Release Blitz: Staying in Vegas by Sam Mariano

Title: Staying in Vegas
Series: Vegas Morellis #1
Author: Sam Mariano
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2018


Nothing can prepare you for 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?

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*~*~* 3 Stars *~*~*~* 

Staying in Vegas was my first book by Sam Mariano, and I have to stay I’m a bit disappointed.
When I first saw the cover for Staying in Vegas, I was instantly intrigued, so I read the blurb. The blurb sounded so good, and now, I wish I’d looked into this author a bit more. Not only did I not know this was a spin-off (I found out right as I started from the book matter), but I also felt like I should have read those first books. There were just too many times to count where I was confused, and to me, that doesn’t read like a standalone. Now that I looked on Goodreads, I see there is so much more coming with this series.
Normally, I would be super excited to see that more books are coming, because I love a good series. The thing is, I’m not sold on this one. I’m honestly not even sure where the author was going with this storyline. The blurb is very misleading. The type of book this turned out to be, is something I do not read. Give me dark. Give me gritty. Give me something that will make me cry, but this one I could not really relate to or feel that connection with any of the characters.
Laurel is very young, and it shows so much. More than once I wanted her to grow up, and stop be so na├»ve. She just kept making the same choices over and over again, and about halfway through, I just couldn’t make myself like her. Rafe wasn’t what I was expecting either, and I honestly didn’t see the appeal. I normally love alpha bad boys, but Rafe fell flat for me. And then Sin is a whole new take on the book. I’m not even sure what to think about him…
Like I said, I’m not sure where the author was going with this book. I also felt as if it was dragged out as well, and the ending was just a huge let down. I really wanted to love this one. I wanted to find a new mafia, bad boy, and amazing series with it. Unfortunately, I just didn’t like it. I hate that because normally this type of genre is my favorite, but again, that blurb really mislead me.
I’m uncertain if I want to continue this series or not, and I hope if I do, I won’t feel mislead again.

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Releasing August 3, 2018


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Sam Mariano loves to write edgy, twisty romantic reads with complicated characters you’re left thinking about long after you turn the last page. Her favorite thing about indie publishing is the ability to play by your own rules! If she isn’t reading one of the thousands of books on her to-read list, writing her next book, or playing with her adorable preschooler… actually, that’s about all she has time for these days.

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