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Summary

There are a million reasons why I should stay away from Vincent Cesare.

This was supposed to be temporary. I was supposed to deal for his illegal card games and get some quick cash. That was it. I wasn’t supposed to fall for him.

Little by little, I see the monster grinning at me through the cracks in his pretty suit. He won't tell me what he does, and I'm not sure I want to know. The darkness in his eyes terrifies me. He's seduced me into his web of lies with his charm, and now I'm trapped in his life. He's taken control over me without me even realizing...or resisting.

I'm in way over my head.

He promised that nothing would ever happen to me. The Vittorio family wants me dead and there's only one person I can turn to. But what scares me is what I'll have to do.

I'll need to become his.

©2014 Vanessa Waltz (P)2014 Vanessa Waltz

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  • Lilian
  • 28-01-15

A Klepto & a gangster

I have mixed emotions about this one...

Let me start with the things I didn't like:

The narrator was ok. She wasn't bad, i mean i finished the book but she is an acquired taste... I think she has too much of a "chipper" voice. Despite this, she does handle male/female narrative well.

There are gaps in this listen....I mean some things just didn't make sense... I mean why does Vincent have these urges? What's his story? What makes him that addictive?

Finally on my list of things I didn't like..... I can get into the whole BDSM thing.... But this author made this duos relationship as one sided. He likes to beat women raw with a belt, choke them till they can't breathe & she doesn't like it but she let's him do it because???? O_o

Now this book did have potential.... I liked the idea of falling for a mobster & the beginning was sort intriguing and catching.... There is a little bit of storytelling... More of a glance into the lives of mobsters..... a few close calls.... A few dysfunctional relationships....

I honestly would give this book 2.5 at most.... There was potential in this book.... But it just wasn't achieved!

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  • Barbara
  • 19-12-14

Sordid story line with honey coated narration!

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I really enjoyed listening to this book. The accents were authentic and I was amazed how one person could convincingly portray so many characters- male and female. Aubrey did it and did it well! Kiddos! I look foreword to her future narrations.

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  • Ann
  • 17-07-15

Hard to love these people

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I know the hero is a mafia guy, so I'm supposed to except that he's not really that great of a guy, but he's a control freak (and not in a good way), and really disrespectful to her (that's putting it mildly). The whole thing is really sad--not hot. His BDSM traits are over the top, he actually almost kills her and she has such low self-esteem that she lets him and keeps coming back for more. The narrator was actually pretty good, she could have taken the jersey accent over the top, but she tempered it enough to make it easy to listen.
If there is more in the series I don't really have an interest--these just aren't nice people; no redeeming qualities and I can't image spending more time with them.

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  • Harry Boyle
  • 21-05-15

kept debating whether to finish it

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This one sort of reminded me of a pet story. The woman had to come and sit when the master told her to do it. The narrator kept me in the game but the story was light. I will pass on any others that come out in the series.

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  • CAROLYN
  • 02-02-15

HIGH STAKES/HIGH HOPES... LOW ENJOYMENT/NIL ROMANCE

Sorry but this listen just didn't work for me in all sorts of ways.....

There was nothing at all likeable about Vincent - he was cocky, arrogant and unreliable.
Adriana came across as very young, her constant enabling of the situation with her mother was all wrong and she was warned, and knew, what sort of life Vincent led but she was totally shocked when it all went to Hell.
The story was choppy and missed key features and important facts.... I even went back thinking I'd accidentally skipped a chapter.
The sex scenes were torturous (literally) Vincent always dictated how, gave viscious punishments with threats of spanking that would draw blood and others where she was being strangled with hands or a belt until nearly passing out which made her have to use her 'safe' word. They never made love but rather she was just f---ed in a cruel and sadistic way.

Told from Adriana's POV. The narrator was very good and her talents were wasted on this.

Worth a credit? I realise many may like this seedy underworld but it wasn't my type of listen... so sorry IMHO, not worth a credit, a $1 sale or the time it took to listen to it til the end as I was hanging onto the hope of ONE redeeming chapter.... which sadly never came.

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  • Bewaji
  • 25-12-14

I Love Me Some Vincent!!!

What did you love best about High Stakes?

Vincent, the hero is a man of contrasts. He is a killer as well as a romantic. What a dichotomy. He is also a sexy man. What's not to love?

What did you like best about this story?

The hero. I don't much like Adriana

What does Aubrey Vincent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nothing stands out.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Stay Away from Him

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  • UIBB
  • 02-08-15

Great book! Worth the time!!

4.5 stars out of 5

I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.

Adriana has been through some s**t in her life. She has seen things and lived through the worst possible thing ever. Wanting to give herself a better life and put into a position that she couldn't turn her back on she is thrust into Vince's world and things get messy.
Vince has never had to worry about anything or anyone but himself and his family. His world is turned upside down when he meets Adriana.

The thing I loved most about this book is Adriana. She stands up for herself and never backs down; she hates giving up control but knows when to. She is a believable character.
Vince is a believable character on some aspects. Wouldn't mind having a Vincent of my own. ;) So parts seemed a little off with him. But, all in all, great character development and great story. Very VERY hot and VERY action packed!

Can't wait for book two! I also highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book!

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  • Divalish Smile
  • 17-07-15

Italian bad ass alpha male?...yes please!

I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the story line as I have not read a mafia type story yet no will be looking for more!

Vincent is very alpha as expected and some may consider him abusive. There were some points where I may have agreed, but Adrianna seemed to love it. However she seems to need the pain to deal with her own demons.

Would I want my daughter in a relationship like this? Maybe not but does it make for a hawt fictional read? Absafreakinglutely.

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  • Mom of 3
  • 07-05-15

Great story, amazing narrator!!

I really enjoyed this book. Would definitely recommend it. The narrator was absolutely amazing. Can't imagine anybody else ever being that good!!

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  • Melissa Sorenson
  • 06-02-15

Hot start for this audio book virgin

I wasn't sure what to expect since I haven't listened to books before. But this had made me want to do it again and again. Great narration and fun story, although at times I wanted to strangle Adrienne for her neediness and desperation. But that's what makes the story intriguing, I guess.