Sinning in Vegas by Sam Mariano
Series: Vegas Morellis #2
Also in this series: Staying in Vegas , Submitting in Vegas
Published by Self-published on June 1, 2018
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This is not a standalone. Book one must be read before you read this one.
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….
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Sinning in Vegas kicked off brilliantly. I was buzzing after promising myself I would stick to my reading schedule for the week. It took me about four hours to weaken and take just a sneak peek before bedtime. Before I knew it I was hooked and didn’t stop reading until I finished. Be prepared to clear your schedule because you won’t want to put this book down! This is not a standalone so stop reading if you haven’t read the first book in the Vegas Morelli series, Staying in Vegas.
The Vegas Morelli’s are starkly different then their Chicago relatives. For one, their leadership is nowhere near the calibre that Mateo commands, which in turn has the story-line drift off in a less vindictive vein. Maybe I need to phrase that differently: I think the pace they worked at as well as the solidarity between them was not as strong as it was with Mateo’s men. A Morelli character penned by Ms Mariano tends to have passion and fire running through their veins. Anyone who fuels that fire better stand back and brace themselves.
So much of the character’s personalities are mirrored reflections of their Chicago equivalents. For instance, Laurel is not blind to what is happening around her and cares little if she is acquiring new friends or not. Whereas Mia seemed to be oblivious to her ability to charm those around her, well not as much as she did in the beginning, but it is just who she is. And the subtle yet significant comparisons are there when it came to other similar roles held in each family.
Rafe impressed the socks off me when he was first introduced into the Morelli Family series. In this series he redefined patience when it came to Laurel. His actions or lack of them impacted on his personal and private life, leaving both hanging by a thread. Lucky for him he has a good right hand man, Sin. Sin is a man who works more than he sleeps to contain or eliminate each threat he snares in his sight.
Both men were vying for Laurel’s attention and neither wanted to concede to the other, which left Laurel in a dire scenario. Their thoughts about business and relationships were shared in abundance and there were times I thought we were given too much information. It didn’t detract from the suspense, it was just a little long winded in sections. I debated whether the story would have been complete without the heavy inner dialogue that was shared. By the last chapter, I decided what the story contained provided a complete insight to Laurel’s story in one book.
The upside is readers will walk away not wondering about any loose details with each situation being well fleshed out. The final scene in the book provided a teaser for what is to come in the next book and I can’t wait to read on. Again I loved the tie-ins from the previous books in the Morelli Family Series and the cameo appearances of familiar characters. Sinning in Vegas will leave you content and at the same time as eager to find out what will happen next in Vegas!
4.5 Sinfully Tempting Stars
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