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Series: A Zeta Cartel
Author: AJ Adams
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC/KINDLE UNLIMITED
Book 1: The Bonus
Book 2: Songbird
Book 3: Dirty Dealings
Book 4: Dark Hunter
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Book 1: The Bonus
Book 2: Songbird
Book 3: Dirty Dealings
Book 4: Dark Hunter

About The Bonus:

Chloe is a seasoned drug courier who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Facing a lingering and painful death at the hands of the Zeta cartel, Mexico’s most brutal organized crime syndicate, she persuades their enforcer to claim her.

Ex-marine and dark ops expert Kyle Suarez is a chief enforcer for the Zeta cartel. Ruthlessly efficient, he is feared by his enemies. When he claims Chloe, he simply expects to enjoy a well-deserved and disposable bonus.

Has Chloe made a huge mistake, or will her choice prove her salvation – and his?

Warning: This bad boy dark romance contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence, and sex. It is for adults only.

 

REVIEW
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am a huge fan of mafia and dark romance books, and this being my first AJ Adams book I always go in with a very open mind. So with that in mind, I gave this story a go and jumped right in having no idea where this story was going to take me. There is no backstory or really any names to go with, this is not your normal story. There is, however, a woman on an ice block hanging from a tree with a bunch of men around her hoping that either she will hang herself or the ice will melt so it does it for her. While two other men talk about other things.
This woman happens to become “the bonus” and so the story starts. This is a darker story with some BDSM involved. But does have a happy ending. I did enjoy this book and all that it entails and was so happy to go to the next book.

About Songbird:

When cartel boss Arturo Vazquez discovers his girlfriend Gina is a DEA rat and his deputy Escamilla is staging a take-over, Arturo fixes his problems by killing everyone – except for Solitaire, Escamilla’s unwilling mistress. Solitaire is intelligent, tough, and shares Arturo’s interest in BDSM. Arturo falls head over heels but someone is leaking information – and the evidence point at Solitaire.

Songbird is a complete and self-standing novel in the Zeta series. Warning: This bad boy dark romance contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and strong language. It is for adults only.

REVIEW
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book drops you right in the middle of a new story with the big boss Arturo Vazquez whom we met in the first story The Bonus. While Arturo is doing what he does best killing people he meets Solitaire, a woman so much like him it is scary. These two are wonderful characters and I devoured this story. Just to know you don’t have to read these stories in order and always make sure you read the warnings from the author!

About Dirty Dealings:

Quique is having a bad time. Back in Mexico, his marriage has fallen apart and his wife has made him a laughing stock by cheating on him. Now he’s in London and finding himself out of his depth with a complex commercial deal. To make things worse, Natalia Truelove, a chef, and pub manager, is blackmailing him. Quique is ready to commit murder and he’s pretty sure who his first victim will be.

Dirty Dealings is a self-standing and complete novel in the Zeta cartel series. Warning: This bad boy romance contains strong adult language and themes as well as graphic violence and fully depicted love scenes. It is for adults only.

REVIEW
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This is another story that I LOVED. Quique is a lower man on the totem pole and his wife is a real skank. He has done everything he can to keep her happy but she just loves men. So we see all of this unfold. After he asks for a divorce from the family he is asked to go overseas to work out some issues for the family. There he meets Natalie. These two get on each other’s nerves and yet the chemistry is off the hook. What a great book to bring everyone together again!

About Dark Hunter:

Rip Marston is a merciless killing machine. After a decade of hunting his prey, Rip joins the Zetas. The job offers protection as he practices his dark arts, but the Cartel are wary of the monster in their midst.

Finding a badly beaten unconscious girl, Rip sees an opportunity. Posing as her saviour will please the cartel – and provide him with his very own helpless captive.

Isabella Maria Franco is beautiful, wilful and used to making hard choices. Having grown up in the comfortable but lethal embrace of the Gulf cartel, she rejected a life of violence. But when a dark presence from her past returns, her world falls apart.

Betrayed and beaten, she escapes, only to find herself in a living nightmare. Surrounded by her enemies, one man stands between her and death. Terrified by her sadistic captor, she has little choice but to submit.

But embracing his darkness leads to consequences neither anticipated.

REVIEW
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I love this “family”, and by that, I mean everyone involved in the Zeta Cartel. Yes, these are darker romance and somewhat erotic but there are romance and intrigue involved also. And this 4th book brings that out. There is also something else to say about how this author writes, I have read all of these books in order but by means do you have to which is something you can rarely say.
This story is wonderful and a must read if you enjoy anything that I have mentioned in any of my reviews for these books! I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my honest review.


 

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Title: Little Liar (Used to be called She Asked for It)
Author: Willow Winters
Reading Source: BOUGHT/PROMOTIONAL
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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Little Liar:

From USA Today bestselling author Willow Winters comes an emotionally gripping, standalone, romantic suspense.
I lied so much, I’d forgotten what the truth even was.
Who I was.
I think that’s why fate sent me Dean.
Every lie I told, he saw through it.
I think in his heart he knew I was broken; he felt my pain as if it was his.
He’s the one who makes me want to be better and stop hiding behind the pain of what happened.
But some lies are too much to bare.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve fallen in love or not.
Some lies are unforgivable.

REVIEW

So as always if you have read one of Willow’s books you know that it will rip you up and spit you out. This, of course, is another one of those books.
In this day and age with women coming out with the #metoo movement and men being outed like the dogs, they are this book might just be coming out just when something like this needs to be read. She Asked for It is nothing like I have ever read before. It is really empowering and the strength that it took to write it is just awesome. I had to put this book down in places just to take a breath due to some of the issues this book deals with. But that is only because I think I am sheltered. I admit it I am sheltered. If I was out in the “real” world and had to deal with men that treated women like this I wouldn’t be so damn surprised.
This book is beautifully written, and is a MUST READ. She didn’t ask for anything, but she sure as hell need to do it. And if more women did it, maybe men would be so afraid of us, they would think twice!
I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my honest review


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Title: Possessive
Author: Willow Winters
Reading Source: BOUGHT/PROMOTIONAL
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Star Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Possessive:

It was never love with Daniel and I never thought it would be.
It was only lust from a distance.
Unrequited love maybe.
He’s a man I could never have, for so many reasons.
That didn’t stop my heart from beating wildly when his eyes pierced through me.
It only slowed back down when he’d look away, making me feel so damn unworthy and reminding me that he would never be mine.
Years have passed and one look at him brings it all back.
But time changes everything.
There’s a heat in his eyes I recognize from so long ago, a tension between us I thought was one-sided.
“Tell me you want it.” His rough voice cuts through the night and I can’t resist.
That’s where my story really begins.

REVIEW

So this is Possessive by Willow Winters. I am a huge fan of hers, and her recent books have been on the darker side.
This story is a spin-off to ‘She Asked For It.’ So it still has a dark shade to it, but not to bad.
 
Daniel, we met briefly in ‘She Asked For It’ is part of a drug-dealing family. He has four other brothers and they are all very close. His youngest brother is dating Addison. Who Daniel is secretly in love with.
 
Addison is dating Tyler, but when she meets Daniel, she starts getting feelings for him. Addie starts practically living with the boys family because her foster family sucks. So that makes the feelings even harder to hide.
 
But what happens when one night something terrible happens and you blame yourself? Neither Addie or Daniel had any say in what happened, but their guilt still haunts them.
 
Like I said, this story isn’t as dark, but it is really good. Daniel has a lot of explaining to do. And Addie can decide how much her love for him means to her. Will love to conquer all of these two?
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.

 


 

 

 

Title: Captive Beauty
Author: Natasha Knight
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/BOUGHT
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Star Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Captive Beauty:

Cilla 
The Beast had Belle. 
Killian Black has me.  
How I got here doesn’t matter, even though he says it does. Says it was my choice. He doesn’t get it, though. It wasn’t ever a choice for me.  
And now, he’s changing the rules. 
The agreement was one month. For thirty days, I’d be his. He’s no longer satisfied with my body alone, though. He wants my soul, too. Wants every part of me. And even though I can pretend I’m safe when I lie beneath him, this man does something to me. Something wicked. 
A thing that will break me.  

Killian 
Cilla made the choice. She offered the deal. I just took her up on it. So what if I changed the rules half-way in? I’m not apologizing for it.  
See, Cilla and me, we’re the same. She’s dark. As dark as me. Something happened to her. Something bad. It damaged her.  
But it’s not a hero she seeks. It’s an avenging angel. A dark knight. That, I can do. I’ll slay her dragons, but it’ll cost her, because in return, I want everything. And I’ll take it. 
She’s mine.   

REVIEW

Wow💙
This is my first Natasha Knight book and holy crap! It was so nice to lose myself in a dark book after reading some not so good books. And not only was Killian dark but after a while, we find out that someone else is too. But sometimes things are not what they seem. Cilla just might be Killian’s undoing.

These two are so damaged it will break your heart ( and it did mine) but when they come together beautiful things happen. There are secrets these two don’t want to come forward. But if they ever want to move forward they will have to work together to fight the past.

Man, I loved this book. This is a must one click! I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my honest review!


 

 

 

Duet: Almanza Crime Family
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
Book 1: Cartel Bitch
Book 2: Cartel Queen
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Book 2: Cartel Queen

About Cartel Bitch

There was a fine line between love and hate, we walked it together.


Unforgiving.

Relentless.

I’m to be feared.

When your family is as much a friend as an enemy, there is no one to trust.

I am Javier Almanza.
Cartel kingpin.

No one can touch me.
No one can hurt me …


Except her.


Mari Belle Dominguez.

He was raised as family.
My brother’s best friend, my first kiss, and my first betrayal.
He planned to make me his Cartel Bitch.
The joke was on him; I’d never break nor would I bend.
I would fight until the end for myself.
My will was stronger than his want.


He would soon see.

REVIEW
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This story is beautifully tragic. Cartel Bitch is nothing of what I thought it would be, it was so much better.

Javier and Mari grow up on the wrong side of Mexico. This is where murder and mayhem live and if you want to survive you live for the cartel. So that is what Javier does. Starting at a very young age, Javier starts working for them. But even then he has a code of honor. He knows right from wrong, and that makes him different.

Mari wants out of this life. She sees what it is doing to everyone around her, but she has no choice. She is in love with Javier and will do what needs to be done. Javier is doing everything he can to make HER life better. And America is that answer for them.
But things are about to happen that is out of their control.

I loved how Chelsea starts at the now and brings us back to their childhood. Walking us through the past 20 years of the pain of these people and what happened. Now we are going to find out what a Cartel Queen can do.
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.

About Cartel Queen:

Hardened.
Persistent.
I refuse to break at the hands of a man.
I am Mari Belle Dominguez.
Strong woman.
My situation made me his.
He’ll never really have me.
I’ll never let him hurt me again.
That is … until he claims more than my house, my body, and my life.
When Javier Almanza claims my heart, I’m no longer his cartel bitch.
No, I am the queen.

I thought she wasn’t ready for my world. I thought she needed my protection. I am Javier Almanza, kingpin with a woman who didn’t need a single thing from me, but my love.
The hardest fought wars are the biggest lessons learned. She was my lesson in forgiveness.

REVIEW
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved the first story to this duet “Cartel Bitch”, the ending blew my mind and left me heartbroken. When we start this story we start right where we left in the last book and the story is still heartbreaking. Javi is still holding his dying daughter and Mari is screaming to save her.

While you read this book you see that Mari has grown and hardened. No matter what her life is now hers and her alone. If she can’t live for her daughter then she will live for herself. She still loves Javi but she will not give herself up to him or the mob.

Javi is pissed. Mari kept his daughter from him all these years, and now she is dead. He wants to punish her, but he loves her and wants to get the story of why she left him in the first place.

This is a great story of revenge, disappointment, murder, family, and finally love. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.


 

 

Title: Psychopath’s Prey
Author: V.F. Mason
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Psychopath’s Prey

Once upon a time she became mine.
Mine to hunt.

A criminal psychologist and a serial killer.
The love between them shouldn’t exist.
Or so the world thinks.
Her mission is to find him.
His single obsession is to catch her.
The hunter and the prey.
Let the games begin, and may the stronger one win.

REVIEWHoly crap. As you can see from the title this book takes you into a very dark area. This is not a sweet and innocent, although at some points in this book there are tearful moments.

This book takes you into the BAU (like Criminal Minds) where this group helps local cops find killers. When bodies show up dismembered the group is called in. But there is a new member and Ella is intrigued. With her own history, the BAU seems to be the perfect fit with finding killers. But when this killer decides to make Ella his special project can her life be in danger?

Kierian is part of the BAU group along with some other great characters. But he and Ella had a one night stand before she became part of the group. So they decide to see where their relationship can go while outside of the office. But what happens when a serial kill goes after his woman?

Ms. Mason kicks a$$ with this book! You never know what you are going to get when you turn the next page. The twist and turns and misdirects will drive you crazy but you won’t be able to stop reading until the end. I loved it.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.


 

 

 

Title: Stockholm
Author: Leigh Lennon
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Stockhom

What happens when your captor becomes your savior?

Mikayla Miller wakes up one morning, bound to a bed, in a farmhouse in Alberta, Canada, with no recollection of how she got there.

When she comes face to face with her captor, Mikayla can’t deny the instant chemistry between them. The man she only knows as Nolan insists he’s her protector, but lives by his own unique moral compass.

As the days turn into months, Nolan’s touch, his words, and the way he looks at her, ignite her body and soul. No matter how hard Mikayla fights their unmistakable connection they share, she begins to fall for him, and a new woman is created in her place.

Back in the small town where Mikayla disappeared, two women reel from a shattering loss. When letters suddenly start appearing from Mikayla, twelve years later, they are left wondering why she’d choose her abductor over her own family.

Love is complicated, and messy;
but sometimes the heart can’t help what it wants.
For Mikayla Miller, it never was a choice.

REVIEW

For my first Leigh Lennon book, it was all kinds of different. This story is twisted, weird, and nothing to what I was expected.

This story follows multiple characters in two families. Mikayla Miller and the Miller family and Nolan/David and his family. Mikayla is kidnapped by Nolan and we follow the story back and forth for 12 years. We watch how the Miller family deals with Mikayla missing and how Mikayla falls in love with Nolan.

When we get to the 12-year mark the Miller family has gotten on with life but still hold out hope. Then a letter shows up from Mikayla. And the family now wants to know more. Mikayla has always missed her family but is in love with Nolan and doesn’t want her new family to get hurt. She is in a bad situation. So there are steps that have to be taken to make sure nobody gets hurt.

Again there are so many twists in this book, but it is so well written that you have to keep reading to know what will happen next. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.


 

 

 

Title: The Elder
Auther: Celia Aaron
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About The Elder:

In Azalea, Mississippi, the only thing steamier than the summer days are the men of the King family. When the patriarch Randall King is found dead, Detective Arabella Matthews will race the clock to stop the killer from striking again. Benton, the eldest of the King siblings, has to decide if he wants to cooperate with the feisty detective or conduct his own investigation. The more he finds out about his father–and the closer he gets to Arabella–the more he wants to keep her safe. But the killer has different plans . . .

REVIEWSo this book is a murder mystery with a love story wrapped in. This booked reminded me of Tami Hoag’s writing.

With a “beloved” member of the community being murdered and having a hidden life. The cops have very little to go on and the family doesn’t seem to want to help or know anything.

Detective Arabella Matthews is a single mother and head detective in this town. She is a no-nonsense kind of person. She has no time for love or peoples crap. When she and her partner Logan are called into the King lawyer office to find the senior King murdered and the two sons the prime suspects.

Benton King is a lawyer at his fathers firm. Porter is the County Sheriff. There is also a sister Charlotte in the King family. As all the King family seems close none of them seem to know what is going on with their father.

Arabella and Benton decide to work together to find his fathers killer. While everyone tries to figure out what is going on, Arabella and Benton start having feelings for each other. But it is very subtle. And that is what I liked about this story. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my honest review.


 

Series: The V Games
Authors: Ker Dukey & K Webster
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
Book 1: Vlad
Book 2: Ven
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About Vlad:

Everything I do has purpose. Everything I do has reason. Until her.

The Vasiliev name is a powerful one.
We rule with an iron fist and we do it well.
Being the eldest, I am Father’s best hope at keeping us at the top of the food chain.

Everything I do has purpose.
Everything I do has reason.
Until her.

I play my games thinking several moves ahead.
Power. Power. Power.
Until her.

The next move requires I marry and soon.
This will strengthen us and secure our position.
But I am not to marry her.

I am to wed the eldest Volkov.
Problem is, her younger sister is the one who awakens my dead heart.
It is her I want in my bed and by my side forever.
Her. Her. Her.

In this game, though, it’s not about what I want.
But maybe it can be about what she wants.

I am Vlad.
Vile. Vicious. Villainous. Vasiliev.
And I will win eventually.

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Jesus, I don’t even know where to go with this review. This is a darker book with some triggers, although some things you don’t know are happening until the end because the characters don’t even know that they are being taken advantage of until the end. There is a happy ending for some of the characters but not all, there is no cheating for some, but not all, there are gross and murderous parts.

Vlad is a dark, dangerous, murderous, psychotic, and somewhere in there loved man. He has to be all of these things to make sure his family stays on top of the world. There are people out there that want to take their place and will do anything including killing his family and him to do just that. So when he is tasked with marrying Diana he will do what he has to, to stay on top.

Iriana is Diana little sister. She has always been second and behind the scene. She doesn’t ruffle feathers and wants for nothing. She has wanted Vlad since she was little. But when she finds out her sister is to marry the man she wants it hurts her heart more than she can ever say.

Iriana is the light to Vlad’s dark. And in the end, Vlad will have a new saying

I have a new game.
And I make the rules.
It’s a game where she and I win.

I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my honest review

About Ven:

The Vetrov name comes with expectation.
My role in this world is simple: do as Father asks and live my life how he planned it.

My future is already written: run the empire.
Old Values. Old Rule. Old Money.
Until her.

Everything I do lacks purpose.
Everything I do is empty.
Women. Money. Power. It meant nothing.
Until her.

When the Volkov rose showed up at my home a disgraced package, hand-delivered by a Vasiliev prince, I began paving my own path.
I vowed to make her bloom once more.

She consumed me.
Her. Her. Her.

But you can’t love a rose and expect not to be damaged by her thorns.
She cut me too deep.
And I bled out.
My soul fled.
All that’s left is a cold, calculating monster.

I am Veniamin.
Volcanic. Victorious. Valiant. Vetrov.
When you enter my world to play games, prepare to lose.
In the end, I always find the thorn in my side, and I pluck it right out.

 

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There is nothing sweet about this story at all. I was excited to read this story after the way Vlad ended. Diana being thrown to the wolves and all. Having no idea what was in store for her. We knew she was at the V Games but how did she get there? We assume that it has to do with Vlad and how things ended there, but could it be more?

Ven and Diana have been friends forever. They should have been more than that, but families have a way of getting in the way. When everyone finds out what Diana did behind Vlad’s back she becomes a pariah and nobody wants her. Except for Ven. But Diana has healing to do, and he wants that for her.

Needless to say, Ven’s family is SCREWED UP! You thought Vlad’s family was out there, they are all like that. Not only does Diana have to be tough in her family but now that she is in Ven’s home there is even more at stake.

I do have to say there are some major triggers in this book, but it isn’t more till the middle/end. So you are already invested in the story and the characters. I am not big on drug use and even though Ven and Diana were apart due to circumstances I won’t tell you about-there was sex between Ven and other women. So that bothered me a little. I understand it, but it bothered me.


 

 

Title: Anonymous
Author: L.P. Dover
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Anonymous:

Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy.
Mine has yet to be finished.
My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.
I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.
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It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn.
His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

REVIEWAs this is my first L.P. Dover story I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Anonymous is a suspenseful story about a couple that is totally in love with each other. Just when things are going great for them someone starts texting Ellie weird messages.

Ellie and Jake are a wonderful couple who have everything going for them. So when Ellie starts getting weird text messages from someone she doesn’t know what to do. But when she feels like someone is watching her, she finally tells her husband Jack and her best friend Owen who is a cop. What everyone finds out will blow your mind!

This book had me going from the beginning to the end. I couldn’t put it down, I had to know who Anonymous was. This is a must-read book! I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.


 

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Title: Wishing Well
Author: Lily White
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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Wishing Well:

She was his ultimate game…

Journalist, Meadow Graham, is invited to interview death row inmate, Vincent Mercier. Given three days to hear his sordid confession, Meadow seeks to learn why a wealthy hotel owner killed four people, including her twin sister.

Sensually exotic and enigmatic, Vincent details his deception while bragging about the amusement he took in manipulating Meadow’s sister.

Their interview is a battle of wills.
His story is a twisted web of coercion and lies.
And the tragedy is too perfect to be real.

Will Meadow discover all of Vincent’s secrets while she fights to protect her own?

REVIEWThis is my first Lily White story and man it blew me away. Just when you think you know what the h*ll is going on bam she hits you with something new.

This story has 3 POV you have Vincent, Meadow, and Penny. When Meadow goes to interview Vincent before he is put to death for her sister and others murder the story that is told is unbelievable.

This is a story of love, pain, and murder. There are many twists and turns, and lies and lost but not once did I think of not finishing this book. I enjoyed every one of these characters. And the ending blew my mind!

This is a must read and I was happy to read this story for my honest review.


 

Series: Russian Bratva Series
Author: Hayley Faiman
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/KINDLE UNLIMITED
Book 1: Owned by the Badman
Book 2: Seducing the Badman
Book 3: Dancing for the Badman
Book 4: Living for the Badman
Book 5: Tempting the Badman
Book 6: Protected by the Badman
Book 7: Forever my Badman
Book 8: Betrothed to the Badman
Book 9: Chosen by the Badman
Book 10: Bought by the Badman
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Book 1: Owned by the Badman
Book 2: Seducing the Badman
Book 3: Dancing for the Badman
Book 4: Living for the Badman
Book 5: Tempting the Badman
Book 6: Protected by the Badman
Book 7: Forever my Badman
Book 8: Betrothed to the Badman
Book 9: Chosen by the Badman
Book 10: Bought by the Badman

About Owned by the Badman:

Haleigh knows nothing of love. Raised to be no more than the ballerina her mother could never be, she eats, sleeps, and breathes dance. Then, when she is blindsided by the news that her parents have arranged for her to be married, she does as she has always done—exactly as she is told. However, despite the fact that the man she is to call her husband is a complete stranger, Haleigh cannot help but hope that maybe, just maybe, she will finally get the chance to know love.

Maxim is not a good man. His strength is foreboding and his handsome features are merely a distraction for the dangerous person that lies beneath. When he collects a debt by way of a beautiful, ballerina bride, he relishes in the fact that he owns something so pure, so innocent—so undeniably his. Yet, Haleigh is better than he ever expected, and it is not long before his ownership begins to turn into something much, much more.

But when the darkness of Maxim’s past comes back to haunt him, the illusion of love’s safety is shattered. Maxim’s demons seek to destroy everything he holds dear. Suddenly, being owned by the badman is worse than Haleigh imagined. In order to protect her, Maxim has to decide just how bad he can be, and if letting go is the best choice.

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Okay so I have read other stories by Hayley but this is my first mob one from her. I did really enjoy it BUT if there wasn’t so much sex the story wouldn’t have been as long. Not saying it wasn’t needed in some places but at some point, I was just skipping pages to get through.

And whatever happened to Maxim and his dark urges? I mean other than a little breath play I didn’t think it got that bad. His treatment of Haleigh was way worse than the sex. Emotional treatment can be so much worse than sex, and what Maxim did to Haleigh on a daily bases there for a while was way worse than what he did in the bedroom.

Overall not a bad book. I am interested enough to move on to the next one.

About Seducing the Badman:

Radimir Zalesky has only ever known darkness. His choices have always been simple–live or die. Saved by the Russian mob, he is now the embodiment of a Bratva solider. Yet, in spite of the cold, hard world in which he finds himself, he dreams of what he knows he does not deserve. Light.

Emiliya Chekova was born a printsessa, daughter to the infamous Ivan Chekov. Her life has been out of her hands for as long as she can remember, her only option to obey. When her father’s betrayal to the Bratva ends in death, she is a possession passed on to another–now owned by a badman.

Resolute to submit to her fate, Emiliya endeavors to be the light Radimir craves–but his demons are not so easily seduced. Thrust into the heart of a dangerous world in which Radimir resides, Emiliya discovers the cost of love, learning just how far she’s willing to go to keep it.

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Okay, so this one was a solid five stars! I loved these characters and Radimir is such a damaged man that it was great to watch him grow. He had been taken advantage by women so many times that he is not going to let it happen again. So when he is given a princess and told that he has to protect her and make her his, he will do just that.

Emiliya may have been born to be a mob princess but she has never been treated like one. Her dad was a psychopath and she was his main target. So when he is killed in front of her and she is handed over to another man that is just as alpha, she is pretty sure that she is about to be treated like that for the rest of her life.

Little does she know that Radimir wants to treat her like she should always be treated. Like a princess. This book is wonderful and I loved it.

We also got to see the others from the first book. I can’t wait to read the next one.💓

Dancing for the Badman:

A lifetime ago, Kirill Baryshev was a man in love. Born and raised to embody what it means to be a Russian soldier—hard, cold, and ruthless—she was the one person he trusted with his heart. She was his gold. She was his treasure. And then she was gone. Her death, coupled with the death of their unborn child, was an act of betrayal. She took herself away from him after learning who he really was. A badman. A Bratva man.

A decade ago, Tatyana Orlova was a young woman who knew her future—and he was unbearably handsome. But when the FBI knocked on her door, warning her that her future was a dangerous man with ties to the Russian mafia, her fear rewrote her future in seconds. Pregnant and alone, she fled, the heartache of her decision something she knew she would carry with her always. Raising a daughter on her own, working the pole night after night, was far from a dream come true. Her life was about survival. Her hope was lost in reality—until her past darkened her door.

Lies. Regret. Fear. Anger. It all rises to the surface when the truth is revealed and Kirill and Tatyana are reunited. One federal agent’s obsession leads the fated lovers back together. But the love they once shared was shattered years ago, and the pain that accompanied that loss may not ever be overcome. Tatyana will endure Kirill’s cruel treatment toward her for the sake of their daughter, but the love she harbors for him is not lost. His presence makes her hope. His presence makes her dream. Maybe, just maybe, she can dance her way back into her badman’s heart.

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As anyone that has read my reviews know I am not big on second chance stories. However I did not have much of choice when it came to this story as you kind of have to read it since it is in the series.

I loved this story of heartache, pain, mystery, and love. These men know how to protect and love their women even when they hate them.

Another great story

About Living for the Badman:

Ashley Riggs’ life was forever changed when she was only seventeen years old. Thrust into a world of darkness, scarred at the hands of many, and left abandoned in a cage, her hope is found in the man who rescues her from the clutches of hell. Day by day, he breathes life into her, and her heart becomes his. But when she longs for more, her savior turns his back on her, insistent that he cannot give her what she wants.

Yakov Chekov is certain that evil runs in his veins. Direct descendant of the late Ivan Chekov—the poison that infected the Russian Bratva in ways that cannot be forgiven, and the father he murdered in the name of justice—Yakov fears he cannot love as a man should. Yet, try as he might, pushing away his sweet girl, in order to protect her from himself, proves to be impossible.

When neither time, nor distance, can eradicate the love they harbor for one another, they must both ask themselves what it is they truly want—and what, as well as who, they are willing to sacrifice to be together. Yet, through it all, Ashley knows one thing for sure. Her heart is tethered to one man—one badman who makes life worth living.

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So Ashley has broken my heart a couple times in the last book. So I was so happy to see her get her own book.

If anyone needed a love connection it was Ashley, but she needed to grow up and get away from Yakov before that could happen. Even if it broke her, it just might also fix her.

Yakov is a Russian boss, he isn’t allowed or supposed to show weakness. But Ashley is all that and more. So when she asks for marriage and children, he walks away. There is so much more going on with Yakov, due to his past that when Ashley asks for more than he wants to give her he freaks and leaves her. But after six months of being away from her and she is still in the front of his mind he goes back to her.

These two have a lot of problems to work out. But after being away from each other, they both have grown and seen that they need each other, but they are better together.

And together they can find that happy ever after.

About Tempting the Badman:

At five years old, Inessa Kozlova is exposed to the dangerous power a badman wields. Now, twenty years later, she’s convinced that a badman is the last thing she wants in her bed. Strong, beautiful, and independent, she’s determined to live the life she wants on her own terms. Yet, from the moment she lays eyes on her Bratva lover, her heart demands otherwise.

Dominik Markov owes his life to the Bratva. Having grown up in prison, he associates his ties to the mafia with liberty. Embracing his freedom, he takes all that life has to offer—including all the women he can get. Known as the Bratva playboy, settling down is not his idea of happiness, and love is a mystery he wishes not to solve.

It doesn’t take long for Inessa to learn that the power of love is more dangerous than that of any man, and she’s no match against her feelings for Dominik. Yet, it’s Dominik who is brought to his knees—tempted by the only woman who has ever made him want more. Discovering that the cost of more is surrender, he must decide what kind of badman he really is—and if the woman who tempts his heart is worth it.

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Dom is a jerk, plan, and simple. But he can be redeemed.. He just needs the right woman.

Nessa wants nothing to do with the mob. And Dom is all mob. But their chemistry is so hot they burn each other.

Dom needs out of his arranged marriage and he is having a lot of fun with Nessa. And the only way out of his soon to be nuptials is to get Nessa pregnant or to find his fiancee screwing someone else.

Nessa is not big on either option. She wants to be left alone. But you don’t always get what you want.

This is another great emotional rollercoaster by Hayley. 💕

About Protected by the Badman:

Quinn Parker was raised to be a pawn in a weak man’s quest for power and money. Her childhood completely void of innocence, she doesn’t know what it’s like to be loved or to bask in a life of freedom. When she is taken away from the clutches of her father by a Bratva badman who claims to care for her, all she sees is another life she didn’t choose.

Ziven Dorosh is far from weak. His past riddled with death and abandonment, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. Now the highest ranking Bratva member in a new territory, he has the power to attain anything he could ever ask for—anything but the sweet affection of the one woman capable of making him crumble.

It isn’t until Quinn runs into the arms of the devil that she realizes she was fleeing from her angel. It isn’t until she comes back broken that Ziven realizes he never should have let her go. The consequences of their actions unravel a web of lies, secrets, and connections, the likes of which could mean war. But one thing is certain—Ziven was destined to protect his Quinn, and he will stop at nothing to do so.

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I have to say that Quinn has been a grade a b*tch in the last books. Of course, we didn’t know it was her that was giving Vin the problems but we knew she was a problem. But nobody deserved what happened to her after she left him.

Quinn suffered greatly from leaving Vin. But even after all that, Vin still takes her back and helps her heal. Now that is love.

War is here for these families. And I can’t wait to see what is next.

  About Forever my Badman:

If there’s one thing Mika Rybin knows, it’s loss. While he was raised to be an ambitious Bratva man, the mob that preserved him has also robbed him more than once. When the tables of life start to turn in his favor, and the beautiful Pakhan’s daughter chooses him for eternity, he’ll be damned if he allows the rules of the organization he serves faithfully to rob him, once again.

If there’s one thing Oksana Vetrova is sure of, it is that she will play the role of a pawn no longer. The death of her mother is a loss the entire Bratva grieves, but it pushes her father to the brink of insanity. When his careless and rash decisions threaten to rob her of the man that she loves, he puts into motion a chain of deathly events that are certain to change everything.

Secrets, lies, and betrayal are what Oksana and her badman are up against—but they made a vow of forever—and neither of them is letting go without a fight.

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A run away bride. Well kind of. Oksana wants nothing to do with her soon to be husband. Too bad, she has no say. Her father has made her decision for her and her husband is a nasty man. So when sh*t hits the fan Mika is there to get her away from everything.

Oksana is a spoiled child, but now she is a woman. She wants love and respect. But she doesn’t know how to get those things. Mika is whom she wants but she will have to go against everyone, including her father. But when her father takes the choice from her she thinks that relationship is over with.

Oksana does grow up and becomes a wonderful character. And that is what happens with the love of a great man and people around you. I really loved her by the end of this book.

Mika has his day though. But when he goes against the family, what will have to do to keep his wife?

I love Mika and I was so happy to see him get his happy ever after, after Ashley. Great book!

About Betrothed to the Badman: 

Devyn O’Neil, princess of the Irish Mob, was raised to know her place. Marrying a man of her father’s choosing has always been her fate. Yet, she never imagined that one day she’d play the part of a pawn between men on the verge of war. She never dreamed she’d be betrothed to a Russian badman.

Timofei Vetrov, son of New York’s Bratva king, grew up to be a bad boy prince. Taking for granted his life of privilege, he scoffed at the rules and did as he pleased. When the Irish murdered his mother, her death changed everything. He never dreamed he’d one day be king. He never imagined such a loss would thrust him into the role of a real man.

A marriage, meant to unite the Irish with the Russians and forge a bond of peace, soon becomes much more. The fathers that bind them together cannot foresee the strength that Timofei and Devyn can uncover in their union. Together, their love has the potential to change the game entirely—yet it is a force that can only be reckoned with once found.

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An arranged marriage, done years ago to keep the Irish and Russian mafia from going head to head is now being celebrated.

Devyn the Irish princess and Timofei the Bratva king are to marry to keep the peace. They both knew this was coming. But neither wanted it. Devyn has no say in anything that is her life. Her father is a nut, he rules his family with an iron hand. His whole family is psychotic in his rules.

Timofei will do what he has to do to keep the peace, but he will not let this ruin his life or love life. He will take a wife but keep his who*es. But when he sees Devyn at the engagement party she is all he can think about. He changes his whole outlook on this marriage. But when he finds out that the contract his father signed is in jeopardy what will he do to keep his bride.

Man, out of everything that has happened to and in this family, this is my favorite book. I loved it. This whole story keeps you guessing what will happen next. But no matter what, you know there is a love story in there.

About Chosen by the Badman:

Konstantin Skumin has never wanted to sign on the dotted line for a woman of his choosing. While it is the Bratva way, it’s a tradition he refuses to practice. A badman with desires both dark and relentless, he is the opposite of gentle. Even so, it cannot be denied that he harbors dreams of romantic notions he will not willingly compromise.

Kiska Barysheva has resigned herself to her fate. In three years’ time, what little freedom she has as a Bratva printsessa will be ripped away from her. The ink has long since dried, and she will be wed to the man of her father’s choosing. The only dream she has to cling to will be short lived, but she refuses to take for granted a minute of her dancing career—her small glimmer of happiness.

Yet, when the scheming of their fellow Russian badmen puts Kiska in Konstantin’s care, everything they thought they wanted changes. Their love is forbidden—his touch worthy of death–but neither one of them has the strength to say no. Their hearts have chosen, and they can’t let go.

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I love Kiska and Konstantin.

Konstantin has been wonderful throughout these books. He has also been a hero thorough them. He needs a strong woman and one that understood him. We have finally gotten far enough in this series were someone’s child was old enough to get married.

Kiska is a princess in the mob. She needs to be protected and needs a man that will do everything that that entails. But Kiska has a contract already when she meets Konny. But that won’t stop these two from their destiny.

Another great story.

About Bought by the Badman:

**A Russian Bratva standalone spin-off novel.

Giovanna Rossi was born an Italian Mafia princess, by blood only. Raised to be nothing more than a toy used to satisfy men’s pleasures. She was always available for a price. She never dreamed to hope for anything other than physical relationships.

Aidan O’Neil was once an Irish Prince, next in line to his father’s throne. He grew up to despise what his father stood for. After all, he helped bring the Irish king to his knees. His devotions now lie with the newly formed union between his Irish mob and the Russian Bratva.

An arrangement meant only to release physical tension, turns into so much more—it turns into everything. When a broken prince meets his match in a broken princess, their bond cannot be denied.

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These books get better and better every time. I will say that I was asked to read this story as an arc for my honest review. And I thought I could read it as a standalone, but I couldn’t. Maybe some people could, but with nine other stories before this one, I really had to go back and read the others. I am so happy I did!

I liked Aiden in the past couple stories he was in. He is a strong character and he needed a strong woman with him. But we already knew he was married. Little did we know what a horrible woman she was.

Giavonne is perfect. Her life is hell and she is in need of a prince charming. Aiden is not that. But he does save her in his own way. He is, after all, a badman.

I loved this story.

 

 

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