Title: If The Seas Catch Fire
Author: L.A. Witt
Release Date: January 3, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Gay Romance
Page Count: 400
Reviewed by: Natalie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5
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 boss 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.
Holy shit! You know when you discover an author, and you totally want to buy their entire catalog because you have to know if every other book is just as awesome as the one you’ve just read? That’s the case with If the Seas Catch Fire. I WANTS ALL THE LA WITT! I read the synopsis, and I was SOLD!
I read the first couple of stories in the Market Garden series, co-written by Ms. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov, so I figured, why not give her solo work a whirl? Well, if you’re a fan of Voinov’s Dark Soul Collection If the Seas Catch Fire is just what you need.
The book starts off with a hot little bleached blonde stripper by the name of Sergei, turning on customers with his tight body and red hot pants *bow chica wow wow.* Sergei is good at his job as a stripper, but stripping is simply a cover for his real gig as a hitman for the mafia. Did I mention Sergei HATES the Mafia, but they pay well, so he stays. He stays, completes the jobs assigned, collects his pay, and goes through the motions for a variety of reasons.
During Sergei’s shift, Domenico “Dom” Maisano, a made man in the mafia seems to have run into some trouble. Dom hates his life. Nice guy, who got pulled into things beyond his control. He answers to an uncle who forced him into a horrible lifestyle. He carries out hits because if he doesn’t, he’ll die the same gruesome way as his father not to mention, he’ll be considered a traitor. Dom gets caught up in a critical situation and Sergei is there to bail him out. Neither guy knows a thing about the other, but that’s what makes the story all the better.
Pros: The buildup was great. The pacing of the story was fantastic and the execution of the plot, super! I really enjoy Ms. Witt’s writing style.
Cons: I think it became a little slow about 20-30% in but then the pace picked up, and I never wanted the story to end. Mild grammatical errors were present, and I do mean very few. Nothing awful that took away from the story, just small things that were missed during editing.