Ruthless Honor: (Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra)

His power is absolute.
No one crosses Roman Genovese and lives to tell about it.


Zia
I am a master thief, a cat burglar. I manage to get access to Genovese’s estate under false pretenses. He thinks I’m there to attend a fundraising gala; he’s wrong. What I want is a priceless Michelangelo he keeps in his study.

From the time I arrive at his estate, I am drawn to the compelling gangster in a way I have never experienced. Having sex with him was a mistake… a BIG mistake. He isn’t a man to let go of what is his, and there’s no question that I am.

But staying with him is not part of my plan.

Roman
From the moment she entered my home, I knew she would never leave. Her scent filled my nostrils and I knew I had found my fated mate.

There are secrets hiding in her eyes, but I will discover them all.

She is mine. The bratva have taken her and are keeping her in a gilded cage. They mean to use her against me and force me to honor their demands. My tiger will show them the ruthless honor of La Cosa Nostra.

Meet the men and women of La Cosa Nostra. Their motto is family honor above all. They vow to protect their clans and live by an oath of honor and loyalty. The men are gorgeous, dangerous beasts seeking their fated mates. The women they love are bold and brilliant. Their love blazes bright and hot.

Irene Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT START TO A NEW SERIES....
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2022
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This is the first book in a new series called Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, kidnapping, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, threats, mistakes, honor, loyalty, defiance, acceptance, possession/possessiveness, revelations, violence, hope/hopelessness, forgiveness, assumptions, mistreatment, denial, greed, consequences, blackmail, respect, frustration, determination, patience, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love.
This is a story about a H who is a Atlantis tiger shifter and head of the Poseidon Syndicate (mafia lord) and the h is a master thief known as The Ghost. The H is throwing a gala at his castle (Castello d' Onore) for charity and the main attraction is a sketch by Michelangelo.
Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion
JWV
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation of a world of shape shifters
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2022
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Delta James is becoming my favorite author. Her imagination and creativity has created a complete and connected world. I really enjoyed reading this latest book finding a fun story woven in previous characters from her other shape shifter books. It adds so much more to the story. Love the strong female characters and excellent dialogue. I would recommend this book and all her previous stories. What an enjoyable way to spend an hour or more reading Delta James books!
Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars His Mate
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2022
This is part of the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra so, buckle up this is a wild ride, dangerous men, alpha personified, possessive, oh, so gorgeous, brooding all the makings of a deliciously story 😊. There will be suspense, shifters, fated mates, secrets reveled, violence, hope, forgiveness, and maybe love. By the time you’ve figured out who is who and what is what, you’re already hooked, and you may as well give up the fight and prepare yourself for an all-nighter!
Can’t say I didn’t warn you.
Roman sexy as all get out Poseidon’s tiger part of the La Cosa Nostra possessive never really thought he would find his fated mate alpha of Castello d’Onore, Genoa, Italy, considered by some as a leader of the local criminal underground. He is holding a fundraising gala, where he will have a Michelangelo sketch on display, being guarded by a group of dangerous men led by Yuri Nikitin, the museum director in Venice who only got his job through his father’s Bratva connections like I said dangerous. Zia intelligent, and professional thief she hasn’t had a good life because of an assumption that her father was part of a criminal, so she and her sister were separated and thrown in foster care but as the oldest she worked her butt off stealing things to get her sisters out of the system. Her sister Rafi is an expert at information gathering and brokering, with the reputation of being La Pantera, and hacking security systems to help Zia on her illegal jobs to steal artwork. Serena became a master jeweler, often using loose precious stones Zia picked up during her work, to make exclusive pieces of jewelry and one main goal for Zia is to put the blame on the museum director because of his mistreatment of many young female docents trying to learn about the masters of art. Yuri is one step away from having to return to his father in disgrace and he is certainly not up to the job of the Bratva or even his father’s wishes for him. Zia gets herself invited to the gala, aiming for the Michelangelo sketch, now with all the warning from her sisters to not try anything in Roman’s home he is dangerous she had to have that painting. When she arrives early, to take advantage of a room to rest and change in, before the gala, she is met by the man himself, who realizes she is his fated mate and he is plans are to make her his as soon as possible and never let her return to whatever life she had before he met her! But he doesn’t know about her sisters or what she will do to keep them together so him trying to keep her isn’t something Zia is happy about, especially with her sisters although she can’t deny the very strong attraction to him, but her job is to steal the piece of artwork and give it to her broker waiting by the gates, until she is caught and punished for disobedience, finding herself even more turn on than she has ever been. But she can’t stick around too long without him making her his captive so using one of her well planned emergency plans set just for situations like this escaping and making sure her sisters know she is safe but just by her being with him at the gala a target has been placed on her and her sisters placing them in danger from his enemies and those that would use his influence to get something they want, by threatening Zia and her sisters. Zia finds out his secret, yet she still does not take lightly to his demands on her obedience and forcing her acceptance of she cannot return to her normal human life ever, but she won’t give up her sisters or Estella, their housekeeper from their childhood and part of their family. Roman has finally found his mate and his match in Zia. Challenge him on all fronts despite the punishments he dishes out, she will also be a powerful ally and lover in his live moving forward but will she accept him in all his glory, will he accept her sisters, their housekeeper as his family, will he make sure they are protected, and can they find their own HEA?.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Marsha
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, sexy, full of danger. A great start to the series.
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2022
Ruthless Honor is a wickedly sexy beginning to the dangerous and intriguing world of La Cosa Nostra, part of the Syndicate Masters world. This was my first experience in this world and I did not feel the least bit lost, the transition into this new spin-off was smooth as the intensity of the story quickly ratcheted up.

Zia and her sisters have had a rough life, and their answer to that adversity is fascinating and challenging. As a master thief, Zia has made many people pay for what was done to her family while ensuring that she and her sisters continue to survive on their own. She’s very good at what she does and she’s going after a huge prize nestled in Roman’s estate. But this heist isn’t going to go quite as Zia expected.

There is a lot to be found in Ruthless Honor, an intricate plot, some dangerous situations, rich history for Roman, a new life for Zia – and some intensely sexy Dom/Sub moments. The villain here is particularly vile, and I wasn’t the least bit sorry when they got what was due for their actions. I loved Roman even if he is overbearing, arrogant beyond measure, and sexy as sin. There were enough glimpses of another Roman to give this man my heart quite willingly. I adored Zia. She’s feisty, fierce, stubborn, and resourceful. Her antics produced more than a few chuckles and mental fist pumps along the way. I got lost in their world, and I love when a story takes me away from my world and deposits me in the world of the characters so smoothly. I had fun here, and really, that’s the entire point.

If you love a definitely sexy romance, some battles of will, a taste of danger, and an unusual love that blooms in spite of how it started… then you’ll love Ruthless Honor.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*
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