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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ricca - Release Blitz with Giveaway

Title: Ricca
In Loyalty Lies Trust
Author: Esther E. Schmidt
Genre: Standalone Mafia Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2019


Chiara was raised into the mafia world the hard way. Enduring the assault at the hands of her father until she was kidnapped and forced to marry a mob boss. One she’s sure is even worse than her father.

Ricca never backs away from a challenge. When the woman he kidnapped sneers he would never own her, he’s more than happy to prove her wrong. It doesn’t matter he is being forced into this marriage by The Syndicate, to cover-up the kidnapping.

An enemy is forging a plan to take Ricca down. Can a marriage, even one forced by the decision of others, turn into a solid band of trust, loyalty, and eventually love? Or will either one—or their enemy—rip out their heart to stop it from beating? Dive into this Mafia Romance where the value of human life is worth less than loyalty.

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Review by Barbara

Ms. Schmidt has given us a fantastic Mafia storyline, with characters that are funny and charming while tough as nails. Ricca and Chiara are a match made in Mafia heaven and the “three ducklings” are a hoot as well as being lethal. That is one thing you can always count on with Ms. Schmidt’s book, you have humor, suspense and romance all wrapped up into great storylines. Kudo’s for another job very well done.

Ricca kidnapped Chiara as a revenge tactic which caused the Syndicate to become very irate. So, they forced them into an arranged marriage to save face. These two do not love one another but they will admit to an attraction with a strong sense of duty, which helps smooth the way in the beginning. You know the old saying that opposites attract, well these two are a prime example. They complete each other. Ricca is cold, impetuous and hot headed. He often acts before he thinks things through. As for Chiara, she is tough, beautiful, a thinker and a planner. She considers all the options before carrying out a plan. But together they are off the charts hot and totally lethal, a force you don’t want to mess with. However a few of their enemies didn’t get the memo and boy oh boy is that exciting.

Ricca and Chiara’s story is as magical as it is deadly. This is a quick read that will have you on edge of your seat as well as smiling through out, even when these two hand out their own kind of justice. 2 Thumbs Up for a fantastic 5 star read and I sincerely hope to see more books involving this marvelous cast of characters.

Review by Kathy

He kidnapped her and made her his bride, now what? Wonderfully written story line that captures you and does not release you until you reach the very end. The only thing that kept me from reading it straight through was the fact that I had to go to work the next morning. But I did finish it the next morning over coffee!!! Excellent story that brings Ricca and Chiara story to life in a most unconventional way, well in normal life that is. But in the Mafia life, it is pretty conventional. He kidnaps the daughter of the man who killed some of his men, dismembering them and leaving them on his doorstep. Now what to do with her? The Syndicate tells him to marry her...so he does. But can he trust his new wife? Only time will tell, but she is definitely off to a good start as she works the room of their reception, threatening to take out the woman who openly flirts with her new husband! Yea, there is something about his new wife that intrigues him, and scares his best friend just a little. She's a killer and she has a face that no one would win against in a poker game, let alone a game of life and death. 

These characters are superbly written, supporting characters as well. As with all of this author's books, she gets straight to the point in the story and doesn't flourish on the non essentials in a story, which makes her books, to me, that much better. Ricca is a cold man, but he also has a heart buried deeply under all of that ice. It makes him the man he is, but with his new wife, his heart beats faster, harder, and melts a bit of that ice that surrounds it...but only for her. In business he is cold and calculating, quick into action for retaliation when the need arises. Chiara is beautiful beyond words, but just as cold and calculating at he is. The difference is, she is patient and thoughtful when determining her next step, which balances Ricca. They are a team to be reckoned with. Her upbringing has made her the woman she is. A soldier in the Mafia, but one that has been broken by the man who trained her, her father. The son he never had, he was determined to make her that son, or she would just be another woman used for a man's wants and needs. But his training cost her dearly and her facade crumbles when memories are triggered. Can Ricca do with her what he did with his own sister and help her put the past away? 

Exceptional story and amazing characters all make this book a must read! I highly recommend this book.

Author Bio

Esther E. Schmidt, author of Areion Fury MC, Broken Deeds MC, Wicked Throttle MC, Lost Valkyries MC, Death by Reaper MC, The Dudnik Circle series, and The Swamp Heads series. She’s a graphic designer that also loves to write. She released her first series “Areion Fury MC” in October 2015. Esther lives in The Netherlands with her family, three daughters, and a crazy bulldog. She loves to write about bad boy Alphas with a heart for only one woman. To make it a bit interesting, that woman needs to be a badass herself. She loves to work out and most of her story lines come from doing cardio.

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