Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Release Blitz & Review - Ricca - Esther Schmidt

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

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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Holy Hot Alpha! Ricca is an amazing mafia novel. This book is obviously in a world the author has created, but can be read as a standalone, as I did. The characters were great and the plot intriguing. I could totally see the author going to many places with this book along with seeing some areas she has already gone. If you like action, romance, and heat, then this book is for you.

Ricca is all about the mafia/mobster world. I am talking loyalty and trust is hard to come by. Add in the whole shoot first ask questions later mentality and I knew this book was going to be amazing. The plot of this book is interesting without the mob stuff. I mean take a kidnapped princess and pair her with a cocky king and what do you get? A force marriage bound to cause sparks in more ways than one.

Ricca is a great character. I liked how he is such an alpha male. He has minimal softness to his jagged edges, but I prefer him that way. It seemed more authentic for his character. Then there is Chiara. She is a force to be reckoned with. She is strong and resilient, yet vulnerable as well. Her tough exterior is the way she learned to cope with some seriously messed up stuff from her past. I liked that about her, but also ached for her.

The heat in this book is there. Do not mistake this book for lacking in this department. I think the heat between these two started off early and just kept building until it erupted. The fact that these two characters live in such a temporary world also lent itself to the chemistry between the two. When you could lose your life at any second, it is important to live in the moment.

The writing style of this book is good. The pace was steady. The story is told from dual point of views. I liked the action and the romance. My only complaint was I felt it was missing something. I cannot quite put my finger on what, but it was just missing and element for me personally.

Overall, this was a great book. I would recommend it to others. I can totally see it becoming one of my rereads for mafia books. The characters are dynamic, and the story is captivating. I cannot wait to try some more stories by this author.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Overall 4/5

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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