An Understated Dominance by Marina Chapter 32

An Understated Dominance by Marina Chapter 32

Chapter 32

The wines were quickly unboxed for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

“Teh, and here I thought they were decent quality. Looks like these are just craft brews, worth no more than two thousand dollars, I bet.” James had a look of disdain on his

face. “How could these compare to Grand Crus?”



“Craft brews have long lost their value on the market. We don’t even give our servants. these!” someone exclaimed,

Craft brews weren’t actually that terrible in terms of quality, but they were nothing compared to Grand Crus.

“What a cheapskate!” Florence scoffed,

“How are craft brews cheap when they’ve been on the rise in the country? Is your taste. in fine wine only limited to those brewed overseas?” Dustin casually responded.

“How is it not cheap when they cost only a couple thousand? Chris‘ wines cost more

than 100 thousand dollars.” James rolled his eyes.

“Wines don’t have to be expensive to be good. Plus, you don’t know how much exactly

my wines cost.”



“Are you still trying to make a comeback?” James sneered.

Florence scowled. “Hmph! So damn stubborn, that one.”

“I’m not going to waste any more of my time trying to explain to people who won’t listen to reason,” Dustin said. He really didn’t want to waste his breath any longer.

“That’s enough. What matters most is the flavor, not the cost. I prefer whites over reds. anyway.” Henry finally interrupted, popped open one of the craft brews, and poured himself a glass.

“Wait, why is it so yellow? Shouldn’t craft brews be pale white?”

“It’s murky too! It isn’t fake, is it?”

“My goodness, bringing fake wine to dinner! What kind of person would do that?”

The people started whispering to each other upon seeing the yellow liquid in the old man’s glass.

“Now you’ve really done it! How dare you mock us all with this sham of a gift?!”


Florence cried, slamming the table with one hand.

“What if something happens to us after drinking it?!”

“I never expected him to be so evil! Is he trying to poison us all or what?”

A commotion broke out at the table in an instant.

Cheap wine was already embarrassing enough, but fake wine? That was a conspiracy waiting to happen!

Not even the old man knew how to calm the situation down now. He never drank much

craft brews, but even he knew it was supposed to be a pale, nearly transparent color. Yet the wine Dustin had brought was not only yellow; it even seemed opaque.

It didn’t look like anything good.

“This is how fine–aged craft brews usually turn out to look like,” Dustin explained.

“Bullshit!” James cried. “Do you think we’re idiots? No wine looks like this! It’s piss

that’s all it is!”

“Yeah! Why do you continue to lie through your teeth?” Florence huffed.

Chris shook his head with faux empathy. “Oh, Dustin. You should’ve told me if you couldn’t bring anything to the table. I could’ve given you a bottle or two for show. Why would you want to drag us down like this?”

His words seemed kind, but in truth, he was leaping for joy internally. Dustin truly was no match for him. His victory over this family nearly felt effortless.

“I don’t care if you trust me or not. All I can say is this wine is genuine and as good as they come,” Dustin reaffirmed.

“Whoa, what a crowd!”

Suddenly, a man appeared in the doorway, still dressed in his business suit, holding several gifts.

“Dad? You’re back from your trip already?” James gasped.

It was John Nicholson, Dahlia’s father.

“Well, the deal was a success, so I came home carly.” John smiled. The wines on the

table caught his attention. “Oh, is that La Romanee? It’s a recent brew I think, but it must cost at least 100 thousand dollars a bottle, am I right?”

“Good on you, Dad! You’re right!” James beamed.


“Dear, Chris brought this over for dinner. Isn’t he sweet?” Florence spoke up, then she turned to glare at Dustin. “Unlike some people who tried to poison all of us with fake wine!”

“Fake wine?” John exclaimed.

“Yeah, look!” James showed his father the glass of yellow liquid. “Dustin brought this over for dinner. If we hadn’t noticed in time, God knows what would’ve happened to us if we drank it.”

John took a close whiff of the wine, then tossed the entire glass down in one go.

“Dad, what are you doing? Don’t drink that! You’ll kill yourself!” James yelled.

Yet John seemed to be reveling in the taste of the wine. “A smooth, creamy body, followed by a heady finish, this isn’t fake. This is a priceless aged craft brew!” “What?!” Everyone gasped.



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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