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If The Seas Catch Fire

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,585 ratings  ·  305 reviews
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
Paperback, 440 pages
Published January 1st 2016 by Lori Witt
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Tanu Gill
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*shuddering with adrenaline and laughter*

Wow. Darn. This was... It was... They were... The author... I feel...

Whoosh! Exhaling a harsh breath to get myself under control. These emotions! They are becoming quite adept in getting the better of me when it comes to reading this author's books. But the shocking fact is, I don't feel the need to beat them into submission. When it comes to Ms. Witt's works, I find myself having to shrug away the oppressing cloud that often shrouds me after I am done
Loved the audiobook, but I also loved Dom and Sergei and the whole story as much as the first time around two years ago! Still one of my favorites!!!

Original review:
Actually, I’m not a big fan of Mafia stories, but I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

On the one hand, it’s a typical Mafia book, but on the other hand… not! Both MC’s can’t really help their situation. Dom was born into a Mafia family, as the son of the disgraced brother of the don. Sergei is a contract killer, who wants to avenge the death of
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
May 29, 2015 marked it as i-m-a-quitter
Shelves: male-action
DNF @35%

I think I'm just going to cut my losses with this one. It just wasn't holding my attention. The progression was too slow, and the book too long. I never really connected with either MC.

I may have to break up with LA Witt...which really makes me sad.


Dom is a Mafiaso that hates the life he lives. He never wanted to be apart of the family that took him in and made him a made man. But it's the only life he's known and he doesn't have a way out. But when he meets Sergei his life takes a drastic change. He knows that if his family ever found out that he's gay he won't be alive long - but Sergei makes him want to take a risk.

Sergei isn't who Dom thinks he is, which is only a gay stripper. After Dom's uncle took away his family, Sergei has been
4.5 Stars


These are just some of the words that come to mind while the dust settles around me in the aftermath of reading this book.

I’m not usually one to enjoy stories with Mafioso themes, but I think I just found my exception to the rule. What I do enjoy a lot (and feel a little disturbed for doing so) are romances with a hitman lead. I don’t know what it is about that trope that gets me going but it has regularly proved to be a favourite
* A Reader Obsessed *
4.5 Stunned Stars

Apparently, I’m so eating my own words here.

It’s been over 3 years since I last read a Witt book, and I really had no plans to do so again despite enjoying some of her works but mostly feeling disconnected from the majority.

Not here.

The blurb for this book is perfect and tells you everything you need to know about the setup. One man is stuck by force and fear, miserable with his fate but helpless to do anything about it. The other is fueled by revenge and an unrelenting
Denise H.
* Ten stars ! No dull moments in this amazing tale of Mafioso, Russians, La Cosa Nostra, with bad men!
* Oooo La la !
* We follow the son, Dom/Dominico, of a Mafia boss

and an independent hit man/stripper, the Georgian, Sergei.

One night when Sergei saves Dominico, both of their lives are changed.

We get deep, thought-filled characters, while also dealing with evil men, betrayers, killers, violent men living their mayhem. Our two men our also skilled killers,
yet longing to be out of the
I loved this one! I was glued to the pages from the very beginning. Great chemistry between the main characters and super full of action.
Assassins and mafia and a lot of super hot scenes. This was amazing!

I felt like writing a bigger review, but I really don't know what I could possibly add. It was SO good!!! Like really amazing writing, suspense AND super HOT scenes!

It's been a while since I've read such an action packed story. I absolutely adored it!
L.A. Witt
Apr 30, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books, mafia
Release date: January 3, 2015.

Cover art by Garrett Leigh.
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

4.5 stars

I’ve read a lot of L.A. Witt and this story may just be her best to date.

Dom and Sergei have both become the men they are today as a result of the brutal mob culture that has a stranglehold on the town of Cape Swan. Dom Maisano is fully entrenched in the family business as an accountant and as an under the radar hitman, as a result of his Uncle Corrado’s manipulations. He hides his homosexuality, knowing full well if anyone finds out it will cost him
I really enjoyed reading this one. One of the reasons, is that I love reading about wiseguys ;) Now a gay wiseguys....count me in !!

Sergei is working as a stripper / dancer at a gay club...but that is not all he does. He's also a ruthless assassin, who is out for revenge. When he was young, his whole family was killed by the Mafia and Sergei has been binding his time. He's been working as an independend killer, taking contracts to off mafioso. Nobody, but a select few, know who he really is. The
“You’re the last person in the world I was supposed to fall in love with.”

BEST OF L.A. Witt !

~ 5 and as many stars I can give !~

Story by L.A. Witt and cover made by the one and only Garrett Leigh

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
I really liked the set-up - Sergei, the vengeful hitman and Dom, the reluctant mafia royalty. I've got a soft spot for star-crossed lovers, where it seems like there's just no way that the MCs can make it together. I'm a sucker for the angst.

I also liked the contrast between the two characters. Dom hates himself for every hit he makes, whereas Sergei relishes each hit because it brings him closer to his goal. Despite their differences, the two had an immediate emotional chemistry that was
This was not the love at first page kind of book for me. At the beginning I didn't know what to think. It was definitely going to be a dark book and I hesitated but after reaching a certain point, oh my goodness, the story turned from regular to spectacular! In the world of murder and betrayal two men are thrown together - one is bent on vengeance and the other is struggling to survive. Neither chose this life willingly and neither can walk away alive.

Sergei is smart, sharp and cold-hearted. He
3.75 stars

What I loved most about this book were the MCs, Sergei and Dom. Both of these guys are bad asses, but we get to see their very human vulnerable side. Even though they both have internal conflicts about being with one another, they don’t take it out on each other. When they finally decide to be together, there’s no hot and cold….just HOT, needy and loving.

Dom has to hide the fact that he is gay from his Mafioso family or he’s a dead man. He’s also tired of the life and wants out but
Audio of the day! As usual Michael Ferraiuolo is fucking killing it!! He is an awesome narrator!!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
This has such great set-up, a fab blurb and so many favourable reviews.
Guess, it is one of those cases where I have to ask myself: What the heck is wrong with me?
Is the amount of thrillers and mafiosi movies I've watched, all those detective series I've seen, all those FBI heroes I've admired?

There is enough to like here:

.) the scenario is really well done - it creates tension right from the start and the longer Sergei and Dom know each other, the trickier their situation gets
.) the author
Brilliant!! Neither man was innocent but bound by circumstance to the life they led. Wonder what happened to Rojas, the doctor, as he would be easily identified to the FBI. Surprised he didn't disappear as well.

5 BIG stars
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, dark-grit
WOW 4.5 stars for this intense heart stopper ! I was really hooked in by this story and kept wondering how the hell this was going to work. Dom & Sergei were smokin together and even though they unknowingly were on opposite sides, they managed to work though the mafia dramas once a major event brought them together. I wished for an epilogue in their new space / new life as it felt a little unfinished for me ... l just wanted that final sense of peace
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy, I really hated so much about this story...

So why did I give it 5 stars?!

Well, Sergei and Domenico are an insanely powerful couple and their time together is some of the best writing in m/m romance that I can imagine. Their need to be there for each other, their reluctance to call their affair 'love', their incredibly cruel past that broke my heart.
Not to mention that both MCs were hot as hell. Sergei the Russian stripper in his mid20s with the bleached blond hair and a body to die for,
JustJen "Miss Conduct"

4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

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
♣️ Lynda ♣️
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I Loved this book!!

Dom is a made man. He hates everything about his life in the mafia. He's on his was to meet his future wife (another problem he can't control) when he gets jumped. He's getting his ass kicked when suddenly a slight, sexy man saves his life. Enter Sergei. Full time stripper and Hit man.

These 2 men, who should never have gotten along, start to meet up for "just sex". VERY HOT SEX I might add! Soon they are turning to each other almost daily. They shouldn't be having feeling for
Aimee Brissay
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't even begin to describe this book. I wouldn't know where to start. All I can say it's WOW.

Though mafia stories are not really my cup of tea, I couldn't put this one down.

It was a perfectly orchestrated game from beginning to the end, it kept me guessing the whole way all, with the characters coming alive from the very first word. At each step, the story could have turn into several direction, each of them believable. And, damn it, all the choices made were perfect.
Toward the end, I was
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

If the Seas catch Fire isn’t a sweet and fluffy romance, and it’s definitely not the typical book we’re used to in this genre. It’s a violent book, it’s dark, action-packed and gritty. If you can’t deal with tougher themes and would rather read about sugar-sweet love and butterflies, you should stay away from this one.

The writing is gripping and entertaining and I was sucked in from the start. I was literally on pins and needles wondering where it would lead and I couldn’t put the book down.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars, read-2016
So a hit man stripper who is on some vendetta to take out various mafia members that killed his family, falls in love with a hitman from said mafia family, basically it's the romeo and juliet hitman edition and it's a beaut!
It's pretty lengthy, the characters are awesome, there's a typical mobster style shoot out, car chase at the end, i mean really what more could you ask for, just read it!
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Immediately smitten with this book. It’s a slow burn, action packed story. Very well written, and that cover!!! That’s actually what got my attention in the first place.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: emotional, steamy, angst, mafia
Wow. I DO love a hot Hitman falling in love...

This story was very good. I liked Serguei and Dom A LOT.
Both were so alone and desperate and in need of comfort.

They find it in each other. First with sex... And what a sexy and hot encounters that was...


And then with love.
The chemistry between these two was OFF the CHARTS.

So, we have Serguei, who is a stripper/Hitman in a quest to avenge his family who has been brutally murdered by the mafia some years ago.
He has a plan to make them all fall and
Lorraine Lesar
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has already been reviewed by one of my fellow reviewers, but she recommended it to me, so I too read it.
Definitely one of the better Mafia books out there. The chemistry between Sergi and Dom was incredibly hot, but for me, it was the intricate plot detailing, the betrayals and ultimately the punishments dealt out, that held my interest.
I don't even know how many months it's been since I last read an actual, published M/M romance novel. It's not relevant to this review, but I just wanted to throw that out there.

What first attracted me to this was the title, which is just dramatic enough to suggest what lies behind the cover - a whole lot of dramatic action and backstabbing.
The characters were sympathetic, interesting and three-dimensional enough, but with the amount of depth there was, I feel like this would've worked better as
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is what Witt can accomplish when she's on her game. I loved the unapologetic viciousness of the characters, I loved that there was actual killing in a book about hit men (I know, new concept), and I loved that the romance wasn't so saccharine as to not make sense. I was also most appreciative of the fact that Witt didn't take any super obvious turns in the story. I kept expecting a certain thing to happen and for it to disappointment me with its predictability, but it didn't. Suspenseful, ...more
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“He’d never had sex like this before. Usually it was sweat and panting and driving each other insane until they came. And then maybe they’d collapse together if they liked each other well enough, and maybe they’d catch their breath and do it all over again until sleep took over and tomorrow hurt. This… this was all that and more. Every touch, every kiss, every frantic, trembling movement, added up to something he’d never imagined. This wasn’t the cooperative pursuit of pleasure and orgasms. They held each other, clawed at each other, like they thought they might actually start fusing together. Molecule by molecule, cell by cell, not just getting under each other’s skin but becoming part of each other. One thing that could only become two again if it was broken.” 1 likes
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