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I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M SAYING THIS, BUT JOKER'S WILD IS MY NEW VEGAS UNDERGROUND FAVORITE!!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2019
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 Junior Tacone, the eldest Tacone brother and male protagonist of Joker's Wild, since the first book of the Vegas Underground series. I mean like literally hated this character and almost didn't purchase this book. I know hate is a strong word but, in this case, it's not nearly strong enough. This man has been a total jerk in every book of the series, and I wanted to string him up by his cajones! lol... I thought it would be impossible to make Junior likable or relatable, and certainly not redeemable. But I'm a longtime fan and totally addicted to Rose's books, and I just could not resist the temptation. Soooo, against my better judgment, I one-clicked and dove in. Best decision ever! I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong (usually), but in this case, I was very wrong, because I LOVED Joker's Wild! And mafioso kingpin Junior Tacone is my new main man! *swoon* Santo Tacone Jr, aka Junior, is the eldest son and currently the stand-in patriarch/mob boss for the mafioso Tacone family while his father, Don Santo Tacone Sr, serves time in prison. If you thought the other men of the family were domineering, you ain't seen nothing yet! Junior Tacone is the most alpha of them all! This story reminded me a little of Beauty and the Beast. Naturally, Junior was the beast and his beauty was smart, sassy, snarky, capable, and very beautiful nurse Desiree Lopez. OMG, Desiree was a real hoot! Never one to be intimidated, Desiree stood her ground and refused to be cowed by Junior. She had his number from the get-go, but she was smart enough to know she had to tread carefully. Oh, she still sassed him, but she also knew how to play the game and when to keep her mouth shut. Desiree was one smart cookie, but my heart ached for her. Junior and Desiree's mutual attraction was evident in the first chapter and sizzled through the entire book. It was so much fun watching Junior and Desiree dancing around each other, trying to deny the inevitable. When Junior Tacone abducted Hispanic spitfire Desiree Lopez and had her brought to his home to save his brother's life, he got a whole lot more than he ever bargained for, because Desiree brought him to his knees - literally! Those two were like a powder keg with a very short fuse, just waiting to explode. And explode it did, with steamy passion and hot love scenes that even made my almost 70-year-old engine purr. lol... But that's not the only thing I adored about this story. It was filled to the brim with danger, drama, angst, suspense, secrets, sassy banter, humor, passion, romance, and a boatload of steam. Joker's Wild is not your traditional sweet love story. It's raw, emotional, heartbreaking, and filled with angst, but it's also heartwarming, as well. Sigh... Needless to say, I'm so glad I didn't listen to myself.
So, did I like this book? No, I loved it! It's was sexy, engaging, well written, and well crafted with complex characters that, literally, exploded from the pages, demanded my undivided attention, captured my heart, and held me prisoner from the first chapter to the last. I snickered, snorted, giggled, sniffled, and sobbed through the entire book, but by the end, I was happy, satisfied and entertained. At almost 70 years young, I should know better than to judge a book by its cover, or in this case, character. I should be ashamed of myself. Nothing is impossible with a talented author like Rose at the helm. Would I recommend it? You bet, and I am but only for adult readers since it does contain some violence, explicit language, and steamy sex. And you know, it also includes spanking. That's just a given in a Renee Rose story. lol... Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but they're soooo much better when you read them sequentially. Will I read this author again? Absolutely! I can hardly wait to read the next book of the series, Queen of Clubs, which will feature Alessia Tacone, the only female of the Tacone siblings. And finally, was I entertained? Completely! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read! And Renee Rose, I bow to the master. You made me eat my words!