• Title: High Stakes
  • Author: Vanessa Waltz
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 255
  • Format: ebook
  • High Stakes 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
    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 wantThere 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 realizingor 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.Author s Note This is a dark romance novel, it contains themes of violence and mature situations that could make readers uncomfortable.

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    1. 3 Stars____________________________________________About The Story____________________________________________High Stakes by Vanessa Waltz is a pretty decent read, I love Mafia Romance, it doesn't have to be dark, the book just has to engage me. Adriana and Vincent were very original characters in my opinion. Adriana being the struggling college student, who has a dark past and also happens to be a kleptomaniac. Vincent, a captain in the Mafia, he specialises in illegal gambling. The games can b [...]

    2. ♥♥♥ 3 Stars ♥♥♥Once I had read the blurb, this book intrigued me enough that I knew I had to read it. While I did like it, there were also parts that I didn't care for so much. But, it wasn't a horrible read or anything.Adriana is college student, who is struggling to make ends meet. This is because she has to also take care of her mother who seems to be always asking Adriana for money for this and that. Adriana has gone through a traumatizing event where her father was killed in fro [...]

    3. College Girl Meets Mafia CapoThis was a good book and a worthwhile read. I liked the characters and the story was entertaining. It wasn't as dark as I'd imagined, but did have a gritty feel to it. The sex was hot, but would have liked a little more intensity in the rest of the book. I just never had that edge of my seat, pulse-racing feeling that I would have expected with shootouts, assassination attempts, and all other sorts of illicit activities. I did like the ending, at least I did until I [...]

    4. 4.5 Hot Capo Stars!What can I say, I'm a total mafia, bad boy book whore. And this Capo did not disappoint! Hot damn!Adriana is a struggling student at Columbia University. If being a student with loans isn't hard enough, she's got a mother that sucks every last dime she's got. Her father is gone, nightmares of his gruesome murder still plaguing her sleep. She needs cash pronto. When a friend invites her to an underground gambling party, she's drawn to the tables. She's played cards since a kido [...]

    5. DNFOne of the weirdest and dumbest heroines ever. I don’t believe any girl would be as ridiculous as her. She was bland, whiny, TSTL and selfish. Her stupidity was amazing - I lost count of how many times she acted like an idiot. The only thing she cared about was her pathetic financial life.She rarely showed any concern for her safety a truly awful heroine.

    6. ☆ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you SO MUCH hun!! ☆High Stakes was a good read but didn't wow me. I mean, it had a decent plot and set of characters and all, but it was nothing outside of the ordinary from what I've come across.Everything kind of fell on a non-notable level and then all of a sudden all of the "HIGH STAKES" began to take their pitch one after another quite late in the game. In other words, things were a bit inconsistent with the sto [...]

    7. High Stakes is neither a fluffy romance nor a very dark one. There is mild BDSM element and the story revolves around the Vittorio crime business. We have a fast moving plot that kept me engage and a mafia hero who is dangerous yet protective that have me rooting for him. My only problem is Adriana, the heroine. Adriana is a college student who had a troubled past and a mum who is a pain in the ass. She is struggling to pay off her fees and her mum at the same time. One day, she ran into an ille [...]

    8. "Will you hurt me?"He grins at my fear. Maybe he really is a monster."I'll take it easy on you."Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading this. It started off REALLY GOOD. But it was downhill from thereIt just wasn't earth shattering, I guess. It certainly didn't blow my mind.It was actually quite predictable andwell, uneventful.The its and bits of action lasted very short. It was supposed to be a "dark romance" but I didn't feel anything dark The occasional conflicts between Adriana and Vincent w [...]

    9. High Stakes was my first read by Vanessa Waltz and probably my last. I didn't enjoy this book at all, absolutely nothing worked for me. Adrianna was one of the worst h's I have ever read. There was nothing good about her character and I especially hated how she was constantly feeling sorry for herself and saying how jealous she was about the people around her. She also ran so hot and cold I had whiplash. Also I didn't enjoy the sex. I personally don't enjoy reading about a woman being slapped in [...]

    10. DNFThis is my opinion. You may like the book, but it did not work for me and I love romances that incorporate mobs.The heroine is a thief which I hate. I would not mind if she was poor and had to steal food to survive, but she steals gum and pens and other stuff for the thrill. Maybe the author did that so the heroine and hero would have the thrill factor in common. If that is the case, it did not make me connect with them. Just annoyed me. The heroine is the one that tells the hero she wants to [...]

    11. Love it but after Monster in His Eyes my expectations much greater! So, 4 star for this delicious book.

    12. I love to read mafia romance and from the blurb i expect this book to blow me away but in end was another 3 star book for me .First 30& of this book for me is 5 star,then the next 70& are for 3 stars.The main reason i give this book 3 star are for the heroine Andrian, well she definitely go to my category of most annoying,selfish,jealous heroine.I hate when heroine know that hero is not good man and even he tell her he will heart her but she dosen;t listen and then when storm come she wa [...]

    13. Length: 336 pagesStyle: Mob Romance Story: GOODIntimacy level: Sex-citingly GOODEnjoyment: GOODSeries: (Vittorio Crime Family book#1)Price: $0.99 The GoodI love mob romances, I don't think they're enough of them. I do admit I underestimate this book. I thought it would be simple and maybe boring, but I was surprised at how much I liked this story. Vince was sexy to me and his bada$$ attitude was an added bonus. The way he was with Adrianna was cute hard on the outside and a softy on the inside. [...]

    14. MILD SPOILER WARNINGUgh! This book had so much more potential! It was a truly dark read. Especially considering the sex life between these two. It was OTT sexy, scary and fun.I loved that this was written all in the h's POV. There are just some hero's that give too much away and a book like this needs to keep it's secrets until the timing is just right.So what's got me 3-staring it? 1 - It's a HFN. A major issue starts coming up, right at the end of the book - the H's fidelity. The fact that the [...]

    15. That's pretty much how I felt every time Adriana opened her mouth or had a inner monologue. She pretty much ruined this entire book for me. I love mob books. Love the action and violence and all that so of course I loved Vince. I'd gladly welcome him and his belt into my home, but Adriana? No. Just no.She blamed everyone else for her problems. I get what happened to her as a kid wasn't fair and shitty as hell, but it was her own choice to bankroll her mother. I don't care if this makes me a horr [...]

    16. This was an OK read. It's basically, an Ivy League student meets the Sopranos. (In fact one scene was in an episode of the show). This book contains drama, action, betrayal and good sex. Will move on to book 2 because I'm curious to see how it plays out.

    17. Adriana´s always had a way with numbers, and playing cards, so when she gets the chance to earns some extra money dealing cards, she jumps at the chance. She had no idea who´d be the one paying Capo Vincent can´t resist his new employee, and when she lets him be himself, the deal is done. Can they survive the war that is coming for the family, and will they be together in the end?Mafia, smut and action in a great combo. I´m nervous to read the next book in the series, though. I need my HEA! [...]

    18. I received this book for an honest review. This book was great!!!! I hope there's a second one. I loved Vincent. He was the perfect mix of monster and man, definitely my new book boyfriend. Adriana was a great heroine. I loved that she was strong and didn't take crap from Vincent. It said this was a dark romance but I didn't really see it as such. Maybe others view things differently. This book is definitely worth buying you won't be sorry!!!

    19. Soooo good. The way they met was so original and fun. He brings her into the world of kinkery and it's great to read. A lot of action and just when you think all in well in la la land. BAM, more action. I'm a little conflicted whether I want to read book 2 based off the blurb. But this book was a pleasant, sexy surprise.

    20. Wow! Hot, Hot, Hot. Vincent is the perfect Alpha male, so fierce and protective. Adriana, a college student begins dealing cards for some illegal card games and starts falling for Vincent. I could not put it down, fast paced and so sexy. As the warning notes it is on the darker side with violence and kink. This is a sexy, entertaining read that you won’t want to see end. Highly Recommend!

    21. I absolutely loved this book. The characters and the plot are all well thought out and kept me glued to the pages all night long. Having a mafia man as the main alpha love interest was new to me, but Ms Waltz makes it work wonderfully. I thank you for this ARC it was great.

    22. Hmmmm i did like this book i just didn't get the book butterflies that i'm not normally used to.

    23. This book stared out great, but along the way I became lose. It wasn't was dark as it was described. It feel flat. The storyline was great, and at times I was in shock, nut something was missing. Adriana was something else and it wasn't good. She was strong. She wanted to take care of herself and not end up like her mom and depend on people for anything. She comes across Vince and her world is turned upside down. Things she thought she wanted she is starting to re think. She know that Vince is a [...]

    24. I hate this trend in drawing books out into two, three, or more installmentswhen it's unnecessary. And especially when the author won't own it in the blurb.What workedThis book was well written. The characters were well developed.What doesn't workI know he's a monster/mobster, however, I'm so tired of every blot containing elements of BDSM. The submission/domination concept is not my issue. I like it in my reads and I like it in my bed. But I do not like D/s relationships where the play seems de [...]

    25. I received an ARC eBook in exchange for an honest review! This is a dark romance between a mob captain and a beautifully flawed struggling college student. They meet by accident but their chemistry is undeniably explosive! I won't deny that there are some parts that made me uncomfortable but the overall story was so fascinating, gritty and pure romance that I could easily overlook the uncomfortable violence and profanity that made me uncomfortable. I was swept away to a world I would never perso [...]

    26. Mafia romances are a crazy reading ride. Half the time I'm screaming internally to the heroine to leave that criminal mofo hero and then he backs her up to a wall and I forget every jacked up thing the hero did in the previous chapter. That said I enjoyed this story. As mentioned, there were parts I didn't like, mostly when the violence escalated but that's part of the genre. The unfinished hero is always intriguing. This book ends in a good place although the story is continued.

    27. It was a good book. A mafia story with all the usual elements of suspense, well drawn characters, and a page turner. However, as another reviewer mentioned, it lacked intensity and was somewhat predictable. There were a lot of similarities with Monster in his Eyes, by JM Darhower, another story involving a young, female college student drawn to an alpha wiseguy who may be dangerous to her life. Fans of that book will likely enjoy High Stakes.

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