"It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different than any other stupid persons, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love."

This set is all about the boys in Vee's life. While she may not plan on any, life has its own design for her...

There's always the first love, the unforgettable romance that changes a girl forever. Velma's was the dangerous and coy Anthony Buchanan. They met at a young age when they lived in the same orphanage, and Anthony taught Vee the basis of everything she knows today. Picking locks, picking pockets, breaking safes, aiming guns, fighting with knives...he certainly knew plenty to make her street savvy, and her charm and manipulative nature did the rest. Although Vee fell hard and fast for him, Anthony was always very closed off. He opened up to her eventually, but Vee felt betrayed when he joined the Mob. He knew it was everything she stood against. Heartbroken and angry, she snatched a plot that ended in his arrest. She thought Alcatraz would be a permanent solution, but she should've known better. No one like Anthony stays locked up for long, and now he's got a personal, possibly deadly, grudge against her.

Then there's Jack...complicated, gorgeous, completely against everything she's worked for Jack. But he isn't exactly interested in her either, even if he isn't aware of the revenge she's planning to wreak against all mobsters. There's plenty of other girls that have caught his eye, most of them lasting no longer than a night. {That means feel free to use him for hook ups sometimes! Just let me know beforehand so I don't have something planned :)} But Vee meeting him complicates more than just her plan. Having the same name as her father stirs back more memories than she'd like to admit, and feelings are the last thing a girl like her needs.

Getting in with a mobster is no cakewalk. Everything in Vee is against it...well, except her heart. But since when has she listened to that thing?

There's also a distraction poised in the bartender Gavin. Vee can't pinpoint why he's so intriguing, but she's found herself thinking of his easy laugh more and more as the days go by.

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Name: Anthony Buchanan
Age: 23
Occupation: Bank robber / mobster
Bio: Everyone has heard of Anthony Buchanan. Not only two years ago, he was one of America’s most wanted with a criminal record that spanned pages and pages. Robberies, thefts, murders, assaults...he’s done it all, and made sure that everyone knows it. Anthony has a taste for theatrics, after all. Fortunately, he was caught and sent to life in prison on Alcatraz Island. But now he’s in the news once again, as being the only recorded escaped convict from Alcatraz. Watch out, this man is highly dangerous and probably armed. He will stop at nothing to ensure that he remains a freed fugitive. The only way to bring him down is to find his one weakness: his girl.
Model: Sebastian Stan
Relationship: Single but has his eye on someone

Name: James 'Jack' Adler
Age: 27
Occupation: Mobster
Bio: Jack is one of the famed mobsters belonging to the Moratti clan. He comes from a long history of mafia men and as such, is very knowledgable in dealing in organized crime. He is the older brother of Cecelia Adler and the son of the late gangster James Adler. Jack is known as the smooth-talking, suave gentleman who can easily walk out unharmed in a shoot-out. His loyalties lie with the Morattis and word is he may be the next heir to the Moratti mob boss throne. Unfortunately, he’s not looking to settle down anytime soon. He believes his top priority is to be the next great mobster. But maybe exactly what he needs is a girl who will love him unconditionally.
Model: Bradley Cooper
Relationship: Single but not currently interested

Name: Gavin Mortensen
Age: 21
Occupation: Bartender at Ruth's speakeasy
Bio: Born and raised in the parliamentary capitol of Cape Town, South Africa, things about Gavin have always been a little different. His parents were proud British citizens that raised him with English morals, but he couldn't help the way African society bled into him. Unlike most, he has absolutely no prejudice against African Americans. But as he's finding out in the big city of Chicago, it's danger that calls his name louder than anything else. Gavin is faced with a lot of interesting people at his job, not all of them sane, and one of these days, he might get caught up with one of them...
Model: Jeremy Dufour
Relationship: Single but it's about to get very complicated
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