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Summary

Matteo Amante.

Dangerous. Deadly. And most of all, devastating. 

He’s the king of the city. Running the Mafia and ruling the East Coast. He’s at war with his cousin, and I am the casualty. 

There is nothing Matteo won’t do to win. He’ll burn everything down to the ground, my hopes and dreams included.

He’s no hero. He’s the handsome devil who will probably kill me in the end. 

Falling in love with the enemy can destroy me, especially when he is my husband....

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Throughly enjoyable

Loved every minute of this book Matteo and Vivanna story will definitely shock you in parts but in my opinion it’s a must listen of course the narrators Sebyo and Vanessa Edwin enhance the listen but the story is something I didn’t expect I happily give it five stars and a real must listen

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Gripping read

This book was an excellent read, the story had me gripped right from the start I just couldn’t stop listening. I highly recommend this audio book.

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Really... is this it

This story started off pretty bad ass. A ruthless, dangerous, drag you by the hair to the alter, made you say yes when you didn't have a choice, turn you on then says he will never love you, put a gun to your head and pull the trigger says I Love You and all is forgiven.. I'm rolling my eyes throughout the end..

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very enjoyable

totally loved it, I love a bit of mafia , couldn't put it down, although wished for a different ending but I'll live with it

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 05-04-21

MAFIA DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN THIS

Firstly, thank you Ava for writing Matteo and Viviana’s thrilling and chilling rocky love story which I devoured in one addicted day.. and thank you for not splitting it up with cliffhangers, wait times and costly trilogies.. although I could’ve lingered a wee while longer in their world.

IMO, this is an absolutely fantastic Mafia romance with a handsome, hardened, sexy alpha King and the sacrificial pawn who upends his world, thaws his heart and will give him the fuel to slay his enemies. The pawn is an evil father’s daughter.. she's caught in a web of lies, blackmail, secrets and manipulation with only one way out.. marry the heartless Devil who is offering her a loveless marriage. And so their rollercoaster begins.. and angst, conflict, animosity, danger, suspense, intrigue, tension-filled life-threatening scenes and bloodshed will follow. But there will be swoons, drools and sighs too as the ice melts around Matteo's heart.. as the chemistry between them ignites lust and defies logic.. as their animosity slowly fades and lowers walls. And the distrust will eventually turn to trust.. revelations and truths will rock their worlds.. and indifference will turn to a deep forever love.. a love that will save a sinner King.

Worth a credit? Oh boy yes.. absolutely one-hundred-percent yes.. it ticked all my boxes as I held my breath, flinched, swooned, sighed, drooled, prayed, gasped and held up a DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT COMING ANYWHERE NEAR ME hand as I cozied up in their ruthless unpredictable world. Great dual POV narration by Sebastian and Vanessa who took a suspenseful well-written well-paced book and took it to a whole other level.. a level where audio perfection is reached.

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  • Karwyn
  • 10-04-21

Excellent Read UNTIL....

I realize this is a dark romance, but the hero/Matteo when he played Russian Roulette with the hero thinking her a traitor after everything they shared, KILLED THIS BOOK FOR ME. He pulled the trigger intending to blow her brains out with no proof! She was bugged how was she supposed to have betrayed him?? Then she forgives him when he professes his love. Really!!!!
The narrators were absolutely fabulous, just wish the book had been as stellar.

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  • C. Y.
  • 10-04-21

A 100% in All Categories of A Awesome Audiobook Book!

This is one book of Ava Harrison‘s that I wish could’ve gone on for more chapters. To say I loved this book would be an understatement! I am a fan of Mafia romance, especially when there’s a forced marriage involved in which the couple learns to love one another. This storyline has been done so many times, but Ava has made it her own. This book was such an adrenaline rush with so many twists and turns that kept me saying, “What the heck!?!” There were times when I literally had go back and listen to a certain part again just to make sure that I heard correctly. The ending was my favorite part. Many times you read a book like this and the ending is just... “epilogue, and they lived happily ever after”. It left me wanting more!

I loved the chemistry between Mateo and Viviana, but I believe that has a lot to do with the performances of Sebastian York and Vanessa Edwin. They were spectacular! They had to voice so many characters and I felt every emotion portrayed whether it was anger, fear, sadness, hatred, and love. It was hard to decipher who were the bad and good guys in the story. Throughout the story, Mateo is always saying that there is a mole in the group, but it’s so difficult to figure out who is the mole.

I will definitely listening to this audiobook again in the future. I have grown to really like Ava‘s audiobooks. She has a talent of choosing the perfect person to voice her characters. Sebastian has the perfect gruff mafia voice. I cannot tell you enough of how much I love this! Listen to this audio book. It is so worth the credit. I promise you that!



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  • Christie H
  • 09-04-21

Mafia romance with twists and turns and stellar narration.

Ruthless Monarch is a standalone mafia/arranged marriage romance. It is like a great roller coaster: fast paced with tons of twists and turns that have you on the edge of your seat and leaves you breathless at times.

Viviana is our heroine. She is in a difficult position of trying to keep long held secrets that could damage her and those she loves. She agrees to marry Matteo Amante thinking he’s the lesser of two evils. Viviana has been controlled her whole life. First by her father and now by Matteo.

Ruthless Monarch is such a great title and fits Matteo Amante perfectly. He has all the necessary traits of the typical mafia hero: powerful, ruthless, intimidating. But he also has his own moral code.

While Matteo doesn’t give Viviana much choice in becoming his wife, he makes it clear the marriage will not be consummated until she is willing to give herself to him freely. This helps to build the suspense in the story. As they spend more time together, they both feel the force of the attraction they have for each other. Neither of them anticipated this arrangement to lead to very real feelings.

Once their relationship develops into much more than a marriage of convenience, the plot really starts to take off. The stakes are now raised. Can either of them be trusted? Who will betray whom first?

Sebastian York is was perfect as Matteo. You feel his angst as he tries to come terms with his conflicting feelings toward Viviana. Vanessa Edwin is a relatively new for me and she more than held her own as Viviana.

All in all, this was a captivating story. Ava Harrison has written a number of great leading men and Matteo Amante is the top of that very strong list.

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  • Vicki
  • 21-05-21

Viviana and Mateo

This book was awesome! It is one of the best mafia romance books I have ever listened to. Viviana marries Mateo since he was a better choice than who her father choose, Mateo's cousin. Her father had selfish reasons for wanting her to marry him. Viviana's father was a real b@stard who gets what he deserves. I loved it! Mateo told her it was a marriage in name only and that he would never love her. Of course things do not always turn out the way you plan. There were a lot of edge of your seat moments where I was wondering what would happen next. This was a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting. The betrayers in this story were a surprise to me, but in hindsight, behaviors are telling. It was also a surprise how Mateo handled them. This is my first Ava Harrison book but definitely not my last. Sebastian York, who is my absolute favorite narrator, and Vanessa Edwin did an outstanding job with the narration.

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  • Christine Chacon Brandlin
  • 11-05-21

Waste of a Credit!

Worst Mafia Story I’ve ever heard. The story was rather ridiculous. No Mob Boss would care that the Government involved man has illegitimate children. That is not a new theme. I listened to the entire story because I wasted my credit on this. I can’t return it because of Audible rules and restrictions. I read 1 persons review and am sadly disappointed!

I loved Sebastian York but Vannesa Edwin her voice is annoying.

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  • LexiMuse
  • 03-05-21

Brutal Mafia + crooked politician love story

This is a continuation of the overall narrative about the corrupt men in the tri-state area that one by one have found a measure of peace and redemption through the love of a good woman. This time it is Mafia leader Mateo’s turn when he kidnaps and marries the daughter of a very crooked, evil governor of New Jersey. The plot is fairly simple and obvious but the story is sadly somewhat believable. Several characters from the author’s earlier works put in am appearance though unfortunately not their wives. Too bad because the wedding or a party would have made for a nice scene to catch up. Great narration and worth a credit.

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  • Kindle Customer L.Clark
  • 12-06-21

Very interesting story about a mob boss

This story was well written and hard to stop listening to. There are many unpredictable plot twist. Personally I prefer those unpredictable stories. I always an thrilled to that Sebastian York is Narrating a book I am listening to. However I don't like when women change their narrative voice to try to sound like a man. Some women narrators
make subtle changes or none at all. Vanesa Edwin did an excellent job with the female character. I just didn't care for her mobster voice. That was my only complaint. And it would not stop me from buying another book from tis author

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  • Sassy E
  • 10-06-21

Great !!!!

The Story Line was great and believable, I am a fan of Sebastian York this is first time I heard Vanessa Edwin great as well any book Sebastian Narrates I end up buying he voice have you feel the story. I listen first then I go to my Kindle and read alone again. This story can be continue because the main two charters grew.....

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  • RachelSantos
  • 22-05-21

Such a great story!

This book was awesome. Its refreshing to listen to one book and get the whole story. This mafia story was well written with great twists and turns to make it different from all the others. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Also, it was narrated by two of my favorite narrators.