Submitting in Vegas by Sam Mariano
Series: Vegas Morellis #3
Also in this series: Staying in Vegas , Sinning in Vegas
Published by Amazon Digital Services on August 3, 2018
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Over the years, I’ve watched Rafe Morelli charm every kind of beautiful woman out of her panties. Most of them are practical enough to hold onto their hearts, though; he doesn’t want those.
I am the only woman around who has managed to keep her panties out of Rafe’s hands, but not her heart. It all began with a startling act of kindness—a twisted act of kindness, but what other kind can you expect from a bad guy?
Rafe’s much more than that, though, and I know I’m just what he needs. I also know a relationship is off-limits. Loving a Morelli isn’t just a dangerous game—it can be a deadly one. I never wanted to align myself with the dark side, I never wanted to play any games, but no matter how much it derails my life, the only person I find myself wanting to serve is Rafe Morelli.
Rafe isn’t looking for love, and I’m not looking for trouble. The thing love and trouble have in common? Both have a way of finding you when you’re least expecting it…
Note: Submitting in Vegas is not a standalone, it is the final book in a continuing-story trilogy.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Submitting in Vegas hooked me in from the first page with a strong introduction from Rafe’s number one waitress, Virginia. At first I loved the banter and easy going relationship they shared together. As soon as they entered into the murky “not quite a couple but more than a boss/employee” relationship, it started to lose me.
This is the story of a woman following her dreams who gets distracted by a man who is involved in a life she can’t condone. The conundrum she is forced to face is whether to choose her heart over her head. A chivalrous moment melts her resolve to maintain a healthy distance and she, like many women before her, is slowly trapped by the Morelli charm.
Rafe Morelli is a man who rules the Vegas arm of the Morelli’s by default. He is capable and ruthless but falters when it comes to his personal life. Like his cousin Mateo, he has the ability to turn on his charisma at will. The big difference is that unlike his cousin, Rafe suffers from feelings. This was part of his appeal that drew me to him in the first place. In his hometown and heading the family it was his feelings that dragged his personal life down. Thankfully not for long but enough for me to wonder if the Vegas men had been jinxed by their previous boss’ legacy.
Virginia astutely provides friendly guidance through her carefree, attentive manner whenever she gets to serve his meals to him. Her fantasy is right in front of her but, like most fantasies, the want to bring them to reality is fraught with danger. She is curious and open to spending time with Rafe but cautious of being hurt by knowing how easily he discards partners who no longer serve his interest.
The submitting aspect of the story contained a lot of deliberation. They spent a lot of time chatting before and even during sextivities rather than getting down to business. I began skimming the steamy scenes as the repetition of their mutual admiration they had for each other started to wear thin. I will say though, it showed Rafe’s patience and admiration for Virginia that he was happy to entertain her long-winded dialog during times I thought a sigh and the occasional thanking of a deity would have sufficed.
I went into the Vegas Morelli’s with high expectations and while I have enjoyed this series, I loved Mateo’s branch of the family more. It was clear early on Rafe, being a Morelli, had a lot to live up to and I should have known Mateo set the anti-hero bar high. There was predictability to the drama and often the scenarios had a way of being quickly resolved. My patience was rewarded as the Rafe I admired surfaced and he valiantly accepted the only way forward for him and Virginia.
What I struggled with:
*The overthinking and not owning a decision
*Virginia’s constant chattiness early on
*More relationship angst than drama
What I loved:
*Rafe’s sarcasm when he gets his act together
*Virginia’s caring nature
*The chemistry between characters
*Time with Sin and his family
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