Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: September 26, 2016
1. Year of the Scorpio: Part 1 - Kindle
2. Year of the Scorpio: Part 2
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***TRIGGER WARNING: This is a DARK mafia romance. In addition to several scenes with strong sexual content, there are also scenes involving violence, death, gun play, mention of sexual abuse, and adult language. Due to the nature of this book, it is intended for 18+ audiences only***Thoughts on Year of the Scorpio: Part 1: Holy crumb, guys. THIS BOOK. It's dark and there's definitely violence and it smothered me in inconvenient emotions when I was out in public places. That last part is really my fault, though. I should know better than to read a Stacy Gail book around people. I get twitchy and a little growly when random characters start to show their true colors and sometimes I get a tiny bit teary-eyed at the things that happen. My cold, dead heart only allows me to show emotion a small percentage of time, so it's kinda a big deal when I say that.
They call me Dash.
Sixteen years ago my brother and I were kidnapped. The Scorpeones believed our father, boss of the Vitaliev Bratva, could be pressured into relinquishing his hold on Chicago’s underworld.
They were dead wrong.
Ultimately the Scorpeones made the youngest of their family pay for their sins. I tried not to care. Marco Polo Scorpeone, the hostage whose life was forfeit if his family moved on the Vitalievs, was the enemy. Why should I care if he was tortured worse than a prisoner of war?
Except I did care.
For sixteen years I’ve cared, more than I can say.
They call me Scorpio.
There was no light in my world. Then I saw Dash smile.
No voice could pierce my darkness. Then I heard Dash speak.
I’ve killed to survive. Killed to please my handler. Hell, I’ve killed to please myself. Killing is what I do.
I know I’m not good enough for Dash, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that she’s mine, from now until the end of time. But that time might be nearer than I think, because someone deadlier than me is closing in…
The point I'm trying to make is that Polo and Dash *might* have pierced the emotionless void in my chest and made me have to put the book down to give myself a moment to regroup. Maybe.
Why? you ask. Oh, Polo had a craptastic childhood. And Dash is trying so hard to build something for herself and circumstances which shall not be named are trying to tear those plans down around her. And together they're finally finding a moment of happiness and THINGS ARE HAPPENING AROUND THEM.
It was terrible. In a good way.
OH, and there's a cliffhanger of epic proportions. I'm going to assume everything will turn out fine in the end or I'll quietly cry until part 2 comes out, but...*shakes fist at Stacy Gail*
That said, don't let the cliffie deter you. This book is good. And ...IT'S GOOD. You should read it. Immediately, if not sooner. Polo and Dash are smokin' hot and I adore their chemistry. Especially when Polo is trying to be a better boyfriend. For a deadly dude, he's completely adorable with the woman he's pledged himself to.