Make Me is book two in the Manhattan Mafia series and cannot be read as a standalone.
CD Reiss has upped the game in this book with non stop action and a deeper look into both Dario and Sarah and what truly motivates both of them.
Dario is still not a good man, but readers see why taking down the Colonia is so important. And, we also can see that his feelings for Sarah are true . . . even if he doesn’t know exactly what to do with them. While he wants nothing more than to send her as far from his as possible to keep her safe, he can’t stand to be away from her.
On the flip side, Sarah has been so incredibly sheltered her entire life, she is now learning how the real world works and how to make decisions for herself . . .all with Dario’s help. He is literally giving her the skills she needs to escape him if she wants to. Her character growth is simply amazing. She goes from a sheltered and scared Colonia princessa to a real force to be reckoned with who also is starting to see and understand her own value. She also knows that she will not leave Dario behind, but plans on being his salvation, just as she feels he has saved her.
Make Me continues to be dark and twisted. Sarah and Dario’s relationship continues to be just as tumultuous with extreme highs and lows and some very hot moments between them that shows just how raw their need is for one another.
While I thought Take Me ended on a bang, Make Me left me shell shocked. With the cliffhanger this book ended on, Break Me cannot land on my kindle soon enough! 4.5 stars
He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her.
Make Me, the steamy and addictive second installment of the Manhattan Mafia trilogy from New York Times bestselling author C.D. Reiss is out now!
I stole her and kept her under my command, forced her to obey me, and bent her will over my knee.
She’s been my weapon, my captive, and my toy.
The first time I broke her, I did it for revenge.
The second time . . . for pleasure.
This time, she’s breaking because I’m a liar.
I showed her that her life is a lie, but she’s showing me that I haven’t been living in a truth either.
Now we’re being hunted like animals, and she’s the only one who understands the forces aligned against us.
I thought she was a foolish, weak little sheep, but she’s as shrewd as a fox. She’s not a pawn to be pushed around the board, but a wartime queen.
I will do whatever it takes to protect her, even if she starts a war to get away from me.
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“You’re really talking about a truce?”
“Call it what you want.”
“Fucking hell.” He laughs to himself. “You aren’t the same guy since you took my sister.”
I’m not. The Dario Lucari who lived the hour before he took Sarah had sold his soul to destroy the Colonia. This is my last chance to buy it back for her.
“I’m offering an end to all of this.”
“You started this war, and now you’re offering to stop it? Like it’s a bargain? And my sister? Remember her? She’s part of the deal.”
I expected him to try this trade, but it still pisses me off. “We’ll disappear. We’ll leave New York. That’s all you get out of me.”
“Why would we do that?” He looks into the tunnel. The light is dim yellow and the air curls unpredictably, catching wrappers and plastic bags in looping whirlwinds—only to casually drop them on the tracks. “For what? We don’t want peace. That’s not some prize. We want you strung up like a side of beef, and we want Sarah back.”
“She’s better off with me and you know it.” I wasn’t sure if he knew that until I see his reaction. He knows. He just doesn’t care. “You want to fight for her, you’re going to have a fight. But then what? Drag her home? To do what with her? Turn her out like a whore? Or slice her up and sell her?”
His flinch is slight and as fast as a blink, but it tells me there are things the Colonia do that he doesn’t like thinking about. He was born human and raised to be an animal. Now he’s trying hard to die an animal. But the real him—the human—keeps slipping out. He’s a soft touch, a reformer, and too much of a coward to change anything before his father is out of the picture.
“We can’t let you live.” His voice is partially drowned out by a warm wind from behind him. A nearly empty train arrives on the opposite platform. “Your deal is bullshit, and it sucks.”
We say nothing for a moment, while the doors open. He hides his anxiety. I hide my regrets.
Say you want peace, Massimo. All you have to do is want it.
Mr. Post doesn’t get on the train.
Revenge is exhausting. It takes up too much mental real estate. Too much time. Too much love. I need all of it for something else.
The conductor’s voice gurgles, and with a double beep, the doors slap closed.
We’re just two men talking.
Wind gusts from behind me. Train on our side.
“I’m not coming to you with another deal.” I shrug, offering to clean up a mess I made.
Massimo’s sneer tells me the discount on salvation won’t result in a sale. “Without Sarah, there’s no deal.”
“You can’t have her. Ever. She’s mine.”
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About CD Reiss
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
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