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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Shania Webb

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this book wasn’t what I was expecting, there were very good qualities for this story. Chase and Katarina are the perfect example of ‘Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover’. Where Katarina is unsure of what she wants from being in a romantic relationship, Chase knows exactly what and who he wants but things quickly become complicated when the deals done in the dark are brought to light and Katarina isn’t sure if she has what it takes to be with him. Chase refuses to even entertain the idea of her not being by his side, Chase is willing to do whatever it takes to get her to be with him and while Katarina struggles with her own morals and values, she is often left confused and scared because she doesn’t know who to trust and who is willing to harm or help her, can she trust Chase when she doesn’t know all the information? And when he is hesitant to share everything with her, can he let his walls down and finally let someone in?

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Vanessa Estrada

Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)
by Via Mari (Goodreads Author)

This book was very entertaining to read, I love book boyfriends that are controlling and caring. Loved the communication before/about the sex. The tension was there, it was built up beautifully. The only reason it’s not five stars is because the plot didn’t blow me away as much but overall it was a good, worthwhile read. Link

Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Tina Vega

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kate and Chase have an interesting beginning coming together in a way to save a man’s life. Little did she know, she was talking to the man who hired her. I thought the characterization of both was well done. The setting being in Aruba lends even more romance to this story. It’s a little slow at the beginning, but the romance and suspense start to build soon. It’s a great story and I really enjoyed it.

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Kiana Corley

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic read. This book has it all, mystery, betrayal, love, hate, and passion. Want a book that is hard to put down and a great read? This is the book.

This book follows the story of Kate and Chase. Kate works for a consulting firm that just received a major project involving the medical field. For bounding and the owner of the company backing the project set up a week-long stay for them in a tropical paradise. He even reserved them all their own special rooms on specific floors.

Kate arrives early due to work waiting on no man. Although what happens when a mysterious man appears and helps her save the life of a man in a bar on her first night there? After that fateful night, she ends up spending more and more time with this adonis of a man. This man is named Chase. He loves to relax and enjoy the views of the island.

What happens when there is more to this adonis than meets the eye? Will Kate be able to maintain a relationship with him after discovering his secrets? What will her life off of the island look like? Read this magnificent book to find out.

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Tori Werkheiser

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The synopsis of this hooked me immediately. I love a good Mafia romance but this felt very misleading and honestly i was confused and thought i had gotten the wrong book when i was reading it because there was a very quick reference to Mafia but it was near the end of the book so i personally would not have called this a mafia romance unless in the later books in this series it is revealed that Chase is really in the Mafia and was just good at keeping it lowkey in this book. Now for Kate i was extremely confused in the beginning of the book because it starts off with her performing CPR in a restaurant at a resort she is staying in that is hosting a convention for her work. It is very unclear what work she is doing or what the project is for half the book. I felt like i had missed chapters explaining her back story and with the CPR thing i thought maybe she would somehow be in the medical field and in a way she is but not in the way this starts off. We were just dropped right into the thick of it and i felt lost.

On a happier note i did appreciate the romance between Kate and Chase but i will say their dialogue was very formal and did not feel flirty at all. Maybe because they are older but i found nothing about their banter sexy. There were some steamy scenes though and some action packed scenes i would expect in a mafia book but i wish there had been more. This did end up being a fun and easy read but i wanted more. Im hoping the rest of the series is more action packed.

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Jules Herbert

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What starts out as a business trip soon turns to love with a dangerous twist for the wonderful characters is this amazing book. As their relationship develops so does the danger to Katerina and Chase wants nothing more than to keep her safe! What a wonderful start to this series! This very talented author never ever disappoints with her creative and captivating storylines, amazing characters and steamy love scenes. From the very first page I was hooked on Katerina and Chase and what was to unfold for them. I am looking forward to reading more about them as soon as I can!

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Carrie Reed

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great read! I really liked the concept of Katerina being so inexperienced when it came to romance but wasn’t naive. Chase is your standard rich man, in that he is very controlling when it comes to the woman he loves, so that gets him in trouble. Katerina on the other hand had that annoying trait of not trusting the one she loves. The person out to destroy Katerina, either I wasn’t paying attention or I didn’t see it coming. The word baby is way overused, but didn’t completely throw me off.

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Michelle Collier

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not the first book I have read by this author and not the last I promise. I was completely lost in the world of this book. I felt very connected to the story. Katarina is so innocent and so tempting to Chance. He is her boss but he is so much more than that. Is she strong enough and willing to accept what she wants?

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Michelle Mulvey

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chase and Kate ( Katarina ) meet in Aruba at a hotel when a man at the hotel bar falls to the ground. When Kate realizes the man isn’t breathing she starts CPR and yells for someone to call 9-1-1. Luckily Chase strides over and helps her administer CPR until help arrives.
Chase and Kate have an instant attraction but Chase refuses to give in to his attraction and desires right away. He takes Kate out to eat a few times, sight seeing and they share kisses but he tells her to remember how she feels at that exact moment and they will continue what they started the following day.Kate finds out the following day who he really is and doesn’t know if she can continue what they started. When Kate’s life is in danger, Chase takes charge and vows to keep her safe. Lots of secrets are revealed and there’s a lot of unexpected twists in this book. Definitely a 5 star read for me. Cannot wait for more by this author. Loving her books so far!

Review by @xchellex
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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Michelle Marlow

Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)Degrees of Innocence by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me start out with you need to grab this. We are met with Katarina, a strong career driven woman who is coming out of a failed engagement. To be fair she did say no. Then we meet Chase, who at first is just a fellow resort attendee until he isn’t. Katarina is here to get a medical center up and going for the island she is currently on and is met with headstrong but very very adamant Chase. Their chemistry is immediate, almost too immediate but that is okay! As the story progresses it becomes so much more and so much deeper. This is absolutely a wonderful debut book by the author. I truly cannot wait to dive into the rest of this series.

Review by @michellerenee6590
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