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Toxic

By: Maggie Cole
Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock,Ava Lucas
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Summary

He started a war to save me. But I refuse to give him a second chance.

Dante Marino’s the definition of beautiful destruction.

Everything he touched, he destroyed...including me.

We were friends. Then we weren't.

He used me.

Played me.

Took every ounce of my affection and threw it away.

He became my enemy, then risked everything to save me.

Now, he wants me back, claiming he's changed - determined to make me his.

Each vow, every possessive kiss, feels like he’s mine.

But I can't forget that underneath his rock-hard body, seductive grin, and wicked promises, one thing will always remain true - he's my undoing.

Toxic is book one in Mafia Wars New York. It's a first-love, second-chance dark mafia romance, an interconnecting stand-alone, and guaranteed to have an HEA. Please note this contains scenes and topics on sexual abuse that may be uncomfortable for some listeners.

©2022 Maggie Cole (P)2022 Maggie Cole

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I think I'm in the minority given the other reviews, but after finishing the book I realised there were some parts I loved (specifically Dante) but the rest just left me waiting for more. In my opinion it was a forty year build up (of not a lot) and finally getting to the reveal and to get some justice, but instead got a, opps, sorry all but one are dead.

The story telling was good and I did get sucked into the emotion behind the characters, but nothing really happened.

If you like a slow burn this is probably for you, but don't expect too much of a pay off at the end.

The narrators were excellent and did a great job. .

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What a rollercoaster ride

I read this book a while ago but had not listened to the audiobook. Wish I’d listened earlier it was a much more immersive experience.

Dante was so much more relatable in the audio version

Excellent listen

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Second chance Mafia romance

I really loved Dante, but I just really didn’t like Bridget. She was a coward and over controlling and had no self worth. I get that she was raped and her husband killed, but she is part of the mafia world and could have done a million things other than what she did. Her kids will of course not be in danger if they are protected by her family. Of course you would tell your teenagers if such a threat existed and instead train them to protect themselves.

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Good story

I enjoyed this book, looking forward to the next story. The narrators did a good job and were easy to listen to.

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Loved the amazing dual narration of Aaron Shedlock and Ava Lucas

This story is wonderful and heartbreaking all at once. Bridget and Dante’s story is beautiful, steamy, full of drama, danger , heartache and love. What a roller coaster ride.

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Spin off series

This is the first book in mafia wars New York and follows on from mafia wars ,you probably could read this one without reading mafia wars but it is such a good series I would recommend giving it a go.
Toxic is the story of Bridget and Dante, Bridget has been running and hiding secrets for a long time. I loved both characters and I liked that they loved each other before when they were at school. There were moments when I got frustrated and want to shout at Bridget just to tell everyone what happened but I did get why she was too afraid.
I thought the story was really good and I have been sucked in to these characters from the very first book I read by Maggie cole. I've come to realise it's also quite satisfying when you get really good revenge for the injured party.
Cannot wait to read the rest of this series and will definitely be rereading the entire mafia wars series in the future.

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Fantastic

Another fantastic story from Maggie Cole.
After the Finn & Brenna story I couldn’t wait to get my Bridget questions answered in Toxic! Wow what an emotional rollercoaster, I couldn’t stop listening. My heart broke for Bridget but then also admired her characters strength & determination to do all she can to protect her family.
Dante!! Wow! I loved how he never stopped trying to right his wrongs to Bridget & their relationship became one of such amazing trust.
The audible book brings the book to life & the narrators bring the emotions with it which adds to the experience!
Thoroughly recommend listening as you won’t be disappointed!

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WOW! Amazing start to the new Mafia Wars series

I totally loved the Mafia Wars series and have been eagerly awaiting the release of the first book in the Mafia Wars, New York series. OMG, this book did not disappoint. I didn't think Maggie Cole's writing could improve but she somehow managed to pour everything and more into this book. I think it was also the voices of Aaron Shedlock and Ava Lucas that made the story come alive with so much passion, Aaron making Dante strong, protective and warm/caring whilst Ava successfully portrayed Bridget's angst as a mum, widow and victim, trying to find some kind of strength to survive. I was lost in audio heaven for 10 hours.

We were previously introduced to the Marino family in Killian and Finn's books and there were lots of hints of some kind of unknown relationship between Bridget and Dante. What we didn't know was how long that had known each other for and what their back story was. This is very much a second chance relationship between Bridget and Dante, who went to school with each other and spent Christmas celebrations with each others families. Bridget had a major crush on Dante but he broke her heart as a teenager, and thus was a contributing factor to moving to Chicago to live with the O'Malley's where she fell deeply in love with Sean. I love how the author managed to not take anything away from the love between Bridget and Sean that had been referred to in previous books, and the reasons why Bridget left and returned to New York had me in tears...actually I was close to tears throughout this book, again I think it was the amazing connection between the book and the narrators, that made it such an emotional journey.
This audio book was a thrill from start to finish as I was taken on a ride full of drama, distrust, lies, suspense and of course some very hot passion as Dante did everything he could to convince Bridget that he was worthy of a second chance, but does he get it and can Bridget find true love for a second time?
This book totally deserves its 5 stars, a highly recommended audio book. I cannot wait for Dante's twin brother, Gianni's story, especially after the major tease right at the end!
I received an ARC of this audio book from the author and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Grippingly Captivating!

This is the first book in the Mafia Wars NY series, a Mafia Romance. Wow! I loved it! Dante and Bridget's story is intense, intricate, and grippingly captivating. Dante is handsome, powerful, and protective. Bridget is beautiful, smart, and strong. My heart broke for her. They are both fantastic characters, very determined. The storyline is filled with danger, secrets, action, suspense, and twists and turns. Aaron Shedlock and Ava Lucas did an outstanding job with the narration. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listening to Immoral, the next book in the series. If you like Mafia Romance, this one is definitely for you. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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A GREAT EMOTIONAL READ

I loved this book when I read it and to hear it brought to life by audio is everything I hoped it would be !!!!!!
The narrators are amazing and fully pull you into this story giving you every emotion possible.
I was eagerly awaiting this new series following on from mafia wars and I wasn't disappointed.
Dante and Bridget take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride to their hea.
I loved that you got to hear about their past and Liams and that other family and friends are in it drawing it all together .
An amazing start to the new series and can't wait to read more xxxx

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