Dark Soul

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Love lights even the darkest soul.

A killer's moral compass rarely points true, and among made men, being gay is a capital crime. But Silvio Spadaro, deadly prodigy and heir to a Family fortune, is determined to find his own way—at the feet of the man he loves or by the barrel of a gun—no matter the dangers or costs.

Stefano Marino lives a comfortable—some might even say enviable—life. As a mob boss at the top of the food chain, he has it all: ...

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Overview

Love lights even the darkest soul.

A killer's moral compass rarely points true, and among made men, being gay is a capital crime. But Silvio Spadaro, deadly prodigy and heir to a Family fortune, is determined to find his own way—at the feet of the man he loves or by the barrel of a gun—no matter the dangers or costs.

Stefano Marino lives a comfortable—some might even say enviable—life. As a mob boss at the top of the food chain, he has it all: money, respect, a beautiful wife he loves as much now as the day they wed. But he also has a turf war on his hands, and far too soft a heart for this dark business.

When Silvio is sent to help Stefano with his turf war, sparks fly. Stefano loves his wife, but he wants Silvio. It's a desire he hardly knows how to process, but Silvio, ever the patient predator, maneuvers Stefano closer and closer to his bed each day. Stefano resists; giving in to these dark desires means giving up on his marriage, and exposure would surely mean death. Yet there's no denying Silvio's magnetic pull, or the long-repressed urges inside himself. Yielding is inevitable, but he may yet find a way to hold on to everything—and everyone—he loves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937551315
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/19/2012
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 1,042,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Stefano Marino is a young, recently happily married West coast I

    Stefano Marino is a young, recently happily married West coast Italian Mafia don whose obligations prompt him to travel to the East coast to pay his last respects to a dying Family patriarch. He's feeling off his game already, nervous lest he make a potentially fatal misstep with the other dons also there to pay their respects, but what really throws him isn't the not so minor politicking and subtle dominance games. No, it's the surprise he gets when an almost too feminine form rides up on a motorcycle. This turns out to be the very masculine indeed Silvio Spadaro, who quite surprisingly propositions him.

    Spadaro himself is a very dangerous man, one that the other dons wish to give quite the wide berth. Not because he's gay, because they have been known to kill men for that without breaking a sweat over it. It's because he is the protégé of a rather infamous but now retired consigliere Gianbattista Falchi and even more to the point, because he's known to have been the assassin who killed the one man they had all feared with a deep and abiding terror.

    Silvio Spadaro's fathomless black eyes are cold, his movements calculated, precise, and well planned out in advance. So when Stefano wakes up that night to his bodyguard scuffling with Silvio, who then allows himself to be overpowered and humiliated, Stefano does not know what to do with himself. He HAS to punish Silvio, but will it come bite him on the ass? When the Russians move into his territory and start a turf war that turns deadly, he knows he as but three choices. The first choice, to just let the Russians move in and squeeze him is not an acceptable option at all. Asking help from other dons is also out of the question, as they will see it as weakness and want a slice of his pie and jockey themselves into a position of power over him. But Falchi is retired and so out of the power game, and in Italy, so away from Stefano's interests anyway.

    When Falchi agrees to help him and Stefano finds himself having to deal with the pansexual Silvio, he doesn't know what to do with himself. The man oozes a raw sexuality that calls to Silvio. It's a siren song that disturbs him on so many levels running the gamut from upset about thoughts of betraying his beloved bride to fear over being discovered as a man attracted to other men and the death sentence he could expect for it. As events begin to unravel, he finds that not everything can be tidied away as neatly as he finds comfortable.

    Over the course of the five novellas within, Voinov delivers a romance that sinks its claws right into the viscera and then drags us along for the ride. It's not a romance filled with flowers and sweet nothings, but then these are two hardened men in an unforgiving world locked in turf war while trying to deal with their own emotional issues. Some of the sex scenes are pretty hard to take even for Stefano, as he balks at what he unwittingly witnesses between Silvio and Falchi as well as what his own base desires have led him to do while masquerading it as macho dominance posturing. Uncomfortable at times it may be, but it satisfies on so many different levels, not the least being a rather unconventional sort of HEA in the final volume that was a simply beautiful fit to the series as a whole.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    author writes a damned good story.

    author writes a damned good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Loved this series

    I really enjoyed this series. The characters were just so compelling. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star was that the ending seemed a little rushed. I wanted more to that closure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Good series

    Finally, we get some Stefano and Silvio time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Good series

    This was definitely the most difficult volume to get through because the subject matter was beyond my comfort zone, but it's worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Good series

    I loved the sweetness between them when Silvio is taking care of Stefano.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Very good

    I found these characters very compelling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Fantastic series!

    Voinov once again creates compelling gripping characters that say with the reader long after.
    Conflicted characters. Plot twists. Love. Danger. Romance. Violence. Growth. Understanding.
    A story arc i will read again and again.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    So-So

    Hmmm... I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one. It wasn't as dark and gritty as I expected. This was good but felt incomplete since it's split up into different parts. I didn't get the character development or closure I was expecting, although we did get to see a crack in Silvio's shell at the end there. It definitely leaves you hanging, and I'll put Dark Soul Vol. 2 on my TBR list but I'm not jumping to get it right now

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

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    The tension is off the charts in this fourth installment in Alek

    The tension is off the charts in this fourth installment in Aleksandr Voinov's ground breaking series that makes an assassin someone you can't help but be drawn to. That draw is the same for Stefano Marino who's tried to ignore his feelings for Silvio Spadaro and just can't fight the truth of his feelings any longer. With his wife Donata suspecting him of cheating and some of his underbosses thinking him weak, Silvio's the only one who can put his mind at ease at least for a little bit. Someone else who brought a bit of comfort to Stefano's mind and who I'd love to see again was Franco who has just as many emotional issues as his brother. He gives some much needed insight into Silvio that Stefano will need to form a stronger connection to the young assassin in the future.

    Once he and Silvio come together the intensity of the scene is combustible. Stefano wants their time together to mean something, but for the emotionally challenged Silvio he can't admit to it being more. I felt badly for Stefano throughout this entire book. He's trying to remain honorable and not disappoint others but accepting the truth of his feelings will change everything. He thought by finally being with Silvio things would be clearer but instead things have just gotten more complicated.

    This story was very emotional with a main focus on Stefano's feelings and indecisions. We got to know him better in this story by seeing a different side to him than the one he shows others. I liked him before and liked him even more through seeing him struggle with the weight of the world on him. Silvio still remained a bit of an enigma in this book. Dangerous and deadly, yet very enthralling. Whenever he comes on the scene you can't help but notice him and I'll be especially sorry to see his story end.

    The books so far have been like a roller coaster starting out smoothly and heading for the top. We're now left in breathless anticipation for the fast-paced out of control end of this story and the decision of a lifetime that Stefano will have to make. That decision being to remain true to the family that was given to him or the family he created and I can't wait to see what his answer will be.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    One of the best series I have ever read!

    This is by far the best in the series. It has been exactly a month since I read this volume and I still can't fully wrap my mind around it.

    There are themes explored that many will find unacceptable, but Voinov leads through them step by step, immersing and mesmerising the reader, unobtrusively forcing to accept whatever comes. And loving it!

    This series (and Silvio) is like and onion - there are layers and layers you need to go through to know more and it will make you cry in the process. :) To be honest, I don't believe we will get to see more than the tip of the iceberg that is Silvio. I think it would take years to crack him up! Very intriguing.

    Dark Soul is one of the best series I have ever read, so be open-minded and I guarantee you will love it!

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