Book two of the series and only getting better. I was so pleased with how well balanced this book was. There was a perfect storm of steam and drama. The characters were well thought out and phenomenal. You couldn’t help but be drawn right into the book unable to step away even for a moment. I will definitely be adding this book to my read again pile!
Overall this was a very good book. The plot moved along that it did not become stale but had twist and turns so that it wasn’t easy for the reader to guess.
The beginning started out just a little confusing, I think more context was needed but that was very easy to overcome! Even having not read the first one it did not take away from this book!
This is one of those Mafia stories that shows it all. The inner workings of the Mafia families, the fights, the shootouts. The author does an amazing job with character building too. Emelia is a badass spitfire who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. While Dominic is the underboss who is protective of her from the jump. Enemies to lovers in one of the most dangerous worlds possible. Definitely worth the read.
This romance is the second read in this Sicilian Gods series . These two lovers from rival families are drawn to each other and can’t seem to move on. As per a mafia romance, you can find power, love, loyalty and revenge, which I hope you enjoy with this read.
This story follows Dominic and Emelia, who get tangled up after a battle between the two crime families in Las Vegas leaves Emelia in the hands of her enemy.
The good is that the overall plot and character development are decent; it’s an interesting storyline. There are some things I wasn’t all that impressed with, though, and some of it bordered on annoying. The use of “capiche” to emphasize certain statements struck me as a bit tacky in the dialogue. Some of the push-pull between the main characters felt forced or just not entirely plausible. There were a few points where the characters get flirty or frisky shortly after some big tragic event takes place, so it feels like the reader is getting steamrolled a bit for the sake of some manufactured sizzle.
Dominic Larussio, new underboss of one of the most dangerous crime families, falls for a woman that should be his enemy. After the attack on his family, making his cousin Salvatore the new don, Dominic should not want anything to do with this enthralling young beauty. Book two follows Dominic’s experience with love. Does the rival’s daughter cause an end to the Larussio reign, or does she become Dominic’s love? Find out in Underboss’s Retaliation.
Again, all characters are lovable with realistic feelings. The emotions are palpable through the pages. I would not change a single thing. Full of romance, mystery, and suspense, I could not but Underboss’s Retaliation down.
The series can be a standalone, but I highly suggest reading Boss’s Vendetta first. It sets the stage for Underboss’s Retaliation. If you are looking for a dark romance series, be sure to check out Sicilian Gods.
The Larussio family is one of the many Italian crime families that live around the Las Vegas strip. Tragedy befalls the family on a what was supposed to be joyous night. Employed by the Larussios as their doctor Adrianna takes to the task to care for those injured. Salvatore Larussio must act as don while his great-uncle recovers from his injuries. A man who does not look at any woman twice, falls head over heels over sexy Adrianna. However, Adrianna has her own secrets and plans. Does Adrianna become Salvatore’s savior or a means to his demise? Find out in Boss’s Vendetta.
Almost every character in Boss’s Vendetta is likeable, relatable, and have relatable feelings. Even though they are a crime family, it is hard to not fall in love with them. Full of twists and turns, Boss’s Vendetta will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.
If you are looking for a dark romance with some suspense and mystery mixed within, pick up a copy of Boss’s Vendetta.
Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari
I thought that this series couldn’t get better then this book came out. Dominic and Emilia as a couple surpasses Salvatore and Adrianna. Both are fiery, headstrong and passionate. Their loyalty for those that they love, unsurpassed. Emilia is caught in the crosshairs of the war and lucky for her, Dominic crossed her path. From the moment that Dominic set eyes on her, he knew that she was the forbidden fruit but he couldn’t help himself.
Action, betrayal and lies fill the pages of this book, along with passion, attraction and love. Dominic is no nonsense, truthful and ruthless. Emilia is headstrong, sexy and sassy. What a couple! I definitely recommend this book. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
Dominic and Emilia are not supposed to be together, members of competing crime families. But plans change and lives rearranged. There is no way there won’t be blow back if they are ever found out.
This is book 2 in this series but can totally be read as a stand-alone. There are references to other family members from book one but not enough that the reader would have unanswered questions. Do you want to read the first book? Of course. No reason at all not to read this authors book. Period.
Unable to put this book down I could have easily finished it in one day. But something about my family needing me and having to go to work always interrupts my reading time.
The Larussios are an Italian Crime family, their enemies are the De Rosas. When one family believes they have been insulted or crossed, there will be a bloodbath in return. This story has no shortage of anger, blood and violence. Luckily though it also has a good share of sexy times and alpha protection.
This book is not recommended for sensitive readers or those under 18 years old. But definitely for those readers looking for excitement and a wild ride.
Reviewed by @shannonlovesbooks
This is book 2 in the Sicilian God’s series. I am completely in love with these books. There is so much going in the stories that you feel like your holding your breath to find out what happens. There are so many twists and turns that always keep you guessing. There is danger and action as we learn about the war between Mafia families and their need for revenge and retribution. As well as all this we have the passion and desire we get from our main couple in the stories in this case it’s Dom and Emelia.
Emelia is the daughter of the De Rosa family. She was born and raised a Mafia princess. Dominic calls her a wildcat and he is not wrong. She isn’t the meek and mild princess people think. She has guts and can handle herself and she won’t let nothing or no one stop her from protecting her family. Even the enemy.
Dominic was never ment to fall in love with her. She’s the enemy after all. Nothing good can come from it but there is no denying the attraction and feelings between them. Dominic is prepared to risk it all, even disobeying his own family to be with Emelia. No matter the cost she is his.
What unravels is a whirlwind of a tail where deceit and secrets start to unravel, enemies are everywhere and you don’t know who you can trust. Will Dominic and Emelia’s forbidden relationship stand any chance of survival? Or will the waring families end it before it begins?
The fight that Emelia has within her is outstanding. The trauma she has endured and still to be strong enough to push herself is inspiring. As a mafia bosses daughter, she is used to death and deceit, but I do not think she was prepared for the havoc she had to endure after watching her family die before her eyes. I cannot express enough the jealousy I have of the fight she has within her. THEN, you get into this romance that comes in like a wrecking ball. To be able to love and trust after everything Emelia has gone through is even more inspiring.
Now about Dominic.. who would not be attracted to the strength that Emelia has? It is really no surprise that he falls in love with her. The strong and rather possessive soldier that Dominic is makes the enemies to lovers fantasy that much more enjoyable. From the characters to the plot, from beginning to end, this book is fantastic. You do not need to read the first book to understand the second, but I plan on going back and devouring the first!
This is book 2 in the series, and I loved it just as much as thee first if not more. So much happening that keeps you hooked and guessing what happens next. I think you should read book 1 before this one so that you get the full story. It was easy going from book 1 to book 2 and I am so glad I got to read them back to back and didn’t need to wait. Read this series today, you won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait for book 3!
This is the next book in the Sicilian Gods series. You need to read the previous to understand the situations at hand in this book. It immediately picks up after the events of the previous. This book focuses on Dominic Larussio who happens to be an underboss in this dark mafia romance. We are also met with Emelia. Who is just as spit fire as Dominic. I cannot wait to read more from this author!
Review by @michellerenee6590
Boss’s Vendetta (Sicilian Gods Book 1) by Via Mari
Vegas is a playground where anything goes. A war is brewing between the De Rosas and the Larussios for domination of this desert oasis. It’s no holds bar after the latest De Rosa attack. The Larussio family are taking no prisoners. With the Don temporarily out of service, it’s up to Salvatore to step up and take care of the family. He’s more than ready. He’s been groomed for this role his whole life. He’s cold and ruthless. Can a fair haired doctor melt the ice around his heart?
This story is dark and delicious. Salvatore is magnificent and hot as hell. Adrianna is sexy even after a twelve hour shift in her scrubs. I fell in love with this couple. The chemistry between the two was electrifying. This series is off to a great start. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Dominic Larussio is the underboss for a vicious Italian Mob Family. Enemies of the Italian Mob Family will suffer in the most brutal ways at his hands and he has a reputation for showing no mercy to their enemies while settling scores. When a rival Italian Mob Family wages war against the Larussio family Dominic kidnaps their daughter, Emelia, so that he can obtain information from her about her family. What he does not expect is to find himself attracted to her and feel the desire to keep her safe.
Emelia is not the delicate little flower that Dominic expected and instead turns out to be full of surprises of her own. She can stand her own ground and puts up a fight that Dominic is not prepared for. Emelia also finds herself attracted to Dominic and tries to fight her feelings. Against their better judgement Dominic and Emelia find themselves in a relationship that they must keep secret from both of their rival families.
A war between rival mob families turns into an unexpected romance between members of each family as enemies turn into lovers. I found this to be an interesting twist on how love can suddenly come at the most unlikely time. The characters were well written, and the story was crafted beautifully with vivid descriptions that made me feel as though I was there with them as the action and romance unfolded. Dominic had a reputation for being cold, cruel, and ruthless as an underboss but as the story unfolded, we saw that there was a tender side to him. Emelia had a reputation for being a pampered princess but as it turns out she can protect herself when needed and can be as savage and merciless as any of the men in her mob family. This book was full of action, suspense, mystery, romance, and passion. A great read!
Dominic is on high alert from the attack at the casino and when Salvatore issues the order to go and seek revenge he is more than happy to attack De Rosa’s house and grab the only thing that is dear to De Rosa’s heart his daughter as a bargaining chip, but all hell breaks loose and he has his hands full.
Emelia has been taught well for this day, as a mafia princess she knows that she is always on alert and can easily be taken to use against the family, so when she was hiding in the tunnels trying to not to be found but when the dark eyes meet hers, she is in trouble.
Dominic has Emelia as a pawn in this game of power but she is not easy, a hellcat who is trying to escape at every turn but something shifts and Dom starts being drawn to Emelia knowing that the relationship is forbidden and could get them both killed. Can they keep what they have hidden long enough so Dom and Emelia explain.
I loved the first book in this series and this book does not disappoint, the story picks up just after the first book ends and the families are at war with each other. I love the character of Emelia as she is cast at first as the helpless Mafia Princess but as the story goes on you get to see the sheer determination of her character and the strong female role model you want in a book like this. She is equal to Dom and he treats her with the respect as an equal also which is wonderful to read.
The story is full of revelations of both families and how the next generation of the Larussio’s are planning to lead the family. The chemistry between the two jumps off the page and is a great dynamic to read through the adventures of both, with a twist at the end I could not stop reading this book and read it in one sitting.
I can’t wait for Lorenzo’s story as he is a quiet character in the other books, I have a feeling he is deadly under the covers.
Underboss’s Retaliation: Dark Mafia Romance (Sicilian Gods Book 2)
I am completely obsessed with the Larussio family. This is a long time obsession and it isn’t getting any better.
Dominic Larussio is dangerous in so many different ways and we see how dangerous he can be to his enemies and to his loved ones.
Emelia is exactly what Dominic needed without either of them realizing it. She is a spitfire and doesn’t go down without a fight.
I am a longtime fan of this author and with each book she gets better and better. I can’t wait to see who falls next and what kind of trouble finds them.
This book was so mesmerizing that I immediately read the second book in this series (Underboss’s Retaliation). I love romance, I love mafia and what better than to put the two together in a riveting series?! I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the next reveal because I could not guess the next turn of events for the majority of the book (which I love!). As with any other mafia concept, there’s revenge, death, masterminding, and romance. This is a must read and will leave you yearning for the next one.
I feel that this is a mafia version of Romeo and Juliet; two lovers from enemy families who shouldn’t be infatuated with each other, but are. The title gives the premise away, and the underboss’s pawn in the grand scheme ends up being exactly what he’s always wanted. Emelia isn’t to be shoveled under a rug though, she’s ferocious and can certainly hold her own in a world ran by overbearing men. I love the Larussio family and will continue to be a reader of this series!
Underboss’s Retaliation was even better than Boss’s Vendetta. Dominic Larussio finds himself in close quarters with Emelia. The De Rosa’s mafia princess. She is 100% a “wildcat” and entirely badass. Their banter was incredibly entertaining and Emelia’s way she never stops fighting or getting under Dominic’s skin is brilliant. While this is book 2 in The Sicilian Gods series, it can be read as a standalone.
This is the 2nd book in the Sicilian Gods series, another spin off series including the Larussio family. I have loved every single thing that this author has written until now and this was no different. I devoured this book and loved every second of it. Each book can technically be read as a standalone but I think you’d get more enjoyment if you read the first book before this one. As both are such brilliant books, it will be no hard ship to read both.
In this book we get the story of Dominic Larussio, underboss to Salvatore from the first book. In retaliation for an incident in book 1, Dominic kidnaps Emelia De Rosa, daughter of their enemy. But what happens when sparks fly between the 2 and the chemistry is off the charts?
I absolutely adored Dominic and Emelia’s story. I was totally gripped from the very beginning and this book just didn’t let me go until the very end. In fact, I’m not sure it has let me go yet. The drama, danger and intrigue really make for an extremely entertaining read.
I would 100% recommend this book and any of this author’s books.
This books pick up on right where book 1 ends off but can be read as a stand alone. You don’t feel you miss too much.
This books follows newly promoted underboss Dominic who kidnaps Emilia, the rivals daughter. Emilia is a incredibly strong and independent woman. A line is crossed that they are not sure they can come back from.
As with book one I enjoyed the story but the repetitiveness is a bit much. I can only read capiche before it gets really old.
Underboss’s Retaliation is the second book in the series that flows seamlessly from the first book, Boss’s Vendetta. I love how the story goes from Salvatore’s story (the first book) to Dominic’s point of view. There are always multiple events going on to keep you on your toes. The main characters are dealing with their own issues and need to figure it out, this will keep you anticipating what’s going to happen next.
I’m obsessed with romance mafia stories! I knew I was going to love this after reading the blurb and I’m SO glad I read it. Falling for your enemies daughter? YES PLEASE. The suspense, the action as well as romantic? SIGN ME UP. Dominic is the new underboss and he captures Emilia for revenge. Enemies to lovers is my FAVORITE trope so this book is 10 stars for me. The characters are phenomenal, the story is great. I couldn’t put this book down and I never wanted it to end. SO. DAMN. GOOD.
This is the second book in the Sicilian Gods series by author Via Mari. I was so excited when Underboss’s Retaliation finally came out. After reading the first I couldn’t wait for it to drop to see what was going to happen in the Larussio family next. And boy oh boy the author did not disappoint, it was just as good as the first one if not better. Emelia and Dominic are probably my favorite thus far ( saving judgment til the rest of the series come lmao) butas everyone knows i’m a sucker for strong females and enemies to lovers stories. Also the mafia genre books have become my favorite lately. I’m literally sitting on the edge of my seat for the next one. Via Mari you truly have a gift for writing and keep it up.
This book is another successful addition to a series that is clearly shaping up to be amazing. I am always blown away by how easily I get into one of these books, the storyline and the characters. The author weaves the two together in such an effortless way that I cannot help but be drawn in.
This book picks up where the previous one leaves off so I would recommend reading them in order. However, this can be read as a standalone without too much being missed. Via Mari has easily become one of my go to authors and this book is a great example of why. It is so easy to read her books as it feels like the pages turn themselves. This is an amazing story and I cannot wait for the next!
Boss’s Vendetta is a very busy book. There are a lot of events to keep track of and the author is very good at keeping the story flowing seamlessly. I love how the characters interact with each other and how the Larussio’s are very protective over their family. If you love action and romance at the same time then this book is for you.
This book was fantastic. I loved the ferocity of Emelia. She is not one mafia princess that I would mess with. Best book of the series so far!!!
Emelia knew she was in danger when her father told her and her brother to flee. When she was found Emelia thought it was the end. Little did she know it was just the beginning.
Dominic was a vicious soldier and knew what he needed to do. Dominic thought he was lucky to capture the two youngest DeRosa children. He knew his Don would be pleased, they would have the edge. But things never go to plan. Not only that, a strange protective instinct when it comes to Emelia has blossomed. Dominic will do what he has to do to save his family but will that cost him his new obsession, Emelia?
I loved the action, the banter, the tenderness Dom shows, the cunning Emelia possesses and all of it. Emelia is badass!!! I absolutely despise what happened to Leo. My heart ached for Emelia. I can’t wait for the wedding!! Totally loving this series!!
Underboss’s Retaliation is a dark mafia romance about enemy families. Dominic is the new underboss of the Larussio family. The Larussio family is trying to retaliate against the De Rosa family ever since they attacked and killed a handful of people from their family at a wedding. While Dominic is getting his revenge on the De Rosa’s, they capture the boss’s daughter. Emelia De Rosa is an educated female, but very much hidden from the work of her father’s life. She was taught how to somewhat protect herself, but not enough. She is feisty, and Dominic is highly attracted to that. While she tries to escape, she realizes that she is highly attracted to Dominic as well. The two of them know that this match can not happen, but can they resist each other? What does this mean for Emelia – she is the prisoner and the enemy’s daughter?
I enjoyed this book very much. I love a good dark mafia romance, enemies-to-lovers trope. I thought the story was quickly moving which kept my interest. The main characters were also loveable, even Dominic. Dominic is demanding, strong, and a little possessive, but also has respect for women. He shows a lot of honesty in her presence when he can. This mafia family takes care of their own which allows Emelia to feel pretty safe, even when she shouldn’t. Emelia is a great character. She is feisty, smart, and witty, but also very understanding. She also shows how much family means to her and that she too is willing to protect family, if they are deserving of it. This is the second of the series that I have read and probably will continue to follow the story.
The story of Dominic and Emelia is unique, Emelia being the sweet mafia princess ends up in Dominic’s lap when a revenge plan comes to fruition between the warring crime families. It’s their choices that lead to them tempting fate and going after each other although they’re not supposed to. They seem to be unable to stay away from each other even though she’s supposed to be his prisoner and leverage to get more information about their family, The connection that they have is too strong to stop and neither one wants to. When the danger kicks up a notch, it’s a race against the clock to save the other or lose them along with something else, their life. Can they get past the den of vipers otherwise known as their families or will the viper strike before they’re ready?
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