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Staying in Vegas

(Vegas Morellis #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,287 ratings  ·  169 reviews
You don't want to miss what happens in Vegas...

When I met Rafe Morelli, he didn’t look like the biggest mistake I’d ever make; he seemed closer to the crime family version of Prince Charming. Charismatic, beautiful, and attentive—with an intoxicating air of power—Rafe was the stuff of my darkest fantasies.

What we had should have been a simple fling, no-strings-attached.
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published April 4th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services (first published March 31st 2018)
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Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sam, Sam, Sam……. I can’t help myself, but I love your twisted brain.
Once again you had me wrapped up in a story full of surprises and more than once you had Rafe and me thinking:

What. The. Fuck. Is. Going. On?

Vegas Morellis is Sam Marianos new series, and it’s a spinoff from her Morelli series. It can be read without reading The Morelli series first, but I strongly suggest you dive into that series first.

Staying in Vegas is not for the pure-hearted, die-hard romantics. It has so many twists and
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mafia
I'm so sad that there's only one more Morelli book left for me to read right now. This is the first installment in the Vegas Morelli's series, and I really enjoyed it! 😍 ...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mob, love-triangle
“Only the ruthless make it here. You want sweet tempers and brotherly love? Join a church, not the Morelli family.”

This is a Morelli book, meaning you’ve got to go into it with an open-mind—I can’t stress that enough. Their stories are not only unconventional but fucked up. I say that in the best way possible considering I loved Mateo and Mia’s story like it was crack...and I was the junkie that needed my next fix. Which reminds me, read Mia and Mateo’s story first. One thing I went batshit craz
Melanie (mells_view)
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rafe Morelli may have wrecked my day, but I’m not going to let him wreck my life.

This wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. SIV was a little more tame than the series it spun off from. Laurel is a young girl who had a holiday hook-up with Rafe Morelli and ended up with way more than a good time. When she runs to his home in Vegas to tell him what’s going on, he basically tells her he’s not interested in her lies. Well here comes his best friend and enforced Sin, who also treats poor Laurel like s
Laura Lee
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Staying in Vegas (Vegas Morellis, #1)
By: Sam Mariano
4.5 Twix Stars

When Sam Mariano said she had a new series coming out that you could read without reading the Morelli Family Series, (I mean why haven’t you read this series anyway?) I said oh heck yeah!!!

This is a new series that takes place after the conclusion of The Morelli Family Series.

Easter break from college was the perfect time to experience Rafe. A no commitment weekend of the biggest distraction known to man-kind! Laurel is an innoc
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, mafia, single-parent
4 Stars

WOW. Like Sam Mariano fashion, you never know what you are going to get.

I highly recommend you read the spin-off series before you start the Vegas Morellis series because I can see how it can be somewhat confusing if you don’t get the back story.

A lot of Laurel’s and Rafe’s story is in the last book of the spin-off series and so I was really excited to start Staying in Vegas.

I liked Rafe, I found him really humorous and I was always curious how he could be a leading crime boss if he isn’t
michelle Shelly
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What just happened? My heart was just ripped out, that’s what! I never saw it coming.... this isn’t the way I thought any of it would go. And I freaking loved it! Gosh, there’s so much I want to say but won’t. I’m not going to ruin it for you or give anything away. But I will say this.... if you thought you had the Morelli’s figured out, well you’re sadly mistaken and if you thought this series would never be as good as the Morelli Family series you are gonna freak out.

These characters are every
So much for the 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas' slogan when Laurel Price discovers her one night stand with mafia king pin Rafe Morelli leaves her with an unexpected memmento. A struggling 19 year old college student, Laurel is about to become a statistic though there are other options available. One being to let Rafe know that despite covering all the bases, he's about to be a father.

Rafe Morelli rules the Vegas underworld now that all competition has been taken care of. Who says he do
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
When a Sam Mariano book drops on your kindle you know your in for angst, hot sexy times, mafia goodness and a storyline that will consume you and just won't quit. I am obsessed with this book and so addicted to Rafe, Laurel and Sin. I never wanted it to end.

Staying in Vegas is a Morelli family spin off and while it is a standalone I recommend that you read that series first. We met Rafe and Laurel there and see their reconnection here in Vegas. But there is a new player in the game and his name
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first time that I've read anything by Sam Mariano, and boy, I had no clue what I signed up for with Staying in Vegas! I found her writing style to be absolutely captivating, even though it had a darker undertone, and I'm hooked by her talent! It's a crazy triangle between Laurel, Rafe, and Sin, which I'm still not sure who I want her to end up with. See Laurel hooks up with Rafe for a weekend, and a couple months later she goes to visit him with some news. He doesn't take the news w ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have read any of this authors work, and OMG, why have I not read anything from this talented author before? This is the first book in a trilogy, and my word, what an introduction it is! Laurel is feisty and submissive, and bring into the mix charismatic Rafe, and dangerous, mysterious Sin, and what a tale we have. This author has written a phenomenal story, which is filled with emotion, humour, angst, and is a dark sexy read. I was totally addicted throughout, and I cann ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I wanted and so much more. I didn't know what I was getting into before I started reading it. I mean I thought I had things figured out, but nope. I wasn't prepared. I fell in love with some of the characters in this book. I loved their chemistry, and every interaction they had with each other, all the way until the end. And seriously, when I got to the end I was dying for more. I feel like Sam Mariano is one of the best dark romance authors out there. The way she can cra ...more
Three Chicks
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come
Windy Harris
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I got really excited about this book like oh cool my Vegas guy gets a book so I was looking for something different? WRONG WRONG Same story line almost.... meaning girl like boy.... boys a jerk she instantly sleep with friend!!!! Now it's Matoe and Mia all over only in Vegas ( spoiler alert ) add another pregnancy into the mix. On top of that it's another 3 installment!!!!! NO THANK YOU ...more
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars! I went into this thinking 🤔 another mafia romance, but it was so much more! There is a love triangle here folks with the mob boss and his bad ass enforcer. It was tantalizing and very intriguing. I’m wondering how this is going to play out. It should be an interesting end game.
Sassy Southern
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure why every time I start a book by this author I’m utterly surprised at how she can pull every single emotion I have out of me. DEAR god, erase everything you thought you could guess what happen in a book, because just like the rest of her Morelli books, it’s one absolutely wild ride.
It’s definitely best to start with the previous Morelli books first, as were introduced to Rafe and Laurel.
Rafe and Laurel have a maddening get together, and their chemistry tops the charts. After parting
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Laugh out loud moments rarely happen for me when I read anymore.
With this book? I laughed until I was wiping tears from my eyes.

[The following images will make sense later]

More Morellis - plus a new obsession - as if we needed...
YOU DO. Do yourself a favor: just preorder book 2.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Sam Mariano book. And I am upset I have not read her sooner. I need to read the Morelli Family Series like yesterday!! I did not expect to have loved this book as much as I did. I was hooked from the beginning and was taken on such a crazy ride. Now I just want more!! I absolutely can not wait for the next book in this series and will definitely be reading her other series before the next book comes out. DEFINITELY a must read!!
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok damn, this is just craziness!! I mean complete utter crazy!!! I freaking love SIN!!!!! Laurel is driving me slightly crazy, but she is young. Such a good book!!!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-heroes
Wow! What a fantastic read.

This book was not at all what I was expecting in the best way possible. Every time I read one of this author's books, she manages to give me exactly what I didn't even know I should want. I go in expecting one thing, and get something far better!

This is the first book in a new trilogy. It is a spin-off of the original Morelli family series, and having read both, I definitely recommend starting there. There are spoilers for that series in this one, and these charac
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a new series but has characters from other books. This is the first of three part series.
OMG. I thought I knew how this story was going to play out but nope and nope. I loved this book it was crazy, messed up and hot. I really don't know what to think of the triangle going on and to be honest, I'm not even sure who to root for at this point. I loved this book and I love Laurel, she's spunky and I am sure a normal girl would of lost
Amy M.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book confused me. It has dual POV which is weird considering it's apparently a LOVE TRIANGLE. I didn't know that going into this book. I don't really get into love triangles cause it never fails.. I always root for the person that doesn't get the guy/girl. BUT I gotta say the author played it well. I'm really enjoying the story despite the fact that Laurel is a whiny 19 yo. ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mobster
Interesting, and steamy, read. I’ve never really read book with this plot. Interested to read what happens next.
This book is incredible!

The tension sizzles in this incredible addition to the dark, sexy world of the Morelli family. Sam Mariano’s Staying in Vegas is a hot, tense read, packed full of kickass characters and non-stop excitement—so, you know, your standard Morelli novel. If you haven’t started this trilogy yet, do it now before you kick yourself!
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 + Stars

How have I never read anything by this author before?

I was in a book slump , saw this book recommended a few times and it also happened to be available on KU.

I was not disappointed, this book is fabulous.
The only drawback is having to wait a month for the conclusion, I want the next book now !

Sarah Springer
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unpredictable love triangle with that dangerous Morelli spark

Whew! That was not how I expected Laurel and Rafe's story to go. This is definitely a strong way to kick off the new Morelli spin-off.

Admittedly, I have a bit of a girl crush on Laurel... This girl, at only 19, should be gullible and eating up every handout Rafe and Sin toss her way. She's a book nerd with limited life/romantic experience who finds herself in a very precarious situation. Instead of looking for a man to take care of her
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: age-gaps, ku-2020
Oh boy. I hope this is gonna be another twisted menage... please please please.
Ana Oh
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I love the Morellis. I love this author. If I swung that way, I might have even been in love with her. Holy crap, this was an unexpected story. Now I have to wait. I hope it doesn't take too long, because I hate waiting.
Erika's Book Blog
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia
"I'm only a guest star in their world. Once more, I'm only vacationing amid the madness, sipping the tea and snuggling a dangerous, sexy companion-and once more, I don't get to keep any of it."

Once again, this Author blows me away with her original, twisty, turny, not what I thought it would be story that left me needing to inhale the rest of this series STAT. Laurel is a lovable mess sandwiched between two domineering, sexy, dangerous men that I warred with myself constantly on who she would en
D.D. Prince
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
3.5 - 4 stars for Laurel.
3 stars for Rafe (wtf is wrong with you? I believe in your potential. Show me you're worthy of your last name.)
1700 & 1/2 stars for Sin.

Waiting for #2!
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