Reviewed by JustJen
Title: If the Seas Catch Fire
Author: L.A. Witt
Heroes: Sergei Andronikov/Domenico “Dom” Maisano
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 400 Pages
Publisher: L.A. Witt
Release Date: January 3, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Sergei Andronikov was a child when the Mafia wiped out his family, leaving him with nothing but a hunger for revenge. Years later, through ruthless strategy and tireless patience, he’s a contract killer working for the three families ruling Cape Swan… and he’s nearly in position to bring them all down from the inside.
Domenico “Dom” Maisano is Mafia royalty, a made man… and a hitman. He’s caught up in a violent life he can’t escape, struggling to maintain an image he doesn’t want, and suppressing desires he can’t have.
A chance encounter throws the killers into each other’s paths. Though Dom knows he’s playing a dangerous game, he’s intrigued and keeps coming back. Sergei can’t resist him either—Dom is everything he set out to destroy, but he’s also everything he’s ever ached for in a man.
Then Sergei gets the contract he’s been waiting for—the hit that promises to bring the town’s Mafia to its knees.
But when a capo makes an unexpected move, Sergei must choose between dropping the hammer on the families he vowed to annihilate, and protecting the man he swore he wouldn’t love.
And the wrong choice—or even the right one—will destroy them both.
Review: Sergei is on a mission to take down the mafia, piece by piece, who killed his family. He has basically infiltrated their world, working as a feared hitman known as the “Georgian.” He has remained hidden by his role as a gay go go dancer. The few who know who he is meet with him at his club and exchange info and money via codes and backroom lap dances. When two men are beating some guy up right outside his club, thus taking the chance of bringing too much attention to his turf, Sergei steps in. The man he “saves” is Dom, though he doesn’t know at the time who Dom really is.
Dom is extremely intrigued by Sergei for a number of reasons, not the least of which is sexual. Dom is extremely closeted due to his position in the mafia. Dom and Sergei hit it off in a big way and carry on a dangerous game of hookups where they both get what they need but still not knowing who the other really is.
This book had me on the edge of my seat just about the entire time. I loved Sergei, and the two of them together were hot stuff. Throughout the story, I had the feeling that there was no way these guys would ever find a way to work things out, and especially so once all of the cards were on the table. Both struggle with who they have had to become, what little choices they have had and what they must do to survive. Time and again, they are both forced to make decisions and take offers they can’t refuse, and it really seemed impossible for them to ever have more than the extremely hot sex they both crave and the feelings that grow.
This is dark and gritty, hot and steamy, and full of excitement. There is danger lurking at every turn, and I could not turn the pages fast enough to see it all play out. Definitely another winner from Ms. Witt that I highly recommend.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*