Published by: Fido Publishing
Antonio is a killer. He's beautiful, educated, a prodigy of a thief and as violent a motherfucker as ever came of the boat from Napoli.
Theresa knows it, but that doesn't stop her from getting emotionally and physically entangled with him, and this is how, maybe, she got it in her head that she can protect him.
But it's not her job to save him, and she's just not getting that. Every time she tries to protect him, she practically gets him killed, and the tighter he grips her, the more dangerous she becomes. It's almost as if...well, he'd never admit this....but it's almost as if protecting her the way he does is the one thing he should stop. As if the only way he's ever going to find a moment's peace is to just embrace her as a partner, rather than a defenseless creature. But he'd never do that. Not this violent motherfucker.
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.
If you thought you loved Antonio Spinelli before, you haven't even scratched the surface. If you thought you've read a dark and twisted mafioso book before, you are mistaken. If you think you've read C. D. Reiss' best work before, you are wrong.
Ruin is a dark ride through the underworld of Los Angeles' crime syndicate. It picks up right where Spin left off. Theresa and Spin are together, although Theresa is kept in a beautiful cage. She is not free to be the person that she has worked so hard to become. Theresa has become rebellious by nature and does not like the rules placed on her by her lover, Antonio. There are times that Theresa tries to help Spin that just create a whole other world of drama. Antonio is in uber-protection mode. There are various people that have made Theresa a target simply because of her relationship with Antonio. While Antonio contemplates changing his life to offer more protection to Theresa, forces out of his control back Antonio into a corner.
Theresa and Antonio are perfect together. The Countess and the Capo seem to be made for one another, to the chagrin of leaders in the mafia community. However, the one thing Theresa and Antonio have going for them is their undying loyalty to one another. Above all else, they want to keep each other safe, no matter the cost. The sex scenes are dynamic and intense, reassuring their love for one another and establishing that Theresa and Spin need each other even more than they need air to survive.
There was a dirty little twist thrown into this book that made perfect sense, although it pissed me off something fierce. The head of a mafia faction has plans for Antonio and they do not sit well with him. Antonio has to make a very difficult decision - to chose his family and the life he begged to be a part of, or to follow his own desires. He has to choose between protecting Theresa's life and destroying her. Theresa is in a similar boat. When news of her boyfriend's occupation is confirmed to her friends and family, she has a lot of explaining to do, and some people don't much care for her explanation. She is also forced to make a choice in this book between her family and her love.
This book is finely written. The action doesn't slow down and my love for the characters grew throughout the course of the story. The motivations behind the characters' actions is well-designed, and the way they handle adversity is heart breakingly real. When I read this series, I feel that I am completely immersed in Spin's and Theresa's worlds and Reiss makes it seem so simple that these two lovers would work together, even though they couldn't be from any more different backgrounds. Although they are from different worlds, Antonio and Theresa prove that they are made from the same mettle. They are both fiercely loyal, intelligent and manipulative when the situation calls for it. Each would fight till their own death in order to protect the other. It's a match made in mafia heaven!
If you are a fan of C.D. Reiss' previous work, this one will blow you away. If you loved Spin as much as I did, you MUST pick up Ruin. If you are a fan of dark romances, give this series a try, although I caution you to read Spin first. Oh, and did I mention that this story isn't over? That Reiss ended this book on a slight hill hanger and set up the next book in Songs of Corruption? I cannot wait to read more about my favorite Capo and Countess!