RAPTURE & RUIN by Julia Sykes
Release Date: September 14
Genre: New Adult/Mafia Romance
Tropes: Enemies to lovers/Virgin heroine
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“I am a monster out of your worst nightmares.”
Max Ferrara is a madman and a monster, but it’s not his scarred face that makes him a beast. He kidnapped me and tied me to a chair in his basement. He asked me crazy questions about my father, the mayor—insane ramblings about how my dad worked with the Russian Bratva to destroy his Italian Mafia family over a decade ago. Max thinks I know something about this conspiracy, but he’s wrong; my dad is a good person.
Once he lets me go, I’m determined to prove to him that my father is innocent. I have to put a stop to his misguided vendetta. But the deeper I dig for evidence, the more dangerous my life becomes.
Max tells me there are other monsters lurking in the dark, and he intends to protect me from them. Whether I want him to or not.
The scariest thing? I’m starting to think that Max Ferrara might not be so monstrous, after all…
Lita’s Book Review:
Rapture And Ruin by Julia Sykes Max Ferrara comes up with a hair brain scheme to kidnap the daughter of the mayor of New York Alexandra Fitzgerald inorder to get information out of her regarding her father. I call Max’s plan hairbrained because it just didn’t make sense to me. Max wants to find out dirt on Alexandra’s father and he hopes with her help he can accomplish his goal. Alexandra is horrified to be kidnapped. She doesn’t believe what Max is saying about her father but there is something about Max. Max knows his behavior towards Alexandra is bizarre but he can’t help himself. Max’s family was sent to prison by Alexandra’s dad. He has the weight of bringing his family back to Mafia glory. In spite of the kidnapping I am really looking forward to the next book. I really love Max and Alexandra’s relationship. There is something about the two of them that has me wanting more. His struggle with his feelings for Alexandra and doing right by his family is interesting. I want to know what Alexandra discovers about her dad. Because of how much I liked Max and Alexandra and their relationship, and where it will go from her I am giving this book 4 stars.
Rapture & Ruin by Julia Sykes
Tanya’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Rapture & Ruin is the first book in the series of the same name, #1. This is Max Ferrara and Alexandra “Allie” story.
I feel that this story is a bit of the Hatfield’s and McCoys. Only this is the Italian Mafia (Max’s family) vs Allie’s father and the Russian Bratva. Of course Allie thinks her daddy is a good man. Don’t we all think daddy’s are wonderful, at least we want them to be. Turns out there are things that Allie doesn’t know.
I enjoyed reading Rapture & Ruin! Of course now I need the next book because this one does end on a cliffhanger.
About the Author:
Julia Sykes is a USA Today bestselling author of edgy, emotional romance. When she’s not writing, she’s usually reading.
Other than reading, her obsessions include iced coffee, unicorns, charcuterie, aged Manchego cheese (or any cheese, really), fancy dresses, and Roman empresses.
An American expat, Julia now lives in her adopted, beloved home of York, England. Most days, you can find her wandering the cobbled streets and daydreaming about her next novel.
Find out more about Julia’s current and future projects at julia-sykes.com.
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