• Beauty and the Beast: Dark Mafia Romance Boxset

  • By: L. Steele
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Roxy Isles
  • Length: 23 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Run my Beauty.... If I catch you, you are mine...."

Michael Byron Domenico Sovrano. The Capo of Sicily's notorious Mafia company. My father owed him, so he took me to repay the debt and married me to further his own ambitions. I hate him; I am determined to resist him. But what happens when I begin to fall for my new husband?

A feisty fashion designer goes toe to toe with a brutal gangster in this marriage-of-convenience age-gap Mafia romance stand-alone and teaches him the meaning of love.

This is Michael and Karma’s complete story; a dark, modern interpretation of a tale as old as time. Buy now.

*A Mafia BookTok recommendation

©2022 Laxmi Hariharan (P)2022 Laxmi Hariharan
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  • Categories: Romance

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So bad

I really did want to like this but it was a battle to complete for me. I did some on audio and that was brutal. Voice actors were ridiculous. I don’t understand why you have a male and female voice actor but don’t let each say their part. Instead we are stuck with each mimicking the others awful voice 🤦🏼‍♀️. Very repetitive and say the same phrases over and over and over. “You have another think coming” and say it in almost each paragraph. Then have a female lead who is so juvenile she herself says she is goth but says OMG all the time. And not the phrase but letters. They refer to her as intelligent but she is shocked to learn her mafia husband is an international criminal! Ridiculous. They constantly leave one another and get back together and it is so trivial. I would NEVER recommend this unless you are extremely bored and need a laugh of how bad this is

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dark & raw

It's been a while since I listened to a dark romance book and I almost gave up on this boxset a few chapters in... but I am so glad I stuck with it. I am also glad it was a boxset because the first two books end in cliffhangers, which put books on my NO list.
It is intense and dark, I could have done without some of it, that is my personal taste though, but I know the story would have not been complete. There is suspense, intrigue, drama, romance, also hawt scenes.
The more the story went on, as the layers of both main characters were peeled away, it showed there was more to them. Their passion is combustible, their darkness matching. Karma and Mica's road to HEA is really rocky, intense, with twists I didn't see coming, but they do get there after they both realize their feelings for each other will only make them stronger. A definite emotional rollercoaster. Great secondary characters that gave the story depth, some I loved and a few I hated.

Jason Clarke is on my 'eargasm' list and he does a sexy Italian accent, loved that the author added some Italian words.
It is my first time listening to Roxy Isles, and her voice is perfect to give life to Karma, with sweetness and sass. I will be looking for more.

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Absolutely loved!

I could not stop listening to this book! Loved the dynamic of the characters, the voices matched perfect, and the steam… it was hot! I loved how Italian words were constantly thrown in to give a more authentic feel to the characters and where they are from.

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Overall very enticing series

Hot. Steamy. Mouthwatering. Drama filled series! Absolutely loved every second of this series and the voices choice for the rolls were spot on. Not only were the books read but they had emotion behind what they were reading and yes oh yes it was perfect!!

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Utterly captivating !

Mica and Karma’s dark love story checks all the boxes for me.
Dark intense and very exciting ☑️
Forced proximity and insta-lust ☑️
Sultry and erotic yet hopelessly romantic as all things Lord Byron are ☑️
Cruel and emotionless Capo only soft for his one true love ☑️
Kick ass heroine and entertaining banter ☑️
Most importantly answers to questions in L Steele’s fabulous billionaire series .
Jason Clarke was born to narrate deadly sexy Sicilian Capos and Roxy Isles sweetness is the perfect contrast to his growly intense voice! Wonderful writing, wonderful narration and extremely credit worthy !

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I did not enjoy the voice of the woman in the book. It hurt my ears.

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I really, really tried to like it

I love dark mafia romances, but I threw in the towel half way through itl. In a nutshell, the girl is kidnapped and then forced to marry the Alphahole because of something her father did. The typical mafia story line for many of these stories. What became old for me was the girl's constant back and forth with running away or staying with him. I mean one minute she loves him/can't live without him and the next minute she is trying to run away. It was to the point of giving me whiplash. I ended up returning the whole set before I was even half through it.

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Loved this story!!

The two narrators were perfect for this story and I was very happy that the author made sure to use the same two narrators for all three books in the box set. The story itself was intriguing and drew me in from the very beginning. Definitely a must read/listen for all the mafia romance lovers out there.

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Love this Mafia couple!!!

Beauty and the Beast, an Audiobook by L Steele is the full three-book story of Michael and Karma.

First, is Mafia King, which was almost too much to handle!!!! Reading this story was a rollercoaster of emotions, feelings, betrayal, and a shocking conclusion!!! It is the story of Michael and Karma (Beauty). She is forced to pay her father’s debt to to Michael. Michael is a ruthless, emotionless Capo. But, things don’t go quite as he planned….and that’s only the beginning!!! Nonstop action and suspense. I LOVED Karma!!!! Strong, fearless, afraid of nothing….and she has her own issues to deal with….one of which is Michael…Ends in a MAJOR cliffhanger!!

Next, there’s Mafia Queen, the freaking amazing, continuing story of Michael and Karma. Now married, she’s trying to get used to her new life….a veritable prisoner in her new home. Then, when shocking, potentially deadly truths come to light, things become even more dangerous. Whew!!! This story just gets better and better!!! I’m totally sucked into it….and can’t wait to see what happens next!!!! Ends in a MAJOR cliffhanger!!!!! ASTOUNDING, AMAZING READ!!!!!

Finally, we have Mafia War, the final leg in the story of Michael and Karma. Things ramp up with the Capo’s adversaries….and there are threats….danger…and shocking revelations that come into play in this saga!!! Absolutely unputdownable….full of action, danger, and romance!!! FABULOUS conclusion to this wonderful couple’s story!!!
This Audiobook was narrated by Jason Clarke and Roxy Isles….who blow doors with their performances of these characters!!! Loved their spot-on interpretations and hauntingly lyrical voices. Excellent!!!

I am volunteering to leave a review for an Advance Reader Copy of this Audiobook.

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Entertaining and interesting

This was an interesting and entertaining read that was definitely on the darker side of things but as both characters were into it, it worked for me. I was definitely glad to have all 3 books for Mica and Karma’s story together at one time as they definitely leave things unfinished between them. Mica and Karma do a lot of arguing and back and forth without always communicating with each other and it got a little frustrating at times. They wanted each other, they just wouldn’t admit it and try and make it work before they did something stupid but they kept being pulled back together. There was plenty of action and intrigue in this story as well as someone is trying to sabotage them.
The narrators did a good job with the characters and voices and accents for the story to add that extra dimension to the story.

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  • Sarah Kay
  • 09-05-22

Not worth listening

The storyline is very disappointing and the main character is a psychopath, bully and controlling. The heroine acts like 12 years old and spoke like one too.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 09-05-22

Absolutely fantastic

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I love these leading ladies that play hard to get. They desperately want to get it on but know they shouldn’t so fighting is the only way to go. With a brilliant performance from both narrators i really enjoyed this book.

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Oh my….this book is everything I needed. I sassy leading lady that wants freedom yet craves her man. I’m hooked in these characters. Great performance.

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There’s so much action packed in this book. I was totally hooked. With so much emotion and selflessness I found myself shedding a tear or two. A fantastic performance.

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  • Loves 2 Listen
  • 08-24-22

excellent trio of books

I was a little dubious about buying this trilogy as I have only listened to one other L Steele book and found it a little too dark for my taste. however I'm glad I went ahead as I thoroughly enjoyed these books.
Jason Clarke and Roxy Isles both gave an outstanding perfomance in their portrayal of the different characters, putting the perfect depth of feeling and emotions into each scene performed. if I could give them more starts I would. this is a great bundle of books and well worth the credit, I definitely be continuing with the rest of the series.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 08-24-22

Absolutely Amazing

I loved Karma and Michaels story the chemistry between was palpable from the start . Karma was so funny with the things she threw back at Michael I giggled at her on several occasions. Michael was intent on never letting Karma know he had fell in love with her but you could tell in the ways he let her get away with things others would have been killed for. I’m looking forward to listening to Christian and Auroras story.

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  • Babs
  • 08-21-22

Too much inner dialogue

I wish books would come with a warning. There is so much inner dialogue. I'm not a fan of books written in this way. The back and forth is annoying. He's mad with his grandma for not sticking up for him or his mother when his father was abusing them yet he's just like his father. The story isn’t believable and Karma is annoying. There's sexual tension but no real chemistry.