#Review #Contemporary #Mafia Year of the Scorpio: Part 2 by Stacy Gail

***TRIGGER WARNING: This is a MAFIA romance. In addition to several scenes with strong sexual content, there are also scenes involving violence, death, gun play, mention of sexual abuse, and adult language. Due to the nature of this book, it is intended for 18+ audiences only***
My name is Dash.

The Vitaliev Bratva had always been a part of my life, but I was never a part of it. My father built it from the ground up, and while he never hid what the family business was, he never wanted my life to be tainted by it.

But my father forgot one thing.

I’m also a Vitaliev.

Everything I hold dear has been targeted since my father’s death—my business, my friends, and the peaceful world I’ve built for myself. But it wasn’t until the love of my life, Polo Scorpeone, was struck down by a sniper’s bullet that I realized being a Vitaliev isn’t a curse. It’s a strength.

I will face my hidden enemy with the Vitaliev fire of old, and I’ll do it with the most powerful lethal weapon Chicago’s underworld has ever known by my side.

Come to find out, the legendary Scorpio is hard to kill.

108,000 words
Author’s Note: This is the second half of a two-part story arc. YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART TWO takes place immediately after the end of YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART ONE. If you haven’t read YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART ONE, you’re literally getting only half the story. You have been warned.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book

So, while waiting for Part 2 to come out I did the next best thing to having Polo with me which was watching John Wick about once a week. I mean come on yummy ex Russian mob assassin kicking butt, who else could be the same as Polo, but John Wick!!!!
Part 2 picks up where we left off, Dasha watched Polo shot in front of her.
Watching the love of her life brutality killed in front of her has left Dasha running on fumes. If it wasn’t for her best friend Shona and the security guys at Psi that Polo left money for, I truly think that she would die of a broken heart.
Not only is she dealing with Polo’s death, her brother wants her home. However, seeing as how she partly blames him for Polo’s death she has cut all ties with him and he has her kicked out of the family owned apartment.
Nightmares of Polo’s death have her out and alone at work at 2:00 in the morning where two things happen, someone tries to kill her and someone saves her. Someone she thought dead, someone that walked his long haired, bearded yumminess right out of John Wick, someone who apparently is very hard to kill: POLO!!!!! HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!
I mean come on!!! How crazy is that, the man you love and thought dead isn’t and he just saved your life!!! Can Stacy Gail make your heart stop or what!!! Polo faked his death for a reason though, someone has put a contract out on Dasha’s life and this was the only was he saw to find out who it is and save her.
What follows is a merry go round of feelings and actions; love, betrayal, forgiveness, strength, and death.
The end, though it kills me it is the end of Polo and Dash, is one of my favorite endings. Polo and Dash find family is not just the people that have the same blood in their veins, but the people that you choose to let close and love and sometimes that is what counts more than blood ties.
I know that I left out lots, but hello spoilers!!! I don’t want to give anything away!! Like I said before, I am sad to see Polo and Dash end but I hope to catch glimpses of them in future stories.

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A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail wrote stories between events to pass the time. By fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a skating coach who was also a romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from PNR and cyberpunk to contemporary romance at night, both dreams have come true.

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