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Savage Ruler

(Sinfully Savage #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  718 ratings  ·  189 reviews
My fiancé is the Anti-Prince Charming…

Mateo Villani is darkness wrapped in Armani. He's a six-foot tall, ruggedly-handsome savage, a notorious gangster who's bedded half of Manhattan...and now he's my fiancé.

My father betrayed me, signing my life away to the cocky bastard whose personality is colder than a block of ice. Mateo crushed my ambitions when he slid his ring ont
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published February 4th 2021
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Lady Raven RAVE!
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it

Style: Dark Mafia Romance
Story: 4/5
Enjoyment: 3.5/5
Dark Level: 2/5
Sexual: GOOD
Triggers: No
Male: Sexy, Alpha & Calculating
Pages: Loc. 3816
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

In the beginning, the way Matteo’s POV is done, damn near erotic, dark with a hint of danger, especially in the BDSM club scene, it pulls you in, and he had my full attention. I like Matteo. He is sexy, calculating and is taking what he wants. When I’m introduced to Heaven, I thought she was a spitfire and a little
Jessica Alcazar
I just read this last night and I am still reeling from its greatness right now! Good Lord, ya’ll … Matteo and Heaven both are a thing of beauty and their story was fire!

I know that mafia stories have an inherent plot that is suspenseful with storylines full of drama and lies and twists and whatnot but this story was epically extra in all the right ways! Matteo and Heaven sparked off the pages from the get-go and the storyline built on that spark. It was an all-consuming read for me. I could no
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it



Star Rating : 4/5 stars

POV : Dual

Cliffhanger : None

Hero : Mateo

Heroine : Heaven

Pace of the story : Moderate

Angst Rating : 5/10

Heat Rating : 8/10

Triggers Involved : None

Plot Summary :
Heaven's life takes a serious turn when she finds out that her father sold her to Mateo to save himself. Now she was his fiance and had to marry the man who Was cold as ice but also hot as sin. He clipped her wings as soon as he had her and th
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Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mateo is an up-and-coming Italian underboss that has been making a name for himself in New York. His actions make more noise than his actual word and when he makes a move, everyone knows it was him, no questions asked. When Declan Mulligan- the head of the Irish Mafia comes to him for help, Mateo knows he’s hit the jackpot!

Heaven knew right from the beginning that she had to show that she had a backbone and would not let her brother Conor take the reins in the family business and have her future
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Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An arranged marriage, mafia story filled with lies, betrayal, suspense, retribution, more betrayal, a shift in loyalty, I could keep going and going. Long story short, this book keeps you on edge, it keeps you wondering until the end. The characters are strong, kind of kindred without knowing it at first, both very bada$$. I can definitely see them being solid and capable leaders of the family. I can't wait for the next brother's story!"
Ari | The Bookaholic Next Door
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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If you had to choose between power and
This is a novel that I am sure will appeal to a lot of people - especially people who enjoy more erotica with their mafia stories.

That person however is not me.

When I read the synopsis for this one, I expected much more than what I got. And maybe that was my downfall as the two leads meeting in a kink club (and what happened from there) just... bored me. I felt no connection to them, no strength in their characters (or in their ability to be head of a mafia family). And while I enjoyed the fac
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a good read. Heaven's brother did something stupid and now they are after them. Mateo makes a deal with her family and that he is is to marry Heaven. Of course she is mad at first but by the end she is in love with him. Too bad they have to deal with some betrayals before they can get their happy ending. ...more
April Symes
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, 2021-favorite
Savage Ruler by Kristen Luciani is a mafia /arranged marriage romance that's intense, captivating, complex, dark, angsty, hot, rift with secrets and betrayals, manipulations, steamy chemistry and changing loyalties. This is Matteo and Heaven's story. There are twists and turns that keep you glued from start to finish. No cliffhanger which is good. Great characters, fast paced and engaging, mafia storyline. I hope there's a book 2 and soon!

My Rating: 4.5 stars *********
Matteo & Heaven is one hell of story. Heaven just like the colour if her red she is feisty and bad ass. She stab her brother with pen like John Wick with a pencil. That's how badass she is but she also has a bad ass partner or should I say husband Matteo. Matteo runs everything and he has his own elite sex club where the couple go to be free. This couple are perfect for each other and I pissed off at her father at the end! Matteo supports and encourages his wife to show off her strength.

She has
Ashley Estep The Art of Reading
Savage Ruler is my first Kristen Luciani book but it will not be my last! She absolutely blew me away with this arranged marriage, mafia book. Savage Ruler is a must read!

I love a good villain, anti-hero and that's what Matteo is. He was dark, delicious, savage, and everything I love. Haven was no pushover of a heroine. She knew she wouldn't make it if she didn't have a backbone and show it. her problem though she didn't realize she was being played. Her moves were guessed and it seemed she was
Steph W
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is book 1 of the Sinfully Savage mafia series, and my fourth mafia series by this author. It did not disappoint!

A marriage is arranged for Heaven and Matteo, which he (Matteo) orchestrates for his own agenda. Heaven is blindsided by the arrangement and furious with him as well as her family.

Heaven is one of the strongest female characters I’ve read in awhile, and it was refreshing to see her charge her way through a world that is typically male dominated.

I enjoyed the relationship that d
Wendy Livingstone
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a new series and what an awesome beginning this story is. Mateo is a dark and controlling underboss for the Italian mafia, and when the family of the Irish mafia become a target for a dangerous drug cartel, it is arranged for him to marry Heaven who is a mafia princess, to protect her. This is a well written story which is filled with suspense, action, drama, secrets, lies, betrayal, twists, retribution, loyalty, family dynamics, witty banter, love, and this all leads to a s ...more
Kari Hansen
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Heaven believed that she had much more to offer her Irish mafia family than an arranged marriage to the Italian mob but with her family in trouble that becomes her fate. She will be the perfect wife in public but since this is more merger than marriage the same doesn’t apply in private.

Matteo is a powerful man in the Italian mob who has agreed to marry Heaven as it will make both their families stronger. He expected the heat between them but the feelings she incited in him were not only unexpec
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Savage Ruler is book one in the Sinfully Savage series. I love mafia stories and at this stage my expectations are high so I’m delighted that this story exceeded my expectations.

Matteo and Heaven- crikey these two certainly pulled me through so many emotions while reading this story. I was so absorbed in these characters that I ignored the world around me easily.

I am really looking forward to reading more from this author and this world. In the meantime I’ll be catching up on her previous book
Diane Yoz
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First book in a new series and I'm addicted!!!

So So Good. A gripping Mafia story that has it all. Fiesty heroine, Dominate hero, an arranged marriage, family drama, deadly enemies and Sexy encounters. The passion between Matteo and Heaven is Intense! SUPER HOT ❤️🔥❤️ Love their HAE! I'm hoping to see more of them in future books.
Marianela Aybar (Mari Loves Books Blog)
Mateo and Heaven are fire and I am hooked on the series and this author now. Their chemistry and spark is explosive and the story moves on from there. The suspense, mystery, danger, and the added kink just kept me reading the whole way through.
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great start to a steamy new mafia read. Heaven is sold off to Matteo for her family’s protection and a new alliance with the Italian Mafia. Neither planned to fall for each other but as they spent time together sparks begin to fly and neither could stay away. Fast-paced mafia read with loads of drama, suspense and steam. Great characters with lots of depth and sizzling chemistry. I was hooked from beginning to end. I loved it.
Teresa Lara
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love this series
Love this family
All the feels
Heaven and Matteo grabbed my heart
Intense emotional heartstopping broken love story
Who's next
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Savage Ruler: A Dark Italian Irish Mafia Arranged Marriage Romance by Kristen Luciani. It is the first book in the Sinfully Savage series and I must say she kicks off this series with a bang. This is my first time reading a book from this author and I must say she had me riveted to my kindle all the way until 5 a.m. hammering this bad boy out. Savage Ruler was well written, easy to read, a page turner, great characters and supporting characters, standalone, action packed, and entertaining. This ...more
Arielle Holdip
Mar 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was NO!
Firstly, the blurb says bad ass heroine...where?! Heaven was whiny for the entire book, she was never ready to handle situations, always beating herself up after, and begging her father to 'pick me! pick me!' If you are this underboss then you need to act like one and not like a soldier hoping to get picked for the team.
Secondly, Matteo owns a sex club yet the first sex scene is on page 157 of a 325 page book?!wtf
Thirdly, its an arranged marriage is the m
Rebecca Austin
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Matteo Villani's family is from Sicily and they have come to the US to control more area and they are approached by the Mulligan family for help after Conor Mulligan kills a lieutenant in the Dominquez Cartel. Matteo is willing to help but he wants Heaven Mulligan to be his as part of the arrangement.

Heaven Mulligan is a lieutenant for her dad and believes that she should be the next in line to take over from him although she appears to be up against her brother, Conor.

When Matteo and Heaven m
Melissa, Book Boyfriend and Husband Make Three
This was my first book by this author.

Heaven is co-underboss, he father is an Irish mob boss in New York. While I appreciated that she was a leader that used her head there were times that it felt “forced” as if this character wasn’t really meant to be an underboss, but more the leader of a woman’s right movement.

I love when a heroine isn’t in need of having Prince Charming swoop in and save her, but in this instance there were times that she annoyed me with her “preachy” attitude, and I felt as
Mar 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 27%

Man, this sounded so good when I ran across a snippet from it. It was very misleading sadly. I tried to give it a chance but it's just not interesting.

The heroine Heaven should be a character I liked because shes an actual underboss (well co-underboss with her shithead brother) and seems like a bit of a badass from what I read. However...I couldn't stand her. The more the book went on the more my impression of her formed and I just didn't like her. My "I'm done" moment was her reaction
Jessica Hawkins
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Savage Ruler brings together a tough and eager mafia princess and a controlled and calculated mob underboss. Both are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect their family, but unexpected love changes their course.

Heaven Mulligan is the second oldest of the Irish mafia and she feels like she has so much to prove. After her family becomes the target of a dangerous drug cartel, the Mulligan family take the protection from the Italian mafia through the use of their underboss Matteo Villani. The
Anne Harris
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So many twists and turns
All I’m going to say is there are so many twists and turns in this book. So much passion and connection and chemistry is off the charts. But this book also had me going through so many emotions. So angry at how a family could think so little of somebody who gave everything to make up for a mistake. Heaven will do anything for her family even if that means marrying a man she has no respect for. But when she goes looking for information about him she is the one that gets a
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
They both have regrets from their past that have made them the focused and determined people they are now. They want to prove their worth for their families and show that they are the correct choice to rule when the time comes, but when Heaven Mulligan’s father goes to Matteo Villani for protection and help because Conor Mulligan, Heaven’s brother and co-Underboss of the family, put the family in danger, they both seem to spiral and lose sight of their rules and plans.

Matteo Villani is a focused
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To be honest I do not know what I should be rating this one. I'm pretty sure I did enjoy it as a whole but I also felt like I did not???


Arrange marriage is definitely not my troupe that's why I was hesitant and nervous as I think I might not like this. However, it turned out pretty okay as an overall.

There wasn't that much problem with the pacing as it was overall steady went along the flow almost perfectly on the scenes of the story. I just want to point that the be
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Savage Ruler by Kristen Luciani is a mafia arranged marriage romance. It's the first book from the Sinfully Savage Series and it's about the Italian Mafia boss Matter Villani and an Irish Underboss Heaven Mulligan.

About the story: Heaven's older brother, and co underboss, Conor had screwed up big time with a crime lord. Their father Declan Mulligan needed extra security so he hired Matteo Villani to protect them. Matteo didn't want money, he wanted the feisty Heaven. Despite her efforts, she was
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Kristen Luciani is a USA Today bestselling romance author, momtrepreneur, and a beauty product junkie with a penchant for stilettos, Silicon Valley, plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis. As a deep-rooted romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her, she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and intrigue, finally uncoveri

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