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Raphael is everything I should run away from…

Cora Milan came to Miami to get a fresh start, away from the memories and stigma that followed her and her brother at home. When she’s mugged, Raphael Ortiz rescues her. He’s sexy, successful, and dangerous—Miami’s most eligible bachelor and it’s most elusive. A cartel lord who lives on the wrong side of the law, with only a
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Published September 16th 2014 by A&A Literary
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Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
**Obsessed By Books arc copy given in exchange for an honest review**

Illict Desires is set in Miami and is a non stop page turner written mainly from Raphael's point of view. He is the head of the family, a very powerful cartel who run drugs, guns and women. Young, handsome and unbelievable wealthy he runs the family business from his Spanish Lady office tower. Upon his building steps a beautiful woman is mugged. This unsanctioned act of violence on his home turf initiates a chain of events that
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Holly Baker
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

When I heard that Nazarea Andrews was releasing a dark romance novel under the pen name Taylor Michaels, I instantly knew that I was going to read it. Then I read the synopsis and needed to read the book right that second. That didn't happen, but once I did have it in my hands, I devoured it like only a reader in love can. I officially have an author crush on Taylor Michaels.

The list is pretty endless with what I loved about this book. The girl...Cora is running from her past when she
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Casey
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Illicit Desires is the first book in the Illicit Love series by Taylor Michaels, which is the pen name for Nazarea Andrews. I have been a fan of Nazarea's since I read This Love, and I have read everything I could get my hands on of hers since. When I heard that she was writing adult stories under a new pen name, I couldn't wait to see what she would come up with under the name Taylor Michaels. She absolutely did not disappoint, and I loved
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Becky
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books.

Illicit Desires is a short read with a great deal of steam. It's also the first book in the series, and ends with a definite cliffhanger...if you're the type of person who doesn't like to wait, the next installment doesn't come out until 2015--just a friendly warning. ;)

Both Raphael and Cora have some pretty heavy-duty baggage, relationship and otherwise. We spend much of this novel figuring out some key things about their backgrounds, things that might bring
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Jessica Settle
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Illicit Desire by Taylor Michaels is the best Mafia romance I have read! This is the 1st in a series and does have a cliffhanger but is very worth it!
Cora Milan and her stepbrother Paul have just moved to Miami. They need to have a place to be low key. One day after looking for work Cora is mugged. A very handsome man comes to her rescue.
Raphael Ortiz witnesses a young woman being mugged in front of his building one morning. He had already been watching the young woman and intrigued with her
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Monique Machuca-Austin
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING 5-STAR WORLD OF THE CARTEL WITH A WHIRLWIND HOT ROMANCE, A MUST READ!

Cora Milan has just recently moved to Miami with her brother for a fresh start in life. While walking one day, she is mugged. With all her belonging in her purse, she feels everything has been strip from her until she feels someone telling her it is going to be okay. Raphael Ortiz is a drug cartel, but also hot as sin and successful. Raphael instantly feels an immediate attraction to the beautiful, Cora. He insures Cora
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Purpinkrose
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG, let me tell you I have finished reading this book in 2 hours, yes 2 hours. I could not put it down. The pages could not be read/turned quickly enough. You have to read it.

When ever we read books that feature cartel etc its usually got storylines that you would expect to read, guns, violence. I don't think I have read any that read like this one. Right the way through you are kept guessing as to what Cora Milan is running from and why her brother is running with her. Raphael Ortiz is head
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Lea (Between fantasy and reality)

Review also posted on my blog Between fantasy and reality


This is a fast paced book full of sexy times and action. When Raphael first sees Cora on the steps of his building, he cant take his eyes of her and then she gets mugged and he takes matters into his own hands. It is known that he is the leader of a cartel but Cora doesnt know that in the beginning so she decides to give him a chance since she is attracted to him. From there there will be problems on their way, blasts from the past or
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A.M.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Dangerously hot...

What are the odds of finding another story with my name in it so quickly?!? And top top it off, the character is a bitch? Intiguing...

The danger is alluring.
His stare is filled with heat.
His touch sends her body on fire.
She is on the run, but has she finally found a place she can be safe?...

The beginning felt really off for me. I was totally lost with what was happening because it started too quick for me to catch on. It took me a while before I finally was able to get into the
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Lisa
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Illicit Desire by Taylor Michaels is the first book in her Illicit Love series. It focuses on Cora, a women with a damaging past who is essentially in hiding with her step-brother Paul, and also on Raphael, the head of the cartel in Miami who is instantly drawn to Cora when he first set eyes on her outside his office building.

A mugging brings them into each others lives and it's Raphael's persistence that keeps them in each others orbit.

A really intriguing story that deals with Cora's tragic
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She Hearts Books
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm just going to get this out of the way first...
I LOVED this book!

Cora gets mugged and Rafael comes to her rescue. He had already spotted her on the sidewalk while heading to his car and was intrigued by her. Then he promises to find her purse that was taken and makes sure she gets home safely. That's how it begins...the freight train named Raphael. He barrels right into her life offering Cora a job and taking her to bed. She tells him reluctantly about why she may have to leave - the monster
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Debbie
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illicit Desire was an enjoyable trip to Miami for the beginning of Cora and Raphael’s story. Hot weather, hot beaches…perfect setting for a quick, sexy read. Immediate action and instant attraction had me jumping right into the story. I loved that we get the Raphael’s POV, I was wanting to know more about him the more I read. I’m looking forward to reading what happens next with Cora and Raphael.
Diane Holtry
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purchased
The chemistry between Raphael and Cora is incredible. The plot has everything and anything to suck you in and leave you wanting more .. one hot, alpha cartel king pin, damaged, yet independent and strong female lead, over protective step-brother, and a past neither want to discuss and scorned past lovers. I can not wait for the next release in this series
bigsigh82
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
loved the book...but! didn't know it was a triology when I started. Also can't find book two, Ilicit Promise on Amazon.
Christina
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Review to come soon...
L.J (Lisa Jane)
Sep 10, 2014 marked it as dnf
Shelves: gifted, stand-alone
I can't rate this book because I didn't finish it.

The reviews look great though so go ahead and give it a chance :)
It just wasn't for me :(
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