An Understated Dominance by Marina Chapter 45

An Understated Dominance by Marina Chapter 45

Chapter 45

The two women were chatting eagerly on the stage as if they were old friends.

Howeveronly a few would realize these two were locked in rivalry. Just like two beautiful roses competing. Both were beautiful yet filled with prickling thorns.

Dahlia did not feel inferior or dejected, although Natasha had a prestigious background. In fact, it made her more motivated to compete! She had always held herself high and did not give up easily. No matter what difficulties she facedshe would overcome them! It didn’t matter that Natasha was known as Swinton’s business prodigy. One day, she would be equal to her, or she might even surpass her! 1

“I believe everyone has witnessed Ms. Nicholson’s charm! Next, I want to introduce another young man. Not only did he save me, but he also helped out the Harmon family a lot. He is undoubtedly the Harmon family’s


The crowd stirred again once she finished. Everyone looked at each other with awe and curiosity. Who on

earth would Natasha call a savior?

“Chris, could you be the savior she means?” Jeff muttered coldly. In his opinion, only an outstanding young man like Chris could fit Natasha’s description.

“Chris, I didn’t know you were so important to the Harmon family! Congratulations!” Florence smiled brightly, immediately thinking it was Chris.

Chris was speechless. The corners of his mouth twitched as he didn’t know how to react. He was nothing.

How could he be the Harmon family’s savior? He wouldn’t need to face bankruptcy if he were so capable.

“Could it be him?” Chris suddenly thought of someone but quickly dismissed the thought.

No! It wasn’t possible! How could a useless nobody be a savior to the Harmon family?

Under everyone’s anticipating eyes, Natasha paused before saying, “Alright, I won’t beat around the bush.

Now, let’s give a warm welcome to Mr. Rhys!”

Natasha waved her hand, and a spotlight shone on Dustin. Everyone’s gaze immediately turned over.

“Dustin? How could it be him?” James was at a loss for words when he recognized who it wasHis mouth was 

agape in shock.

“It can’t be! The Harmon family’s savior is that trash, Dustin?” At this moment, Florence was also in a state of shock. Her impression of Dustin was someone insignificant and weak. He wasn’t capable, nor did he have a good background. How could he have become the Harmon family’s savior out of the blue?

“How? How is it him?” Chris gritted his teeth, his hands balled into a fist. Rather than shock, he felt more

jealous and frustrated

How? How had that trash catch Natasha’s eye?

Was he worse than Dustin? In terms of looks, he was better looking. In terms of money, he was the richer. His

family background was also far superior to Dustin’s. He was more capable and excellent in every way.


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However, though that woman could recognize a gem, she had gone for some cheap guy.

Why was that so?

Chris’s face was clouded with hatred and resentment.

“It really is him.”

As the lights shone on Dustin, Dahlia was surprised and puzzled. She also felt an Inexplicable surge of 


However, Dustin wasn’t happy to be the center of attention at all.

“What is this woman thinking? She didn’t mention that I had to be on stage.” Dustin furrowed his eyebrows,

unable to make sense of her actions. After a moment of hesitation, he made his way up.

Murmurs went through the crowd.

“Who is this? I’ve never seen him.”

“I heard he’s Ms. Harmon’s boyfriend. She wants to take the opportunity to give him some publicity in this

opening ceremony.”

“Ha! So he’s just a gold digger!”

The crowd started to speculate and discuss. Obviously, many looked down on a man that depended on a


“I’m very grateful to Mr. Rhys. He’s also the Harmon family’s savior. I hope everyone will get to know him

better in the future.” Natasha smiled and wrapped her arms around his shoulders. Her gaze fell on Dahlia at

the same time, as if to assert dominance.

Dahlia didn’t even flinch and remained composed. She even raised her chin provokingly as if to say Natasha

could pick up after her trash.

Thus, the two women began another battle. Neither wanted to step aside, their gaze burned into each other.

At this moment, Dustin realized something was wrong.

When had the two of them gotten into a dispute? Weren’t they partners? Why did it seem as if they were more

like rivals

After a few seconds, they looked away at the same time–They were evenly matched.

“Ms. Nicholson, I look forward to working with you.” Natasha reached out her hand once again.

“I look forward to working with you too,” Dahlia replied with a smile.

“Sorry, but I’ll have to pass the company matters to you now. Dustin and I have something urgent to do. Please, excuse us.” Natasha smiled and led Dustin down the stage with her arms around his. Dustin never uttered a word up till this moment.

He was just an ornament.

“Ms. Harmon…” As they came down, Chris approached to say a few words.


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However, Natasha didn’t even look at him and spat, “Get lost!”

Chris froze when she spoke. His last strand of hope fizzled up in flames. He knew Natasha would not let this slide easily. He even started to suspect that the Harmon family was behind the investigation into his company.

“These bastards! Since you’re so merciless, I won’t make it easy for you either,” he thought. He glared at them and left.

“Dustin!” Dahlia tried to chase him down. Her gaze was fathomless, shining as if she wanted to say something.

“Go ahead, Mr. Rhys. I’ll wait for you in the lounge.” Natasha smiled and let go of him. This was because she was confident in herself.

“You wanted to see me?” Dustin slowly turned around.

“I wanted to ask if the Harmon family choosing me as their partner had anything to do with you,” Dahlia clarified without skipping a beat. This matter had been on her mind ever since she found out who Natasha was1

Now that she knew Dustin’s standing in Natasha’s heart, she was starting to have greater doubts.


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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