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Dark shadows hide secrets and lies....

It took Theo Amato one look to know he wanted me.

It took me one glance at his chiseled jaw and dimpled smile to know I was in over my head. My wild love affair was Netflix without the chill. I had no business dating the older man who looked as though he'd stepped out of an expensive advertisement. But he was determined to have me.

Wickedly sweet, Theo gently and strategically pulled me from my rut, handing me the world in the process. Growing up with nothing, I suddenly found myself with everything. More than I'd even known to dream of.

But shadows play tricks on the eyes, and life wasn't always what it seemed.

With us...it was better.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Layla Frost (P)2021 Tantor

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 29-05-2021

A SWEET ROMANCE WITH SCOOPS OF VIOLENCE & SUSPENSE

Dahlia.. a 23 yr old hard-working Barista works two jobs to make ends meet.. she’s on her own and has been an orphan in the system since the age of 4 - passed from home to home but, despite her beginnings, she has the personality of a sweet, friendly and caring woman. Theo.. a handsome, sexy, 35 yr old rich businessman with his own successful company.. and he’s completely obsessed with his little Coffee Shop Manager. Everyone loves Dahlia.. but everyone momentarily stills when they see Theo - then they become very very helpful. The moment Dahlia agreed to a first date with Theo her life very quickly changes.. soon there’s a lost virginity, a family she’s never had (his), large family dynamics and dinners, clothes, people who care.. and feelings of love and being loved for the very first time in her life. Light, easy-going, sweet, sexy fluff. But, when things are going smoothly early on in a book you just know something is going to hit the fan!.. and yup, in part two we see the secrets and the darker components that make up the other side of Theo’s life.. the gray underworld illegal side.

This was an entertaining and enjoyable listen that was far far more sweet than dark and very much romance driven as Theo first wines and dines Dahlia and wins her trust and her heart, has given her a family to call as hers and would give her the world if she asked for it. The chemistry is good, the romance is well-paced and the sex scenes sizzle. And then it spins on its axis to give us the bad-boy Boss.. one who fears he will lose the love of his life.. one that would burn the world to protect and save her. Suspense, intrigue and a shot or two of violence is a given.. and conflicted emotions of the head vs the heart too because life-altering decisions must be made. The romance storyline continues to develop long after the relationship crisis ends and the ‘gray’ side picks up threads and intrigue along the way too. A sweet romance and a sex.. sex.. sexy Cinderella story.. but Dahlia’s Prince has enemies and wears a tarnished crown.

Worth a credit? I would say yes.. but don’t get this if you’re looking for a dark story or a bad boy alpha.. yes, Theo can be bad (very bad) when he needs to be and he can be a deadly alpha too.. but he prefers to keep it 50/50. And sweet little orphan Dahlia?.. well she rises to be the fierce woman who protects her man’s back. The dual POV narration was very good too.

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  • Vicki
  • 04-06-2021

With Us - Dahlia and Theo

Although this was a great book, I feel it could have been much shorter than 14.5 hours long. Theo pursued Dahlia as soon as he saw her. He became obsessed with her. He was definitely a book boyfriend. There was a bit of an age gap, which I really like. Dahlia was accepted into Theo's family immediately. They all loved her. It was wonderful how close they were. It was the first time she was with a loving family as she was in foster care as a child. The action and suspense really takes off in the second half of the book. Unfortunately, Theo kept a big secret from her and he ends up in prison for a little while. She was so upset, not for him going to prison but because he did not tell her the truth about his "other" side, the mafia. There is a betrayer in his inner circle that is much too close. Avery Reid did a great job with the narration; however, I felt that Iggy Toma sounded bit too old as Theo. This was a very enjoyable book.

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  • Ranafease
  • 30-08-2021

A little flat

The love between the H and h is beautiful. I just felt it was a little slow for a "mafia" type romance. I enjoy a little more angst.

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  • Amanda Shaw
  • 30-05-2021

Boring

I spent the entire 14 hours of this book waiting for something to happen. Instead it was chapter after chapter of an immature, overly whiny and annoying heroin and a mafia boss that I feel like I barely know anything about after all these hours. I still have 20 min left of the book and I can't remember what her name is 🤣 that's how freaking boring she is. He just repeatedly calls her 'my gattina' (kitten), like ALOT, he says it like 39xs a chapter 🙄 There were quite a few sex scenes but unfortunately they were repetitive and lacked originallity and steam, alot of the same descriptions, it felt very stale. I was super excited about this book and paid full price for it because I had really enjoyed Layla Frosts other books available on audible but this one was not even near the same caliber. I skipped threw so many chapters towards the end that were dragging on and then when I started the new chapter, I hadnt missed out on anything lol it was just full of so much useless filler. Monolog after monolog about her pointless "dreams" and how bored and tired she was, none of it matters or contributed to the story. Any why did she get pneumonia and spend a week in the hospital? That whole fiasco took up multiple chapters and it was soooooooooooo boring. The few ''curvballs" were super predictable and not even well done, they were just thrown in there to add more words. I listen to an audio book every single day at work and I rarely feel the need to review them, especially in the negative. But this one was just such a disappointment and I feel like I need to warn the public, this is supposed to be a insta love/mafia/stalker romance but it completely falls short on ALL of those. The insta love/stalkerish stuff is tepid at best and the mafia connection it super unrealistic and clearly not well researched. The narration was pretty good 8/10, but even the decent narration didn't make this book salvageable. Don't waist your time or money. At least wait until it's on sale lol

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  • *rsk*
  • 29-05-2021

Too long

This story could have wrapped up in half the time with the same basic plot. I stuck with it through the end, but almost didn’t a couple of times.

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