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Publisher's Summary

Matteo Amante.

Dangerous. Deadly. And most of all, devastating. 

He’s the king of the city. Running the Mafia and ruling the East Coast. He’s at war with his cousin, and I am the casualty. 

There is nothing Matteo won’t do to win. He’ll burn everything down to the ground, my hopes and dreams included.

He’s no hero. He’s the handsome devil who will probably kill me in the end. 

Falling in love with the enemy can destroy me, especially when he is my husband....

©2021 AH Publishing (P)2021 AH Publishing
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MAFIA DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN THIS

Firstly, thank you Ava for writing Matteo and Viviana’s thrilling and chilling rocky love story which I devoured in one addicted day.. and thank you for not splitting it up with cliffhangers, wait times and costly trilogies.. although I could’ve lingered a wee while longer in their world.

IMO, this is an absolutely fantastic Mafia romance with a handsome, hardened, sexy alpha King and the sacrificial pawn who upends his world, thaws his heart and will give him the fuel to slay his enemies. The pawn is an evil father’s daughter.. she's caught in a web of lies, blackmail, secrets and manipulation with only one way out.. marry the heartless Devil who is offering her a loveless marriage. And so their rollercoaster begins.. and angst, conflict, animosity, danger, suspense, intrigue, tension-filled life-threatening scenes and bloodshed will follow. But there will be swoons, drools and sighs too as the ice melts around Matteo's heart.. as the chemistry between them ignites lust and defies logic.. as their animosity slowly fades and lowers walls. And the distrust will eventually turn to trust.. revelations and truths will rock their worlds.. and indifference will turn to a deep forever love.. a love that will save a sinner King.

Worth a credit? Oh boy yes.. absolutely one-hundred-percent yes.. it ticked all my boxes as I held my breath, flinched, swooned, sighed, drooled, prayed, gasped and held up a DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT COMING ANYWHERE NEAR ME hand as I cozied up in their ruthless unpredictable world. Great dual POV narration by Sebastian and Vanessa who took a suspenseful well-written well-paced book and took it to a whole other level.. a level where audio perfection is reached.

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Excellent Read UNTIL....

I realize this is a dark romance, but the hero/Matteo when he played Russian Roulette with the hero thinking her a traitor after everything they shared, KILLED THIS BOOK FOR ME. He pulled the trigger intending to blow her brains out with no proof! She was bugged how was she supposed to have betrayed him?? Then she forgives him when he professes his love. Really!!!!
The narrators were absolutely fabulous, just wish the book had been as stellar.

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A 100% in All Categories of A Awesome Audiobook Book!

This is one book of Ava Harrison‘s that I wish could’ve gone on for more chapters. To say I loved this book would be an understatement! I am a fan of Mafia romance, especially when there’s a forced marriage involved in which the couple learns to love one another. This storyline has been done so many times, but Ava has made it her own. This book was such an adrenaline rush with so many twists and turns that kept me saying, “What the heck!?!” There were times when I literally had go back and listen to a certain part again just to make sure that I heard correctly. The ending was my favorite part. Many times you read a book like this and the ending is just... “epilogue, and they lived happily ever after”. It left me wanting more!

I loved the chemistry between Mateo and Viviana, but I believe that has a lot to do with the performances of Sebastian York and Vanessa Edwin. They were spectacular! They had to voice so many characters and I felt every emotion portrayed whether it was anger, fear, sadness, hatred, and love. It was hard to decipher who were the bad and good guys in the story. Throughout the story, Mateo is always saying that there is a mole in the group, but it’s so difficult to figure out who is the mole.

I will definitely listening to this audiobook again in the future. I have grown to really like Ava‘s audiobooks. She has a talent of choosing the perfect person to voice her characters. Sebastian has the perfect gruff mafia voice. I cannot tell you enough of how much I love this! Listen to this audio book. It is so worth the credit. I promise you that!



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Waste of a Credit!

Worst Mafia Story I’ve ever heard. The story was rather ridiculous. No Mob Boss would care that the Government involved man has illegitimate children. That is not a new theme. I listened to the entire story because I wasted my credit on this. I can’t return it because of Audible rules and restrictions. I read 1 persons review and am sadly disappointed!

I loved Sebastian York but Vannesa Edwin her voice is annoying.

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Brutal Mafia + crooked politician love story

This is a continuation of the overall narrative about the corrupt men in the tri-state area that one by one have found a measure of peace and redemption through the love of a good woman. This time it is Mafia leader Mateo’s turn when he kidnaps and marries the daughter of a very crooked, evil governor of New Jersey. The plot is fairly simple and obvious but the story is sadly somewhat believable. Several characters from the author’s earlier works put in am appearance though unfortunately not their wives. Too bad because the wedding or a party would have made for a nice scene to catch up. Great narration and worth a credit.

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Mafia romance with twists and turns and stellar narration.

Ruthless Monarch is a standalone mafia/arranged marriage romance. It is like a great roller coaster: fast paced with tons of twists and turns that have you on the edge of your seat and leaves you breathless at times.

Viviana is our heroine. She is in a difficult position of trying to keep long held secrets that could damage her and those she loves. She agrees to marry Matteo Amante thinking he’s the lesser of two evils. Viviana has been controlled her whole life. First by her father and now by Matteo.

Ruthless Monarch is such a great title and fits Matteo Amante perfectly. He has all the necessary traits of the typical mafia hero: powerful, ruthless, intimidating. But he also has his own moral code.

While Matteo doesn’t give Viviana much choice in becoming his wife, he makes it clear the marriage will not be consummated until she is willing to give herself to him freely. This helps to build the suspense in the story. As they spend more time together, they both feel the force of the attraction they have for each other. Neither of them anticipated this arrangement to lead to very real feelings.

Once their relationship develops into much more than a marriage of convenience, the plot really starts to take off. The stakes are now raised. Can either of them be trusted? Who will betray whom first?

Sebastian York is was perfect as Matteo. You feel his angst as he tries to come terms with his conflicting feelings toward Viviana. Vanessa Edwin is a relatively new for me and she more than held her own as Viviana.

All in all, this was a captivating story. Ava Harrison has written a number of great leading men and Matteo Amante is the top of that very strong list.

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I loved this story

It was a perfect storyline. Gave you all the feels and left you wanting to read more of their HEA. Absolutely loved the narrators as well.

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Viviana and Mateo

This book was awesome! It is one of the best mafia romance books I have ever listened to. Viviana marries Mateo since he was a better choice than who her father choose, Mateo's cousin. Her father had selfish reasons for wanting her to marry him. Viviana's father was a real b@stard who gets what he deserves. I loved it! Mateo told her it was a marriage in name only and that he would never love her. Of course things do not always turn out the way you plan. There were a lot of edge of your seat moments where I was wondering what would happen next. This was a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting. The betrayers in this story were a surprise to me, but in hindsight, behaviors are telling. It was also a surprise how Mateo handled them. This is my first Ava Harrison book but definitely not my last. Sebastian York, who is my absolute favorite male narrator, and Vanessa Edwin did an outstanding job with the narration.

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Twist was awesome

I knew the friend was in on something but I completely forgot about the brother!
Awesome awesome story line!

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Very predictable

The narrator's made this one . I basically knew the storyline by the middle of the book. I guessed right on who betrayed who. Maybe I read/listen to too many books lol. But overall I did enjoy the listen.

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  • Yvonne
  • 04-27-21

Throughly enjoyable

Loved every minute of this book Matteo and Vivanna story will definitely shock you in parts but in my opinion it’s a must listen of course the narrators Sebyo and Vanessa Edwin enhance the listen but the story is something I didn’t expect I happily give it five stars and a real must listen

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  • Donna
  • 05-16-21

Gripping read

This book was an excellent read, the story had me gripped right from the start I just couldn’t stop listening. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-21

Fantastic listen I could. Not put this book down

This book was one of my best listens so far. It has lots of twists and turns, it made me laugh and she'd a tear I won't spoil the ending but I do recommend it. Hope this helps, Happy listening

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  • Paula
  • 06-12-21

Really... is this it

This story started off pretty bad ass. A ruthless, dangerous, drag you by the hair to the alter, made you say yes when you didn't have a choice, turn you on then says he will never love you, put a gun to your head and pull the trigger says I Love You and all is forgiven.. I'm rolling my eyes throughout the end..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-22

Thoroughly enjoyed

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! It kept me engrossed! I couldn’t stop listening !! Definitely recommend to anyone 😄

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  • sanchez2010
  • 01-11-22

Excellent storyline

I really loved this sorry. I enjoyed it and the narrators did a great job.

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  • Bookworm
  • 12-13-21

Dark romance

First book by this author, immediately was taken in by the writing. Although the storyline did not pick up quickly it was easy to listen along and interesting enough to keep you absorbed.
The female narrators voice is good, at times slightly slow but not enough that I haven’t enjoyed her narration.

Shane east - wow. As soon as I saw Shane East narrated these books I had to listen. Shane easts voice is sexy and seductive and I feel like I become entranced with his voice! He really does Matteo Justice.

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  • Kindle Reader
  • 12-11-21

high suspense and thrilling romance

Great romantic story full of suspense and thrill. Couldn't stop listening once I started. The narrators were brilliant too.

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  • Susan Rogerson
  • 10-07-21

Excellent

Lovely story and brilliant narrators can’t wait to get another book by Ava Harrison again .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-22-21

very enjoyable

totally loved it, I love a bit of mafia , couldn't put it down, although wished for a different ending but I'll live with it

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  • Momo
  • 05-19-21

A bit of a mess

Wanted to love this and listened till the end, but came away feeling a little robbed of time that could have been better invested in a different story.

I was expecting a fast paced, cliche mafia romance and am usually really into this sort of stuff, but this story was relatively boring and just too far-fetched to make much sense.

The story itself doesn't really go anywhere till the last 2 hours of the audiobook. Everything before that is mostly the pointless inner monologue of the protagonists. Viviana is especially mind numbing as she repeats the same thoughts continuously.

There's also a couple of characters that don't seem well thought out, like their roles and personality get forgotten about or changed. Some characters that were frequent recurrences in the first half of the book aren't even in the last bit of the book. And the motives of the antagonists aren't overly clear despite the subject being broached several times in the book.

Considering what the narrators were working with, I think they did a great job. their words were clear and I think they emoted well. I didn't hear a lot of diversity between characters, but I also didn't feel like everyone sounded the same.

If youre looking for a fast burning, mafia romance, there is better out there

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 04-10-21

Wowwwww😮😮😮

All these two have gone through but some how a change in their lives bring them together . This union was supposed to be for him to take control but in the end it was a marriage of power and love . And more . Loved Sebastian and Vanessa. They definitely brought this story to life . Perfect ❤️🤎💜🤎💖❤️