Bad Boy (Valetti Crime Family #5)

Bad Boy

Bad Boy by Willow Winters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another winner from Willow Winters! I love these Valetti men!
This book leans more toward BDSM than the other Valetti books, and it works. It’s hot how Anthony is so concerned with Catherine’s feelings and needs. They are both damaged in their own ways, but find what they need in each other. I wished it was a bit longer to allow for more development of the relationship between them, but it worked with this page count as well.
I have loved this series as a whole, and recommend it to other folks who just can’t get enough mafia-based romantic suspense. Because, let me tell you- I sure can’t.
I’m a big Willow Winters fan, and am going to continue to happily work my way through all of her books.

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[Alternate cover edition for ISBN: 9781537776903]

They thought I would do my job. They thought I would kill her. They thought wrong. 

I’m a dangerous man.  It only takes one panty-dropping, mouth-watering look to know it. You may be fooled by my good looks and charm. 
But my eyes give it away. 

I’m the hitman for the Valetti familia, and I’m f*cking good at it. They want men to talk, and I make them talk. They want men gone–bang, it’s done. It’s as simple as that. 
Until her. 
She’s on my list, but I f*cking want her. On her knees and submitting to my every command. 
I’ll give her a simple choice — die, or be mine. 
I’ve always wanted this. Now that I have the chance, I’m taking it. 

I can fulfill those fantasies I know she has. I’m going to make her beg for it. 

This is a standalone, full-length mafia romance with a filthy-mouthed, possessive bad boy. Dark mafia themes throughout. Guaranteed HEA. 

For a Limited Time Bad Girl: Valetti Crime Family (A Bad Boy Mafia Romance) is included at the end for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Cuffed Kiss (Valetti Crime Family #4)

Cuffed Kiss (Valetti Crime Family #4)

Cuffed Kiss by Willow Winters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love this author, and I love this series, but this one missed the mark a bit for me. I had a hard time getting into it at the beginning (a first for a Willow Winters book), and I thought the development of the relationship between Tommy and Tonya was rushed- it felt like they said “I love you” before they had a chance to fall in love.
This book had some sexy scenes, and I did like the ending, but the relationship development threw me off.
Still worth the read, though! Now I’m off to go read the next book (Bad Boy) because that sneak peek at the end has me ALL kinds of bothered. 🔥

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[Alternate cover and retitled edition for ASIN: B01JRFWDMG]

This sh*t could get me killed, but I’ll risk it all to make her mine. 

I’m not a good man, but I’ve never claimed to be. I’m the muscle for the Valetti crime family, and I fit the part with my hard, ripped abs, broad shoulders and cocky attitude. 

I’ve never wanted for anything, until I met her. A woman I can never have. 

She’s a cop, and I’m a suspect in her case. Just being seen together would put a target on both our backs. 

She may be a sweet little thing, but she’s a badass at heart with a spitfire attitude. She’s f*cking perfect. I can’t help imagining those lush, sassy lips wrapped around the one part of me that doesn’t give a damn she’s off-limits. 

All I wanted was a taste of her tempting, forbidden curves. One moment of hot, wild passion, and I’m f*cking addicted. 

She’s too good for me, but that’s not gonna stop me from taking her. 
Everything and everyone else be damned. I’m making her mine. 

This is a standalone, full-length mafia romance with a filthy-mouthed, possessive bad boy and no cheating. Guaranteed HEA. 



Untouchable by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

DARK romance

Wow… this turned out to be quite different than I anticipated. In a GOOD way.
I had read a few reviews, so I expected dark. But this started out REALLY dark. Still, throughout the story the author did an excellent job of building out the characters, and turning around my opinion of Carter. I did eventually end up rooting for him. And after the way the book started… well, at the beginning I did not see myself rooting for him. Unless it was rooting for him to get hit by a bus.
I ended up LOVING this book. Would love to see more, maybe about some of his friends? Particularly the friend toward the end? Just a thought. 🙂

Trigger warning: non-consensual/coerced act

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The bully isn’t supposed to win. 

Senior year was off to a rough start: lube in my locker, panties on my front porch, unimaginative name-calling. See, I got a player suspended from the football team for harassing me, and in my small Texas town, you don’t mess with the football players—even if they mess with you first. 

I didn’t care if it was an unpopular thing to do; I stood up for myself… and in doing so, opened Pandora’s Box. 

I never dreamed I would attract the attention of locally worshipped star quarterback, Carter Mahoney. Never imagined his coveted attention would turn out to be such a nightmare. Beneath his carefully constructed façade lurks a monster, a predator looking for the perfect prey to play with. Now, since I’m the girl no one likes or believes, I guess I’m the perfect target for his dark games and twisted desires. 

After surviving my first encounter with his casual depravity, all I really want is for Carter to leave me alone. 

But all he seems to want is me. 

Warning: This book is provocative. It is categorized as DARK ROMANCE for a reason. It will not be for everyone. If you are a reader with certain triggers or sensitivities common to the dark romance genre, please heed the author’s note at the beginning of this book.

Submitting in Vegas (Vegas Morellis #3)

Submitting in Vegas (Vegas Morellis, #3)

Submitting in Vegas by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She did it again! Dang it, I love this series!
I love the characters in this book. I love the sass, the dry/deadpan humor. The interactions between the different parts of the family. I love the inclusion of our old favorites, the Chicago Morellis. It’s like a reunion. Of exclusively hot people. I, too, would like to attend such reunions.
This story was a bit different from the others in the series (and its predecessor) in that the main two characters had a long-standing friendship prior to pursuing a romantic relationship, and I loved that, too. It gave such a strong foundation. I also thoroughly enjoyed that the heroine is so incredibly intelligent on top of being sassy. And a bit awkward to boot. I am also awkward (in a Temperance Brennan from Bones kind of way), so I am quite tickled when I see an awkward heroine.
I am so bummed to have reached the end of this series, but I understand the author will be writing more this year so I am eagerly anticipating that!

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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.

Sinning in Vegas (Vegas Morellis #2)

Sinning in Vegas (Vegas Morellis, #2)

Sinning in Vegas by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LOVE. I can’t get enough of these Morellis! This is the 10th Morelli book I’ve read (counting Entrapment), and I wish there were at least 10 more!
I love these characters. I love where this book took the story. I love the tug-of-war between Rafe and Sin for Laurel’s affections. I was rooting SO HARD for the one I wanted to prevail.
The action and suspense are there, as is humor. I laughed out loud. Pretty hard, actually. And I never do that from books. It was a scene where Laurel tries to lie, and fails most spectacularly.
I WANT MORE! Off I go to read the third (and final 😭) Vegas Morelli book.

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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…

Staying in Vegas (Vegas Morellis #1)

Staying in Vegas (Vegas Morellis, #1)

Staying in Vegas by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my- the suspenseful ending is STRONG with this one! Can hardly get this review out from the anticipation of digging into the next book!
I liked that this book picked up right after the Morelli series, which I just finished. You could read it without reading that series first I suppose, but you’d miss out on a lot of backstory of the side characters. I wouldn’t recommend doing that, personally.
I liked the tension build between Laurel and Sin, which shocked the hell out of me honestly because I expected the story to be about Laurel and Rafe, and Rafe is honestly kind of awful in this book.
Can’t wait to see what happens in the next one!

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You don’t want to miss what happens in Vegas… 

When I met Rafe Morelli, he didn’t look like the biggest mistake I’d ever make; he seemed closer to the crime family version of Prince Charming. Charismatic, beautiful, and attentive—with an intoxicating air of power—Rafe was the stuff of my darkest fantasies. 

What we had should have been a simple fling, no-strings-attached. My hot weekend with the sexy, dominant Vegas boss—a harmless memory to replay once I returned to my quiet, predictable life. 

One tiny hitch in that plan: a panty-melting memory isn’t all he left behind. Now the stakes have changed, and I’m faced with a potentially life-altering decision. Do I stay away and enjoy my status as the only woman in known history who has played in the Morelli flames without getting burned, or do I risk everything and step back into the fire?


This trilogy can be read even if you haven’t read the original Morelli family series, but as it takes place AFTER that series, there will be Morelli family series spoilers. Two of the main characters from this trilogy were introduced in the original Morelli series. If you want to read the original series and experience it without spoilers, you may want to start there (with Accidental Witness). 
Like the original Morelli family series, this trilogy is a continuing story following the same characters, NOT three separate-couple standalones.


Entrapment (Morelli Family, #7.5)

Entrapment by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series. This damn series. Why did it have to end? 😭

I have SO thoroughly enjoyed the Morelli series, of which this is the final book (a bonus book, really). This one gave some pivotal scenes from Mateo’s POV, and also added in some new scenes (from his POV as well as from other characters’ POV). It really helped to give a bit of a softer side to Mateo in that you see that sometimes he acts out of his need to be a showman rather than his desire to actually do whatever it is he is doing. But sometimes he really IS just a cold bastard. It’s situational, really. But it sure made me feel better about rooting for his HEA.
A fine ending to an amazing series!

Trigger warning: non-consent, dubious consent

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Get ready for the Morelli family like you’ve never seen them before—through the eyes of Mateo Morelli. 

For four days, I kept her to myself. 

For four days, she was mine. 

Then, at the first opportunity, she left me. 

To the world it may seem I’ve let her go, but she’ll never be beyond my reach. 

No matter where she is, no matter how she feels about me, Mia will always be mine. 

And I will always be hers. 

**Entrapment is a short Morelli family novel (60k words) from the oft-requested POV of Mateo. It takes place during Accidental Witness, BUT it is intended to be read at the end of the series, after all the puzzle pieces have clicked into place. 
In addition to the Entrapment story, this collection includes deleted scenes from each of the seven books in the Morelli family series. ** 
WARNING: trigger warnings apply. This is a dark romance/mafia story with dark themes. Violence and WTF-ery abounds.

Last Words (Morelli Family #7)

Last Words (Morelli Family, #7)

Last Words by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my god, this series. I am so very sad that it is over. I have become addicted to these characters over the course of these books. Thank goodness for book 7.5 (Entrapment) and the Vegas Morellis series!
This one was LONG, but so good. The trials and tribulations this family heaps upon each other is really somethi ng to behold. The author does an excellent job of building tension, and also with conveying the emotions the characters are feeling at any given time. And with everything they do to each other, they are an emotional group.
Five enthusiastic stars for the whole series!

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And they all lived happily ever after… maybe.

Find out what happens in the final book in the Morelli family series!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a comprehensive series, not a set of standalones. The story starts in book one, Accidental Witness, and is unlikely to be enjoyed or understood if you have not read the whole series.

Coming Home (Morelli Family #6)

Coming Home (Morelli Family, #6)

Coming Home by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh man- what a ride! Like the rest of this series, I couldn’t put this one down. It started out with a bang, and just kept up the pace. I recall very few scenes that didn’t advance the story. That made for a compelling book with no lulls.
As stated in reviews for the previous books in this series: I LOVE these characters. Even Mateo, self-described villain, isn’t thru-and-thru bad. He is MOSTLY bad, but not 100%. They all have a mix of good and bad. No one is without blame in this series. They all have at least a little dirt under the fingernails.
Can’t wait to read the final book, and I am SUPER excited to transition over to the Vegas Morellis series to read more about Rafe! I actually paused in my reading to rush into this author’s list of books, praying for a book about Rafe. And she did not disappoint.

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Home is where your heart is… 

BOOK SIX in the Morelli Family series. 
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a standalone. Series must be read in order or you’ll be lost.

Resisting Mateo (Morelli Family #5)

Resisting Mateo (Morelli Family, #5)

Resisting Mateo by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book just blew my mind. I can’t go into too much detail with revealing anything, but… wow. I love a good twist, and the author really delivers it with this one. I love the characters in this series, and how true the writing is to each one. The voices for each are markedly different. And I find myself quite amused, against all reason, by Mateo’s dry responses. Mariano does such a great job of making him a character I love to hate. As in, I hate myself for not hating him. God, she’s good.
Highly recommend the whole series!

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If you dance with the devil, 
don’t be surprised when all Hell breaks loose.

Author’s note: Because the enjoyment of this series depends so heavily on the the suspense of not knowing what is coming, there can be no blurbs on books five, six, or seven. Even knowing who the main characters are would be a spoiler. Do your best to avoid spoilers and dive right in; you’ll enjoy the journey significantly more that way! 

BOOK FIVE in the Morelli Family series. MUST be read in order! Or a unicorn dies. (Seriously, you do not want to start with this book. It’ll be kookydooks.)
Adult content, recommended for readers 18+