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From international best-selling author Catherine Wiltcher comes a brand new stand-alone mafia romance.

“A beautifully written gem of a story” (USA Today best-selling author, Charmaine Pauls)

She’s a debt no sinner can pay....

They call this place the Billionaires’ Playground. I, Aiden Knight, staked my claim the minute I arrived. My casino is the hottest church in town, and vice is the only confession required. Issa Dubova is the queen of cloudy diamonds: An innocent. A Bratva princess. And my new wife....

She’s nothing more than revenge to me: a pretty bargain for the names of the men who killed my father. I never asked to see the shape of her heartI never asked for her to fill the blank spaces of mine....

Black Skies Riviera is an enemies-to-lovers mafia romance with no cliff-hanger and a guaranteed HEA. For mature listeners only.

©2020 Catherine Wiltcher (P)2021 Pink Flamingo Productions, LLC

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Interesting enough...

Interesting enough to see this through to the end.... got a bit lost in the sexual encounters but the overall theme and plot was good.What made this so difficult was the narration and some of the attempted accents were terrible and had me having to stop listening for a while and re-group.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 29-06-2021

FIVE GLEAMING GOLD STARS

When you start a new book by an author you haven’t met before there’s a crossing of fingers and high hopes that the story is going to be a good one.. and wow this story was way better than just good.. it was great.

Aiden and Issa’s turbulent and treacherous road to their happily ever after didn’t quite go the way either one had cunningly planned with their webs of secrets and lies. But thankfully, after the friction, flames and fireworks of their relationship.. after the twists, bloodshed and revelations.. and, after all the snarky, sneaky and sinister monsters of the suspenseful plot got what they deserved, there is a HEA for this arranged match. It starts with a contract.. it’s volatile through the sizzles and sex.. and it’s an action-packed swim through shark infested waters.. but thankfully the Epilogue holds nothing but happiness.

Worth a credit? Yes, it’s a well-written web of everything I love in a good Mafia/Bratva story and the pace, rewards and revelations of the plot was perfect. The other thing that was perfect was the dual POV narration by Elizabeth and Gregory.. Gregory you had a few accents to do and, IMO, you rocked each one.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 29-06-2021

Captivating!

This is my first book by tgis author and I'm completely blown away.

This story is a dark romantic suspense!
The twists abd turns the plot took was unpredictable and had me at the edge of my seat.

The narration was on point. Both the narrators performed a fantastic audio delivery and narration.

I'll definitely be Re-listening to this one-time soon!


If you are looking for a dark, dangerous romance, with angst and suspense this is for you

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  • Bette
  • 22-06-2021

A Profoundly Awesome Story! Excellent Narration🎧

This is my second book written by Catherine Wiltcher and she blew my mind once again with another amazing story. She is a gifted author with an impressive and creative mind, her store swept me write in, it captivated my attention for the entire book. It is the type of book that you can not put down because you need to know what happens next. This romantic suspense is dark and twisted, it takes you to the edge of your seat at times and there are several mind-blowing twists that you never see coming nor would have ever guessed. Aiden Knight’s parents were murdered when he was 16, he turned to the one person who can help him find the killers and get revenge. Tommaso Zaccaria is the head of the Zaccaria family, a powerful mob family. But he does not give with out getting so Aiden needs to make a deal to get what he wants, that entails devoting 14 years of his life to Zaccaria. The story fast forwards 14 years, Aiden has done very well for himself, owning several businesses including a casino. He has connections and business dealings with several mob families, including the Italians and the Russians. He is at the cusp of getting his revenge for his parents murder but he has to do one more thing, which is to marry Ielena “Issa” Dubova, the daughter of a Russian Bratva boss. He was not expecting this development but has to go along, he is not happy about it, nor is he happy about how it come into play. Issa was not the intended bride but she too had no choice, she is protecting her sister and doing her duty as a Bratva Princess. Issa and Aiden first meet as strangers to each other, the meeting did not go well at all and impressions of each other were not good at all. So when it came time for them to officially meet a crappy situation got even crappier. Issa thought she was marrying a Zaccaria and did not know what to make of the change, Aiden started to put more of the pieces together when he found out it was that it was the sister who was the intended. The chemistry between Aiden and Issa was explosive, the dialogue and back and forth banter was amazing, Issa could give as good as she got. While Aiden could be ruthless but he had a soft side he seldom showed anyone. I loved how everything played out in this book, the story is cleverly plotted, with plenty of drama, angst, twists and turns, mystery, thrilling suspense, heartfelt emotions and some hot romance. Catherine Wiltcher, thank you for another awesome story and emotional rollercoaster ride, I loved every minute of it.

🎧📚🎧 Elizabeth Russell and Gregory Salinas were the perfect cast to bring these characters and their story to life. They were awesome at portraying the characters, giving each their own distinct voice, accents included. They had a complete understanding of each character they played, I loved how they took each role and made it their own, sounding believable and just as I pictured the character to sound. Gregory Salinas played Aiden masterfully and Elizabeth Russell did the same for Issa. Both were awesome playing the secondary characters as well. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all of the characters emotions which was reflected into their performance. These two talented voice artists are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen.

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  • Lynnz
  • 24-06-2021

WOW!!! Great Mafia Romance

I received this audiobook free for an honest review as a member of the Pink Flamingo Productions review team. This was a great story. The author brings in the listener/reader and doesn't let go. Couldn't put it down. Love this story that is complete with an HEA. The cast of characters are very diverse. British, French, Russian, Italian. All of the nationalities and mafias. Aiden and Issa are very different yet both are intelligent, beautiful people. The author gives us a very creative, thorough, professional story. Looking for more stories by this author. The narrators were excellent with the different characters and the different accents. Really enjoyed this audio book.

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 09-07-2021

Amazing story!

I loved so much about this book! The storyline was very interesting and kept my ears tuned in! The characters are deep! I really never knew who to believe or not to believe. I was really kept on my toes so much that I slowed down the narration so I could focus on every word. This has so many wonderful characters plus that whole mafia life is just mind boggling to me.

This is a new to me author and I grabbed this book on a whim. SO glad I did! I did listen to it on audio and the narration was good. I wish there was more from Gregory Salinas. I enjoy listening to him. Elisabeth Russell is a new to me narration. She was easy to listen to but the males (2)didn't sound to English…not that its a deterrent to not listen it just bothered me at times.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 04-07-2021

A Dark Mafia Romance!

This is a beautifully written enemies-to-lovers dark mafia romance. Aiden and Issa's story is intense, suspenseful, and captivating, filled with danger, secrets, betrayal, and twists and turns. Aiden is the perfect antihero, dark, ruthless, and revengeful. Issa is strong, and smart. I loved to see again the characters from Hearts of Darkness, the first book in The Santiago Trilogy. Elizabeth Russell and Gregory Salinas did a great job with the narration. If you like dark mafia romance, this audiobook is for you. #PinkFlamingoProductions #TheFlock #AudiobookObsession

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  • Belinda Fender
  • 20-07-2021

Excellent 👌

One of the best books I've heard! Truly holds your interest. I normally don't write reviews but this story deserves it.

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  • Menotah Bolland
  • 05-07-2021

Black Skies Riviera

"Fell." He feeds the word into the space between us like a morsel of truth. "You're making me feel, princess. And that's the most dangerous thing of all." ~ Aiden Knight, Black Skies Riviera by Catherine Wiltcher

Aiden is on a mission to find out who killed his parents. After fourteen years serving with La Famiglia, he is eagerly awaiting the names of his parents' killers when he is told there has been an amendment to the agreement and he must wed Issa Dubov, the daughter of a Russian mafia leader. As secrets start to come out, all bets are off.

Black Skies Riviera is my first book by Catherine Wiltcher and I am still fairly new to mafia romances. I enjoyed the story and the twists and turns. Aiden was witty but a little over the top at times and Issa seemed like she was always trying too hard at whatever emotion she was trying to convey. By the end of the book, they were good together but it took a bit to get there.

Gregory Salinas did a good job as a British character. This was my first experience with Elisabeth Russell and I enjoyed her as a narrator. Both narrators did a good job of bringing the story to life.

Rating ... 3.5 Maple Leafs
Genre/Trope ... Mafia Romance, Dark Romance, Crime Romance, Arranged Marriage, Virgin Romance, Romantic Suspense
POV ... First-Person (Aiden and Issa)

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  • C Reads
  • 03-07-2021

Enjoyed!

Having first picked up Ms.Wiltcher's work for the first time earlier this year I've been looking forward to getting into more of her books! This one caught my eye right away and I couldn't wait to get into this audiobook! I enjoyed it!

This was my first time listening to Elizabeth Russell and my second time listening to Gregory Salinas! These two and their narration were great! I truly enjoyed what both of them brought to the story with their narration as Issa and Aiden!

This journey wasn't an easy one. I liked the fact that it was quick to get my attention and how I felt many different things with both characters. I finished listening to it in one sitting!

With Black Skies Riviera, Ms.Wiltcher has created such a good story! I am so looking forward to listening to more audiobooks narrated by both Elizabeth Russell and Gregory Salinas!

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  • S. Cole
  • 03-07-2021

Black Skies Riviera

*Chef's Kiss* This book is everything. Catherine Wiltcher has created an incredible story full of action, suspense, twists, and romance all mixed up with a dash of Mafia. Aiden is seeking revenge for the murder of his parents. Aiden has been waiting 14 years to be able to gain the information he needs to fulfill his revenge. Only before he can get the first name he has to get married. Issa is stuck as a pawn of her family. Issa is the youngest daughter of the Russian Bratva. A marriage between Mafiosi and Bratva is a powerful thing. When the sparks finally happen between Aiden and Issa they turn instantly into a raging inferno. i loved this book. Elizabeth Russell and Gregory Salinas blew this narration out of the universe! This was a super difficult book with constant accents changing from Russian, French, and British. They both were absolutely phenomenal.

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  • Cindy
  • 27-06-2021

Intense!

Black Skies Riviera grabbed my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning all the way until the end. It is filled with danger, suspense, betrayal, secrets and lies. Aiden and Issa's story is intense with lots of twists and turns. Aiden is ruthless and out for revenge. Issa is strong and will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. Elizabeth Russell and Gregory Salinas both did an amazing job bringing this story to life.
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  • Katharoo
  • 26-07-2021

Aiden and Issa. #14

Wow that was an action packed, mafia whose who thrilling listen!

This is just my second book by Catherine Wiltcher and she writes amazing twisted and suspenseful stories.

It starts with a shocking marriage between Aiden and Issa and wow everything that is exposed while we are taken along are shocking. You don’t see the deception with all the players. Exciting book, smouldering chemistry between Aiden and Issa that makes following along so it leaves you not able to do anything else but finishing up the book.

The narration was amazing. I haven’t heard Elizabeth much but really got carried away in her performance of Izza. Issa is so strong and fierce with her protectiveness of her sister. Innocent yet emotionally strong. The match up of her with Aiden is so, so sexy. There a lot of wow moments that really showed she was a whole lot more than I originally thought.

Aiden played by Gregory Salinas is swoon worthy. That British accent is soooo dreamy. Aiden is a complex man hunting for revenge for his slain parents and it’s been 14 years and he wants to have that revenge so he can finally start again especially now that he has found Issa.

Awesome audiobook produced by Pink Flamingo Productions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-2021

Really liked this one

First time reading this authors work, but I really loved it. Aiden was an asshole, but a cheeky one and I liked that. I'm in awe of Issa's strength, she's naive but incredibly strong at the same time. The chemistry between the two is raw, scorching hot and off the charts.
I loved every plot-twist and turn, very intricately weaved by the author.
The narrators complemented each other well and suited the characters.

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  • Gillek2
  • 10-07-2021

Aiden and Issa!

Aiden is not a good man and has never and will never claim to be one. He has spent the last 14 years preparing for the day when he will finally be able to exact the vengeance he needs, however he now finds out for that to happen he not only needs to marry Issa but get something from her that she doesn’t want to give up.

Issa has her own reasons for agreeing to the marriage however her reasons come from love rather than vengeance. She is no meek mafia princess but a strong woman who isn’t about to let anyone stand between her and what she wants and that includes Aiden.

Two people who find themselves on opposite sides take us on a journey filled with secrets, suspense and steam as under the direst of circumstances realize they are destined to be much more than enemies. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 08-07-2021

Good entertaining story

I really liked the story, the suspense and the plotline were good, the characters fell a bit flat, but overall I enjoyed the story. The timing is the one thing I didn't like, all in a week, I think it needed more, and more time to built everything around the story and the character's connections. Elizabeth Russell and Gregory Salinas narrated the audiobook and it's so good, way better than reading it for sure.

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  • Garden girl
  • 04-07-2021

Intense, exciting story

I really love this book, the second in Catherine Wiltcher's series, with the intense Raven/Aiden and the loyal, huge hearted Issa. With a plot reeling around the burning desire for revenge and the protective instincts of a loving heart, both characters display the two halves of the same coin, that of passionate commitment to their individual causes.
Overall, this audio adaptation is very good, though I have to say, in all honesty, that the 'English' accents of both narrators were, frequently, somewhat grating, for example the pronunciation of quayside as kway side???? It's simply pronounced 'key' side. I know it's a bit petty, but, so often an English accent becomes some kind of horrible hybrid of Etonian, weird cockney, with smattering of Australian thrown in. Both of these narrators are skilled and experienced, but we don't speak like a cross between the Artful Dodger and Prince Charles.
Again, great story, dark and intense, with two narrators who are also gifted story tellers.💖💖💖💖

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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 02-07-2021

H-E-L-L-A HOT!!!!

Swoon!!! Oh wow, there are not enough words to say how much I loved this book. I was captivated from the get go. I cannot believe how good the narration was. It was on point and so very good. The characters and the storyline are amazing. I bought the book so I could have both!! Definitely worth a credit.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 30-06-2021

Wow! I'm Impressed!

Some parts were a little hard to keep up with for me. That is most likely a personal thing. Anyway. I really enjoyed the read. It's not something I really thought I would like. The cover is really pretty as well. I loved the narrators in this book as well. I'm curious to see if this becomes a series. If so, I wonder where it's going to go from there. There are so many possibilities.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 23-06-2021

Brilliant

This is such a great book. With an intense storyline it’s packed with action. The characters are great. Both Elizabeth and Gregory give excellent performances.
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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 22-06-2021

Mafia Romance

Black Skies Riviera by Catherine Wiltcher is a standalone mafia romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Elizabeth Russell and Gregory Salinas.

This is the second book of Catherine's that I have read and it definitely won't be my last. I was pulled in from the first chapter and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I loved the relationship that bloomed between Aiden and Issa. I really enjoyed getting both of their points of view throughout the book. It really brought the story to life.

Elizabeth and Gregory did a great job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book if you like mafia romances, enemies to lovers romance, or romantic suspense.


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