Black Skies Riviera
By Catherine Wiltcher
Originally Published August 19th, 2020
Dual POV, First Person
This is my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this standalone Mafia Romance! I say standalone, but I could tell some of the characters probably had their own books and were cameos, so if you're an avid Wiltcher fan, know that you will have some surprises!
Aiden Knight is a ruthless, troubled man that runs a casino on the French Riviera. It's a mafia business, and I won't go into too much detail, but it's a large criminal enterprise that he's tied up in, all for the sake of revenge. Aiden chooses his revenge in the form of the daughter of the man who wronged him.
Issa Dubova is a Bratva princess about to pay the price for crimes she never committed. Forced to marry the dangerous Aiden Knight in order to save those closest to her, she enters into the marriage with her head held high.
I've got to say, Issa and Aiden's first meeting was probably my favorite part of the book. Sparks fly, the banter is great, and the irony is thick. The romance in this book happens quickly, so while I do still consider it enemies-to-lovers, after finishing it, I can also say it is a bit insta-love--or at least, inst-lust. Issa and Aiden's chemistry is hot and heavy, angsty with a heaping side of tension. It moves fast, but it works for them and is enjoyable to read. I was rooting for them the moment they met.
Issa and Aiden head down a path of retribution and forgiveness, of second chances and not only romance but becoming a person who has the right to love another. I found this one to be on the lighter side of dark for the Mafia Romance genre, but it was an easy and fresh read. Wiltcher's writing was clear and fast-paced and I plan on reading her other works in the future as well!