Luca is the second book in a full-length, standalone series by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Castille, set in Las Vegas and featuring deliciously sexy mafia bosses and the women who can’t help but love them. Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in Las Vegas, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart…until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn’t enough for a man who takes what he wants—and Luca will do whatever he can to possess his mysterious temptress… Police detective Gabrielle Fawkes lives for revenge. She lost everything at the hands of an unforgiving ruler of the Vegas underworld. Now she wants to see him six feet under. But when a near-fatal attack leads her into Luca’s arms, what was meant to be one night of unbridled passion becomes something forbiddingly more. Luca has his own agenda, but when strong, determined, kick-ass detective Gaby sets her sights on her target, Luca feels compelled to stand by her side and protect her at all costs. However, pursuing danger comes at a high price—and both Gaby and Luca must work together in order to eliminate the dark enterprise that threatens them.
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Gabrielle’s heart skipped an excited beat at the deep baritone of Luca’s voice. She looked over her shoulder, her smile fading when she saw him glowering behind her. This wasn’t Luca as she’d seen him in the restaurant. His eyes were cold, dark, and focused not on her, but on the man beside her.
“Is there a problem here?” Luca asked.
“Nothing I can’t handle.” She smiled at Ron. “This is the friend I thought I saw.”
Ron’s gaze flicked over Luca and he backed away, clearly not willing to challenge a man who looked like he was just waiting for an excuse to wrap his hands around Ron’s throat.
Luca chuckled softly watching him go. “Yes, I remember. You told me in the hospital you can look after yourself, and yet somehow you got shot.”
“I’m pretty sure Ron didn’t have a gun.”
Luca slid his hand around her waist and pulled her into his body, an overtly possessive move that sent a delicious shiver down her spine. “And if he did?”
Pumped with adrenaline that he had come to find her, she boldly leaned up and whispered in his ear. “I have one, too.”
Far from being surprised, he gave an approving rumble. “Girls with guns are high on my fantasy list.”
“I’m a woman, not a girl.”
His gaze dropped to her breasts and she felt her nipples harden. “Yes, you are a woman. Sei tuna donna motto bella.”
“I don’t know what that means, but it sounds sexy when you say it.”
“You think I’m sexy.” It was a statement, not a question and she laughed when a slow, satisfied smile spread across his lips.
“I suspect you already knew that. You could seduce a woman without even opening your mouth.”
His hand dropped lower, curving over her ass. “Am I seducing you?”
“Do you want to seduce me?”
“I want to fuck you,” he said bluntly.
Caught off guard by his bold statement, she didn’t respond right away. If he’d been any other man telling her he wanted to fuck her after meeting her only twice, she would have laughed him off. But she’d learned to trust her instincts on the job and her instincts told her Luca wouldn’t hurt her. For some inexplicable reason, she was deeply attracted to him. And after two years of feeling numb, the emotions and sensations coursing through her body were an incredible rush. Why not have one night with him? One night where she could let go of the sorrow of the past and the stress of the present. One night where she could do something she’d never had the courage to do before. One night where she could live, feel, breathe again. One night of passion.
“What about the woman I saw kissing you outside?”
He lifted a dismissive hand in the air. “It was a friendly kiss. We’re not together anymore.”
“Then maybe your wish will come true.”
Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Ruin & Revenge Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Club Excelsior series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island. Sarah’s books have been listed as Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Picks and Best Summer Reads, and Amazon’s Best Romance Books of the Year, and have won numerous reader’s choice awards including the Holt Medallion.