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Ruthless Sinner (Made for the Mafia #2) by Erika Wilde


Dark, dangerous mafia soldiers like Marco Russo were made men, but luckily for me, they weren’t made for marriage. Which made my job of seducing him so much easier.

It was supposed to be a simple undercover operation. One that required me to work in a strip club in order to get close to Marco and do whatever it took to coax him to spill his family’s secrets. Our attraction was undeniable, so establishing a relationship with him was the easy part. Enticing him to share sensitive information took far more finesse.

But during all those steamy nights we shared I learned enough to take down his family. I also made the stupid mistake of falling for the enemy and now I was going to have to make a choice. My head or my heart. My job or my love. My end or my beginning. Because once Marco realized who I was and how I’d deceived him, he’d have a choice to make, as well.

To let me live . . . or to kill me to prove his loyalty to his family.


My first Erika Wilde book is a forbidden romance between an undercover FBI agent and a Mafia soldier. It definitely sounds like a recipe for disaster, but love is a funny thing.

Marco Russo is the irresponsible one in the Russo family so he has been given the role of mafioso soldier. It’s a bit of an insult, but he’s a rebel who performs his job with precision and deadly intention. Marco is also a playboy who owns a strip club. Having women at his disposal is a plus though he doesn’t keep them around for long. Enter the exquisite and self-assured Jewel who is not bothered by his 24/7 job and his late-night duties. A woman who is going to break all his rules.

FBI Special Agent Kennedy “Jewel” Lancaster is on assignment to bring the Russo’s down. Going undercover as a stripper at Marco Russo’s strip club wasn’t her favorite mission, but rookies like her don’t have much of a choice. Pretending interest in Marco is a conflict of interest and desires. Luring him into a false sense of security to spill his family secrets is her job, but she is drawn to the complex and vulnerable man who is misunderstood by his family. Will she stay loyal to the man she loves or give him up?

As Kennedy finds herself intertwined in Marco’s world she discovers that good and bad are not always what they seem.  She is smart, brave, and alone in a world where she needs to stay true to herself and make a life-or-death decision that changes everything. Her courage and loyalty to a man who could have walked away are badass and I’m glad he saw it that way. Marco is loyal to his mafioso family though he has been relegated to a soldier due to his recklessness and pillow talk. However, it’s Kennedy who shows him how valuable he is to his family and she sticks up for him as well. Something he has never experienced from anyone. Marco and Kennedy’s love story seems bleak, but they come through for each other.

If you like fast-paced forbidden mafia romances with well-developed characters, give this book a try. I certainly plan to keep reading this series.

Thank you to Ms. Wilde for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


Ruthless Sinner

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Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.

So, why the new pen name? 

As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance.   However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with.   That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories.

Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage.  The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship.

I’m also planning a spin-off series in the future, featuring the hot military men that work security for Dean at Noble and Associates.  Sign up to receive my newsletter for updates and news!

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