Ruin (A Mafia Romance)

Ruin (A Mafia Romance)

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by CD Reiss
     
 

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From the USA Today Bestselling author of The Submission Series

Antonio is a killer. He's beautiful and educated; a prodigy of a thief and as violent a badass as ever came off 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

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From the USA Today Bestselling author of The Submission Series

Antonio is a killer. He's beautiful and educated; a prodigy of a thief and as violent a badass as ever came off 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 badass.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940150139664
Publisher:
Flip City Media Inc
Publication date:
12/17/2014
Series:
The Corruption Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
84,211
File size:
2 MB

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Ruin 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
C.D. Reiss' evocative writing immerses readers into her characters' raw and intense emotions and their messy lives. Her characters are perfect in their imperfections. I want to meet them. I want to be in their circle. At the very least, I want to voyeuristically observe them at social gatherings. Reiss' had me from the first sentence of the first book of her first series about the Drazen family and the innocent bystanders who were swept into their maelstrom (Beg in the Songs of Submission series). My devotion has been rewarded with hours where I escaped the banality of daily life. While I've loved every minute of reading and re-reading Reiss' work, her Songs of Corruption series, both Spin and Ruin, are her best work to date. Ruin is book two in the Songs of Corruption series, and it absolutely cannot (nor should not) be read as a stand alone book. The books toggle back and forth from both main characters' POV. This made the story much richer than a one-sided narrative. I appreciated how much more complex it must be to essentially write two stories concurrently! Lucky for readers, C.D. Reiss has perfected this skill. While it is not essential to have read all of C.D. Reiss' prior work to appreciate Ruin and the Songs of Corruption series, long-time fans will appreciate how masterfully Reiss weaves in past and present points of her other Drazen stories like a sine wave intersecting the X-axis. Ruin is the continuation of the story of a mafia prince, Antonio Spinelli, and a wealthy debutante, Theresa Drazen. Their story is filled with tragedy, hope, feral emotions and sensuality. Spin's and Theresa's story is written so that readers will experience all five senses while biting their nails waiting to find out if they will be each other's salvation or ruination. A sinfully delicious tale.
Marianna-ALustForReading More than 1 year ago
This lady. I promise you she draws me in like no other writer. It doesn't matter how long it has been since I've read Spin,I was immediately sucked back into Theresa and Antonio's world and they had a choke hold on me until I read the very last word. Ruin picks up shortly after Spin left off. Antonio had made his "family" aware that Theresa is his and under his protection and now they are both dealing with the repercussions of that declaration. He wants to protect her, to keep her locked up and safe but she is going stir crazy. But the threats to them are very much real, from his former right hand man to her ex, and they need to be careful. There was so much going on in this story that made it such a thrilling ride. When Antonio and Theresa come together, there is no better way to describe it other than raw. Words like gritty, primal and animalistic also come to mind. Nothing about them is typical, which only made me love them more. Honestly, I find it nearly impossible to articulate just how C.D. Reiss's writing makes me feel. Her stories push their way under my skin and embed themselves inside my permanently and I'll be damned if I ever let her out. Ruin gripped me from start to finish and to say that I cannot wait for the next installment is a ginormous understatement. Thank you C.D. Reiss for yet another stellar series.
Boundlessbookreviews 3 months ago
First of all; I could listen to Brian Pallino speak in an Italian accent all night long. Oh goodness he gave me the vapors. LOL. I like the story fine; however, Reiss’s writing style keeps throwing me off. She just gets too enthusiastic with her metaphoric descriptions, to the point it takes away from the story and makes me zone out. Less is more to me. The story is good and I am curious to see what happens next, but I think I am going to hold off, and listen to some other books for a while first. Overall; it’s a steamy, thrilling read, and if you can get around the writing or don’t mind that type of writing, it will be right up your alley....Sara
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Donald361 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read, very fast paced - keeps you one the edge of your seat.. somewhat of a cliff hanger to lead you into book 2, which I can't wait to sink my teeth into.
Bronxgal More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the series will be waiting for part III
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waited with bated breath for Ruin and it did not disappoint.. Damn good book!! I knew it, felt it in my bones that there would be a Book 3!!! I couldn't put Ruin down, I inhaled it! Loved Spin and Theresa, their chemistry, the drama, the suspense... Exciting read... Now I have to wait AGAIN!! LOVETOREAD
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LisaMiller More than 1 year ago
C.D. Reiss has proved once again, that this is her calling. I had a hard time putting this book down because I needed to know what was going to happen to Capo and Contessa. They came from two different worlds but they turned their world's upside down for their love of each other. I would like to tell you how it ends but that would deprive you of reading a book that keeps you on the edge, it is full of traditions that aren't suppose to be broken. I like how C.D. has started with one family member, and now we are on the third member, each one has their own story to tell, I can't wait to know all of their secrets. So if you haven't read anything of C.D.'s, then you start now.
hcoles More than 1 year ago
OMG! Ruin is just jaw dropping and completely amazing! It sucks you in and takes you on a ride you never thought possible! CD is just an amazing writer, she drew me in with the Songs of Submission series and now I'm in deep with the Songs of Corruption series as well! (Can't forget her Songs of Perdition series either!) Ruin is sooo captivating it's hard not to try and read it in one sitting. Antonio and Theresa are crazy together but even more crazy apart. They  are so passionate about each other and have no other choice but to choose each other and deal with whatever problems come their way!!
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psee More than 1 year ago
5 "I Need More Capo" Stars I suppose it would be rude to say thank you C.D. Reiss for another gripping and wonderful installment in the life of Spin, the sexy Capo who will fill knock your socks off, but please get busy writing and give me more Capo. It is essential you read this series in order with Spin being the first book and this being the second in the series. Unlike me, you would probably benefit from reading The Songs of Submission series first, but I haven't and I still have loved this series. Theresa Drazen is evolving from the prim and proper heiress to the down and dirty corrupt Contessa. Her love for Capo goes deep and in getting to the heart of her feelings for him she has to shed her old self and embrace a new life. The only issue is that Antonio/Capo struggles with his desire for having Theresa, his Contessa, and seeing her integrate herself into his world. This book is an amazing ride into the world of corruption and politics. But despite the chaos abound, it is the love story of these two that will draw you in. Theresa and Antonio have chemistry which is off the charts. There struggles with their character change are real and raw. Honestly there are moments when I am angered by Capo even though his heart is in the right place. More importantly I found myself enjoying every bad ass change Theresa goes through. I love the way she handles her ex Daniel. She is fierce in her love for her Capo and she isn't dissuaded by his concern for her. Yet my favorite is when she puts Irene in her place---loved it. My only concern is that despite her change and her love for Capo, I worry that Theresa will struggle with her concerns for her family. I seriously think this is why I need to plow through the Songs of Submission series, and luckily for those like me who haven't read it, the first book is currently free on Amazon.  So yes, I highly recommend this book and this series. If you are looking for the warm fuzzy feel after reading a romance novel, then this may not be the book for you. However, if you want to put your big girl panties on and brace yourself for a crazy romance that will leave you longing for the next in the series, don't wait...one click it now. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
michnew More than 1 year ago
CD Reiss' best work yet.   Theresa Drazen was pure, innocent, all class; until Antonio Spinelli blew into her life... into her world. Now the heiress is dropping the façade of perfection and allowing her love for her capo strip her bare. Antonio saw something in Theresa that held a glimmer of hope for a life that he handed over years ago, a life he gave up in the name of vengeance. But that life that he thought he would never want again is the one thing he can’t live without.  As Antonio tries to protect Theresa from his life, from the filth that will taint her; Teresa is bound to protect him, even if that destroys them both.  Ruin a love story tangled in the web of impossible, a story of two people who love so deeply that not even the threat of death can stop it.  --- “I prayed God would forgive me for loving her, and feared only the devil would answer.” --- Love is not easy.  It’s not clean.  The fight that you undertake when the world is against you leaves you tarnished and stained.  The story of Antonio and Theresa is pure grit and determination. It is a beautifully told tragic love story. A love story that makes you want to believe in the fairy tale ending, even though you know that reality means that the glass slipper doesn’t always fit, and the kiss from your prince doesn’t really hold the healing powers to wake you from your slumber. But it gives you hope. It gives you chills and so much emotion that you feel like you are about to burst in to tears. Because it’s so beautiful that it hurts to look at it, because it’s so tragic that you aren’t sure that it can end in any way but devastation.  I started my journey in discovering the writing of C.D. Reiss with Beg. The first of the Songs, with Jonathan and Monica. I’ve journeyed through their love story, met the Capo and his Contessa and was introduced to a girl so broken that I wanted to weep. Having experienced all of those stories allowed some insight into the timeline of this story. But the incredible thing was that it didn’t lessen the story or the feelings that I was experiencing. The foreshadowing of things to come ensured that the tension I felt was kept taut. There was no relenting, no moment where I relaxed into the story or felt content.  Antonio Spinelli is not a good man.  He’s done bad things.  His hands have blood on them. But I don’t know if I’ve encountered a character that loved so deeply. A punishing love, one that shattered you into nothing but dust. A love that that was more powerful than the purist of loves. The rawness. The intensity. The kind of love that is worth the destruction that it will bring, even if it means it only touches you for a second. Because that second brings you more to life than a thousand years of living could ever do.  --- “I’d been his long before that moment. He owned me the first time he put his body on mine, since the first thrash of violence on my behalf. He owned me the minute he wanted me, even before I wanted him.” --- There are a lot of words that can describe well played sex scenes. But the intense is the one description that my mind has landed on. There was a brutality to it, pure animalistic and lust driven passion, but with every diving thrust you felt like he was trying to f*** his love and devotion into her. If he could get just an inch deeper she’d truly feel just how much he loved her.  With the very heavy feel of this story, there were some moments of levity. Antonio’s humor, even when solely sexual broke up a few of the more intense scenes. It was nice to see this side of him, he had so much filling his head that a few candid moments of laughter were welcomed. And Theresa... she came into her own. She embraced the life that he breathed into her. There were these moment where Teresa owned it. She stood her ground and gave it back ten times better. She ventured far from the woman in the buttoned up blouse and pearls. And I loved every moment of it.  The writing is flawless. The choice of words are just as much a part of this story as any plot or character. The beauty isn’t just found in the characters, their words or the way their coupling is described. It’s found in the way the skyline is described. The way a handful of words are handpicked out of millions to paint the purest of pictures. “His mouth was shaped for a different language, and the lines around his eyes were somehow unset, reversible.” This simple sentence says so much more. It paints a picture that appears in your mind. It creates a movie reel that plays along in your head as your eyes scroll over the words on the page. Antonio’s desperation was felt in every moment of this story.  There is no doubt that Ruin was his story. A story where a man with unclean hands dreamed that the innocence of someone like Theresa Drazen could save him, but the reality of his life was that there was no way to leave her untainted. A capo corrupted her and his love ruined her. But for Theresa, being reduced to rubble was her rebirth. In Antonio’s arms she came alive.  I loved Songs of Submission and Songs of Perdition has held me captive with the story of Fiona, but Songs of Corruption... this book just catapulted this series into its own world. Move over Romeo & Juliet because there is a new tragic love story in town.  A special treat for us that know all the players in these series are little bits and pieces that are mentioned about the siblings. Untold stories implied but never confirmed. Enough to tease us and to begin spinning new conspiracies. And a return of our Jonathan for a few moments in the care of his family, unguarded moments. I can’t recommend this author enough. Reading is about experiencing emotion. Being able to be pulled so deep into a story that you escape the realities of your life. There are no bill collectors calling, no screaming child in the other room, no husband to feed... just you and a book. Thousands of words that have the power to erase the stress of a day. There are few books out there that have the power to stop time. C.D. Reiss has this ability. Her books allow reality to seep into nothingness and the only thing that exists is the world that she is giving you. The lives of the characters. Their pain. Their emotion. It becomes yours. For a few hours, she lends you a key into her kingdom and welcomes you inside. If you haven’t picked up a C.D. Reiss book yet, you need to. The story lines might all be different, but the writing is the constant.
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