Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: High Stakes by Vanessa Waltz

High Stakes by Vanessa Waltz

There are a million reasons why I should stay away from Vincent Cesare.

This was supposed to be temporary. I was supposed to deal for his illegal card games and get some quick cash. That was it. I wasn’t supposed to fall for him.

Little by little, I see the monster grinning at me through the cracks in his pretty suit. He won't tell me what he does, and I'm not sure I want to know. The darkness in his eyes terrifies me. He's seduced me into his web of lies with his charm, and now I'm trapped in his life. He's taken control over me without me even realizing...or resisting.

I'm in way over my head.

He promised that nothing would ever happen to me. The Vittorio family wants me dead and there's only one person I can turn to. But what scares me is what I'll have to do.

I'll need to become his.




High Stakes is neither a fluffy romance nor a very dark one. There is mild BDSM element and the story revolves around the Vittorio crime business. We have a fast moving plot that kept me engage and a mafia hero who is dangerous yet protective that have me rooting for him. My only problem is Adriana, the heroine. 

Adriana is a college student who had a troubled past and a mum who is a pain in the ass. She is struggling to pay off her fees and her mum at the same time. One day, she ran into an illegal card game with her friends and met the Vittorio's Capo, Vincent Cesare. Due to her talent in cards, she volunteer to step in as their dealer and much to her surprised her earn some big bucks during that night from the pay cut and tips. Now she wanted more. Not only the money, but she wanted Vincent as well. Aren't she fearless?

Vincent Cesare is very much the classic mafia hero that we have meet before. He is sexy, suave and confident. He exudes power and danger. He even like some kink in his sex. What's not to love? 

After Adriana successfully pursue him (which didn't take much effort from her behalf), he became the committed, protective and understanding boyfriend that everyone wish for. What I don't understand is why her? I don't believe that she is the first ever girl that let him spank her. 

Then the reality of who Vincent is finally caught up to Adriana. I mean she knew who is he from the get go, but when bullet start flying, people start dying and Vincent start showing how dangerous he can be, poor Adriana start to freak the hell out.

Adriana is a flawed character and a walking contradiction. She is often jealous of her wealthy friend, Maria who doesn't have a care for the world and can hit the bar at any day. Which is understandable. But then she had a habit of stealing, which she claimed is a bad habit she can't overcome. Is okay for her to steal petty things, but she won't accept any charity from Vincent. I'm puzzled by her twisted logic. 

At one hand, she knew Vincent is with the mobster, but at another hand she blamed him for putting her in danger. Come on, woman! You can't just professed your love and then balked at the idea when you are in danger because of him.

I don't even see why is Adriana so deserving of Vincent's dedication. He was so committed in the relationship and was so good to her. What she did in return to deserve that? I think he deserve someone who love him for who he is. These two pretty much solved every fight and argument with sex. 

Overall, I think this is a very well written story that kept me turning pages till the end. The sex scenes were great despite me not liking the heroine. If only Adriana is a more likable heroine, this would have been a great pleasant read.

Rating 3/5