WARNING: This book contains delicious sex scenes with a hot man dirty-talking in Italian; women handling firearms and explosives; and scenes of violence with a crystal Virgin Mary cigarette lighter.
What happens when a mob capo falls for a lawful woman?
Does he ruin her, or does she ruin him?
Do they live together, or die together?
This is Antonio Spinelli’s story.
Grace: This book kicks off with a bang. Like WOW! I guess I’ll just put my panties over here.
Once I’ve come back to my senses, I realize we are back where Spin left off. Antonio’s (Spin) dangerous lifestyle is catching up with him. His former friend and partner, Paulie, gave him an ultimatum, and didn’t like the answer Antonio chose. A woman! Can you believe it?! But Therese is not just any woman. She is BADASS!
Michelle: Uhm WTF C.D., woman you really know how to make my heart race damn it. I freaking adore Theresa or the new Theresa and her feistiness. She really surprised me and I loved it. I loved how she literally got off on all the danger surrounding her relationship with Antonio. Theresa has fallen hard for her Capo, so much so that she is willing to give up everything to be with this man.
Here is my absolute favorite quote of Theresa when she goes see her douche of an ex-boyfriend, Daniel and gives it to him good:
“Respect isn’t treating me like I’m made of sugar. Because I’m not. I’m made of cum and saliva. I’m made of salty sweat, and I taste like fucking. I sound like an orgasm that’s so hard you can’t even scream, and I fuck like a closed fist.”
Grace: I am really sick of weak heroines, so this book was very refreshing. While Theresa might be more of an anti-heroine, that woman has some balls. She knows what she wants, Capo, and she’ll go anything, ANNNNYYYTHING, to have him.
She has powerful sexual confidence, and seems to relish in all the pleasure and pain that Capo brings upon her.
“Fuck me. Fuck me hard, you worthless piece of shit.”
YaYa: As per liking this heroine…I’ll be on the sidelines with my pompoms cheering for Theresa.
And then there is her Capo . . . this sexy beast.
Michelle: Antonio, what an animal he is, and I love it! He’s sweet one minute and all up in Theresa’s skirt the next. And the filthy mouth on him, can I get an Amen? Amen!
“You’re going to take those pants off. Then you’re going to spread your legs so I can see everything, and you’re going to tell me what they said to you.”
Want more? Yeah, there’s more.
“You won’t weep from being hurt. Not from me. You’re going to shed tears from coming so hard you forget who you are. And when you return, you’ll remember you’re mine, and you’ll cry then too.”
YaYa: Capo, Yes, very sexy, dirty talking Alpha who gets what he wants. He’s CAPO. But this is what I like about CD’s writing…the Drazen Family. It’s what I focus most on.
Antonio is filthy alright, but he’s also doing changes of his own. Thinking of leaving the Mafia? I watched enough Sopranos to know that’s not possible.
Grace: Together, Theresa and Antonio are a dangerous combination. Their relationship has destroyed his relationship with Paulie, setting into motion the beginnings of a mob war. They know they are ruining each other, but despite the danger and the seemingly hopeless situation they find themselves in, with both of their lives at risk on a daily basis, they find it near impossible to walk away from each other.
I could ruin his life while I lived, but in dying I could destroy his soul. So I stayed. For now.
This book takes you through their scorching hot moments together. Not sure about the other ladies, but I had many thigh clenching moments while reading this. But there are unbelievably tender moments too, when you realized this is more than lust.
“How could I go back to earth, having kissed heaven?”
Beyond the sex, Therese tries to find her role in Antonio’s world. She wants to help and be more than a piece to abuse (much to her own delight). I liked how she used her background to uncover some problems in Antonio’s business.
While there are moments of distrust, Therese shows her Capo again and again that she will do anything for him. Remember what I said earlier, ANNNNYYYTHING.
“My destiny is to destroy.” “Maybe I was destined to be destroyed.”
Realizing their problems may be bigger than either of them can handle, they develop an elaborate plot. But our evil author lures you through the story, and with alternating POVs, you see that Capo isn’t always truthful with his Contessa. I was never quite sure whether he would live up to his promises, or leave her in hopes of protecting her.
YaYa: This shows the growth between them. What they are willing to do to stay together at no cost. I feel like in this book they are telling everyone that they will get what they want. I’m hurt that Capo was so doubtful and was planning otherwise. He shortly made my shit list for a minute there.
Michelle: I had some WTF moments and felt like C.D. was pushing my buttons with this book, but I get it. Ok C.D. I know you’re working on the next book I will patiently await for some more Capo and Contessa.
– Michelle, YaYa and Grace
*An ARC was provided by the author via Net Galley for an honest review.
CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.
Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.