The Capo and the Captive!
“That’s the beauty of the mafia. Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody talks. Police leave with shit.”
I have been loving B.B. Hamel’s books lately. I have said this before and I will say it again, B.B. writes terrific steamy romance with great stories in many of the standard romance tropes. The standard tropes are so popular for a reason. Because they are some of our favorites.
This was the Mafia boss gets a girl in exchange for some sort of payment. In this case the Italian Mafia Boss is a Capo and his name is Dante. He has a Russian Bratva rival, Vlas in nearly the same position as him in a nearby territory, and when one of the guys in his territory mistakenly steals a great deal of money from the Bratva boss, Dante has to make him pay the price, including paying back what he stole.
The thief, who is also a drug addict, brings his daughter to Dante as a gift and that is how Aida ends up with Dante. She technically isn’t a captive, but it is safer for her to stay with Dante because the Bratva boss would kill her if she stayed at her place. He is the kind of guy that would kill her just to prove a point or even just for his own fun. Of course Vlas is not happy with the reparations and still wants Aida, which starts a war between the Italians and the Russians.
This was actually one of the best Mafia stories I have read in a while. The war and violence was fascinating for a mafia story and there was so much action. This book was also sizzling hot and I give it a heat index of five out of five flames 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥. I would give more if I could. The world building and character development were also terrific. There were quite a few supporting characters that each had their own voice and we got to know them.
I think this is probably the best B.B. Hamel book I have read so far and I can’t wait to read more Mafia storylines from her. This book was longer than her other books I have read, which usually run between 100-200 pages. This book was something like 320 pages, but it went fast and like I said there was so much going on, and I was truly entrenched in the story from the get go.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.