Goodreads Rating: 4.16 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: December 14th 2014
Publisher: Self published
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.
Aria Scuderi, the 15 year old daughter of Chicago Outfit’s Consigliere is enganged to the eldest son of New York Cosa Nostra’s boss and the future boss, Luca Vitiello. These two powerful Italian mobs set aside their rivalries and form a union to strengthen their defense against other mafias.
Since Aria is too young to get married, the wedding will happen once she’s 18 years old. Growing up in a Mafia family, the freedom of choice was taken away from her. She doesn’t want to marry a ruthless and cold-hearted killer like Luca. Afraid she’ll get hurt in his hands and there’s no escape in this marriage. However, this is a chance on getting to know husband and see his good side. Maybe there’s a possibility he’s capable of love.
I’m invested in this mafia series. It’s a great start and I really like the author’s writing style. I didn’t give this 5 stars because Luca made me furious on one scene. (view spoiler) What an idiot. Aria is an intelligent woman but I wish she craves more opportunities in learning something new than being a stuck up. I’m definitely going to read the sequels. 🙂