rated behavior was nothing in a bar where she’d witnessed X-rated shenanigans.

“Come.” He grabbed her hand, pulled her across the dance floor and through the maze of tables to the tiny, dark hall leading to the restrooms.

“Where are we going?”

His lips curved in a sensual smile. “To give you what you want.”

About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah Castille worked and travelled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. She writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them. Her books include the bestselling “Redemption” fighter romance series, and the dark, gritty Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club romance series.

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