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Publisher's Summary

I wasn't capable of love. Not until I met Cora.

My angel.

I’ve claimed every inch of her body, and I only want more.

I’m a man who craves control, but her power over me is absolute.

She holds my heart in her hands.

She can never find out.

The demons in this city want to destroy her.

It’s my job to protect her innocence. Lock her safe in my high tower.

But I’m the danger that she’s trying to escape.

The ruthless man in her bed.

A demon worse than all the others.

One who cannot save her from himself.

©2019 Stasia Black and Lee Savino (P)2019 Stasia Black and Lee Savino

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Careless herione

In this book, we saw a different side to Cora. She was much more adventurous and took careless risks like sneaking out of the house and lying or evading her security detail. She was out and about trying to make friends unbeknownst to Marcus because he was so busy dealing with his businesses. There was a lot of suspense in this book. Cora even went to Marcus's enemy AJ's strip club and ran into all kinds of problems there. She tends to end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The end of the book was really suspenseful and so good. I cannot wait for the next book to come to Audible. I highly recommend this dark mafia series. Jack Calihan, as always did an outstanding job with the narration. I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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amazing

When I started reading I couldn't put it down. Lee Savino is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.

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Wow... just wow!

Ok... this was fantastic!!! Cora is in what she thinks of as a one sided marriage. She lives Marcus, but heard him tell Charo that she was nothing but a means to an end when she awoke from her coma. Marcus keeps himself distant and cold, he doesn’t want to be perceived as having any weakness. His wife being close is a weakness. Things happen that make him realize that he lives her and doesn’t want to lose her... she is not just a possession. He loves her. Trying to help friends, Cora makes some bad decisions and because of that, finds out just how brutal her husband can be. This is such a great story! I love this writing duo.. there is intensity and intrigue in their stories that keep me wanting more! And Jack Calihan.. his voice is perfect for these characters!!!

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Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Intense & Captivating!

This is another great collaboration by Stasia Black and Lee Savino in this second book of their “A Dark Mafia Romance” series. They created a dark and twisted world, a criminal underworld, where Marcus is the King. A great modern day spin and retelling of the Greek Myth “Orpheus and Eurydice”. In the first book, Innocence” Cora landed right into his lap. He had made her feel safe and secure only to pull the rug out from under her. Cora is now stuck in this relationship, she wants it to be more than it is but does not think Marcus will ever see her as anything but a pawn to maintain control in his world. It is great to see their relationship is growing, even though Cora does not see it and has her insecurities. She has a little more freedom in this book and while Marcus is off doing his business she goes off on her own trying to help and do right but she winds up getting in over her head. A lot goes on in this book, there is plenty of drama, angst, action, some suspense and mind-blowing as well as some steamy romance. Thank you, Stasia Black and Lee Savino for another great story and emotional rollercoaster ride. I am looking forward to see what happens when Marcus finds out what really happened. Jack Calihan is a fantastic narrator and voice artist. He continues to bring the characters to life giving each their own voice and personality, as well as heart and attitude. His portrayal of the characters is spot on, he captures their emotions and passion and projects them into his performance. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Jack Calihan, thank you for another great listen🎧

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Oh Gods..... it was great.

Loved the story... pretty typical... had me annoyed and frustrated as usual...in a good way. my only issue is the narrator always pronounced God as "gods".... sounded like a kid with a lisp....but since his voice is sexy.... you can live with it haha.

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Incredible Chemistry! Marcus & Cora's Angsty Story

Marcus And Cora's Journey Weaves A Dark Love Story Into A Suspenseful Read Set In New Olympus About Mobsters, Turf Wars, And Revenge. Newlywed Marcus Is Distant And Emotionless, While Cora Tries To Find Purpose While Resigning Herself To A Loveless Marriage. This is book two in the Dark Romance Trilogy, or the Tales of Olympus series. It is followed by Queen of the Underworld. The series is plot-driven; book one ends in cliffhanger. From book one, Innocence: Cora Vestian, nineteen, finally escaped the from home. She was raised off the grid by a rigid and overcontrolling mother who lectured about needing to protect Cora from the dangers of the world. She had kept Cora's existence a secret to protect her, yet her own mother beat her and locked her away for days at a time. Cora is the epitome of innocence when she makes her way from her remote farm to New Olympus without money or ID. She soon secures a nanny job. Bad luck seems to follow her, and when she finally makes friends and goes out, she ends up drugged and kidnapped. But she crosses paths with a handsome knight in shining armor, and her life soon becomes like a fairy tale. Marcus Ubeli, thirty-two, is taken aback by Cora's beauty when she enters his office, dirty and tattered. Her innocence reminds him of someone - and a debt is owed. He doesn't do emotions and he isn't going to start now, yet he can't let Cora go. He is the perfect gentlemen with her, courteous and thoughtful. To everyone else, though, he is the cold Lord of the Underworld of New Olympus, a master manipulator and brutal crime lord in command of his own army, the Shades. In this book: Four months have passed since Cora awoke in a hospital bed and overheard her husband’s words. His treatment of her after their wedding ceremony had nearly destroyed her. Her innocence is certainly long gone. But she finally thought they had a break though, and that the Marcus she fell in love with still resided somewhere inside the cold-hearted crime lord’s body. The unguarded words he had spoken in her hospital room to his second in command, Sharo, shattered that illusion. Minus the bodyguards, Cora has a certain level of freedom now, so long as she behaves and performs her duties in the public eye. As for the bedroom, Marcus is often too busy to pay her much attention. Bereft of her dreams of true love and resigned to a loveless marriage, Cora is determined to make friends. She continues to volunteer with Maeve. Armand, her husband’s business partner, continues to hire her on occasion for modeling jobs and their friendship continues to grow. Cora makes a new friend of Olivia, who turns out to be a tech genius. Anna, a stripper, makes her way into Cora’s rather untraditional list of friends as well. Marcus might neglect her, but Cora is determined to keep herself busy and occupied in his absence. Marcus is determined to keep order in New Olympus, even if that means neglecting his new bride until things settle down once again. She is a distraction, much to his chagrin. New Olympus depends upon him – it is a city with needs. Marcus learned that shutting everything down doesn’t work – it only invites unprincipled enemies in to fill the void. So he tries to satisfy the population by providing controlled indulgences while keeping his enemies at bay. He has been hard at work negotiating to bring in a new designer drug, but in the meantime the newest musical sensation, The Orphan, has been brought to town. Marcus has him for a two week engagement, headlining at his club, Elysium. The fans are ecstatic. Unfortunately, Marcus learns that The Orphan’s manager is an old acquaintance. Years ago Marcus had rid New Olympus of the Titans, who now rule over nearby Metropolis. But AJ Wagner, a businessman affiliated with the Titans, has somehow wormed his way back in. Marcus has no choice but to allow AJ’s presence in the city for the duration of The Orphan’s contract. But with the big deal about to go down and an impending election, timing couldn’t be worse. Marcus’s philanthropy and businesses provide a nice cover for his nefarious activities, but the fragile nature of the dirty politics that his operations rely upon leaves an element of uncertainty. Marcus and Cora's journey weaves a dark love story into a suspenseful read about mobsters, turf wars, and revenge. Marcus and Cora can't be more opposite. Marcus is distant and emotionless, while Cora tries to find purpose while resigning herself to a loveless marriage. She is seeing and learning about the outside world for the first time ever. She is a quick learner, however. The childhood abuse she suffered served as a training ground for her new reality. Her naivete contrasts starkly with Marcus's manipulation skills. She shows great strength in deciding to make a life for herself in Marcus’s absence. She tries to find purpose, but her naivete unfortunately gets her into more trouble, despite her well-meaning intentions. While in book one the two dance around their feelings for one another under deeply emotional circumstances, here they fall into a pattern of denial and avoidance as they pursue their separate interests. Marcus never discusses his business with Cora, and when she develops her own interests, his inattention leaves her to her own devices. The plot thickens for both. This book ends with a cliffhanger. It is a good transition point leading into book three of the series. Wow! Marcus and Cora's dark and angsty story will leave you reaching for book three – the final book in the series. The couple's chemistry is incredible, and BDSM elements play a role. Their story is well-written. The plot is somewhat complex. It unfolds slowly, revealing surprises along the way. It takes place in the vivid world of New Olympus, which appears in other books by the authors as well. The characters are nicely defined. The story is written in third person. The POV alternates between Cora and Marcus. I rate this book 4.5 stars. As for the Audio: it is well-performed. I enjoyed the male voice! It is consistent with the book, with the exception of word or two on a rare occasion. I received a copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Loved It! Dark and Brooding

It's dark. Marcus is dark and brooding but he can't help falling in love with his wife, Cora. He may be the boss but she has more power than either realizes. She's submissive in the bedroom but also very feisty and more than willing to push back. While they struggle with their feelings for each other, there is no denying their chemistry. I didn't read (or listen) to the first book in this series. There are numerous references back to it in this book, many of which are summarized enough that I could keep up. Even so, I probably would have enjoyed this even more had I read it in order. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series! The narrator was perfect for Marcus! While a female for Cora would have been a nice contrast, Jack made it work.

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Out of order much

I won this in a giveaway and because I absolutely love Lee Savino and Stasia Black's books, I had to hurry up and listen. Let me also say I now have to wait until I get my next audible credit to get the first book so I get the whole picture. No matter. This was still worth listening to. Prequel and a relisten before my June audible credit.

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Cora, 💪🏽

She's just starting to come into her own....I read this whole series, it was powerful.

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It just gets better!

This is book #2, one more to go. There is a cliffhanger ending, but well worth it. Now that Cora knows what her husband truly is can she stay cold and handle it? What happens when someone comes to her asking for help? Can Marcus ever love her? I can't wait for the last book in this series.

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  • Sara B
  • 12-13-19

Outstanding Narration

Another marvellous collaboration by Stasia Black and Lee Savino. Awakening is a dark mafia romance, loaded with intensity, suspense, drama, passion, and sensuality. The storyline is well-written and incredibly engaging, immersing the readers/listeners into the warps and brutal world of the criminal underground scene. The characters are well-developed, compelling, and intriguing. The main characters, Cora and Marcus have a great connection, one of passion and mutual desire. Jack Calihan's performance is brilliant. He is an exceptionally talented narrator with the ability to modify his voice to best suit the characters, emotions, and situations. Overall, Awakening is a very enjoyable listen; I was wholly absorbed in the story from start to end. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 03-14-20

Dark

Don’t be fooled by how many books these days claim to be dark and aren’t this one delivers what it promises it is dark and dirty and gritty. It is also absolutely mind blowingly brilliant. These two when they come together just seem to know how to write the dark enjoyable books they are known for.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 12-31-19

This book is brutal

Wow, just when I thought these authors couldn’t get any darker they prove me wrong! This second nook in the series is on point. Excellent chemistry between the characters. Jack, you amaze me with your talent, you have the most perfect voice for Marcus.

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  • KBT 💕
  • 12-20-19

Dramatic, thrilling Alpha male Hotness

#Audioobsessed reviewer Cora is married to marcus who is the epitome of Alpha Male! At first his marriage serves a purpose, comfort, good looking wife etc however she eventually means so much more and he didn't even notice. Her days are spent being guarded by huge men everyday when Marcus is not around not because Marcus loves her but because she is his possession and she knows his competitors know the easiest way to unseat the king is to take down his Queen. Very charged book it does lead on from a previous book bit isn't necessary to have read it! Loved the chemistry and the eventual softness that Marcus displays!