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Dirty Hearts

(Gangsters and Dolls #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  43 reviews
From USA Today Bestselling author Khardine Gray comes a sexy, delightfully devilish, seductive second chance Mafia Romance. Be prepared to take a walk on the dark side.


Rule #1 of being mafia boss- Trust no one.
Rule # 2- Keep your friends and enemies damn close. In the underground world, friends and enemies could be the same thing. Don’t let them know who you
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Bliss Romance Publishing
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Aղցela W.
This was a pretty good read. Claudius is forced to marry Ava’s twin sister but he really loves Ava when his wife is killed Claudius still doesn’t go to Ava because that would put her life in danger. When Ava comes back years later Claudius watches her from afar he is the head of Chicago Mafia branch and his life is dangerous. This was a pretty good read although I thought it was long at times. This was a good read I liked both of this character's Ava is a strong independent woman Claudius is a ...more
Aug 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Sandy S
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 14, 2019

Rule #1 of being mafia boss- Trust no one.
Rule # 2- Keep your friends and enemies damn close. In the underground world, friends and enemies could be the same thing.
My story started out with a guy who liked a girl. She looked like an angel to him. I was the guy, Ava the angel. But I got caught in a game I didn’t want to play. A game with the devil that destroyed me. My life turned into this world where I got married to her twin sister
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Lin ( Nerdy Bookworm)
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a spin-off from the Accidental Mafia Queen series. A great start to a new mafia series and a second chance romance story. A fantastic read!
Claudius Morientz is now the new mafia boss of the Rossi crime family after the death of Raphael Rossi because his brother, Lucious released his controlling interest. Claudius, his father and the famous four run the Chicago territory with an iron fists. He is reeling about the death of his wife after 7 years and seeking revenge and unexplained
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
We first meet Claudius Morientz in the Accidental Mafia Queen series, and I can't wait for the rest of the Gangsters and Dolls series!!!

Claudius Morientz is the new mafia boss for the Rossi family. His father still helps as an advisor and his brother Lucian is out of the family, but when family needs you, you don't turn away. Claudius has his father for most everything and the Four to help run Chicago, but when things continue to happen that only an insider would know, who can he trust but his
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so let me tell you a secret, I never really got into mafia romance. I never really liked it. So when I saw this book in a reading group, three things pulled at me to read it...1) the cover because it is gorgeous 2) the series title Gangsters and Dolls and 3) in the blurb the one line that caught my reading strings “ This isn’t like any other second chance romance you’ve read before…”. I’m always down for a second chance novel. I saw it was a spin-off of her Mafia Queen Series, but saw that ...more
B. Koe
A HEART-FELT romance that will curl your toes!
Using flashbacks liberally, author Khardine Gray’s newest Mafia Romance is trip through the halls of every Mafia stereotype known but presented in a way that makes them feel fresh, new, and unexpected. Kudos to Ms. Gray for putting a fresh face and unique approach that had this reader not only intrigued but also had me so invested that real-world issues became secondary to finding out how Ava and Claudius could possibly build the happy ending they
Lenna  Wright-Berry
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have already read books 2 & 3 before I read this one, since they were part of booksprout reviews, so I got a glimpse of Ava and Claudias. When I got this one, then was reading some reviews, I turned leery about reading this since he loves the good twin and the evil twin portrayed the good one to trap Claud into some kind of relationship if there was a baby. I get Italian men like to have their sons born legit into the world but he didn’t love the evil one, and said twin blackmailed him ...more
Kelly DeMarco
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bad Boy mafia, good guy protector and a second chance for what’s right

Dirty Hearts (Gangsters and Dolls Book 1) by Khardine Gray has all the feels and then some! By then some I’m referring to all the breath-stealing drama, edge of your seat action, gripping danger, thrilling chemistry and the deep emotional connection of Ava and Claudius. I adore second chance romance! Despite his tough and mean exterior, Claudius is a romantic at heart and only for Ava.
I am an absolute fan of this author and
Serena Worker
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claudius taught her a lesson when he cast her aside four years ago for her sister because she was a better fit, she may want closure, but he was the don of Chicago. Ava owns Delizioso with her business partner, Kelly, she was moving on and wanted to expand the restaurant opening another branch, then in each city., Ava knows exactly who it is wanting to see her at the restaurant, seeing him everything she felt came flooding back. Their story is messy, and she’s not the same person she was when ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

Couple of things upset me and one was the fact that Claudius stayed with the conniving, bitchy sister even after she lost the baby. He stayed in the marriage after there was a way out. There was never a mention if they slept together as a married couple before, during or after all the lies was exposed. Ava took the news that they were a couple after she herself had been with him close to 2 years prior like a blasted doormat lying at the front door for everyone to wipe and walk their feet all
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy fast paced romances with alpha males and strong women, this book is for you. A spin off from The Accidental Mafia Queen series, Khardine Gray brings mafia boss Claudius to life, imbuing him with both confidence and uncertainty; a willingness to do anything for the ones he loves, but an unwillingness to descend into the hell of his enemies. The love of his life, Ava, is finding it hard to stay away. Her head knows her life would be simpler and safer without Claudius, but her heart ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Talk about tornado alley. A whirlwind of circumstances and mishaps that keep you flipping page after page. One rollercoaster ride with a swirling eddy of emotions bursting to life flawlessly. One sizzling storyline and thrilling plot weave this bad boy together beautifully. The characters are authentic, approachable and so realistic with personalities and depth that draw you in like a moth to the flame. Sparks fly as danger and suspense ensues in a vortex so stormy and
Ashley Carr, LSoR
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved it! The suspense and twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. Talk about danger this book has it in spades. Claudius gets sucked into the mob and is forced to marry Ava’s twin sister, but he really loves Ava. When they kill Ava’s sister, Claudius still doesn’t go to Ava because that would put her life endanger also. When Ava comes back on the scene years later Claudius still watches her from afar now that he is the head of a ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Gangsters and Dolls series. Talk about suspense, danger, and drama. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Grab a comfortable spot and a cold drink because once you start reading you'll find it hard to put down. A world of mafia life and dirty deeds. Claudius gets trapped by the mob and is forced to marry the sister of the girl he's always loved, Ava. Then They kill Ava's sister. He is continually drawn to Ava but knows it puts her life in danger. Mob ...more
Laura R
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After being introduced to Claudius in the Accidental Mafia Queen series, it was great to learn more about him and his love Ava. Rather than the story run in a straight timeline, we are treated to traveling between what happened in the past and the mystery of why someone is trying to buy a shipping company in the present. It also becomes obvious there is a traitor in Claudius's inner circle - but who and why? There is no doubt that there is a definite connection between Claudius and Ava, and you ...more
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May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved that this is a crossover from Mafia Boss!!! This is Claudius's story. You find out why he is so brooding and detached, and what part Ava plays in his life. The story is so wonderfully twisted and full of deceptions and misunderstandings that it's a wonder either of them have survived so far. Its time for the truth to come out, for everyone, and now Claudius will stop at nothing to protect the only woman he has ever really loved! Such an amazing story!
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was so good. Strap in for one mind blowing rollercoaster ride as Ava and Claudius get their second chance at love. Intense, complicated, complex, dramatic, steamy and yes often painful. I will be honest, there was one plot point that I strongly disliked and it really bothered me. Even with that though, I found myself swept up into this epic, powerful romance. Of my own accord I am posting a truthful review.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exciting new series!

The start of a brand new series is action packed with danger, suspense and sweet heat. Claudius and Ava’s love story wasn’t all roses but as they reconnect you can feel their love. I love the comradeship the men has in this series and when they find the woman who makes their heart beat you can’t help but cheer for their HEA. If your a fan of mafia romance than this is a definite must read series.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-kindle
3 3/4 stars. While it was well written for the most part, I just couldn’t get fully into this book for some reason. The author tells a great story but it just couldn’t hold my attention for long (as you can tell by the length it took to complete the read). Claudius and Ava’s second chance just didn’t click for me.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy.
Alice Watson
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Double hearts beat as one.

The suspend was nerve-wracking cause I couldn't wait for what would happen next and I was on pins and needles waiting for the next page turner. I feel like I couldn't breathe for a while.
Shannon Godwin
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is full of twists & turns! I loved it. A great start for another series. I love mafia books & this one did not disappoint.
Anita A
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

Never saw that coming.... A very different mafia story.... one with a kind heart... ruthless leader... but considerate and confusingly kind.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good read

This book contains characters from the previous series. I liked the continuation of the story. This book explores the past heartbreak of Claudius and Ava.
Vicki Hart
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book.

This book was great. Loved their story. Loved Luc and Amelia's story but Claudius and Ava was awesome. The love they had. This book is a keeper!!
Cherill Fannin
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and well written book!

This was a very well written mafia story. I loved Ava! She was treated horribly by her twin sister, but kept on living her dream. Loved this book!
Anne Richardson
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one amazing Mafia bad boy book. Well written kept me entertained from start to finish with danger, love,suspense absolutely loved it.and look forward to reading more in this series.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a spin-off from Accidental Mafia Queen Series where we meet Claudius. In this story Claudius has become the Don of the Rossi crime family n Chicago and the one who got away is right back front and center along with those out to cause nothing but harm and evilness. Years ago Claudius feel in love with Ava and after she leaves for culinary school overseas does her twin sister Marissa pull the worst trick over Claudius when he’s at his lowest point into believing she is Ava and they spend ...more
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Khardine Gray is a USA Today Bestselling author who loves writing sizzling hot contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance.

Her books have sexy, drool-worthy heroes who will make you melt, and sassy, fun loving, ambitious heroines.
She simply adores her readers and loves spoiling them.

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