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Joker's Wild

(Vegas Underground #5)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  139 reviews
I knew Junior Tacone was dangerous.
I worked for him once taking care of his mother.
I thought when the job was over I’d be safe.
Out of his awareness. Out of his reach.
But his brother took a bullet and Junior picked me to be his nurse.
So I’m his prisoner, trapped in his beautiful house, subject to his rule.
And it seems he’s developed a thi
ebook, 200 pages
Published February 2nd 2019 by Burning Desires
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Melanie (mells_view)
Mafia with hot steamy romance!

I haven’t read all the books in this series, but the ones I have read I’ve enjoyed. If you enjoy quick mafia romances, (I love them long and short, but these are pretty quick) then these will do the trick. You get the mafia vibes with a hot smutty romance. Can’t complain too much about that. Super excited to read the next book with the younger sister!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Brava Ragazza”

If you have not yet read the “Vegas Underground Series” do yourself a huge favor and do it now, each novel is a standalone story within the same sphere. “Joker’s Wild”, the fifth entry within the series, is incredibly well written, demonstrating Ms. Rose’s unique talent for writing women’s erotica. “Joker’s Wild” immerses fans as well as new readers into a world where la famiglia, the code of omerta and dominance reigns supreme. The story-line is complex and includes in-depth char
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn’t like the story (at least first part) and characters. Couldn’t also enjoy the writing style. I think this author isn’t for me.
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Janice Somers
This the story of 'Junior" Tacone and Desiree Lopez. I enjoyed reading and devoured it.
"Junior" is the head of the Chicago Tacone family. The family has changed the way back to lending money. But today he is meeting with the Russian mafiya. The meeting is to discuss territory. They will all be outside in the sidewalk cafe.
Junior, Gio, Paolo and their soldiers get out of the car. Junior asks Ivan where Vlad is and Ivan says he's coming. Ivan says let's go inside and Junior looks through the wind
This one was a bit of a letdown, tbh. I was expecting...something a bit hotter and maybe with more spanking?

There are 2 brothers and a sister left in the Tacone family. I'm excited about the sister's story - tentatively excited. It sounds like it'll be a lot more explosive.
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I have been waiting on Junior's story ever since he was introduced. He is such a great character, always such a harda$$ that you just wanted no needed to know what made him tick. And Renee did an excellent job of it. But not only did she give Junior a wonderful back story but she gave him a strong female character to give him someone to give as good as he gave.

Desiree is perfect for him. She is younger by a few years, but she has her own crap to deal with. So when she is kidnapped to help Juni
*Dee's Reading Time Matters
Mob boss, Junior Tacone and two of his brothers were set up by the Russian mafia where Gio was shot! Immediately Junior recalls his mother's former nurse, Desiree and he has his soldiers to bring her to his home-- yes, KIDNAP! When she's brought to the Mafia's boss's house she instantly remembers Junior along with the bloodied Gio and begins to take care of him. Although Junior has gotten her involved in this crime, they both are really attracted to one another. As they get closer, they discover ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is the fifth book in the Vegas Underground series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone. However, since I have read the rest of the series, I have to say I was surprised by Junior's character. In the earlier books, Junior came across as your typical mobster but in this story you can tell that isn't really Junior. Not to say that Junior doesn't have some mobster in him, but there is more to Junior than meets the eye, especially when it comes to Desiree.
Definitely one of my favorite
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KindleFriendsForever

This is my first book by this author and I’m sure it won’t be the last. This is book number five in the series and features Junior’s story. This can be read as a standalone although I wish I read the other books first because I felt that I needed to know the dynamics of the Tacone family.

Desiree is an ER nurse, she is tough and good at her job. She is divorced and got full custody of her son but her ex-husband took their little b
Viper Spaulding
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intense mafia romance!

This author truly has a gift for taking guys we hate and giving them their own redemptive stories. Junior, as the de facto leader of his family's "business," was not a likable guy in this series' first book, but once we get to know him - and the reasons behind his actions - we see that he's not a bad guy at heart. It takes Desiree a while to see that, too, especially when she's kidnapped by his men so that she can treat his brother's gunshot wound and nurse him back to heal
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Junior and Desiree story

I was hesitant to read Junior's story bc he was for pg ratings a jerk!!! But like everyone in life you don't know what someone is really like or what their home situation is so... Don't judge! But I judged Junior, I decided I didn't like him before truly knowing him and I was wrong!! Yes junior has seen and committed violence but he had no choice! From the moment he was born his fate was sealed as first born son to a don! And Desiree she was the perfect sassy, strong fema
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the 5th book of this series, we get Junior and Desiree's story. In the other books, Junior is a lot "harder" but in this one, you can tell he's changed. Maybe his brother getting shot and then making Desiree, who is a nurse, come stay with him to take care of his brother. I loved it because we get to see a more human side of Junior and find out why he was so closed off in the other books. Learning what happened in his life earlier was heartbreaking and I think that is why when he found out wh ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witty, intense and absolutely delicious! Junior and Desiree's book was so good! The attraction and chemistry between these two was so powerful and hot. Junior is 100% alpha male and Desiree is sassy and spunky. The plot was fun and held my interest from the first chapter and all the way through. An amazing, enjoyable read. This is my truthful, voluntary review.
Sue Tedrick
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! I have followed every book in this series and each one gets better. Yes the lead character is not a nice man, yes he is into illegal activities, yes I have actively disliked him in previous books, but oh yes he made me squirm in all the right ways! Renee Rose outdoes herself by making me root for the villain, the storyline is just that good. I hated reaching the end of the book and can’t wait for more of the Tacones! Five - left me breathless - stars.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 31%.

Maybe it's just me but if my young child was kidnapped, I wouldn't be devouring pints of ice cream and lusting after my boss. Plus, she sleeps with him so quickly after he threatened her mother, I was appalled.
Carol Hepstall

OMG !!! What an awesome story. I loved it. I couldn’t stop reading it. Twist and turns that kept me captivated from the beginning. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read
Lori Johnson
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read. I had received this as an ARC for an honest review. Spoiler ahead. The book is written very well but the H is married. He does stay with the h and divorces his wife in the end of the book. To me it takes away from the enjoyment of the book. Cheating is cheating to me. I am recommending it but it was my least favorite of all of her books.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
Judy Lewis
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Title: Joker's Wild
Series: Vegas Underground
Author: Renee Rose
Designation: Book 5 of Series, Full-Length, Can Be Read As Standalone, No Cliffhanger
#contemporaryromance #familysaga #badboyalphas #mafia
My Rating: Five Smokin' Hot Stars*****

Oh my, oh my, oh my! I cannot believe I'm saying this - but I LOVED Joker's Wild. Don't get me wrong; I've been a Rene Rose for years and love her work, but I've detested J
Kathy Heare Watts

While the story will read well as a stand-alone, it also is part of the Vegas Underground family. Junior Tacone is head of the family due to birth order. He is running the family business with his father, the Don, in federal prison. Unlike two of his youngest brothers, Nico and Stefano who left for Vegas, he is in charge in Chicago.

What was to be a meeting goes south with the Russians in a bloodbath of violence, and Gio Tacone is shot too. Unable to waltz into a hospit
Anna Green
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of KindleFriendsForever

This is my first book by this author and I’m sure it won’t be the last. This is book number five in the series and features Junior’s story. This can be read as a standalone although I wish I read the other books first because I felt that I needed to know the dynamics of the Tacone family.

Desiree is an ER nurse, she is tough and good at her job. She is divorced and got full custody of her son but her ex-husband took their little boy and has disappeared. S
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joker’s Wild is the fifth book in the Vegas Underground series, but can be read as a stand alone. Junior is meeting with the Russians when everything falls apart and his brother gets shot. He can only think of one person to help, his mother’s nurse, the woman he can’t stop thinking about, Desiree. Coming off of a long shift, Desiree is kidnapped and taken to Junior, knowing her whole world has just shifted. As she starts to see beyond his mobster persona, their emotions run deep, but is their re ...more
B. Koe
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Utterly AMAZING and STEAMY Mafia Romance by Renee Rose
Author Renee Rose has the gift of writing a good heart into the hardest and most evil men. She does so in a way that seems so natural, even though we all know that bad men have no heart – they can’t by nature of the business they must do. With that knowledge, the ability to show a bad man transition into one with a heart is what author Renee Rose does so remarkably. Through her amazing prose and use of dual narration, Rose develops the ric
SBee Reviews
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The man beneath the mobster mask

As head of the Tacone family, now that his father is serving his jail sentence, it is Junior’s job to be the guy who makes all the tough decisions, to uphold the law in the neighborhoods in their territories. But when a meeting at a café with the Russian mafiya goes wrong, only one name goes through Junior’s mind who could be discreet and efficient - his mother’s nurse.

Desiree is unwillingly pulled into the whole scenario which follows, her task to treat Gio, Juni
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Junior is head of the Chicago Tacone Family, and he's about to go into a meeting when they're hit. His brother Gio is shot, so he has his guys kidnap his mother's nurse, Desiree Lopez. Yeah, that goes over well, especially when they bring her back with a bag over her head. She's not thrilled, but once she sees Gio, she gets to work quickly. Next up, she's pissed when he tells her that she can't leave until Gio is out of the woods. Now you know that this is going to get interesting at this point. ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Taccones are back, but we aren't in Vegas this time around. We're in Chicago with Junior and the family. Nico and Sergio are still in Vegas and they make a tiny appearance here, but mostly, we're seeing the Chicago family.

Junior, along with his brothers Gio and Paolo, have to go meet the Russians. The problem is that it's a trap. The whole thing ends up with Gio getting shot. They can't go to the hospital, so Junior takes Gio home and does the only thing he can think of. He tells his men to
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.7 Stars

This is by far the best of the books in this series and might be my favorite Renee Rose book yet. I hope all the siblings end up getting a story(hint hint!) because they all have distinct characteristics that pique my interest. Plus, if that happens then there would still be two more brothers following the sister).

The author did a great job creating the characters and showing the person behind the mask. After numerous books inferring that Junior was not a likable or redeemable guy, the
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The much awaited fifth book in the series….
This was the wonderful fifth addition in this wonderful series, Desiree and Junior were just two characters that seemed to hit it off she who was so full of sass and vinegar, she is full of life and her forgiveness is limitless, her heart is so full of love and her appreciation of everyone and her desire to ensure all around her are happy and feel appreciated.
However, what she had not anticipated was being taken by Junior Tacone who then proceeds to in
Rhonda Hicks
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Santo Tacone is don of la famiglia in Chicago. He still has twelve years left to serve in the federal penitentiary leaving his oldest son, Junior, acting kingpin. The badass of the family. The one who had to make all the decisions and take all the reprocussions and recriminations from the rest of the family. When a meeting goes sideways and his brother Gio is shot, Junior automatically has his guys pick up the only person he can trust to take care of his brother. It's not a request. It's an orde ...more
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