Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Double or Nothing
Authors: Cari Z and L.A. Witt
Heroes: Rich Cody/Leotrim Nicolosi
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 282 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Rich Cody joined the U.S. Marshals to hunt down bad guys, not babysit witnesses. Orders are orders, though, and now he’s protecting a hacker with ties to the Albanian and Sicilian mobs. It’s just another exciting day in WITSEC.
Leotrim Nicolosi was born into a world of crime and bloodshed. When that bloodshed hits too close to home, taking down Leo’s boyfriend—the son of a notorious mob boss—Leo is determined to destroy the Grimaldi family. He’s got evidence that will send every last Grimaldi to prison, he’s got the family’s wealth in an electronic chokehold, and he’s got a vendetta that can only be settled with the blood of the man who killed his lover.
When a routine transfer to a safehouse goes horribly wrong, Rich and Leo narrowly escape with their lives. With the Marshals compromised and Leo being framed for murder, he and Rich are on the run from criminals and law enforcement alike. They have no one to trust except each other, and nowhere to go that their enemies can’t reach.
And the only way out might mean making a deal with the Devil.
Review: I knew this was going to be a great story, and I was right. I love the difficult subject matter when the Mafia is concerned and there is no shortage of violence and betrayal in this story. I am actually looking forward to listening to this in audio, if that’s in the plans. This story was made for it, in my opinion.
Cody is a PTSD suffering U.S. Marshal, and Leo is the ex-Mafia witness he is protecting. The man who is betraying the family that he was born into, forced into a life of crime, and the same family who betrayed him and his father. What neither expects is how deep the Mafia is entrenched in law enforcement and how the only two people they can trust is themselves. This is a fast paced, violent affair and I admit I was starting to wonder how they would survive.
Leo is not your typical Mafia man. He loved hard and lost it all. His emotions were palpable and I ached for him. Cody is trying to keep his head above water, and that is not easy when you can’t even trust your own organization. All this while he is silently suffering from PTSD, something he hid when he joined the Marshals. But he can’t hide it from Leo, as the two are now joined at the hip. Leo has to trust everything he worked so hard on to a man who is a new Marshal and suffering from past traumas himself.
Fortunately, Cody is a smart man. And so is Leo. They just need to put their collective smarts together and they will survive…and just maybe find out that a law man and an ex-criminal may just be what the other needs to find love. I really loved these two, and after writing the review, I changed the initial rating from 4 stars to 4.5 stars. No regrets.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for a fair and honest review.*