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Summary

One work meeting created an obsession neither of us could shake.

My boss' brother was a friend...until the day he turned his dark, brooding eyes on me.

For years, I studied Tristano at the club. I'd mimic his commands, dominating the most powerful, dangerous men.

Now, he wants me to submit to him—the opposite role I usually play. So we make a deal.

But the urges we think we'll overcome, we can't. When we finally come to terms with our secret, his enemy tries to destroy us. Then I wake up, not remembering anything. And the man who claims I'm his makes my skin crawl.

If only I could understand the flashbacks of the dark-haired, chiseled-faced man.

Carnal is book four in Mafia Wars New York. It's a secret-friends-to-lovers, boss’-brother, dark Mafia interconnecting stand-alone romance and guaranteed to have an HEA.

©2022 Maggie Cole (P)2022 Maggie Cole

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A GREAT SERIES

LOVED THIS BOOK IN THIS GREAT SERIES WHEN I READ IT AND WAS EAGERLY AWAITING THE AUDIO AND I WASNT DISAPPOINTED.
SUCH A HOT HOT COUPLE TRISTANO AND PINA.LOVED THE PUSH AND PULL IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND HOW IT PROGRESSED.
THE NARRATORS WERE SO GOOD BRINGING TO LIFE THIS HOT HOT COUPLE AND I WOULD THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND IT XXXX

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Best one yet!

This has to be the best one of the brothers books yet!! Really enjoyed and took all my willpower not to skip to the end to see what happened!! ( I had to do that for fins book it was pure torture!) all the books are fab from the Ivanovo to the O’Malley’s to the Marino’s!

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Tristano and Pina = the perfect 10

I am not sure how Maggie Cole does it but yet again, she has come up with a storyline that is so emotional and steamy, you will want to listen to this well written story in one sitting.

In this, the 4th book in the New York, Mafia Wars series, we get to explore another taboo relationship within the Marino family. Pina was initially introduced in Dante's 'Toxic' as his trusted, strong, no nonsense and ultra efficient PA, and Tristano, being the youngest Marino brother, who I wasn't a huge fan of at the start of this series, but in typical Maggie Cole style, she managed to make me fall in love with Tristano right at the start of Carnal.

Pina has observed Tristano from afar for years, recreating what she has seen him act out at the Club, in her own personal life, then unexpectedly during a meeting, they become so attracted to each other, it's like an itch that needs to be scratched but what happens when they overstep the line in order to get what they want or even worse in Pina's eyes, Dante finds out?

I love how Pina knows exactly what she wants and exactly how to get it and once Tristano has had a taste, he becomes just like the rest of the Marino brothers, so possessive of his woman, even though Pina insists on keeping quiet about their relationship. This was a very emotional and intense listen, probably due to the taboo relationship as well as the BDSM elements - they sure do make the most of this in order to both experience their desires and I love how they are both prepared to try something different in order to please the other - it's like a cat and mouse game of dominating and submission.

This storyline not only interlinks along the timeline with the previous books, but is also heart wrenching, full of a powerful forbidden love which is lost then finally recovered. Needless to say, the Abruzzo's are at the centre of causing trouble again, just when you think they can't stoop any lower, well, you will have to listen to this to find out what they do but it does explain some of the circumstances surrounding the ending of Dante's 'Toxic'. I was so not expecting the unbelievable cruel twist towards the end but was delighted with the ending - you will really not regret listening to this well put together book and narration. Kelsey Navarro portrayed Pina so well, capturing her attitude just as I imagined it to be when I read the book. Gregory Salinas' narration was amazing, his slower but smexy smooth voice was just perfect for Tristano - the two narrators combined was sheer perfection.

If you love a family Mafia romance that is dark and forbidden, full of interesting characters who are woven into a well written, page turning series, then you will love Carnal. Although this can be listened to as a standalone, you really should listen to the whole series from the start - you won't be disappointed. I cannot wait for the final book in this series when we get to listen to Luca and Chanel's story, it promises to be another emotional ride.

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Fantastic addition to the series!

What can I say? Maggie Cole is amazing. Each book she writes is original, exciting and has a romance that is unbeatable. I have listened to all that she has released in audio and this one by far is my favorite! Tristiano and Pina. Enough said. Well, I can elaborate! Pina works for Dante, and Tristiano is Dante's brother. Not the ideal situation, but the attraction is undeniable. What should they do? Keep it secret from Dante! But someone else has his eyes on Pina, and with the last name of Abruzzo, it can't be good. Suspense, excitement, spice and a story that had me on the edge the entire time, Cole has a winner with this story. She seamlessly tells her stories synchronizing times and we get to visit scenes from previous books from a different point of view. It's fabulous, and my favorite of all the Mafia Wars books.

To make it even better for me, Kelsey Navarro and Gregory Salinas tell the story and give a fantastic narration. Navarro brings attitude, brains and passion to Pina. She is the perfect fit for this character, with her love shining through the stubbornness she has. Salinas brings the velvet tone for Tristiano, strong, confident and romantic. I love how he can be the strong Mafioso in one scene and the intimate lover in the next. Wonderful, amazing listen!

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Dark Friends-To-Lovers Mafia Romance

Carnal by Maggie Cole is a dark friends-to-lovers mafia romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Kelsey Navarro and Gregory Salinas. This is the fourth book in the Mafia Wars New York series.

I absolutely love Maggie's books! She does an amazing job pulling me into the story. I loved the relationship that bloomed between Pina and Tristano. I really enjoyed getting both of their points of view throughout the book. It really brought the story to life.

I can't wait for the final book in the series Flawed to be released on October 15, 2022 so I can get Luca and Chanel's story.

Kelsey and Gregory did an amazing job on the narration. They both really know how to bring a story to life. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book if you like dark romances, mafia romances, friends-to-lovers romances, boss's brother romances, or romantic suspense.

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Amazing

Amazing. This storyline is non stop action from start to finish. As the different characters storylines collide everything falls into place. I love how Maggie has written this series. A fantastic performance from both narrators.

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another perfect listen

i pre-ordered this book and it couldn't come soon enough. Maggie does it again, another great addition to the Mafia wars series! i love the way Maggie weaves previous parts of other books and characters into her latest book, it really gives you that sense of family and somehow makes you feel a part of it, as you know the backgrounds and temperaments of the various family members as you've been through their stories with them. I've thoroughly enjoyed all the Mafia wars books right from the beginning with ruthless stranger. it's a series I'll definitely come back and listen to again, especially as the narrations have all been great too. I'm looking forward to the next book already, although I am sad its going to be the last new york mafia wars, I had hoped we'd get Tully's sons stories (Bridgets brothers) as the family has been in the background for a long time it would have finished off the new york series nicely. keeping my fingers crossed we get more from them I the future.

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  • Jennifer
  • 23-09-22

Loved.

I am absolutely loving this series. It hooks you from the beginning. These characters are amazing, and the story is great. This book definitely keeps you guessing. These characters, you want them to get their happily ever after. And these narrators, did amazingly in bringing Pina and Tristano to life. I’m definitely looking forward to the final book in this series, I need to know how it ends.

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  • Shaka
  • 16-09-22

Explosive

Tristano Marino and Pina de la Cruz - their story is explosive and made this book simmer with pure fire! Beauty and brutality intricately intertwined into a truly unique, unforgettable mafia plotline, that’s Carnal in a nutshell. The twists and turns and emotional turmoil will keep you on edge. A well written story, it has suspense, danger, action, intrigue, passion, love and is dangerously fierce. Kelsey Navarro and Gregory Salinas elevated this story to something even more amazing.

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  • QueenZany
  • 15-09-22

OMFG!!!

Carnal is it for me!!!
It’s hands down the best audiobook in the Mafia Wars New York Series!

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  • Jessica Schneider
  • 05-09-22

My mind is blown

As usual, Maggie Cole knocked this one out of the park! I loved Tristano and Pina’s story.

Kelsey Navarro and Gregory Salinas did a phenomenal job bringing these characters and this story to life. Another 10/10.

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  • Dansu
  • 05-09-22

Cliff hanger

Who will be left if they wipe out all the other family's? love been hooked since book one!

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  • Tonya P
  • 30-08-22

Holy wow!

Amazing story and the narrative was so very good! I love Maggie's books and the way they are brought to life in audio is so wonderful. This story has wrung me out to dry and picked me back up! Couldn't stop listening!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 29-08-22

Sizzling Chemistry!

This is the fourth book in the Mafia Wars New York series, a Dark Mafia Romance. Tristano and Pina’s story is well written, hot, intense, and suspenseful! Their chemistry is out of the charts. They are two strong characters, dominant, and complex. Their push and pull relationship is enthralling. Some scenes in the dungeon are sizzling hot! The world building is interesting. The story has secrets, suspense, and action. Gregory Salinas and Kelsey Navarro did an outstanding job with the narration. This is one of my favorite books in the series (right beside Toxic, Dante and Bridget’s story, book one in the series). Looking forward to listening to Flawed, Luca and Chanel's story, book five, and the final installment in Mafia Wars New York! I highly recommend this series.

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  • Quinn
  • 25-08-22

Battle to Be the Top

I'd previously read the book. Adding audio enhanced the experience. Tristano and Pina are an unlikely match, but I love the battles for dominance. I would've liked to see more of that. Perhaps another time?

This was my first time listening to the narrators, Kelsey Navarro and Gregory Salinas. I enjoyed both, even if they weren't the voices in my head. I'm not really sure who's in there so these two work. 😘

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  • 22-08-22

💙💚 ANOTHER WINNER FROM Ms COLE 💚💙

It had to be somebody strong, confident and accepting of the Mafia dangerous lifestyle for Tristano.. and who better than Pina.. Dante’s much valued Assistant. And there’s the problem - Dante. Because, as much as these two characters fit in their lifestyles, their sub/dom heated play takes things to a whole different level.. a level Pina wants to keep very secret. The other problem that comes up to devastate and shatter their perfect world is…….. well, I guess that’s Maggie Cole’s exciting story to very proficiently tell.

Worth a credit? Yes, I really enjoyed it.. but I must confess, there were a couple of times I seriously wanted to throttle Pina with her negativity to come out of the shadows with their loving relationship. There were sexy, tense, passionate, heartbreaking and suspense-filled emotional times as the story vividly unfolded thanks to Kelsey and Gregory’s excellent dual POV narration making the chapters and characters come to life perfectly.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 22-08-22

My favorite Mafia War!

What can I say? Maggie Cole is amazing. Each book she writes is original, exciting and has a romance that is unbeatable. I have listened to all that she has released in audio and this one by far is my favorite! Tristiano and Pina. Enough said. Well, I can elaborate! Pina works for Dante, and Tristiano is Dante's brother. Not the ideal situation, but the attraction is undeniable. What should they do? Keep it secret from Dante! But someone else has his eyes on Pina, and with the last name of Abruzzo, it can't be good. Suspense, excitement, spice and a story that had me on the edge the entire time, Cole has a winner with this story. She seamlessly tells her stories synchronizing times and we get to visit scenes from previous books from a different point of view. It's fabulous, and my favorite of all the Mafia Wars books.

To make it even better for me, Kelsey Navarro and Gregory Salinas tell the story and give a fantastic narration. Navarro brings attitude, brains and passion to Pina. She is the perfect fit for this character, with her love shining through the stubbornness she has. Salinas brings the velvet tone for Tristiano, strong, confident and romantic. I love how he can be the strong Mafioso in one scene and the intimate lover in the next. Wonderful, amazing listen!