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A Romance Cafe Collection

Darkness. Damaged. Ruin.

Wealth and power make excellent bedfellows…unless you aren’t carrying your own trump card. And power comes in many forms.

These damaged heroes like their brand of romance a little…different. A little darker.

Join The New Romance Cafe’s new and returning authors in a collection of steamy, dark mafia romances certain to up the s
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Published September 6th 2022 by Romance Cafe Publishing
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April ♡
Sep 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
What a good anthology! This book features dark romance with the mob, mafia, masked men, and more with LOTS of spice.

EMPIRE OF LIES: I wasn't a fan of this one. The h leaves the H for 30 years after keeping his child from him. One star.

FOREVER: Another book with many years separated! I'm not a fan of this type of novel. The h and H separate for 12 years and meet again later in life. One star.

SULTAN'S BITE: I loved this one! Nico and Amy make a beautiful couple and the steam was steamy! Four stars
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Ana Rita
Sep 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
Everyone knows that I love Mafia books.
I've read so many but they are never enough.
When I had the opportunity to read this anthology, I was on cloud nine.
For once it was mafia stories and to top it all, from several different authors.
Crazy right?
Most of these authors, it's a premier for me, and I can assure you that I will follow them all because their writing is spectacular.
Each story was different, intense, mysterious, and hot... Oh boy... Hot hot.
Each chapter was perfect and I couldn't
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Tiffany
Sep 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This set of stories was amazing! I really love anthologies because you can try out a new to you author. I always find at least one author that I have to go back and read all their books. All of the authors in this anthology are amazing writers with amazing storylines and characters.
Devons book corner
Sep 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This anthology was superb. I was hooked and could not stop flipping those pages. These dark, steamy, mafia romances are super sexy and I fell in love. I have said it before and I'll say it again, mafia romance is my jam and I loved these so much. They will definitely hook the reader from the very beginning. 150% check this out you will fall in love as fall in love as well. ...more
DS Book Promotions
Sep 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What an anthology!
This collection of dark romance stories had me flipping the pages. Damaged Heroes, Steamy reads, Dark Mafia romances.... what more could a girl ask for?

So many amazing ''new to me''authors i have never read before but will definitely be reading more of now.
Great read, fantastic charity chosen. 5 stars!!!
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Jenni
Sep 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
An Awesome collection of steamy hot Mafia romances! a great way to meet a new author and get hooked!
With a variety of different tropes theres something for nearly every taste!.

I received a free copy of this book via Sofia's Cowboy Romance Lovers and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Court Small
Sep 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Cruel Intentions by A.N. Stauber
This is a mafia/Bratva fake marriage trope and from the few chapters that are written this is shaping up to be a great read wondering what comes next
Lauren
Aug 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a review for Stauber’s Cruel Intentions. I loved this story and I immediately wanted more. I need more Ivan and Ella! I can tell they are going to have a beautiful love story and I want all the details!! If you want a sexy and possessive MC who is also supportive and not controlling then this one is for you! This story just worked and I promise it will leave you wanting more.
Jamanda
Jul 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This review is for Beautifully Forgiven by Tara Lee.
Intense, hot, and addictive are just some of the words I would describe Jacob and Savannah's story. It was full steam ahead from the first page. I didn't want it to end. If this is just the beginning of their story we are in for one hell of a ride.
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Karen_Lee_Reads
Aug 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia, mob, anthology
Darkest Desires: An Anthology for Charity
from The New Romance Café

Twenty-One authors have come together to make this Anthology from New Romance Café for charity.

I’ve chosen four shorts from this anthology to write short reviews on. Each story is either mafia or an organized crime theme. They are dark and dirty and they entice readers to purchase this book


Empire of Lies
A Valentino Empire Short Story
By Kylie Kent

Empire of Lies is a look into some of the secrets kept from Gloria and the man she l
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Me_myself_and_romance_ Books
Sep 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I read this anthology for beautifully forgiven and so my review is based around this short read.

Love love loved this book. I couldn’t wait to read their book and it didn’t disappoint but I need more to the point I just kept trying to scroll but couldn’t. This story is about Jacob kidnapped Savannah. The revenge and hate he had for her father didn’t stop the attraction he felt for her but god was she sassy and strong even though she knew she couldn’t get always this story in the anthology is inte
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Alannah
Sep 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I read this anthology for beautifully forgiven and so my review is based around this short read.

I absolutley LOVED this short story and cant wait for the full story.

Jacob kidnapped Savannah. The revenge and hate he had for her father didn’t stop the attraction he felt for her but god was she sassy and strong. Savannah definitely gives Jacob a run for his money and never backs down. There is so much emotions and twist in this story that has you wanting more. The end just makes you needing more.
Charlotte
Sep 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Sadly i havent read all of the books in this collection but after reading the line-up of writers in this i will definitely do that in the future. This is my review for

Shattered Glass by M. Jameson
Luna (FMC) ends up being used by stepmother and her daughters in this Mafia version of Cinderella or at least it came across that way to me. That is until her life crosses with Matteo's and things start to get complicated for both of them. It was a great quick read with one hell of a cliffhanger ending!
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Sandy Demuynck
Sep 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Read Cruel Intentions by A.N. Stauber

I loved this story (if you ever consider making it a book or series I will be there).

We meet Ella you just wants to have an ordinary life but is the Bratva princess.

Then there is Ivan who tries to save her.

This contains a beautiful love story.

Sexy and possessive MC with additional supportive streak without the controlling part.

Cheff kisses.
Amanda  Helmus
Sep 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
M Jameson’s Shattered Glass is filled with so much 5 star goodness! I’ve been craving a mafia read lately and this novella hit all the marks seamlessly for a perfect quick mafia fix…..and it’s also a fairytale retelling, which is always a fun and twisty perk!

That being said, it went by way too quickly and now I’m in a hangover of epic proportions. The only cure is going to be getting the full novel and I’ll be anxiously awaiting being able to get my hands on it.
Shawna Jimenez more.books.forever
This is such a brilliant collaboration from some amazing author and I cannot wait to dive into each and every story.

Cruel Intentions by A.N. Stauber was freaking amazing for just the little tease we got. Ivan and Ella are two people I need more from asap! She came in hot and has me wanting so much more like I need it all… I can’t wait!!
Brandy Rice
Sep 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Empire of Lies by Kylie Kent
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This short story is heartbreaking, emotional, and amazing. Al and Gloria second chance romance is the perfect addition to the Valentino Series. It was great to see what happened to the in the past and how they came together in the present. I definitely recommend that you read the Valentino series first to truly get the most out of this short story.
Jacqulin Gipson
Sep 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Loved these stories. They were all new to me authors so I got to take a peak at some new material and find a few new authors to read and follow!
Lori Hammons
Aug 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
All the stories in this anthology are suspenseful, provoking, and sexy. They each are all introductions to full stories, just waiting to be read. I thoroughly enjoyed every story.
Julie Workman-Bookaholic Sisters Blog
Beautifully forgiven by Tara Lee

Beautifully forgiven is a short hot read that leaves you wanting more, I have more questions than answers right now, this is just the start of thier story and I camt wait for more
Simone Solomons
Sep 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully Forgiven- Tara Lee

In the short story of Jacob and Savannah, I was instantly hooked!
Jennifer
Aug 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
This review is for Empire of Lies by Kylie Kent
Ms. Kent, you left me wanting more of this couple.

In order to understand this short novella, you must read the Valentino Series. This is a second chance with a back story that will break your heart. This about comprises. Al that poor man and the lies that he discovered crushed my heart. Gloria my heart went out to her because the most imaginable happened. I do recommend this to add an extra touch to an already fantastic series.
Natasha Joanne
Aug 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
If you love Mafia Short stories this is the Anthology for you!
Linda Whitacre
Sep 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
1) Empire of Lies- Kylie Kent--a Valentino Empire short—Mafia story of two powerful people in love but separated by family obligations. I want to read more. LOVED 2) Forever prequel, the Marinelli Crime Family – Chele MacCabe --Young lovers separated then reunited and her Mafia family is not happy and abuses Ellie. She knows a detective, her lover, Rhys who can save her. LOVED 3) Sultan’s Bite- Sofia Aves—Mob mechanic Nico runs away with rebellious mafia princess Amy. OK 4) Stairway to Heaven-Ta ...more
Dee
Sep 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This Is part of the Romance Café Collection series each book can be read as a standalone but connects via events/characters so buckle up this is a wild ride, dangerous men, alpha’s personified, possessive, oh, so gorgeous, brooding all the makings of a story consisting with three D’s (dark, delicious, and dirty) 😊. There will be suspense, arranged marriage, death, darkness, secrets reveled, violence, hope, forgiveness, and maybe even love (ALL THINGS TO EXPECT FROM THE MAFIA WORLD). By the time ...more
Karen
Sep 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is a review for Shattered Glass by M. Jameson

"He came for me at the stroke of midnight, and I was powerless against his wrath."

Wow, this dark mafia story was unlike anything I have ever seen before. The premise was definitely not your typical mafia debt owed story. This was a dark fairytale retelling of a tragic mafia princess who after the death of her father was subject to the unfair treatment of her stepmother and step sisters. Now under her stepmother's control, she is nothing more than
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Dana McKee NOLA504NERDS
Sep 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What’s better than a dark [mafia] romance author? Try over 20 of them! This collection was incredible. Each author brought the steam for this collection. Each one in this charity collection was a new to me author. While the genre was the same, the stories were not. Each was unique and special in its own way. This whole book kept me entertained. It was addictive and spicy. With over 600 pages of alpha males, you’re in for a heck of a ride. You’ll be hooked from the first story to the last. Thank ...more
Chey3995
Sep 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
*Review is for Cruel Intentions by A.N. Stauber*

A mafia romance that has a little bit of everything. Romance, action, and adventure all combined together to create a fantastic story.

I loved Ella and Ivan story and how possessive he was over her. It's the kind of possessive that's "touch her and die", but he never over does it with her. They had a perfect balance and it just made the story great.

I would've liked to see a little more plot in the story, since there didn't feel to be much of one a
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Marlene Davis
Sep 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: write-a-review
This is an anthology of short stories featuring characters within the Mafia. Several different stories with that central theme for charity...featuring among several others, Empire of Lies by Kylie Kent about Gloria who left Italy and the love of her life for an arranged marriage in the United States...her new husband didn't want a relationship but accepted her pregnancy of another's child as his own....and now has to face her former lover as she is now a widow...I read this book through an Advan ...more
Kiera
Sep 09, 2022 added it
Darkest Desires: An Anthology

This review is for Beautifully Forgiven by Tara Lee.

Books leading up to Tara just add to joy you get and Tara adds even more passion to this book bundle.

Addicting, Steam, Tense & Passionate will make you feel about Jacob and Savannah's story. It was sprint from the beginning and by the end you may have more questions. I want to be a little kid running the authors doorbell asking her to come out and finish the story now. We are all in for a hell of a ride once this s
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