Dirty Dom by Willow WInters
Series: Valetti Crime Family #1
on May 28, 2016
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Dominic Valetti is only interested in two things: getting paid and getting laid.
He’s a bookie for the Valetti crime family, and he knows his sh*t. Dom’s busy doing business, no time to dabble in social niceties. The women that chase after him wanting more than a dirty, hard f*ck are only gonna get their hearts broken.
That is, until Becca stumbles into his office to pay off her ex’s debt. A hot brunette who’s just as guarded as he is and has a body made for sin… and for him. They’re not meant to be together. A woman like her shouldn’t be with a man like him. He’s mobbed up; she’s a good girl who deserves better.
When they push their boundaries and cave to temptation, they both forget about the danger. And that’s a mistake a man like Dom can’t afford. Will Dirty Dom risk it all to keep Becca safe, or will he live up to his name?
This is a standalone, full-length mafia romance with a filthy-mouthed, possessive bad boy. Guaranteed HEA.
Dirty Dom was one of those last-minute late night picks, mainly because I was in the mood for a bad boy insta-love book but I’m thinking that cover may have been what really cemented the deal.
The story had good bones. A member of the mob who kills without blinking and a recent widow whose extremely rocky marriage was in the process of ending when the husband did her a favor and dropped dead, made for an interesting couple.
It starts out rough. Sure there is the instant attraction I was looking for and some seriously raunchy sex, but the beginning didn’t work at all for me. Dom was a bit too rough around the edges and extremely egotistical which was a huge turnoff. Becca was just an emotional mess. In the middle of the night I decided to DNF it, but then I woke up extremely early and couldn’t go back to sleep so I thought “Why not?”. I’m glad I pushed on. Although the execution wasn’t all it could have been it ended up being a decent read.
Becca was a good woman who made the mistake of marrying a douche-nozzle. Even after he died he was causing her problems, namely a debt to a loan shark. How Becca and Dom hook up the first and second time around had me not respecting either character but then things turned. No matter how she felt about Dom, she wanted to do right by her son and hooking up with a mobster was not what she considered a good parenting decision. This was a new to me twist on a mob romance that I really liked.
Dom, once he decided Becca would be his, was bound and determined to convince her otherwise. He started out an egotistical asshat, but by the end, he had grown on me… kind of like mold but still. He somewhat redeemed himself with what he was willing to do to win over his woman.
This is not a mobster-lite book. There is lots of action and violence that keep things moving along plus some family politics thrown in to keep thing interesting. I liked meeting Dom’s family and I found their dynamics quite intriguing.
The main problem is I couldn’t really get in deep with the characters or really “feel” the relationship because the book was so short. Fewer sex scenes and more talking between Dom and Becca would have gone a long way in correcting this imbalance. For instance, we learn that Becca was abused in her marriage, but she never even addressed this with Dom. Being along for the ride as Dom worked to heal her damage would have been a great way to make their relationship more believable.
Dirty Dom is a debut novel, so I’m hoping it’s a case of first-book-itis. There is lots of promise here plus it’s a Kindle Unlimited series so I plan on trying out the next one when I’m in the mood for some raunchy bad boy time.
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 Bad Boy Fix Stars
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