Capo is the 6th book in Nicolina’s Russo Saga books, and I have to tell you, I think that it is the darkest one yet. It is the story of Luciano Salvatore, who is the aforementioned capo, or head of the mafia family.
So, here’s our story. We start out with Chloe. She’s in Chicago where she has left her friend Kerry with her cousin, helping to hide Kerry from Christian, who was supposed to kill her. (Redemption and Absolution)
Fast forward 18 months, Christian has seriously gone off the rails, trying to find Kerry, and is drunk and crazy. During his crazy time, he decides that Chloe knows where she is, so he’s going to get Chloe to tell him. He beats her, mercilessly. He leaves her with a brain bleed, broken arm, broken ribs, and all manners of bruises, bumps, welts, and terrible things.
Then we have Luciano, who wants everyone to think that he’s happy, who kind of maybe thinks he’s happy, but he’s really not. He’s kind of just empty. He’s a monster, he knows he’s a monster, and he’s going to be a monster until he dies. He’s going to take women, hurt them while he fucks them, kill his enemies, and rule with an iron fist. Then, Chloe shows up. She lied to get into his house, saying that she knew where Kerry was, because she really wants to tell Luciano Salvatore off. She wants to point out what his fucknut nephew did to her, how he ruined her life, how he ruined Kerry’s life, and how it’s all Salvatore’s fault. Only, Luciano isn’t going to put up with that. Nor is he one to let an opportunity pass him by. He was just thinking that the prostitutes he’s been using don’t have any fight or spirit about them, and he wants to have a girl who will fight him but that he can train to be exactly who and what he wants. So, when already broken Chloe walks in, his cock gets hard and then he gets an idea. An awful idea. A wonderful, awful idea. He’s going to keep Chloe and break her so that she will be his little fuck doll.
He has one of his men throw her into a padded room under his bedroom, naked, unfed, soaking wet, hurting, with a damaged cast, and chained. Salvatore is going to break her, by leaving her there and basically brainwashing her.
This book does take place over a long stretch of time, and there is some overlap with Christian and Kerry’s story, but you don’t have to have read those books to read this one. It does fill up some holes though, because you are seeing things from a different POV.
I didn’t like Luci before we went into this book. I mean, really just kinda hated him a lot. And this book really didn’t help the case. I really fucking hated him during huge swaths of this book. You might think that this is a redemption book, but it’s really not. Luci doesn’t really want redeemed. He gets better, somewhat, but not redeemed, at least not in my opinion. He does go through a lot in this book, and there is a lot of upheaval in his personal life, family, and business. Those upheavals really throw him off balance, which you wouldn’t think would happen, considering who he is, but there you go. I don’t love him, but I don’t think I hate him at the end of the book. I don’t trust him so far as I can spit, but I don’t hate him.
Chloe is just fascinating. I love her defiance and her spirit. She’s strong, stubborn, loyal, and smart. I think that she’s also more than just a little devious. She may also be a little impulsive, and if she had been a little less impulsive, she might not have ended up where she was. I think that she is very good for Luci. I’m not going to say that she’s his conscience, because I think that it’s impossible for him to actually ever have a conscience, but she is something for and to him.
I’m kinda hoping that this isn’t the last book, because we get to know Angela a little more, and I would like to see her story. I would also like to see more of what happens with Luci and Chloe.
My favorite part of the entire book is when Chloe curses Salvatore, because, frankly, I think that her curse works.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading.