When I met Rafe Morelli, he didn’t look like the biggest
mistake I’d ever make; he seemed closer to the crime family version of Prince
Charming. Charismatic, beautiful, and attentive—with an intoxicating air of
power—Rafe was the stuff of my darkest fantasies.
What we had should have been a simple fling,
no-strings-attached. My hot weekend with the sexy, dominant Vegas boss—a
harmless memory to replay once I returned to my quiet, predictable life.
One tiny hitch in that plan: a panty-melting memory isn’t
all he left behind. Now the stakes have changed, and I’m faced with a potentially
life-altering decision. Do I stay away and enjoy my status as the only woman in
known history who has played in the Morelli flames without getting burned, or
do I risk everything and step back into the fire?
Adult Fiction | Romance | Contemporary | Dark Romance
***Received a copy through a Give Me Books Promotions Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review***
Oh my…. oh my Sam I am in love, head over heels in love with Sam Mariano. I need her twisted brain in my life always and forever. She has completely slayed me, I am gutted and dangling like a barbecued pig on fire pit. The entire time I was reading I was beyond beguiled, conflicted and thinking to myself – Well shit…. WHAT THE HELL IF SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN NOW?
I did not know what to expect going into this. I have heard different things about Mariano, this was dark romance, this was intense – all things I love. But what I got was so much more. Staying in Vegas was such a colossal emotional grip with the sweetest torture that is still making me melt off my seat.
Normally this is the point where I would dive into each main character, and I definitely will to a point but honestly…. the character dynamics, their personalities, their connections cannot be split with such a twisted plot.
On one hand we have the devious, dripping with sexual aura, King of Crime himself, Rafe Morelli who gets a quick fictitious kick to his balls with Laurel Price shows up on his door step in Vegas; this young, sweetly innocent woman who he had a short love affair with two months prior, one he wouldn’t mind recreating until she drops a bomb on him – life altering that he cannot wrap his mind around. The moments between Laurel and Rafe are panty-dropping, the steam radiated from my loins which quickly go into earth shattering pain between them as Rafe pushes Laurel away. As quickly as Laurel wants to see Rafe, see if he is the man she finds herself daydreaming about to realizing he is not the same and leaves him as quickly as she appeared on his doorstep.
This is when things get even more juicy…
This novel is from the perspective Laurel and Rafe with the most scrumptious side meat, Christian “Sin” Sinclair. He is the enforcer to Rafe, but when Rafe pisses his chances with Laurel, Sin swoops in with his own set of plans – one that involves kidnapping in the most wickedly, heart pounding ways that still sends chills down my spin. Once Sin gets involved with Laurel she really becomes this force, she is a feisty submissive in the middle of a storm of two alpha-males itching to be the dominating factor to tame the young woman.
At this point I cannot describe my feelings in coherent paragraph. I am entirely conflicted. Who gets Laurel? What happens next? The broody, sexy Enforcer or the cunning, charismatic King. I am in one hell of a ride… I just know it.
I am completely ashamed of myself… I never read the Morellis series, hell I never knew this woman existed until now, so I know that I am missing some of the details going into the Vegas Morellis Series, but not like you would think. This is definitely a spinoff trilogy to the main series, so it can be read without reading the other series. I will admit though I have a HUGE plan on going back and reading the Morellis series because I need more.
Bottom line this was phenomenal. I cannot gush enough about how much Staying in Vegas slayed my soul. Every twist and turn Mariano took me for was nothing short of a whirlwind of emotions to the point I was conflicted, bat-shit crazy hot mess, and above all questioning my sanity. The sexual tension with such a massive torturous slow build plus the character dynamics were beyond wickedly delicious – this is the definition of perfection in dark romance.
This is me diving into Sinning in Vegas – hope you are heading that way yourself.
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Releasing August 3, 2018
Sam Mariano loves to write edgy, twisty romantic reads with
complicated characters you’re left thinking about long after you turn the last
page. Her favorite thing about indie publishing is the ability to play by your
own rules! If she isn’t reading one of the thousands of books on her to-read
list, writing her next book, or playing with her adorable preschooler…
actually, that’s about all she has time for these days.