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 at eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding
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.
I enjoyed this book, but I do wish it had a bit more of the mafia storyline in it. With Aria being born into the life, she knew what would eventually happen, yet she's still shocked that she's being married off once she turns 18. Of course she didn't want to, but she accepted that it was her lot in life. Couldn't blame her for being scared out of her mind when it comes to her future husband, someone she only saw once in three years before their wedding.
For all of the badass that Luca is when it comes the Familia, he is surprisingly tender when it comes to Aria; he didn't have to do what he did on their wedding night. It was interesting to read about the interactions between Aria and Luca, and even how she laid down the law with him in regards to some of his extracurricular activities, especially after the incident with the note she received from Luca's cousin. I liked how their relationship developed, and even how Aria was able to put Gianna in her place when it came to how Gianna would talk to and about Luca. I didn't like how the situation with Grace was handled though; it was taken care of a bit too quickly, given that we're talking about members of the mafia.
I realize this is a series and that the next two books will be about other members of the Outfit and the Familia, so I'm hoping that some of the background story will be carried over into the next two books; specifically if there is someone on the inside who is giving up information, as well as what's going on with both the Bratva and the Triad.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
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