Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Dark, Love to Hate, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Mob, Romance
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Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given. Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca – The Vice – Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families.
Now with eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca.
Aria is terrified of marrying a man she hardly knows, especially someone like Luca who got his nickname ‘the Vice’ for crushing a man’s throat with his bare hands. Luca might be one of the most sought after men in New York thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma that radiates power, but the society girls throwing themselves at him don’t know what Aria does: that the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile.
In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you.
The only way to escape the marriage to Luca would be to run away and leave everything she’s ever known behind but Aria can’t bear the thought of never seeing her family again.
Despite her fear, she decides to go through with the marriage; Aria has grown up among predators like Luca and knows that even most cold-hearted bastards have a heart and she has every intention of working her way into Luca’s.
This was one of the books I picked up after putting a list together of mob romances. This one has a very young girl getting married as a part of an arranged marriage between two big mob families. I don’t know how I feel about arranged marriages, but then again, most authors right it pretty well, so I’m always willing to give it a go.
So since this is an arranged marriage, it’s not like the two people involved are in love with each other. And without a doubt its obvious that these two people don’t have any feelings for each other they don’t know each other so how could they even like each other. The book is told from Aria’s POV, and man oh man was I feeling bad for her in the beginning of the book. There are more than one uncomfortable scene once the ball starts to get rolling on the marriage. Also, the groom, Luca, his family has some very kind of creepy traditions about seeing the bedsheets the morning after. I mean the way they all kind of rallied around in the living areas to see the sheets, was just super gross. I mean seriously. I felt so bad for Aria.
But Luca managed not to be the monster that Aria was expecting. I liked that he didn’t force himself on Aria (that’s a super weird sentence to type btw), and in general he is actually a lot more kind and patient with Aria then I would have ever expected him to be. This is a weird marriage to go into, so its understandable that there would be conflict between the two of them while they figure out what is actually going to work for them.
I feel weird saying, but I actually liked Luca more than I liked Aria. I mean he was so much more then I was expecting him to be. I liked how he was a stand up guy, in a world full of not exactly stand up guys. I wanted to like Aria more, but I think the fact that she was so young and so indecisive made it a bit harder for me to like her. I did really like how Aria was so committed to her family, and how she worked pretty hard at making her new life work for her and the people around her. I liked that she opened herself up to situation, but at the same time fought back when she needed to. Overall I thought this was a pretty good start to the series, and I will probably read more of this series in the future.