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Boss’s Vendetta (Sicilian Gods Book 1) by Via Mari – Review by Trista Priest

Boss's Vendetta (Sicilian Gods Book 1)Boss’s Vendetta by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and she didn’t disappoint. She has written a strong and exciting storyline and good character development. A fast-paced enjoyable book for anyone that loves mafia romance.

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Candida Hopper

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in this series and I suggest reading the first one in this series first for a better experience and understanding of the characters. This story was full of action and romance and kept me turning pages so much so I couldn’t put it down. I have loved this author’s writing style from the first book I have read and this one is no different. Dominic and Emilia are enemies and what they want most is to protect their families. There is no denying the chemistry between these two. Will they find a way to get past the hurdles that stand between them? To find out the outcome for them and more, you must read this explosive story.

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Carlie Del Gallo

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the second book in the series, and I could not put it down!! The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling! Dominic and Emilia are both from different rival gangs, but they form a bond that is undeniable between them. The way the author wrote this book had me thinking I was involved in the action and not just reading it off of the page. I cannot wait to read more books from this series, and I cannot wait to read more from the author! My coworker has already bought this book because we read the same things and she was in awe of how great the sample was!

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Christine Baranek

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Underboss’s Retaliation
By: Via Mari

For those of you who don’t know, Via Mari is an amazing author and her books literally never disappoint. Underboss’s Retaliation is no exception. I loved the plot and the characters in this one. This is a great enemies to lovers story with a plot unlike no other. This one will take you on a wild ride as you read it. I found it so hard to put down. The banter between Dominick and Emelia was amazing and I definitely didn’t know what was going to happen between them as I read. I love the added dimension of them being from rival families. This book did not disappoint at all!

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved reading this dark mafia story. This is the second book in this series which I highly suggest reading the previous book as well to help your enhancement of this author and series. This is an author that I have loved reading from the first book I picked up and I never hesitate to pick her books up. This is a well written story where the author used details not only to bring life to the story but steamy romance as well. I found the characters to be relatable and I had no problem picturing myself in their world with them. They have great chemistry and I enjoyed watching them grow throughout the story. This is a fast paced story that I read in one sitting as it is that awesome. This is a must read and I highly recommend this book and this author,

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Emily H

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dominic Larussio is the underboss for the Larussio’s. When their rival and enemy attacks, they retaliate. Emelia De Rosa is going to be the pawn to get control of the situation. Dominic had not planned on the feisty woman who quickly becoming an infatuation. Can two enemies find a way to stay together while a war between families continues to erupt?

Another fantastic book in this series. You think the story is going one way and then there is a turn. Edge of your seat suspense and romance rolled into one. If you like mafia stories this is definitely a series to pick up.

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Michelle Mulvey

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Underboss’s Retaliation picks up where the last book left off. I guess you do t have to read book 1 before this one but it’s recommended by me so you gey the full story.
There are plenty of the same characters in this book as the previous book but this is more about Dominic. He is second in charge now and definitely plays the roll well. When he captures Emelia, he isn’t 100% sure what her fate will be but, quickly realizes, he wants to keep her as his own.
He even goes as far as to put a wig on her so no one knows who she really is when he moves her from place to place. Her family is the enemy. Emelia is not a delicate little flower. She can totally handle herself and proves to Dominic that she won’t make it easy for him or his family to use her as a pawn. When it is known that Alena is taken by The DeRosa’s that means war. Salvatore will do what he needs to do in order to get his little sister back unharmed.

Emelia finds out her entire life has been a lie. She had no idea what was going on, who was behind all the moves in the DeRosa clan but she’s about to find out and her world will be shattered. Will Dominic be able to
Pick up the pieces or will he be forbidden to go anywhere near the enemy?
This book was nothing short of amazing. I wanna be Emelia when I grow up haha! I love the Larussio’s but, Emelia made this book awesome!
Great characters, great story!
I don’t understand one thing. When Alena is taken, Sal makes it like she is highly trained and knows how to protect herself yet, she seems to be anything but that! Otherwise everything else in the book was pure gold! 5+ Stars

Review by @xchellex

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Jules Herbert

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This extremely talented author yet again brings us a creative storyline that is action packed from start to finish and filled with fantastic characters. I didn’t want to put it down! Dominic is now second in command and must do what is best for the family when along comes Emelia, the daughter of a rival who has retribution coming his way! She throws everything into a tail spin for him. She is so much more than he ever expected. He has to find a way to protect his family and keep what he truly wants…HER!! This is the second book for this amazing series and I think that if you haven’t read the first book you are absolutely crazy! You can read and enjoy this book without it but I highly recommend reading the start of the series simply because its so good you don’t want to miss it.

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Barbara Bohls

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the series and it didn’t disappoint. You will find yourself invested in the characters from the very beginning. If you didn’t read the first book in the series, I would recommend it but it isn’t necessary as you will pick up things along the way to fill in the blanks. I think that this series is amazing and is really well written. There is the danger that you would expect in any mafia story but the twists and turns that this books takes are things that even someone like me who reads everything mafia didn’t see coming. The passion that takes place between the characters will have you fanning yourself and blushing at the same time. This book has it all, mystery, conflict, romance, steam, danger, and an everlasting love. If you are a fan of mafia books or just a really good love story, I highly recommend this book. Enjoy reading this book as you wont able to put it down once you start and be prepared to feel all the emotions as the characters, that is how you know it is a good book.

Reviewed by: @bbohls
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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Shelly Kittell

Underboss's Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2)Underboss’s Retaliation by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! The story of Dom and Em’s relationship is rocky, to say the least. This story is full of intense action, drama, mafia, romance, and suspense. I was hooked right from the get go. I am a fan of the this series and have been since book 1 with Salvatore and Adrianna. The characters are fantastic. The relationship has everything in it: trouble, conflict, solving problems, etc. It shows how things go. Seeing other characters from previous books is great also. It keeps the flow of the story smooth. The writing is contemporary and really engages the reader. You can feel each character’s emotion. I definitely recommend this series. You can read it as a stand alone or in order.

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari
Genre – Mafia, Dark, Romance
Born Dominic Larussio, people call me merciless and cruel. As underboss to the savage Italian Crime Family, it is my job to make sure our enemies suffer in the most brutal of ways.
Emelia, our rival’s daughter, was a surprise, a precious flower too delicate to leave behind in a bloodthirsty attack. The minute she gazed at me with those deep Jade eyes, her destiny in the brutal world of mafia evil was never going to be the same.
My responsibility should be easy. Get the information we need or turn her over to the boss and wipe her from my mind.
But the beautiful hellcat has surprises of her own…
When she finds out what I’ve done, it alters the course of everything and sets us on a deadly game to maintain power over the criminal underground.
When our families learn the truth and the last hand has been played, it’s up to me to ensure I win the prize or lose her forever in the fight of my life.
UnderBoss’s Retaliation is the explosive second book in the Sicilian Gods series by Via Mari. It is a deliciously dark, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, Dark Mafia Protector Romance. You will love these novels where the passion is fiery, the loyalty is fierce, and the stakes are high. Each book is a standalone that focuses on different couples in each book, and all have a happily ever after.

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Via Mari is a contemporary romantic suspense author who likes to keep her readers on the edge of their seats one minute and fanning themselves as the heat rises in the next. Her book series feature the most handsome alpha billionaires, elite bodyguards, and powerful mafiosi. They all exemplify extreme romance with dominant males who will stop at nothing to protect and capture the hearts of the woman they love.

 

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Underboss’s Retaliation (Sicilian Gods Book 2) by Via Mari
Genre – Mafia, Dark, Romance
Born Dominic Larussio, people call me merciless and cruel. As underboss to the savage Italian Crime Family, it is my job to make sure our enemies suffer in the most brutal of ways.
Emelia, our rival’s daughter, was a surprise, a precious flower too delicate to leave behind in a bloodthirsty attack. The minute she gazed at me with those deep Jade eyes, her destiny in the brutal world of mafia evil was never going to be the same.
My responsibility should be easy. Get the information we need or turn her over to the boss and wipe her from my mind.
But the beautiful hellcat has surprises of her own…
When she finds out what I’ve done, it alters the course of everything and sets us on a deadly game to maintain power over the criminal underground.
When our families learn the truth and the last hand has been played, it’s up to me to ensure I win the prize or lose her forever in the fight of my life.
UnderBoss’s Retaliation is the explosive second book in the Sicilian Gods series by Via Mari. It is a deliciously dark, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, Dark Mafia Protector Romance. You will love these novels where the passion is fiery, the loyalty is fierce, and the stakes are high. Each book is a standalone that focuses on different couples in each book, and all have a happily ever after.

 

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

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

This is the first book that I have read from this author and I was not disappointed. I love, LOVE, mafia Romance books. I’m a big fan of contemporary romance books and with this being a mafia one, I was in heaven. I was on the edge the entire time reading it. I had a hard time putting this book down long enough to go to work and bed. I’m excited to read the next book in this series.

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

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57543576-degrees-of-innocence” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1616856954l/57543576._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57543576-degrees-of-innocence”>Degrees of Innocence</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16229360.Via_Mari”>Via Mari</a><br/>

My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5174342167″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />

Katarina meets a man while she was trying to save a man that passed out at the bar . The man she meets at the bar is her boss, she is working on a project . You have to read the rest of the book to see what happens next . I can’t wait to read more from this author.<br />

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

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

Chase and Katarina are interesting characters. After reading the synopsis of the book, and actually reading it, I feel like I’ll need to read the next book in the series to understand them both better. They both have so much backstory that will later be built on, and it leaves an element of mystery for the reader. The characters do an amazing job coping and handling everything thrown at them throughout the story. If you enjoy series that build on the previous books, this is definitely a story that I would recommend. If you don’t, I truly believe you’re missing out.. haha

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

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

This is the first in the series; and the first book I have read by this author. It was a little slow to start, but by mid book I was well and truly hooked. I felt that the author was a little uncomfortable writing the sex scenes, especially initially, but it did improve the further I got into the book. I felt that the language used in the sex scenes didn’t match the rest of the book – just my opinion though.

Overall, this was a good book and I will definitely read the next book.

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Dregrees of Innocence (Cruel Deceptions #1) by Via Mari-Review by Amanda Kimble

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

5/5 Stars

Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions #1) by Via Mari

This isn’t the first book I’ve read by the author. Degrees of Innocence is the first book in the Cruel Deceptions Series. The author has a way of writing and each book gets better.

Katarina is on a business trip and on the first night there she ends up saving someone. She does CPR and saves a man’s life. She runs into someone and she may be falling for him. The quote I chose for Katarina is: “That I am attracted to a man I’ve known less than forty-eight hours. I don’t know anything about you, except your name, you frequent the island, you’re a little overbearing, extremely handsome, and that your eyes smolder and jaw sets when you get annoyed. I don’t date much, and it’s all a little overwhelming if I’m honest.”

Chase helps Kate do CPR on a man. He doesn’t want to let her know that he owns the company she’s working at. Before her team can get there he lets her know not to hate him. The quote I chose for Chase is: “Katarina, I don’t want our first time together to be rushed, and you need to finish working. Now go before I change my mind, take you into the bedroom and do terrible and shocking things to you.”

Highly recommended for Mafia Romance lovers.

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

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

This book is a beautiful book because it tugs at your emotional well-being while taking you on a ride with the characters you feel apart of. You’re torn between fighting how you feel (drawn from the characters and both their sides) or to wish and overcome all of it for a risk at love or more. But it’s not as easy as you’d think. This is only the beginning and I’m down to go down the rabbit hole to see where this leads.

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Charlisa Wahtomy-Alba

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57543576-degrees-of-innocence” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Degrees of Innocence (Prestian Series, #1)” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1616856954l/57543576._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57543576-degrees-of-innocence”>Degrees of Innocence</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16229360.Via_Mari”>Via Mari</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5168006880″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This story had a good plot to it and I was pulled into the story from the start. The author did a good job with moving the book forward and developing the characters a bit. Katarina is on a business trip in Aruba gearing up for a week long meeting about the development of a new medical facility. Chase is a wealthy businessman that had contracted the company Katarina works to oversee said project. As I moved through the first few chapters and saw the interaction between these two it was evident there was a mutual attraction. It was hard to tell whether Chase knew that Katarina was working for him from the beginning or if he found out through the interaction in the emails. She though was surprised to find out whom she had been corresponding with when he showed up to do his part for the meeting. Will she be willing to move forward with their relationship after being lied to? Will there be a happily ever after?
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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by April Smith

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

Strangers Kate and Chase meet by chance over saving a life tourist at the hotel. Realizing the chemistry between them, Kate risks putting work aside and having a little fun, little does she know Chase is the man she will be working for. You will enjoy the read of a very shy independent woman falling for a man who is very overprotective and detail oriented. The author does a good job with the love line of the characters and even adds a little mystery and suspense and ends with a HEA.

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Dr. Anya Schultz

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

Well, it is unlike a dark mafia romance that I have read in the past. This story is about a woman named Katrina who is in Aruba for a week-long “business meeting” she is running. She is helping a big wig corporation change the face of hospitals. Her story starts when she is physically saving the life of another customer staying in the hotel. A gentleman, Chase, comes to assist her; we later find out this man owns the hotel and is the enterprise in charge of Katrina’s project. These two have instant chemistry, but she is shocked to find out that he is her present boss. Because of past experiences, she is completely against this, but for some reason just cannot do without him. During her stay, she starts to spend a lot of physical time with Chase and the two produce a bond that neither has experienced before. This bond is strengthened when she is attacked, twice. Katrina learns quickly what it is like to be in a relationship with a wealthy, possessive man.
The story itself has many twists and turns. Many times you never see them coming. This is considered a mafia romance, but for much of the book, you would have no idea that that is the genre. The concept of Chase having ties to the underworld of society is not a storyline for much of the book. Do her past history, his secrets and over-possessiveness build a recipe for disaster? Even though there is a lot happening in the book, it was enjoyable. There is much spice, with a side of erotica. The characters are enjoyable to see grow together. Katrina is a woman figuring out what she sexually likes, while Chase is awakening her senses. The two have great flirtatious ways and playful banter. I am interested to find out what will occur in the rest of the series.

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

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

Right after saving a life, Kate finds her own life in danger. Luckily, Chase is there to help keep her safe. However, when Monday rolls around, Kate finds out that Chase is her boss. She has definite feelings about dating her boss but he has stronger feelings about letting her go. Between keeping her safe and the job the two are doing, Chase and Kate have more than enough to fight about (and reason to make up.)
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I’m a big Via Mari fan and jumped at the chance to start reading a new series. While parts of this story seem old and familiar, Mari writes it so well that those parts fade into the background. I loved the instant attraction the two had and Chase’s drive to keep her safe, even with Kate trying to barter down to what she felt was reasonable. This series has promise and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book, especially with the father she never knew.

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

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

Degrees of Innocence
Via Mari

This was such a good read. I loved the banter between the two main characters, Katarina and Chase. This book kept me reading until the very end. I loved the dichotomy of the alpha male and the strong female. I also loved how the title was in play throughout the book. It really had me looking at the various degrees of innocence that one possesses. Finally, this book left me hanging with several questions. Which I think was smart of the author to do as it definitely has me wanting to read book two in the series right now!

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

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

I really enjoyed this romance. There is just the right mixture of hot steamy passion and danger to make this a great read.
The characters are really well written and I love the connection between them the constant flirting and teasing really adds to the story. I could understand both sides of the arguments when it came to certain areas. Kate is a strong and independent woman so when she meets Chase and he trys to take over and protect her I can understand her resistance but at the same time I also understand Chase’s need to protect her.
The twist in the story is one I did not see coming and I was very surprised at how it worked out.

Kate is tasked with working alongside Chase to build a new medical facility. She has always said she would never mix work with romance but when she falls for Chase she doesn’t even realise who he is. Now it is too late for her to walk away but little does she realise that just being with Chase puts her in danger but not for the reason you would think.
Overall, despite the push and pull there is no denying the love and passion between Chase and Kate and I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for them next.

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

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

From the moment I started reading I was hooked! The characters are wonderful and have chemistry that just flows off the pages. The story line is well written and the hook catches you from the very beginning. I think this was my first book by this author but it will not be my last!

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

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

I can’t believe it ended like that with the revelations just coming out like that. So much T just spilled there at the end by mom. How can she just drop bombs like that and then disappear back home??? How does that affect Chase and Kate? Does the truth about Kate’s father become a bigger part of her life?

This book has reeled me in. I have to know what happens next. If I wasn’t already a fan of this author, I would be now!!

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

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

This book was mesmerizing. Steamy scenes, very descriptive. Crazy plot twists, very unexpected. Chase is a powerful CEO who is rich, attractive, professional, and smart all at the same time. And he is absolutely in love with Katarina. Katarina is a strong, independent business woman who has made a great life for herself. When she meets Chase, she doesn’t know who he truly is as he sweeps her off her feet. Can their love make it through all of the twists and turns? Attempts on her life, a rich boyfriend, and a beautiful getaway. Who knew someone’s life could change that much that fast?

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Degrees of Innocence: Dark Mafia Romance (Cruel Deceptions Book 1) By Via Mari – Review by Rebeca Elliott Figueiras

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

The romance in this novel started almost immediately and I admit that I initially struggled to stay engaged, however as the chapters progressed and the tensions grew it gradually reeled me in.
I think what I found the most difficult was the interactions between the main characters, it didn’t seem to fit the way I would expect one to talk to someone they’re interested in – but overall, I was still able to enjoy the story.
As the truth was revealed and seeing how the characters were forced to confront their own issues and their misgivings about their relationship I was pulled into the story and able to ignore my initial misgivings.
The events that take place and the dangers Katarina faces are what make this book for me and as the first book in the series, I can see how promising this couple is.
I do plan to read the rest of the series as I did enjoy it, and the interactions improved as the books progressed so I am hopeful that the next books will continue on the same path and that the mafia part is explored in more depth.

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

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

This is the first book I have read by the talented Via Mari; the synopsis was interesting and made me curious. The first page had me hooked, Katarina, better known as Kate, is in Aruba for a work conference on a new project. When a stranger suddenly needs medical attention and she performs CPR, before another man appears to help her. That happens on Friday night shortly after she arrived at the resort.
Within 48 hours she has completely fallen for the stranger, Chase, that helped her Friday night, and he has fallen for her. Dancing the night away together on Saturday and exploring the island on Sunday. Finally, they kiss, and she asks for him to come into her room only for him to decline, for now. In the moment he strangely tells her to hold on to how she feels about him in that moment and remember it tomorrow. Confused she accepts his decline in the moment as she has a very busy night and her conference starting in the morning. At the same time the CEO of the company that has hired the firm she works for is emailing her, chastising her for working on the weekend while on a beautiful resort, and talks of renegotiating her contract so that she is not allowed to work on weekends. Monday morning everything changes, hurt, confusion and embarrassment are all Kate can feel when she sees Chase, the CEO, the man that hired her, walks into the conference room for the meeting and introduces himself.
Will Kate allow herself to break her rule of not getting involved with someone from work? Can she hold on to the intense feelings she has for Chase? What will happen when his secrets come out? The world the author creates is beautiful, but the characters are so relatable that you can’t help but wish everything works out. Less than 20% through the book I couldn’t help but look up the other three books in the series so I could continue this amazing story. I can’t wait to see how their story develops in book 2 Degrees of Acceptance.

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

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

I love the back and forth banter between Chase and Kate, they had great chemistry from the start. I must say with the way Chase treats Kate I’m mildly jealous, because dang I’d definitely like to be her. The care and attention he shows her in all aspect is not something you find in men anymore. This was the first book I’ve read by Via Mari, but I can guarantee I will be reading more and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!!

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