Tempted and Taken by Mari Carr

I’ve eagerly anticipated Mari Carr’s “Tempted and Taken” for what feels like an eternity. The sizzling tension and undeniable chemistry between Liza Morelli and Matt Russo have been building throughout the entire series. True to expectations, this story fulfills the promise of passion and heart in every way. I think the best way to describe this book is Horny and Passionate. The emotions in this book brought me to tears.  

This serves as a captivating portrayal of the enemies-to-lovers trope. The longstanding animosity between the Morellis and the Russos spans decades, and ultimately, it becomes the deciding factor in the fate of their relationship. The magnetic force of familial loyalty and the inertia of tradition are masterfully woven into the narrative, making perfect sense within the context of the story. Unlike a typical enemies-to-lovers scenario, there’s no overt hatred between the two characters; instead, the focus lies on the potential repercussions their relationship might have on the longstanding feud between their families. Additionally, Matt grapples with past mistakes, adding another layer to his journey as he transitions their secret affair into a more openly acknowledged relationship. 

The spice of this book was 10/10. Like seriously! What a way to end my 2023 reading year! I always know that Mari Carr will bring the spice and emotion this time she knocked it out of the park!  

This book and really the whole Italian Stallion Series is phenomenal! I can not recommend it enough.  

Book Stats:
Rating: 5/5
Series: The Italian Stallion Series
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Family Series, Age-Gap,
3rd Act Break Up- Yes
CW: Mention of Parent Suicide, Gambling addiction