***TRIGGER WARNING: This is a DARK mafia romance. In addition to several scenes with strong sexual content, there are also scenes involving violence, death, gun play, mention of sexual abuse, and adult language. Due to the nature of this book, it is intended for 18+ audiences only***
They call me Dash.
Sixteen years ago my brother and I were kidnapped. The Scorpeones believed our father, boss of the Vitaliev Bratva, could be pressured into relinquishing his hold on Chicago’s underworld.
They were dead wrong.
Ultimately the Scorpeones made the youngest of their family pay for their sins. I tried not to care. Marco Polo Scorpeone, the hostage whose life was forfeit if his family moved on the Vitalievs, was the enemy. Why should I care if he was tortured worse than a prisoner of war?
Except I did care.
For sixteen years I’ve cared, more than I can say.
They call me Scorpio.
There was no light in my world. Then I saw Dash smile.
No voice could pierce my darkness. Then I heard Dash speak.
I’ve killed to survive. Killed to please my handler. Hell, I’ve killed to please myself. Killing is what I do.
I know I’m not good enough for Dash, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that she’s mine, from now until the end of time. But that time might be nearer than I think, because someone deadlier than me is closing in…
Author’s Note: This is the first half of a two-part story arc. YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART ONE ends on a cliffhanger, which will be concluded in YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART TWO. You have been warned.
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The insanity of the new head of the Vitalyev crime family is one scary psycho. Bipolar by any other name is Nizhy or Nozhy or Knives. After the death of his father who had spent his final years trying to bring the family fully legitimate, he turns towards the old ways deep in illegal activities mayhem and murder. Dasha or Dash Vitalyev has been living a perfectly normal life, give or take a few high stakes poker games, she is running a nonprofit to feed the poor of Chicago and to provide them with opportunities to improve their lives. Then one night she is rescued just before a police raid on the illegal card game by her old body guard and friend Marco Polo Scarpione aka Polo. When the dust settles, Dash and Polo final succumb to the passionate feelings they had denied over their long relationship. But tensions mount as bodies pile up and uncertainty rises as to who is behind the numerous incidents targeting Dash and her work. *** Be warned, this is the first of two parts so everything will not be known at the end of this portion. The last part is expected in January 2017. *** --- To the author, there are still a few typos that need editing, but this was such a great story and I am so anxious waiting for the rest. I will be dreaming about the possibilities...