An Understated Dominance by Marina Chapter 20

An Understated Dominance by Marina Chapter 20

Chapter 20 

The next morning, in the most luxurious private room at Mirage.

“Mr. Rhys, thank you for protecting me. Here is the canscora you wanted. Please take a


Natasha put an exquisite wooden box on the table before pushing it forward.


Dustin opened the box and saw a blood–red canscora in it.

The herb was crooked, like a dragon’s tooth. It had an interesting appearance.

He gently sniffed it, and its unique stench filled his nose.

“It is really a canscora! Thank you, Ms. Harmon!”

Dustin’s face lit up. He had been searching for various rare herbs all these years. Finally, he found another one.

There were still five herbs left. If he could collect the remaining five herbs, there would be hope!

“You’re welcome. You deserve it. Come to think of it, I should be the one thanking you.” Natasha smiled.

“Ms. Harmon, I have a favor to ask. Can you contact me immediately next time if you find such rare herbs? I am willing to pay heavily for them!” Dustin looked serious.

“Of course I can do that. But I’m curious about the reason you’re collecting these herbs.” Natasha asked hesitantly.

“To save someone.”

Dustin hesitated before saying, “I have a friend who is seriously injured. I need these rare herbs to save him.”

“Oh, what disease did he get? Even you can’t cure him?” Natasha appeared surprised.

She had witnessed Dustin’s medical skills before. It was not an overstatement to say that he could even bring the dead back to life.

“Medical skills alone are not enough. I need various herbs to heal him.” Dustin shook

his head.


One could not make bricks without straw. No matter how good his medical skills were, he could not cure many diseases without the proper herbs.

“I see.”


Natasha nodded as realization dawned upon her. “Alright. I’ll keep an eye out for you.

I’ll contact you immediately if there’s any news.”

“Thank you in advance, Ms. Harmon.” Dustin gave a slight nod.

“No problem. Let’s keep in touch.” Natasha gave a wink.

“Sure. We’ll keep in touch.”

Dustin did not stay for long. After making some small talk, he excused himself and left.

20 minutes later, in front of Peaceful Medical Center.

Holding two bottles of alcohol, Dustin strolled into the medical center.

“Hey, drunkard, look what I’ve brought you!” He exclaimed while scanning the area.

He followed the sound of a man snoring, and soon he saw a drunk man with a flushed face under a table in the medical center. The man was one–eyed and had a broken leg. He looked like a shaggy beggar.

“Hey, wake up!”

Dustin pushed him.

The man ignored him, turned around, and continued sleeping. His snore became louder.

“You seem to be sleeping rather soundly.”

Smirking, Dustin opened a bottle of alcohol. The fragrance of the alcohol spread across the room. The next second, the sleeping man was jolted out of his sleep. He bumped his head on the table with a bang and broke the table in half!

Ignoring the glass shards on the floor, he instantly snatched the bottle in Dustin’s hand and poured it into his mouth.

“This is some good stuff!” The one–eyed man exhaled a sigh of relief, feeling refreshed.

“This alcohol cost me a lot of money. You’d better save some for later.” Dustin

reminded him.

Come on.” The man rolled his eyes. “You’re a wealthy guy. Two bottles of alcohol are nothing to you.”


“Even so, you can’t waste them!”

“Cut the nonsense! Why are you here?” The one–eyed man glared at him.

“I’ve found another rare herb.”

Dustin handed him the box with the canscora.


The man opened the box and immediately frowned. “Bastard, I told you not to search for herbs for me anymore. I’m going to die anyway. Dying now and dying later doesn’t

make a difference.”

“That’s your problem, but I’m going to continue searching for herbs. It has nothing to do with you.” Dustin shrugged.

“Hey! Why are you so stubborn?”

The one–eyed man began to panic. “Do you know that the Rhys family controls all the main herbs needed for the production of life–sustaining medications? They will eventually find out if you keep searching for herbs!”

“So what? I’m not the same person I was ten years ago,” Dustin answered.

“Kid, I know you’ve progressed and are better than them, but the Rhys family is unbeatable. Nobody can fight against them. I don’t want you to get involved again!” the man said somberly.

“Life is guided by destiny. I’ve been hiding for ten years, and I don’t want to hide anymore. I want to live the rest of my life confidently!” Dustin was determined.

“You will face many hardships if you choose this path. Your mother wanted you to live peacefully like a normal person.”

“My mother has passed away and she will never come back. You are the only relative I have left in this world. How can I watch you die just like that?” Dustin shouted.

“My life is worthless. It doesn’t matter!”

“Then I’ll die with you!”

“Gosh! Why are you so stubborn? Even if you don’t think of yourself, you should consider your pretty wife. Do you want her to become a widow?” The one–eyed man used his trump card.

He had already noticed Dustin’s ambition three years ago, so he had even chosen a


pretty lady to marry Dustin so that Dustin would settle down. He would use this method every time they got into an argument, and it always worked!

“It’s no use. We’re divorced.” Dustin shook his head.

“What? Divorced?” The one–eyed man was stunned.

No way. He couldn’t use Dustin’s wife as an excuse anymore.

Without any ties, Dustin would go all–in soon!

“I’ve already made up my mind. No matter if you agree or not, I will do it. You know my character,” Dustin said firmly.

“Whatever. If that’s what you want, go ahead.” The one–eyed man waved his hand. ” The worst that could happen would be me losing another leg and becoming completely


“You won’t become blind. I’ll make sure you stay alive.” Dustin gently clenched his fist as determination filled his eyes.

Ten years ago, the one–eyed man had protected him. Now, it was Dustin’s time to protect him.

An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori

An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori

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Status: Ongoing Type: Author: Artist: Released: Sep 4, 2023 Native Language: English

An Understated Dominance - Dahlia Nicholson and Dustin Rhys had been married for three years. After Dahlia’s meteoric rise to success, she abandons the useless dead weight that’s Dustin, proposing divorce. Unbeknownst to her, everything she had ever achieved was only because of him.

An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori Summary

"An Understated Dominance" by Marina Vittori is a captivating novel that delves into the complex dynamics between Dahlia Nicholson and Dustin Rhys, two individuals whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of a bustling metropolis, the story unravels with a blend of passion, ambition, and hidden desires. Dahlia Nicholson, a fiercely independent woman in her late twenties, is a rising star in the world of architecture. Possessing an innate talent for design and a determination to succeed in a male-dominated industry, Dahlia is not one to back down from a challenge. Her sharp wit and unyielding spirit are the hallmarks of her character, making her a force to be reckoned with. Dustin Rhys, on the other hand, is a successful entrepreneur in his early thirties, known for his astute business acumen and charismatic presence. The heir to a vast empire, Dustin is accustomed to power and privilege, but his life is far from perfect. Burdened by familial expectations and haunted by his own demons, he harbors secrets that threaten to unravel his carefully constructed facade. Their paths cross during a high-profile architectural project, where Dahlia's innovative designs catch Dustin's discerning eye. Recognizing her talent, he offers her the opportunity of a lifetime to collaborate on a groundbreaking project that could redefine the skyline of the city. Initially hesitant to align herself with someone as enigmatic as Dustin, Dahlia eventually succumbs to the allure of the project and the promise of professional recognition.

An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori

As they embark on this creative journey, a palpable tension simmers beneath the surface. The professional boundaries blur, giving way to a magnetic attraction that neither can deny. Their interactions are charged with a subtle, unspoken dominance, a dance of power and vulnerability that heightens the intensity of their connection. Vittori masterfully navigates the intricacies of Dahlia and Dustin's relationship, weaving a narrative that explores themes of ambition, trust, and the complexities of love. Each character is rendered with depth and nuance, allowing readers to empathize with their struggles and celebrate their triumphs. The novel takes unexpected turns as Dahlia and Dustin confront their own insecurities and confront the ghosts of their pasts. Their personal growth is intertwined with the evolution of their relationship, creating a narrative that is as much about self-discovery as it is about love. As the architectural project nears its completion, the stakes are higher than ever. The climax of the story culminates in a breathtaking revelation, forcing Dahlia and Dustin to confront the choices that will shape their futures. "An Understated Dominance" is a testament to Marina Vittori's skill in crafting emotionally resonant narratives. Her prose is elegant and evocative, painting a vivid picture of a world where passion and ambition collide. The novel leaves readers with a profound sense of satisfaction, having witnessed the transformation of two individuals who find strength in vulnerability and ultimately, a love that defies convention. In this tale of love and ambition, Vittori proves that true dominance lies not in power plays, but in the quiet, understated moments of connection that have the power to change lives forever.  


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