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Innocence

Dark Mafia Romance, Book 1
Narrated by: Jack Calihan
Series: Dark Mafia Romance, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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I’m king of the criminal underworld. I always get what I want. And she’s my obsession. Cora is new to the city of sin. Her innocent blue eyes beg for me to claim her. But I’m not the billionaire she thinks I am. There’s a darkness within me. And Cora is a shining light. She’s beautiful. A virgin. I’m ruthless. A beast. She found me for a reason. She’ll be my queen. I’ll give her everything that her heart desires. Except for one thing. Her freedom. She’s mine to keep, and I’m never letting her go.

Note: This is a dark mafia romance with dark and intense sensual scenes. It is the first in a trilogy.

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

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Will Cora’s heart still belong to Marcus?

Innocence is the first book in the Tales of Olympus series. Cora has just escaped the clutches of her overly protective mother and moved into the city. When a fun situation turns bad, she’s saved and completely captivated by Marcus. But as her innocence is slowly shattered, will Cora’s heart still belong to Marcus?

I waited until all three books in this trilogy were completed but I wish I had picked it up sooner! Innocence swept me away on the beginning of Cora’s journey with Marcus and I loved every second of this book! Cora is sweet, understanding, so dang strong, and I loved that her goodness just continued to shine through. Marcus is a little harder to get a read on sometimes, as he’s super closed off, has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, but he definitely has a dark side that I couldn’t help but shiver in both delight and anxiety. I loved the lines when it was said that they would have been perfect for each other, if only they had met under different circumstances because it’s just so true! This book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I’m already sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting to start the next book! There’s definitely drama and suspense, a lot of delicious dark steamy scenes, and the battle of good - and the writing just has you feeling what these characters feel! I loved it! Mr. Calihan was absolutely fantastic in delivering the characters, their emotions, and listening to a dark romance is soooo much more intense than just reading one, so major kudos to Mr. Calihan! This was a fantastic book and I am so excited for the next one!

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Dark Mafia Romance

I WANTED to love this book. I love dark romance, I LOVE mafia stories.

As it began, I was so excited and I really thought the hero would be the savior. As it turns into BDSM, I lost all the wind in my sails. I’m all for BDSM when both parties are excited and willing. When it becomes this dominance fully one one side without the other side being okay....I get really frustrated. I know that we get to hear the inner dialogue of the hero and what his struggles are and why he actually is a “good person” but for me it just didn’t redeem him. I just really loathed him.

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Jaw Dropping!!💜

This book was exciting & angsty and and I can’t wait for more!!
So many jaw dropping moments. At one point I was so physically moved, I felt my heart beat just a little faster. What a wonderful feeling that a book can move me in such a way that I felt it deep inside.
Unexpected twists and turns like a roller coaster!!
The narration was absolutely amazing. Jack Calihan really captured each character and nailed them perfectly.
I would definitely recommend this book/series!!

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Deliciously Dark

This feel like a mafia retelling of Persephone and Hades. Cora is a beautiful innocent young woman who falls on hard times. Enter Marcus a sexy underwear boss. When hidden secrets come to light things get dark quickly.

The narration is wonderful.

Cora’s character is young and you can want to shake her from time to time. And the bdsm eliminate is more abuse than true bdsm.

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Dominant Anti Hero - Naive Herione

I am definitely not a fan of Marcus. He slowly courted Cora and then asked her to marry him. On the wedding night, the switch was flipped and he turned into a cold, unfeeling b@stard. He is heartless and keeps Cora either chained to the bed or at his feet (including when she eats). She has no freedom whatsoever. I wanted Cora to stand up to him but realized she probably couldn’t. He comes off very cold even when he is trying to be his version of warm. She is entirely too naïve in not believing anything bad about him. The guy who ruffied and kidnapped her came back and tried to warn her. You can just imagine what eventually happened to him. After all, Marcus is the “Lord of the Underworld.”

This book kept me listening and I wanted to hear the entire book in one sitting just to see what happens. I really enjoyed it (I love dark romance and add in the mafia it is even better). The writing was excellent although it did not really come off as “romance” to me. Lust and sex, yes. Maybe in the next book, I will see the romance. The book moves along at a really good pace. Even though this book ends in a cliffhanger, I had the next book waiting to continue to story. If not, I would have been disappointed.

Jack Calihan is an awesome narrator! I absolutely LOVE his voice. He was an excellent Marcus and was extremely sexy when the scene called for it. He nailed Marcus’s attitude.

I would highly recommend this book. I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Almost quit due to narrator, probably should have

As I indicated in my headline, I almost quit around chapter 3 or 4 because of the narrator, he got better as he went along but the story never did.

This is a pretty lackluster read that seemed to drag on forever. The dialogue, or should I say self-talk, was pretty monotonous, at times was like an old phonograph record stuck in one groove.

There is nothing that you could call original about it, or exciting in anyway, not even the cliffhanger ending. I don't know why I stuck it out, but I don't suggest that you do.

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I fell in love too

I have been falling in love with the mafia genre lately, this book was so good and I can’t wait to listen to the next book in this series. I totally didn’t expect where this book was going.

The narration was very good! The narration kept me wanting more.

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This is an extremely captivating, dark romance, with a couple twists that I actually had to listen to a second time to make sure I heard correctly. I definitely recommend this story to anyone that likes edge of your seat, holds your attention with suspense and intrigue.
I can’t wait for the next release in this trilogy.
Also have to mention that Jack Calihan did a fantastic job narrating.

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Great chemistry

This book was written for Jack to narrate. Absolutely fantastic storyline with a tough Alpha and great chemistry. As you can tell I am a fan of Jack’s and I have previously read the ebook of Innocence but Jack brings the characters alive so very well. I’m hoping that you get to narrate the rest of the books in this series.

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Dark! Intense!

I couldn’t stop listening! It was twisted, dark and intense. So much push and pull. You didn’t know if you wanted to be angry, mad, sad, cry, or swoon!

Ohhh and Book 2 I need it now!

The narration was awesome!!!

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  • Marcelle Ellis
  • 12-16-19

The Perfect Setup

Cora believe that Marcus is there to help and save her. Marcus is a man that gets what he want and he wanted Cora. She finds out slowly that Marcus controls everything and nothing was as she thought. A great Dark Mafia Romance and Jack Calihan did a great job in narrating this story,

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  • tenisha
  • 12-16-19

Good Listen

Cora is running away from her abusive mother into the arms of her greatest families enemy
Cora runs into Marcus club for protection little did she know that she had just changed her life. He was the perfect man until they were married and then the truth comes out. This book is full of drama and the characters emotions are a ride that all may not be ready for.
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  • Sara B
  • 12-15-19

Wonderfully Dark & Sensual

Another riveting collaboration by Stasia Black and Lee Savino, the two authors make an unbelievably great team. The storyline is dark, intense, sensual and utterly engaging loaded with unexpected twists and turns. The main characters are three-dimensional, fascinating, intriguing, and with depth.

Cora is beautiful, naive, innocent in the ways of the world, and hidden within her is an incorruptible inner-strength. Marcus is enigmatic, powerful, and cunning with the classic alpha male tendencies. Together, their romance is a passionate whirlwind, enthralling the listeners/readers.

Jack Calihan's performance is beyond outstanding. He is exceptionally talented, who hones on the very essence of the narrative and characters, bringing is all to life for the listeners. His telling will sweep you away and draw you into this story. I can't wait to hear the rest of the series!

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  • brisy
  • 11-08-19

🧨Hot Alpha-hole🧨

If you love an Alphahole then you will love this book! Sexy Dominant Alpha and the innocent virgin bring the heat! It didn't take long for me to get fully invested and now I'm patiently waiting for the next to come to audio. Jack Calihan really shows what a talented narrator he is with this one. No complaints all raves from me

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  • Terra Dorn
  • 10-07-19

A devastating emotional rollercoaster

This book was amazing. It was also a heart wrenching emotional rollercoaster! There has to be more because I can not accept the ending. LOL

Jack is one of my absolute favorite narrators. His deep, sexy voice brings so much life and passion to the books he narrates. I just love everything he does.

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  • 09-28-19

Oh Jack is perfect

This book was written for Jack to narrate. Absolutely fantastic storyline with a tough Alpha and great chemistry. As you can tell I am a fan of Jack’s and I have previously read the ebook of Innocence but Jack brings the characters alive so very well. I’m hoping that you get to narrate the rest of the books in this series.