King of Hearts by C.A. Szarek


Secrets make old lovers into enemies….

Nico “Gio” Giovanni has always been the black sheep, especially since he abandoned the family business – a lucrative casino on the Las Vegas strip – to become a cop. Now his dad is sick and his sister begs him to end their estrangement before it’s too late.

Chasing fugitives is what U.S. Marshal Madison Granger does best. She juggles single motherhood with her job, which sends her back to Sin City due to an unwanted relocation. Even worse, her current case lands her smack dab in the middle of the opulent Giovanni Casino – and ups her chances of running into her old flame.

Gio has enough on his plate; he doesn’t need the woman that got away messing in his family’s affairs. His father has never been involved with organized crime, no matter the gossip.

Maddie is petrified he’ll discover her secret. Gio won’t let his dad go down for something he didn’t do. When they take the gamble, the cards are laid on the table and all bets are off.

There aren’t enough words to describe how much I loved this book! I’ve read lots of mob vs. cops books set in Las Vegas, but never one that combined such wonderful characters with dysfunctional family issues, money laundering and romance. Throw a cute kid into the mix and what’s not to love? The storyline was very unique and this book is so well-written, there’s no way you can put it down halfway through. I loved Nico/Gio and I loved Maddie, and while I loved them, there were times in the book I got so irritated I wanted to shake some sense into them. King of Hearts flows well, moves from scene to scene and chapter to chapter, with no break in the plot or the flow. Ms. Czarek understands how to construct heart-stopping sentences; how to wrap a bunch of all-over-the-place people into a cohesive unit, and most of all, how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats just anticipating what will happen next. King of Hearts should be on the must-read lists for everyone who likes contemporary romance. I am so looking forward to the next in The Giovanni series. – Amazon Reviewer