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  • The Don

  • Part One of the Oath Duet (The Valentini Family, Book 1)
  • By: Serena Akeroyd
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, CJ Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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The Don

By: Serena Akeroyd
Narrated by: Joe Arden,CJ Bloom
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Summary

Blood stains my hands, my soul, my heart, yet I’ll shed more to keep her safe.

A chance meeting brings Jen MacNeill into my life - the woman born to reign at my side. She just doesn’t know it yet. How could my lady be anything other than a silken promise taunting me with every breath she takes? 

A new don reigns over Manhattan. But though I won the war, peace isn’t easily brokered. Over a decade of avenging my father’s death, I made many enemies. To each and every one, Jen’s a target. But I’ll paint New York City red before I let them harm her. I just never imagined I’d be in the line of fire first.

A heart broken by grief can feel no guilt or shame with the brutality in which vengeance is delivered. This is the first part of the Oath duet in the Valentini Family series.

©2021 Serena Akeroyd (P)2021 Serena Akeroyd

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Holy Mary Mother of Silcilian mafia hotness!!!

Holy Mary Mother of Sicilian mafia hotness!!!
The Don starts off with a bang, quite literally, I mean who doesn’t love a good filthy anal screwing to kick start a book. It’s something I wasn’t expecting but was very happy to enjoy with my cup of tea and cornflakes!
The Don is book one of the Valentini family duet and interconnects with the Five Point Series. I am waiting for the Five Point Series to come to audio (14/02) before I dive into the that world, but I had no problem understanding the various relationships.
Luciu Valentini is new to New York and makes a name for himself as he steps up as head of the Sicilian mafia, not Italian, Sicilian! Luciu is a highly intelligent man. He’s an educated MBA graduate who never intended to take over the family business yet found his way to the top after everything was taken from his family.
Jen MacNeill (Fi) is a fantastic heroine. You’ve got to love a woman who has the balls to barge into a Don’s office, bend over his desk and demand butt stuff! Jen is the daughter of a whore, a self-professed gold digger who has spent her life fighting for the little she has. When Jen meets Luciu, she knows he’s mafia and is a dangerous man, yet she can’t stay away from him.
Joe Arden gives a masterclass in how to portray a highly intelligent, dangerously menacing mafia Don! Alpha Joe came out to play in the most delicious way. Growly, sensuous, dominant, loving, and downright dirty…absolutely incredible!
CJ Bloom’s performance as Jen is quite simply magnificent! CJ manages to capture the fiery, take no crap side of Jen’s personality and slips easily into the softer, vulnerable side while also showing her to be the sexy siren she is! A stellar performance by an incredible duo!
I loved this first instalment of the mafia duet and my first book from Serena, it certainly won’t be my last by this fabulous author.
My favourite line of the book “When he tells you his face is his throne, there’s only one thing to do…take a seat!” - Jen

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AMAZING

I loved this book when i read it but listening to these narrators bring the characters to life is everything and more, joe does such an amazing job and cj wow 👌 i cant wait to dive head first into the next installment 💜

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Serena Akeroyd has been my go to Mafia writer for over a year and this is why.

I almost feel like I’m cheating on my Irish Mob lovers with this Sicilian heart throb though. Luciu has so many things he plans to do to claim back everything he lost. As the new Don he isn’t afraid to get dirty….in every way.
These audios have bought to life a couple that I wasn’t sure I loved until I was in their story.
I’ve listened to multiple audiobooks and I have to admit that this is the first time I’ll be looking for a narrator specifically. Something about these guys have made these books somehow even more addictive and I cannot wait to get the next book in the duet.
And since I’m a glutton for punishment this definitely ends on a cliffhanger!! I’m so relieved that The Lady is already waiting for me to listen to!

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Loved it! Great start to the series!

The Don is another stunning book by one of my favorite authors! I couldn't have even guessed what would happen in this book! Both narrators are awesome, I especially love how deep Joe Arden's voice gets when he reads some of the spicier scenes. I love Luciu and Jen together. They complete each other and I think that's amazing! But the cliffhanger, oh the cliffhanger! I need The Lady Asap!
I love the story, the narration is amazing as always with those two great narrators and a Serena Akeroyd book. She just has a way with words!

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Sublime

I love this book and listening to it instead makes me feel like I am living the story. Joe Arden and CJ Bloom as Lucio and Jen are sublime.  Joe Arden's Sicilian accent  makes me melt.  

While this is this book is set in The Five Points universe, it is book one in a stand alone duet. I would definitely recommend reading both The Feckers and The Sinners, just so you can experience the genuis that is Serena Akeroyd.

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good

I loved this when I read it and I loved listening to it too, the only thing was at times the Irish accent that came through even though Luciu is Sicilian

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FiFi love! 😆💕

I love Jen/Fi! She's a funny little firecracker! 🤣😍

I really enjoyed this, I would definitely recommend it.

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Didn’t like the F

.. Sadly I didn’t like the female character that she was ‘easy’
Just not my cup of tea in a F

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Brilliant!!!

Superb book, excellent narration from Joe Arden and CJ Bloom. Best listen in a while. Loved the pace of the book no boring bits. Well done and on to the next.

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Fantastic

Excellent story line I love the storyline and the characters,they have really strong personalities. Can’t wait to read the next I’m this series.

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  • 29-01-22

WHAT A DELICIOUS & ADDICTIVE DUET

At the start of this Duet Jen’s an unapologetic gold digger, a snarky user of men and a woman determined to do better than her whore junkie mother.. but when she looks into the eyes of Luciu she becomes something else entirely. Fire, heat and explosive steamy dark dangerous chemistry which could be cut with a knife and sizzles between her and handsome Sicilian Mafia Mob Luciu who is also instantly drawn to the beauty. In fact, this King becomes obsessed, aggressively protective and possessive with his sexy, feisty, tigress that she takes over his thoughts as he plots and plans to make his beautiful predator his Queen. And the heat when they touch is h-h-hot.. you’ve been warned!! But all is not well in his Mafia world.. Jen still has a secret.. and who is the woman claiming to be his wife? Well I promise you, the CLIFFHANGER ending will leave you desperate for more.. and yay, book 2 is here too so no dragging out of a storyline - just straight over to book 2. And that delivered everything I was hoping for and so so much more as the love between these sweet lovebirds tumbled Jen’s walls down brick by brick, it raised her self-esteem and it gave her a chance to grow.

Worth a credit? Yes I love.. love.. love this author’s addictive, descriptive and creative writing skills. You can’t give this romantic Duet anything other than five gleaming stars as Jen and Lus calm the waters between them, deal with the angst and drama that follows them around and learn to trust and love each other. And having Joe and CJ bring the dual POV story to life.. with the heated sizzles, the angsty dialogue that parried smoothly, the drama that ebbed and flowed and the delicious romance that came with well-spoken feels, was fantastic.

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  • Jennifer Bishop
  • 28-01-22
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Amazing Narration and Fantastic Story!

OMG! The narrators for this audiobook are perfect! Five stars for the Amazing Narrating and another five stars for the Fantastic Story!

There are loads of secrets to be revealed, sexiness to be had, excitement to be reveled in, enemies to be disposed of, and love to be explored. And I do have to mention how much I absolutely adore Jen and Luciu together! I highly recommend this audiobook and I cannot wait to see where this story goes in the next book!

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  • Amber E.
  • 28-01-22
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The accent

While I absolutely enjoyed this book when I read it the narrators fell flat. Especially after hearing the male narrator. His southern drawl kept popping through and that just put me off the book.

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  • Maggie
  • 28-01-22
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Perfection!

Talk about bringing a book to life! Joe Arden & CJ Bloom nailed the narration on The Don! I thought the chemistry, the steam and the connection were intense reading it but listening just brought this book to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! You will get pulled in and be left breathless!
Definitely worth the One-Click/Credit!!!

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  • Kris
  • 22-11-23

Narration

At first, I was not sure about the female narrator. Her voice sounded odd, but as it went along, she put fit perfectly into that spot. Sometimes the narrators really make the book for me and these two were perfect for this one. I hope they’re in the next one as well.

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  • K. Caudill
  • 23-06-23

This book is everything for me

Lucio, this sexy mafia boss who has to be tough and show no weakness bears it to the one who has captured him. Just wish he would have been more stern with his family about her. However. Jen is no wilting flower, she is tough and doesn’t hold back. Perfect match these 2. I’ve listened to this book several times and just now back to back (both books) and want to listen again. Lucio is my perfect man. Great writing and I loved the Sicilian in there. I’m going to look up all of the words to learn some of these beautiful Sicilian language. Narration is everything too. Joe Arden is my audiobook boyfriend so I will listen to anything he reads. CJ Bloom has earned a spot as one of my favorite lady narrators.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-23

Wow

Enjoying this series and how it works with other stories from this author and how they tie together. The story lines are amazing and characters are great

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-23

Really good story

It’s a really good story that you won’t wanna put down. Very well written. It has different twists and turns.

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  • Coya
  • 20-05-23

First Audiobook

So this was my first time listening to a audio book and honestly it didn’t disappoint. I’m in the process of reading the entire crossover series between Five Points and the Satan Sinners MC, so I’m already hooked on the author, but the narration brought the story to a new level. I’m going to read the rest of the series, but I look forward to listening to another story someday based on this performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-23

Worth listening

Enjoyed book. I enjoy listening to Joe Arden & CJ Bloom Can’t wait for Book 2

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