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Publisher's Summary

I'm the first-born son of the mafia king. The favorite. Destined to rule, I'm a dangerous man, a ruthless one. But in my world, you have to be. 

Then Natalie stumbles into my life. Wrong place. Wrong time. 

Twice, fate put her in my path.

Twice, fate placed the innocent lamb at the mercy of the monster.

I gave her a chance to walk away. Told her it would be better for her if she did. 

But she didn't listen. 

And now it's too late. 

Because I'm not good. I never wanted to be. And I won't let her go anymore. See, I'm not the hero. When I touch her, it's with dirty hands. 

I know my reckoning is coming though. I know I'll burn for the things I've done, the sins I've committed. And I don't deny hell is where I belong, but I want my time first. I want my time with her. 

She's mine.

Forever.

No matter what.

Author's Note: Sergio: A Dark Mafia Romance is an intensely emotional, steamy and dark standalone romance set in the Benedetti Brothers Mafia world. Be prepared: This is not a traditional romance.

©2018 Natasha Knight (P)2018 Natasha Knight

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Sergio needed his story told

While not chronologically the third book in the Benedetti series, this book is best listened to last. Sergio is the oldest of the Benedetti brothers and is readying himself to take his place as head of the family. When Natalie is in the wrong place at the wrong time, Sergio decided he will deal with her. This is far from a typical romantic meeting, but this is far from your typical romance.. Natasha Knight has let Sergio's story be told regardless of the outcome. The love between Natalie and Sergio is fierce. They are both flawed but perfect together. They both love with their whole heart. But love is not enough. This book will make you love, hate fear and cry. The warning let's you know it's not going to end happily, but the bittersweet story will stay with you, give you insight to the other family members and leave you with that lingering book hangover. I loved it!

This story needs narrators who read with great emotion.. Natasha Knight could not have cast it better..Both Tracy Marks and Michael Pauley have that natural emotional tone to their voices. I could feel every pain, every anger and every growth of Sergio and Natalie's love. Their performance is truly flawless.

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An Ok Listen, but the "Hero" is an Abusive Jerk

I didn't mind listening to Sergio, the story was interesting but not too complicated. Michael Pauley does a fantastic job narrating Sergio. He has a very sexy and commanding voice and he is so expressive, you really feel that you are listening to Sergio.

But I do have to say that while I enjoyed Sergio and most of Natasha Knight's other books, I often find myself cringing at the downright abusive scenes she writes about and tries to pass off as sexy, rough sex. I'm sorry, but when you are physically threatening a woman to lay spread eagled on a bed and forcing yourself into her while she resists and cries, that isn't sexy, that's actually rape. So many of the sex scenes Natasha Knight writes dance between consent and non-consent and it leaves a really disgusting taste in my mouth. There are also scenes where Sergio outright puts his hands on Natalie and I just listened, astonished that this is being passed off a sexy alpha-male behaviour. If I met a man who only displayed a fraction of Sergio's behaviour, I'd run for the damn hills!
I'm rather taken aback by all the positive reviews screaming about how sexy this book is. Men can be powerful alpha-males and respectful at the same time. JR Ward portrays this kind of man very well in her early books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It just made me very uneasy how such abusive behaviour is being touted as "dark romance".
That's just my two cents, take it for what it's worth.

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Bittersweet love

This was a bittersweet read. The love Sergio had for Natalie was intense. They both loved intensely. As the warning stated this was not your typical romance and even though I was prepared I was still hopeful. I really liked this story. The narrators did a great job bringing the emotions in this dark love story to life

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  • Kellee
  • Charlotte, NC
  • 11-09-18

Bittersweet

This was a great audible! M. Pauley and T. Marks did a fabulous job being Sergio and Natalie. I loved the intensity, the alpha male dominance and the love Sergio had for Natalie. Now, I would suggest that you read Dominic and Salvator stories before reading this one. Get your tissue box out.

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  • Rubi's Bookshelf with Audiobook Obsession
  • 12-02-18

All the Feels!

I'm crying! This book! OMG this book!
Sergio is the Heir to the Benedetti mafia family. He has a dark destiny. Natalie has been at the wrong place at the wrong time more times than is normal. Both times Sergio has been her savior, but who will save her from him? His darkness? His life. For his life and hers if she is to join him would be a dangerous and dark one. This book contains dark scenes and steamy scenes. It also does NOT contain a HEA so read at your own risk.

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  • Luv2Read
  • 11-26-18

An emotional mafia romance

Sergio is book 3 of the Benedetti Brothers series. It tells the love story of Sergio and Natalie. This book was released after Salvatore and Dominic (books 1 & 2), but it actually takes place 2-3 years before Salvatore. Sergio and Natalie initially meet when she is 14 y/o, but Sergio doesn’t remember meeting Natalie when their paths cross again 6 Years later. The relationship between Natalie and Sergio develops and becomes serious pretty quickly. Their story is told in dual POVs and the narrators do a great job of performing this powerful love story. Michael Pauley was especially intense when reading Sergio’s chapters. I did not read any of the other books in this series (yet), so I was surprised by the ending. This is one of those rare instances where I am glad I read a book out of order of its placement in the series because I had no clue how it would end. Sergio is an amazingly emotional and powerful book that is going to stay with me for a long time to come.

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 11-25-18

Highly emotional dark romance

Loved this highly emotional dark romance. Compelling and complex characters and an intense story. As the blurb says, not a normal romance, but still definitely worth listening to. Fantastic narrators! Two of my favorite narrators together bringing this fantastic story to life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mandy Sawyer
  • 11-22-18

Something brave and different

I must say a big well done to Natasha, you are one very brave woman! This is nothing like what I’ve read/listened to before and I mush say I loved it. My heart is broken but I still loved it. Narration was perfect.

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  • Geri Nelson
  • 11-21-18

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I have to say I did not believe when Ms. Knight wrote her opening letter telling us this was not your average HEA. She was correct. The ending gutted me. I enjoyed the flow of this story. She had me happy for the time Nat and Sergio was together. I really did want them to have the true HEA. But sometimes you don't always get that HEA. You just have moments and you should treasure those. I cannot wait to read the other two books in the series.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 12-17-18

Sergio

Such a heartbreaking book. You get a warning from a letter written by the author and you really need to listen to what she’s saying. Even though you will be crying through a good bit of this book, it is still worth the listen to hear Sergio’s story.

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  • Bette H
  • 12-16-18

A Sad & Beautiful Story! 4.5 Heart-Wrenching Stars

This is a well written, well told “Dark Mafia Romance”. Natasha Knight gives warning, this is not a traditional romance book and it will be upsetting to some. And yes, I am upset, but not with the author but with myself. I knew going in it was not an HEA, yet had to know Sergio’s story. The book grabbed my attention from the start and captivated me until the very end. Sergio’s story is a heartbreaking one but so worth knowing. Great character development, I loved the chemistry between Sergio and Natalie. I loved her braveness and strength too. Their story is not a pretty one but it sure is an interesting one. Natasha Knight, thank you for this great read and taking us in to the mafia world. It is a story to be remembered.

I listened to the Audible edition. The narrators, Micael Pauley and Tracy Marks, are awesome. They perform well together and each gives a great performance with the right amount of dramatic flair to enhance the story even more. They bring the characters to life from the pages to your ears. Thank you for the great listen!

Thank you 🎧AudiobookObsession

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  • Clare Keating
  • 12-11-18

Great story

Holy macaroni this is one heck of a good listen. I had no clue what to expect from this one and I was not disappointed. This is like no other mafia book I have listened or read. Sergio is the first born son so will rule one day. He meets Natalie when she is very young and saves her life then years later they meet again and the spark is intense. I just adored this story and how they fell in love even when it was not your normal romance it was very dark. This was my first Natasha Knight book but for sure not my last I need to listen to the first 2 books in the series now. Tracy Marks never fails to draw me into a story she is just brilliant I love her voice. This is my first Michael Pauley I have wanted to listen to him for ages and I am so glad this was my first he was just WOW so intense he got my heart racing so fast he acts his butt off he is just magic. I enjoyed this book so much it was so different I am so glad I got the chance to listen.

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  • Nicola J Hardy
  • 11-30-18

mafia romance

i don't usually read many mafia romances , they have to be really written well for me to get into them, this is one of the books ! it was written amazingly and the narration was perfect! So much so that I'll be checking out the other brothers books soon , it's a great book with a sad but perfect ending that made the story what it is , if you like mafia romances you'll love this , if you're not sure then this is a perfect one to start with , my first book by this author too , definitely not my last

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  • angeljoy
  • 11-21-18

OMG

I was sobbing by the end of this book. I loved Natalie and Sergio's story. I will have to go back and read the first two now. Great romance.