“YOU’RE AT MY MERCY NOW, AMORE.”
Sorry, bella. You got dealt the losing hand.
Witness to a crime, you’re my prisoner now.
I didn’t mean for things to happen this way,
But tying you to my bed and making you scream
is an unexpected pleasure. A privilege, really.
And even if I did trust you, now that I’ve had a taste,
I’m not sure I’d let you go…
Redrabbitt VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE WHO EVER SAW THE REAL ME Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 1, 2018 Verified Purchase The story is the second in the Vegas Underground series but can easily read well as a stand-alone story. There will be a mention about people and incidences in King of Diamonds but is told in a way that the reader will not be lost. The story is about sweet, all-American girls who fall in love with mafia men. The story will also include more about Nico and Sondra, some of the battles they must face with his family, the arranged marriage contract, and true love, with a wedding. Corey Simonson hails from Michigan and came to Vegas to attend graduate school, she has been studying psychology but is bored with it. She took a job at Bellimisso as a croupier and has a knack at being able to read players. She will have one man at her table that is off and later that night; she will learn that it is Stefano Tacone, brother to Nico who is engaged to her cousin, Sondra. Stefano is impressed but cautious with Corey, especially after reading her file and knowing her Dad is a fed. He will ask her to work a private game upstairs, away from the casino floor, and it will become a night that changes things for both of them when a player aiming for Nico will pull a gun, and Stefano will kill him. Corey being a witness will now find herself held captive by Stefano and under his demands, which will include punishments. It isn’t all bad, but it goes against everything in Corey to accept being held prisoner and things out of her control. “I might have to admit to myself that I enjoy being his captive. Leaving now would be a disappointment. I’m his captive. If I don’t cooperate, I’m dead.” The plot will have Stefano and Corey getting off on a wrong start, but he tries to make things better, in his way, which is ordered her around. Corey has an independent streak, being a true red-head, and after living with an abusive father, then boyfriend, she doesn’t capitulate easily. She will find herself being punished and at Stefano’s mercy. He has been raised in the mob, taught to be tough, not to cry, and if that means killing, it’s all part of the family. What he wasn’t counting on was the way Corey makes him feel—and that is scary. The way she responds to his dominance is exhilarating and the more he is with her, the more he wants, he is becoming addictive to her. The only downfall, her father, a dirty FBI agent. “I like it way too much. Just like you—a bad bet.” –Corey “I don’t know. You try to define this; it’s not going to fit right. I’m not the one who’s gonna give you the white picket fence. I’m the guy who wants to pull your hair and slap you a** and spoil you rotten.” “I still know our relationship is complicated—considering who our fathers are, but I don’t want to worry about that now. All I care about is getting closer to Corey. Getting into her head. Having her near me at all times.” Stefano and Corey can’t seem to get enough of each other but issues with their families are always going to be there, and plays in the back of their minds. He comes from a Chicago mafia family, with his father serving time in prison, and she comes from middle America with an FBI agent and bully for a father. There is always the threat of trust, is she gathering evidence against him, or does he trust her? He listens to her stories of childhood, the abuse, the beratement, and what she wants and dreams of doing—and then he does what he can to make it happen, like taking her to another casino to play poker, including entering her in high stake games. He seems to be her champion, but do they really trust each other? What happens when something questionable comes up? “I will always defend you.” The story is a page-turner with a great cast of characters, plenty of interaction, with dominance and control by Stefano and submission eventually by Corey. She is no doormat, like her mother, she is a fighter, but knows when it is best to submit. The sex between them is an erotic dance of power exchange and includes punishments. What starts out as imprisonment and forced submission and punishments later becomes consensual. They will be tried by fire and tested between right and wrong, good and evil, and even though there will be a loss of faith, in the end, they will find their way back to each other and will have come through stronger than before. “Justice was served, in its own way. It doesn’t matter to me if it happened on the right or wrong side of the law. My father didn’t uphold those laws.”
Nevena 5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic mafia romance filled with suspense, action, hot romance and magnificent characters! Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 13, 2022 Verified Purchase ♠️ “You tell me when you want it, baby, and I’ll give it to you good.” ~~~ Stefano is Nico Tacone’s younger brother and the Head of Security at the Bellissimo casino. He’s one dangerous, cocky, arrogant and controlling man. And he definitely has the Tacone temper. I really loved his possessiveness, dominance and dirty talking mouth. Even more, Stefano’s one attentive and thoughtful man and I loved him very much. Corey is a card dealer in the casino and Sondra’s cousin. I loved how smart, confident and sassy she is. Even more, I loved that she knew when to hold her own and when to back down. She’s a woman who definitely knows how to handle herself, read people and pay attention. Corey’s so awesome and I adored her! I really enjoyed everything that happened between Corey and Stefano. When a private high stakes game goes wrong and Corey becomes witnesses of a crime, she’s taken prisoner and locked in Stefano’s bedroom. From the very beginning their chemistry was explosive, naughty and filled with blazing hot passion. But there was also a lot of family drama they had to deal with and it took some time for both to open up and trust each other. Their road to happiness was definitely a bumpy one. Nevertheless, Corey and Stefano were so perfect for each other and I absolutely loved their interactions. Oh, the Tacone men are just so irresistible! Overall, the story is another fantastic addition to the series. It’s filled with suspense, danger, action, scorching hot romance and magnificent characters! I loved it and cannot wait to see what happens next in the Tacone family
De Reese Robinson 5.0 out of 5 stars You taught me to love Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 29, 2023 Verified Purchase This series get better and better and the best part of it, you get to see into the lives of the ones before. Corey is a coupier at the Ballisimo Hotel and Casino when she's approached by a guy trying to cheat. Being the honest person she is she gets security involved only to find out it was a test by the New head of security Stefan Tacones. Stefan is the hot headed little brother of Nico. Stefan finds himself enthralled by the red head and his dominance is stronger than ever. Will Cory allow Stefan that power over her after the way she was raised? This is definitely a must read.