DNF at 52% I read on both audio and ebook and I just couldn't finish. The characters just weren't for me. They grated my nerves so bad. Maybe it just wasn't the book for me right now. 🤷🏼♀️ These were some of the whiniest characters I've ever read.
I really liked this story, a lot more than I expected if I'm honest. I had never read anything by this author before and this book made me want to go back and read the rest of her work. It does look like it's a standalone, but it is connected to her mafia books so there are crossover characters.
The main characters in this book, Enzo and Maria, are so cute. Once Enzo gives a hint of his feelings, Maria is right there, not letting him hide them anymore. I love when the FMC is just as crazy as the MMC. Parts of the storyline are predictable, but there are twists and surprises along the way. I look forward to reading more from the author.
This was a good love story. Maria has loved Enzo for a long as she could remember. Enzo has buried his feelings for Maria because of things that he has done in his past and doesn’t think that he deserves her.
I loved how Maria was willing to fight for Enzo and to stand by him once everything comes out. She was so strong and to see how Enzo was able to learn how to deal with his loses and feelings of things he’s done.
Narration was good.
This is my first book from Brittney and I really liked it! This is a slow-burn magic romance romance between two people who have been in love with each other for years.
Enzo is very protective of Maria but doesn’t feel worthy. Maria has loved him forever but also has a past loaded with issues.
There is suspense in this book which I loved and felt like it was perfectly balanced with the romance and the spice.
I really liked it.
Maria and Enzo are everything you could possibly imagine! The scars of the past are finally healed and no longer matter when these two finally find their happily ever after. The wait for this book was absolutely worth it!
A massive thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!! I really enjoyed this book; definitely something I will tell my friends about!
Finally Maria and Enzo's story. Fast paced and a page turner. Loved the dynamics between the two main characters. And I was happy with the ending. Pretty much love anything written by Brittney Sahin.
Absolutely love Brittany Shaheen and her writing. I’ve read her other books and this one was very similar and that it didn’t disappoint. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you love romances with a little bit of steam and spice! 4 1/2 stars!
While I usually enjoy Sahin's books this one was just not for me. I didn't really like either of the main characters and that's unfortunate since they are on every page. I just didn't get hooked like I have with other of her books. I do hope other people like it but this one just wasn't for me. 2.5 stars
I went into this book not realizing this is actually a continuation of another book, and I could tell because it felt very much like I was dumped into the middle of the story. So if you didn't realize this, go and read 'Until You Can't,' which is the first part of Maria and Enzo's love story. I was confused why things began happening so fast between the love interests in the beginning, however I did finish the book nonetheless, and it was pretty good on its own. About half way through was when I really started getting into the story. The second half did not disappoint. The romance itself is a pretty slow burn throughout the novel, while still sprinkling in really hot intense spicy scenes in there. The 2nd plot of the novel revolves around the unsolved murder of Enzo's twin and I really like how the author intertwined these two plot lines. The suspense was intense, the chemistry between Maria and Enzo was intense and it drove the story forward in a way that keeps the reader intrigued. I definitely want to go back and read book 1 because there were a lot of things I needed the backstory on. I also wouldn't mind reading the rest of Brittney's works! She's an excellent writer. Thanks for sharing this arc with me! I found a new author to love and she's on KU too!!
Perfect combination or bad boy and romantic love! I really enjoyed this book. My first read of this author and I will definitely be reading more by them! I absolutely loved Enzo and how his character developed! Great balance of romance, spice, bad boy, and an actual plot! #LetMeLoveYou #NetGalley
Let Me Love You by Brittney Sahin
The Costa Family #1
Excellent introduction to a new series and a joy to become acquainted to with a new author that could easily be one of my go-to reads in the future! I was up till 1:30 this morning finishing it and can’t wait to find another book to read by this author!
What I liked:
* The connection and chemistry between Enzo and Maria
* The slow burn after the sizzling first kiss – so much promise
* Maria’s knowing what she wanted and ability to state what she wanted even though it wasn’t necessarily acted on as quickly as it could have been
* Enzo’s inner turmoil that had to be overcome before he and Maria could be together
* The backstories of both families that unfolded over the book’s telling and the impact of “family” on the characters, their relationships, and who they may end up with
* The presence of so many alpha males and their female equivalents that may have already had their stories told or have stories waiting to be told
* The tie-ins between culinary knife skills and other skills knives can be used for
* The plot, pacing, setting, and writing - exquisite
* The darkness that was evident at times…the good guy didn’t wear a white hat all the time even though he was a good guy in spite of some things he (and his family) had done
* That it left me guessing and as a person who often reads the end of a book first…that is saying something
* That I came into this series on book one and can follow the series chronologically
* You know what? I loved all of it except…
What I didn’t like:
* Who and what I was meant not to like
* One or two characters that I will not name because…it could ruin the story for you – that said…was REALLY happy they were made accountable for what they did
Did I like this book? Yes
Would I read more in this series/by this author? Definitely!
Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for the ARC – This is my honest review.
Let me preface this review with a quote by Natalia in this very book:
"When will he ever realize he's not the villain in the story?"
While Enzo likes to make himself the villain and repeatedly makes sure Maria knows he views himself as such, Maria is not afraid to go after what (and in this case who) she clearly wants. And even though Enzo thinks very low of himself, he‘s been protecting Maria all the time. He took care of her and watched out for her even while she was married. Experiencing Enzo (and Maria obviously) getting his happy end despite his self-doubts and sometimes even self-sabotaging ways to protect Maria is amazing. Your heart aches for his seemingly lost soul and I loved that Maria was never afraid of who Enzo is and who he was in the past.
I loved that there was no doubt about their feelings for each other from the beginning. And while it still took them some time to finally admit their feelings to each other, we learn why Enzo never felt good enough for Maria, even though deep down he always wanted to be the one for her. And Maria proves time and again that Enzo is who she needs and that she wouldn’t want him any other way. To use Enzo’s words: Hell isn‘t just his playground alone if Maria is his equal. And she is.
Honestly, Brittney is just the absolute best at what she does. She constantly manages to grab and hold your attention. She makes you fall in love with every fictional character she writes and that‘s what I love so much about her books.
And with Brittney you always get it all – the suspense, the romance, the spice, the heartfelt moments and all that‘s in between. If that is what you like, this book is it for you
This is not a typical mafia romance. This is a story of a very slow-burn romance between two people who have been pining for years. Intense feelings between these two are deeply meshed throughout the book.
Enzo has some fierce protection issues for Maria. He is all in but does not feel worthy due to his past activities in life. Maria has loved him forever but also has a past loaded with issues. She did bug me at times by constantly pushing him when he had a lot to work through.
The author keeps us on edge several times and perfectly blends the suspense with their intense feelings. She balances the two lovers and gives them qualities that endear you in this story. Let Me Love You is spicy hot, intense at times, and the ending brings us to a level that just makes the entire book!
This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed the book as a whole. It is well thought out, and paced well, plus she created a fabulous character in Enzo.
"Love is a risk for a woman in danger and a mercenary sworn to protect in a blistering novel of vengeance and redemption by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brittney Sahin. Six years ago, Maria Romano got her birthday wish—a kiss from Enzo Costa. A man she could never take her eyes off, but who seemed as haunted as her favorite book boyfriends and strictly off-limits. Just one unforgettable moment in the dark and then he was gone. Now Maria is a divorced single mom, moving on and open to romance again. Fatefully, it’s with the new head chef at her sister’s Enzo. A gentler man than the one she remembers, yet fire still burns. And a warning still don’t get too close. Enzo is embarking on a new life, too. And falling in love with Maria shouldn’t happen. He has far too much blood on his hands, and he carries his damaged past like a shadow. But he can’t ignore the impulses drawing them back together. When his secrets plunge Maria into danger, Enzo must become the man he once was to keep everyone safe. Will he go off the deep end and never find his way back? Or will Maria be enough to save his soul?"
This book quick read, a little steamy here and there. Great storyline, the storyline has you guessing. I recommend for 18yrs and older. I give this book 4 stars.
Thank you to Montlake, netgalley, and the author for a chance to leave an honest review.
Published Oct 10th, 2023
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i Like the Story and the characters.
so much light and darkness, Familybusiness and Love
great Mafia romance
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Full of heart, suspense, spice and family. It was a fun story and it weaves together former stories/characters (but it isn’t a spoiler for anything and you don’t have to read former books). Enzo and Maria had great chemistry and they sizzled! I really enjoyed this story!
I don't normally read mafia romance books because I find them over the top and unbelievable, but I really enjoy Brittney Sahin is one of my favorites, so I gave it a whirl. I have to say I enjoyed the story. The characters are over the top but in a good way. They definitely keep you engaged in the story. There are points in the story I had to put the book down and walk away due to the amount of steam pouring out of the book. Can't wait for the next one.
I loved this book. It so well written, the characters were relatable and the story line was amazing .
Brittney Sahin has the ability to bring readers into her world that readers will be unable to leave until the end of the story. Her world comes together from all the other series the author has written. Readers do not need to read the other series to understand what is going on in Let Me Love You.
I will admit I am not a fan of mafia type of series because they are always dark, lots of steamy romance and very little story line. While Brittney Sahin does follow the lead of most Mafia type romance stories the author add her own little flare.
Thank you to Netgalley