Welcome to the
(Russo Saga, #1)
Publication date: March 29th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Anything can happen during the hot nights in the Dominican Republic.
I just wanted a tan and to sip drinks with little umbrellas in them. I didn’t know that vacation would mean sex with a hot stranger, being drugged, and nearly killed. My instincts tell me there’s more to the smooth facade of Nathan Russo, but my heart won’t listen. He’s my opposite, hot where I’m cool, experienced while I’ve never really lived. What starts out as a sexy fling can’t be more. Can it?
I’m a dangerous man with a mission to complete and people to kill. Sydney Lewis might literally cost me my life. As the stakes increase, I have to decide whether to follow my head or my heart. My life is too dangerous, I’m too much of a monster. She’s a good girl. She can’t be a part of this. I have to be cruel. I have to cut her out.
But she’s the only one who can save me.
Heat will take you on a journey to paradise, through Hell, and back.
Publisher’s Note: This dark romance is intended for adult readers only and may contain triggers for some readers. It contains elements of danger, adventure, steamy scenes, adult language and a guaranteed HEA. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
Q: Hello Nicolina Martin. You are releasing your second novel, Heat, in a
few days, the first in a new mafia series about the Russos, we want to know
all about it, but first: tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: Hi! Well, I’m a Swedish born gal who has never written in Swedish, even
though it’s my first language. I work as a radiologist, I’m a mom of three
teenage girls and three cats. I live and breathe writing, and my mind works
on plots and dialogue non-stop. I make a little space every week to sing in
a gospel choir, I love my tiny little garden, and to drive my car really
Q: What inspired you to start writing?
A: A long time ago I wrote fanfiction. I wrote for several years and
learned a lot about the trade, both through the instant response you get
when you post chapter by chapter, but also through some brilliant authors I
met, who are still my friends. Several of them have gone on to publish
books. I always wanted to write a real book, that was my own, but didn’t
think I had it in me, until I suddenly had. January 2018 my first story
took off, and it’s actually Heat, but it’s had many, many versions between
then and now.
Q: How would you describe your genre and your favorite trope?
A: Sizzling hot romance with a ton of suspense and lots of darkness.
Favorite trope by far is enemies to lovers. It’s built in to some extent, a
little, or a lot, in most of my stories. There’s just something extra hot
with that dynamic that gets my juices flowing. I mean creative! 🙂
Q: What attracts you to the darker side of romance?
A: I don’t even see myself as that dark, but many say I am. I work a lot
with emotions, and angst. The situations I put my characters in are tense,
and sometimes they balance on the edge between life and death. That creates
a certain darkness. What attracts me to it is that I get to play with all
the feels and bring my reader, and myself, to the edge of the seat in agony
before I give us some relief, and the happy ending of course.
Q: How dark is too dark? Where do you draw the line and tell yourself, hell
A: Are you asking how dark I can write, or how dark my books can be? I
think I can write the darkest imaginable. I’ll leave that up to your own
imagination. I’m even thinking of creating a separate pen name, because
there are things I’d love to explore. What you won’t find in my books is
the hero tying up the heroine in a dank basement, torturing her until she
loves him. That’s not my kind of darkness.
Q: Now, tell us about the Russos. Who are they? How did you come up with
A: Oh yes! The Russo Saga. We’re embarking on a journey that I don’t know
when and where it will end. Several books are lined up for publishing
during 2019 and even more are being plotted as we speak. We get to follow a
mafia family with sister and brother Bianca Russo and Luciano Salvatore at
the helm. Bianca runs a business of organized crime in Chicago, and Luciano
owns the whole west coast of the USA, with his seat in San Francisco.
Bianca has five children, Christian, Nathan, Matteo, Luca, and Angela.
There are also trusted co-workers and friend in this inner circle. Everyone
will have their own book in due time.
First out is Nathan Russo who goes on a mission to exotic Dominican
Republic. He meets innocent Sydney Lewis who goes there on vacation and
sparks fly from the very first gaze. Nathan has a dark side to his persona
as well as his sexuality, and Sydney gets to explore both her innermost
desires as well as fears.
The Russos came to be when my friend and critique partner pointed at
several works in progress I had last autumn and said: girl, these can all
go together, they can all be a part of the same world. I saw what she saw
and the rest is history. Within five minutes I had the whole backstory and
clan made up. They begged to be written.
Q: What can we expect in the future?
A: More of the Russos of course. Much more. I have material in my head that
will keep giving us books through 2020. I hope to get to spend many, many
hours with these enticing people, and to keep my readers on their toes.
Q: Is this a series that needs to be read in order?
A: Every book is a standalone, except for a duet that I’m working on at the
moment. They won’t need to be read in any particular order. No single event
depends on that you know what happened in the other books. There will
however be an enhanced experience from reading them in the order I publish
them, because you’ll get to know the whole cast a little more with each
book as they make cameos in each other’s books.
Q: What inspires you to write?
A: Movies, music, other books, real life, and my own writing. I always have
plots running around my mind, and they give birth to more plots. Sometimes
I listen to music, and the last few months it’s been lots of seventies
rock. On my website www.nicolinamartin.com under the tab Books, you’ll find
two playlists for Break My Chains, my previous book. They represent pretty
well what I’ve listened to lately.
Q: Favorite authors? Who are your one-clicks?
A: Ohh, too many. I’m a huge fan of Stephen King and Jodi Picoult. I love
Meghan March, Jennifer Bene, Addison Cain, Zoe Blake and Renee Rose. Lots
of good fun and hot power exchange in those!
Q: Last, but not least: where can we stalk you?
A: Well, my home address is— just kidding. I mentioned my website
www.nicolinamartin.com. I always keep it updated. You can find links to
everything there, for instance make sure to follow me on Amazon and Bookbub.
I’m very active on Facebook and have a great reader group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/martinsmisfits/ Welcome to join!
I hope you’ll enjoy my new release Heat, and the dangerously hot Russo boys
as much as I do!
Fingers thread through my hair.
I don’t move, my heart speeds up. In an instant, I remember where I am. What I have done. I slept on his lap, knowing it was an open invitation to something I still can’t articulate. I fight to control my breathing and try not to stir, because I don’t want him to know I’m awake. I want to see where he takes this.
I realize I’m holding my breath and force myself to breathe again. I try to inhale calmly, but it catches in my throat. His arm, draped around my waist, tightens. He knows I’m awake, knows I’m not objecting, and he’s not stopping.
His hand slides under the blanket. It’s hot on my skin through my thin blouse. He traces a path along my arm down to my hand that lies in front of my chest, then he moves and places his palm below my breasts, letting it rest there. A finger slides across my nipple. It stiffens instantly. It screams for his attention, and that light brush is far from satisfying. I forget to breathe, and then I just give up on it altogether. I want more. This feels so kinky. So forbidden.
I have to force myself to stay still.
His hand hovers over my nipple, then he pinches it gently and I gasp, spikes of want surging through me. This pretending-to-sleep routine is going to be hard to keep up. When I don’t object, he grows bolder and cups my breast and squeezes. Carefully at first, and then with more force. He suddenly stills and I hear the soft steps of someone approaching.
“Is there anything you need, sir? Coffee? A pillow for yourself?”
“Thank you. I’m good,” he answers cheerfully.
“She seems to be having a good sleep.”
“Oh yes. Anyone would envy her.” His voice reverberates through his chest.
Oh yes indeed!
His hand starts exploring again. It moves down along my belly and I tense up like a piano wire. Is he going where I think he’s going? But then I feel his warm palm on my naked skin as he pushes his hand under my blouse and moves upward again. He pushes up my bra, freeing my breasts, pinching first one nipple and then the other before he firmly squeezes my breasts, paying good attention to them both. I squirm and am barely able to stifle the moan that wants to escape my throat. His other hand rests on my head, toying with my hair, then taking more of a forceful hold of it as his breathing changes, gets more labored. I like it. I like that I affect him as much as he affects me.
When his hand abandons my breasts, I miss its presence immediately. I wonder if he’s done exploring, but he changes direction, caressing along my stomach and then down the front of my hip. Oh—Oh my God! Sliding his hand down my skirt, he pulls it up until his fingers rest scorching hot on my thigh. Agonizingly slow, he feels his way up my thigh until his hand rests on my panties. Panties that are drenched with moisture.
When a finger starts circling my clit through the fabric, I can’t help the moan that escapes me.
Nicolina Martin is a Swedish born author who escapes the long, dark winter nights by writing hot contemporary romance/suspense.
She’s a mother of three teenage girls, a medical doctor, a quirky loner, and a social human being. She has traveled the globe, has had more lovers than she can count, has loved and hated, succeeded and failed, has gone through marriage and divorce. She has seen darkness and despair, as well as light and happiness.
All these experiences, she pours into her tales, taking her readers for a wild ride while twisting their minds. She loves showing that stories can be different even if the trope is the same.
Nicolina believes that life is too short for regrets and in looking forward, no matter what. She wants to enjoy every moment, and cherish life.
To find out more about Nicolina Martin, visit her official website.