Thursday, June 7, 2018

Review: Sinning in Vegas by Sam Mariano

Life in Vegas was no fairy tale. Prince Charming turned out to be a well-dressed frog, and my dark knight cuffed me to his bed. One left his mark on my body; one left his mark on my heart. Both taught me an important lesson: the high-stakes games they play in Sin City are too rich for my blood.

Fleeing Vegas and the sexy monsters who live there was the first good decision I’ve made in a while. All I want to do now is lick my wounds and get back to my boring, normal life. Studying for finals with an ironic mug full of lemon tea, backyard cook-outs courtesy of my brother-in-law, and binge-watching old shows with my sister every night—that is the life I want back. No more pulse-pounding sexiness, no more ruthless bad guys clawing my heart apart for their own purposes.

All I want is to be normal again. That’s it.

The problem is, I’m not sure it’s possible to get back to normal once the Morelli family gets involved…

Book 2 of 3 in the Vegas Morelli family trilogy!
Note: This is not a standalone.
Book one must be read before you read this one.

5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

If you have not read Staying in Vegas, please note that this review my contain spoilers.  You must read that book first.

As we learned in book one, Laurel spent one weekend with Rafe Morelli and it left her with a baby in her belly and a permanent connection to this mob boss.  When she goes to Vegas to tell him, his reaction is completely unexpected and shocking.  She plans to go back home but Rafe’s enforcer, Sin has other plans for her.  He makes sure that she cannot leave Vegas until she is willing to talk to Rafe again after he has made some sense of the situation.  But what Sin did not plan for was Laurel falling for him and there is no way he planned on falling for her.  He cannot act on his feelings because Rafe is his boss. He pushes her away, hoping it sends her right back into the arms of Rafe.

Sinning in Vegas takes place exactly where we left off.  Laurel goes back to Chicago and is planning to visit her sister and tell her everything.  But when Mia shows up with a plan of her own, Laurel is willing to hear her out, well maybe she didn’t really have a choice.  Either way after going home with Mia and confronting Rafe she decides to give him another shot, hoping to make something between them work.  Plus she has a back up plan in case it does not work out.  While she is willing to try with Rafe, there is just one problem and his name is Sin.  Living with Rafe in Vegas means seeing Sin more than she would like to, because seeing him just brings back all of those feelings, breaking her heart all over again.  She needs to move on from her feelings for him in order to give Rafe a fair chance.  Will she ever get over Sin and find happiness with Rafe?  Will Rafe see what is right in front of him and give them his blessing?  Will Laurel have to resort to plan B leaving them both behind?  Agh!!!  So many questions!!  But you will have to read to find out how this one plays out. 

I cannot tell you how much I love Sin.  That man is sex on a stick with a side of love and compassion that will make your heart melt and your ovaries explode.  I was rooting for him and Laurel hard.  I needed them to be together, because for me there was no other way.  

I love Rafe, but in this book I was so not sure what to think of him.  He did things that for me were questionable.  Now this is coming from someone who loves Mateo, a man who is the epitome of bad.  But Rafe is not Mateo and for that reason I had no idea how to feel.  But as time went on he definitely proved himself to me and changed my perception of him.  He had me all over the place where my feelings for him were concerned.  But I assure you in the end you will love him all over again. 

Laurel, I have always loved. She is so young and maybe at times a little na├»ve but that’s what makes her, her.  She is passionate and loving,  I love her banter and sassy self.  She is one of my favorites. 

I just have to say how happy I am that an author friend recommended reading Sam’s book (Accidental Witness) because I LOVE her work.  From the moment I read that book I have been hooked!!!  She manages to blow me away each and every time.  You honestly never know what you will get when it comes to her.  She has a way of making me fall for bad men that I have no business loving.  She creates strong female characters who I adore, throws in twists and turns that you never see coming and most times I am on the edge of my seat because I have no idea how the story will go.  And let me tell you this time was no different.  I felt like my heart was in my throat the entire book and it was not until the end that I felt like I could breath again.  At times I think I know what will happen only for the story to take a different turn.  And that is what I love about Ms. Mariano’s writing.  It is flawless, it makes you feel every emotion, whether it is love or hate, frustration and anger, or happiness.  You feel it all!!!  Every book feels like a roller coaster but it is one that I will get on every single time.  I cannot wait for the third book in this series!!!  Another amazing job. 

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