Title: Matteo
Series: The Syndicates #1
Author: Cala Riley
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2021


I wasn’t supposed to be here. Kidnapped by a stranger and forced to live in his home. So why am I drawn to my captor? Secrets from my past threaten not only myself, but now him. Do I trust the man who kidnapped me or get the hell out of dodge? 

I’ve always done the right thing. Making decisions for myself that were more for the benefit for others. Until I meet her. What started as a good deed may turn into a kidnapping before I know it. She is the first thing I’ve ever wanted for myself. The question is, will I be able to keep her? 



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Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cala Riley have knocked it out of the park with this steamy, suspenseful, heart-gripping and entertaining first book in The Syndicates series. Matteo has irrevocably stolen my heart and has set the bar high for future book boyfriends :))

I was hooked from the very beginning when we meet Vanessa, who is homeless and running from a street thug. She's been living a tough life as an orphan, moving from one foster home to another and then on the street since she was sixteen. She's a survivor, she never lets her guard down and can fend for herself, but the moment she runs into Matteo things take an unexpected turn for her. There's an inexplicable attraction between them, and the dark and handsome mafioso feels an acute urge to protect her. Their relationship starts off unconventional (with Matteo kidnapping her and all that) but getting to know Mateo turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to Vanessa.

These two were perfect for each other. Matteo was swoon-worthy, dark and delicious!! As a mafia man, he was to be ruthless and calculated, but he also had a heart of gold and a deep yearning to find someone to share his life with. And Vanessa was a tough cookie, bright, feisty and challenging, though naΓ―ve in some regards. I enjoyed their banter, but also their easy conversations after she loosened up and got comfortable around Matteo.

Told in dual POV, the story unfolds at a steady-paced, leaving room for character development. The plotline is suspenseful enough to keep you on your toes, and the sexy scenes are over the charts hot. It was an addictive read that had me reading way past my bedtime.


Cala Riley, better known as Cala and Riley, are a pair of friends with a deep seated love of books and writing. Both Cala and Riley are happily married and each have children, Cala with the four-legged kind while Riley has a mixture of both two-legged and four. While they live apart, that does not affect their connection. They are the true definition of family. What started as an idea that quickly turned into a full-length book and a bond that will never end.