His Brutal Heart, West Coast Mobsters #2 by Leighton Greene

His Brutal Heart, the second entry to Leighton Greene's West Coast Mobsters series is full of intrigue, suspense and steam. Is Teddy an undercover agent meant to bring Sandro Castellani down, or should Sandro ignore his instincts and trust the beautiful man who seems equally obsessed and attracted to Sandro as he is to Teddy?

From the blurb:

The ultimate forbidden love: a Mafia Boss and his captive.

I'm a man without mercy. A Mafia heir.
Brutality was all that ever made sense to me...
Until I saw him.

Unfortunately, he happens to be the sole witness to my latest crime.
That should mean one thing.

But one look into those pleading blue eyes, and I lost myself.

I let a beauty live…
But - beast that I am - I’ve locked him away.

Little by little, he charms his way out of his cell and into my bed, until I begin to wonder which of us is the real prisoner.

After all, I’m the one trapped by my own brutal heart.

And that oh-so-innocent beauty I took and kept?

He has secrets of his own.

Secrets that could destroy me.


His Brutal Heart is the second book in the West Coast Mobsters series. Follow the men of the Los Angeles underworld in this page-turning romantic suspense series as they find love, danger and mystery in the most unexpected places.

Each book in this series tells the love story of a different couple who find their happy ending, as well as a resolution to the mystery they're investigating, but there are cliffhangers to the wider suspense plot for the series.

Content advisory notes are available to view on the Copyright page via Look Inside or by downloading the sample.

SNik's Review:

Second in series (West Coast Mobsters), must be read in order due to overarching storyline. Mystery/suspense/action. Instalove. Dual POV. 

His father murdered, Alessandro is the new Don Castellani trying to ensure his loyalty base while looking for his father’s killer. Teddy is obsessed with everything mafia, especially Sandro Castellani, and in trying to get an updated picture of Sandro for an underground mafia website, Teddy witnesses Sandro survive a hit. Sandro can’t afford to trust anyone, and he only plans to let Teddy live as long as he is useful, but their attraction is causing Sandro to question his instinct, he knows Teddy is keeping secrets. 

Both Sandro and Teddy feel alone but their instant connection and chemistry overcomes their hesitancy and soon they can’t imagine being without each other. Sandro quickly becomes a protective, possessive man when it comes to Teddy, and Teddy wants nothing more than to be the most important thing to one person. Teddy fits easily into Sandro’s life and wants to support him, and Sandro finds he can have a partner to share his thoughts and plans with and allow himself to trust again. 

The power imbalance eases as affection grows, and Teddy is a capable and intelligent complement to Sandro’s ruthless and vengeful temperament. Sandro’s friendship with Jack and his tense relationship with his brother Julian are compelling and all of Sandro’s interactions with Teddy are intense. 

There is plenty of investigating, some action, and some really steamy scenes, as well as some fun cameos from characters from the author’s Morelli Family series. 

His Brutal Heart is a really enjoyable and entertaining read.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

His Brutal Heart is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.