A Sense of Duty by Sam Crescent

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Volkov Bratva, 2

I was never supposed to marry Andrei Belov. He was meant to marry my beautiful sister. But she did something very wrong to have the man in charge of the Volkov Bratva change his mind.

Now I’m married to a man many call a monster. He ignores me. I mean nothing to him.

I’m trapped and alone in a loveless marriage. My parents don’t care. They have what they want. Andrei doesn’t like it when I have friends. He doesn’t like it when others take care of me. He claims not to have slept with my sister, but Bethany is still around to cause me trouble, to make me doubt.

It all starts with a kiss to get what I want. If I kiss him, I'll get a reward, but soon the game changes.

I’m Andrei Belov’s wife. In this world, no one is safe, especially not me. I didn’t know it, but I have an enemy, one that wants me dead no matter the cost. I wasn’t supposed to marry into this family, but now, there is no way out.



“What the hell did you do?” I asked.

She stood up, pushing her long brown hair out of the way. I loved her hair. She never had it cut. The length was glorious, and I couldn’t wait to have it wrapped around my fist.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I … I need to get out of this apartment.”

“You’re not leaving this place.”

“Are you trying to kill me, is that it? You hate me so much that you want me to do the deed myself or something?” Her hands were clenched into fists.

This I wasn’t expecting.

“You’re not going to die.”

“Seriously? Can’t you see I’m dying already? Do you have any idea what it’s like to spend every single day here, doing nothing?” She yelled each word at me. “Before you I had a life. To many, it would have been boring, but I had a life. I enjoyed leaving and being free, but I can’t even have that anymore. Your boss, or whatever the fuck he is, was here, and you know what, I was scared, because I don’t know this way of life. I know you’re part of the Bratva, but I don’t even know if I’m supposed to say that. I didn’t grow up in this life. Ugh, what is the point? You should have married my sister. I’m pretty sure you would have been far happier with her.”

“Are you done?” I asked.

“Why? Bored of being in this place already. Trust me. I know I am.” She threw the cloth at me. “And I don’t care if you’re pissed off that I damaged your precious wood. What kind of an asshole lives this high up?”

I’m stunned by her language, by her aggression, and most of all by just how aroused I am. I take a step toward her, then another. With her fear in place of the heights, she doesn’t move, the line keeping her in place.

Sinking my fingers into her hair, I tug her close, not to hurt, but to guide. She gasped. Her hands went to my wrist. Her touch shouldn’t do anything for me. I shouldn’t enjoy it. There should be no happiness at having her hands on me.

When it comes to the opposite sex, I’m the one who’s always in control. They do my bidding. They are not permitted to touch me. But Adelaide is my wife. She is not like other women.

“If you want to play the victim, carry on, but I’ve told you exactly what you need to do in order to earn rewards.”

“Are you being serious right now? You expect me to kiss you to get out of this place? To have a cell phone? To even go shopping?” she asked.

I smiled. It wasn’t a nice one, and she flinched away from me as I did so, but with the hold I had on her hair, there was nowhere for her to go. She was stuck with me.

Holding her close against me, I relished the feel of her curves. They were so soft and so close. She smelled good as well, like strawberries and cream. My mouth watered for a taste.

“Do you think kissing me is so distasteful? Do you have any idea what I could have ordered you to do?” I asked. “I could make you go on your knees, take my dick between those fuckable lips, and choke on it. Force you to swallow every single drop of my spunk. Or I could have pounded your virgin pussy. Forced you to bleed over my dick for your first time. What about your asshole?” I grabbed her ass, pulling her toward me. “If your pussy and mouth haven’t seen a cock, then I bet your ass hasn’t either. Forcing you to take me there, just so you could breathe fresh air. So, the next time you think I’m a monster, why don’t you compare my request to the other things I could have forced you to do?”

“I hate you.”

“Get in line. There’s a long list of women who hate me.”

This time, she fought against me. I could make her accept me. Kiss her. Make her give me my due. My dick hadn’t seen a pussy in a long time, and I was well past due emptying my balls. With Adelaide, I didn’t even need to use a condom. She was supposed to be getting pregnant with my kid, but that wasn’t going to happen until I fucked her.

I let her leave and run away toward our bedroom. I’d give her a few minutes to gain her bearings, and then I’d seek her out. Annoying the fuck out of her was part of my plan. Hurting and raping her was not. Nor was terrifying her.

Some men couldn’t handle facing off with me. Adelaide was just a woman. I should have gone easier on her.

I moved toward my office, removed my jacket, and threw it across the chair. The scotch called to me. I made my way over to the drink, poured myself a generous shot, and drank it straight down, enjoying the burn.

A memory of my father flashed through my mind. I couldn’t have been much older than six or seven. My mother had asked me to go and grab the photograph album she’d left in his office. I had been a klutz back then, and as I lifted the heavy book, I knocked his bottle of vodka off the table. The glass had smashed. He’d entered as I tried to clean it up, and as punishment, he’d grabbed the glass and slashed me right across the arm, three times. I was bleeding, he’d punched me in the gut, and tossed me out into the cold. Three days later, the doctor had come to fix me up. I’d nearly died of infection.

Pushing the memory to the back of my mind, I put the glass down and made my way toward the bedroom.

Adelaide wasn’t there. I heard the sound of the shower running, and I walked toward the door. Her clothes were on the floor, and I saw the outline of her body in the frosted glass. My dick hardened. She was my wife. Mine.

After removing my clothes, I eased them onto the floor and stepped toward the shower. Opening the door to the stall, I stepped inside and heard her gasp.

She wrapped her arms around her body and turned her back to me, but I was a man who liked a woman’s ass, and the one she presented me with was sheer fucking perfection. Rounded, juicy, almost a little too big, but a generous handful.

I closed the door, moved in closer, and she stepped forward to try and keep some distance from me. There was nowhere for her to go. Reaching past her so that our bodies touched, I grabbed the soap.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

“Taking a shower.”

“I can’t even have one of those alone anymore?”

I smiled, lathering up my hands with soap. “Tell me, Adelaide, do you want to live?”

“What kind of question is that?” she asked.

“A real one.”

“Of course I want to live. Who wouldn’t?”

Putting my hands on her hips, I pulled her back against me. She was so damn tense. “Then I will start to teach you tomorrow morning,” I said. There wasn’t much to teach, not really. Ivan liked to consider this new era of Bratva to be modern, thinking outside of the box, and making sure our enemies didn’t have a fucking clue what to do.

Adelaide was too adorable to show disrespect, and I could imagine Ivan would find her cute as well. He wasn’t a stickler for tradition unless he faced someone he hated, and then he made sure tradition was served.


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Good read
Written by Allieli80 on 31st Oct 2023

I hope there will be more. Sam Crescent is a phenomenal writer. This books grabs you and keeps you invested in the story, the characters, and all the feels.

Draws You In
Written by thischickloves2read! on 4th Jul 2023

This book will draw you in from the beginning. It has all the normal stuff we have come to love from Sam Crescent. This book is a page turner (make sure you have time on your hands -- you will not want to stop once you are hooked). These are all well written characters with depth to them. I really enjoy how all the books weave together creating an ever widening family and story. I do like a straight forward book and sometimes parts were a bit distracting from the story but overall I loved it and give it 4 stars.

This book is scorching hot from the beginning to the end
Written by Erica A on 4th Jul 2023

This book is scorching hot from the beginning to the end... An arranged marriage.... Will they get together in the end? Great ending... Would like to read more from this author..

Loved, loved, loved
Written by Diana R on 4th Jul 2023

I could not wait for this story to come out. I saw glimpses of their relationship in the first book which I loved. I have reread this story a few times and was suprised me was Andrei's obsession with Adelaide. Wasn't at all suprised that Ivan picked up on it though. Totally saw the sister being the bad guy from the first book. Can't wait for the next in the series. I really want to know who Ivan hooks up with.

If you like dark romance, I'd totally recommend this story!
Written by Andreea C on 4th Jul 2023

Okay, this was not an easy read. But I read it in one sitting and I loved it for what it was - a dark mafia romance, with all its forced marriage into a bratva chills, suspense and spice. I've read a few of them lately but I feel like this was one of the better ones. The slow burn, dangerous world and opposite attract were really well done and believable. No insta-love, mousey all accepting heroine either. They both peeled away their layers little by little and then exploded together. Then the dark world they lived in reared ita ugly head and it was brutal and heartbreaking. I liked how we got a glimpse of that brutal end in the prologue, it kept me guessing throughout the story how they got there. How they got from enemies and strangers in a forced marriage neither of them wanted, to lovers to 'I will die for you'. So if you like dark romance, I'd totally recommend this story! I'm actually intrigued to read the other 2 in the series, especially the next one, after the teaser at the end. I love Sam's writing! There is no beating around the bush about the scary world or morally grey alpha hero, but she also gives us multi-layered characters, deep emotions and a love story to root for! *arc provided by the author and netgalley in exchange for a honest opinion, thank you!

Great story
Written by Deb5258 on 16th Apr 2023

This was a great story. Suspenseful, emotional, engaging and entertaining, everything was woven together beautifully to enhance the storyline. I enjoyed reading this book.

Amazing dark romance
Written by RaeWoodland on 16th Apr 2023

I love this story. It has a movie quality to it with all the action and numerous characters. The couple is a perfect balance that is more about meeting in the middle to find a common ground to build a relationship. I adored Ivan and the idea of a big mob boss playing Cupid

Love knows no Bounds!!!!
Written by Beast's Beauty on 16th Apr 2023

I have always love the darker side of books...the truth noone wants to tell and I have to say this books comes really close. Andrei has accepted his lit in life and the direction of Ivan Volkov. Andrei will what he is told because his family depends on him being who and what he is. But not in a million years did he think Ivan wou,d expect him to marry. Enters Adelaide by way of Bethany (that &!+3h), the former fiancée. Adelaide did as she was told cause what else could she do. She was degraded, beat down and discarded. Y her family, and now she is the switch hitter for Bethany to marry Andrei. Aaaaahhh but here is the rub, was she though? Ivan Volkov is the Pakhan and he seems to have an insight - remember Slavik & Aurora...things that make you go hhhhhmmmmm. This book form the the first ,etter to the last made you fight for Adelaide because you think she is weak. The story makes you hate every one but her and Aurora, and may be Ivan notso much but what the book does is pull back the puppet string and helps you realize:1) eveything is not what it seems, 2) love comes in action, which is what is a verb (and action word) and 3) those we view as weak makes us stronger from sheer presence. And the comeuppance is "Chef's kiss".

Mafia Romance
Written by ljamison01 on 16th Apr 2023

The Volkov Bratva is made up of 6 brigadiers and their leader Ivan. This is the second book in the series, this one is about Adelaide and Andrei. Andrei is a brigadier and his boss Ivan arranged the marriage and ordered him to have a baby in 2 years. Andrei was supposed to marry Adelaide’s sister Bethany. But, Bethany had been insulting another brigadier’s wife. Adelaide was the unwanted, unloved overweight daughter. She was a virgin and wanted no part of the Bratva. Her family had gotten involved because her father was spending more money than he was earning. Bethany had told Adelaide that Andrei would beat her during sex. So Adelaide went into this marriage totally fearful of Andrei not knowing how he would act or treat her. This is a true mafia story with lots of gore, mystery, suspense and lots of steamy moments. I know when I read a Sam Crescent book I won’t be disappointed and I wasn’t. I loved it.

“He knew how hard I fought against this pull that Adelaide had over me.”
Written by Anij on 7th Apr 2023

Finally we get another Volkov Bratva book. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever. No, it’s not Ivan’s story. I guarantee Sam’s going to save him for last. To be honest I kind of expected the second book would be about Andrei and Adelaide, seeing as how we saw their beginning in the first book. I’ll admit, Andrei was just one surprise after another. He was nothing like I expected. I actually really liked him and it turned out he and Adelaide were really cute together. Adelaide was exactly how I thought she would be. She had a lot in common with Aurora, though in many ways her situation is worse. Her parents make Aurora’s look almost acceptable. Just like the first book, this one has a ton of action with unexpected plot twists and lots of steam. It’s also on the longer side so it’s never rushed. There’s time for both character and story development, which makes it that much more enjoyable. Of course, the editing is typical of Sam’s books. I swear I don’t think she even uses one. But even that doesn’t lessen how good it really is. Personally I feel the best thing in these books is Ivan. I absolutely adore the man! He doesn’t act in any way like a Bratva Pakhan. He’s usually very laid back and often amused. Kind and caring of those around him, it’s always a shock when his violent side shows itself, reminding us how he rose from nothing to become the most powerful man in the criminal world. He’s a huge meddler, always getting involved even when uninvited and clearly constantly planning. I bet there is nothing he does spontaneously. He’s a big old matchmaker as well. He truly cares for his brigadiers, almost in a fatherly way. In the Bratva world the Pakhan is sometimes called papa and that fits Ivan well. He said in the first book it is important to him that his men are happy and he really seems to choose the perfect wife for each one. I can’t wait until he finds his own HEA as he truly deserves it. In the meantime Ive is next. He and Lottie are going to make an interesting story. I loved how Ivan immediately realized how right they were for each other, even when I’m sure neither of them have any desire to be together. After that we’ll get the absent Victor and Peter as well, with Ivan being the final prize at the end. I just hope we don’t have to wait two years for each book to be released. That would be pure torture.

A Sense of Duty.
Written by Shiftybugger on 7th Apr 2023

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. Wow,I absolutely loved reading this book it was spectacular, the story was written well it was captivating and the characters were really sensational. This story was about Adelaide and Andrei, and an arranged marriage. Andrei was engaged to Adelaide's sister, she was not pure and as soon as the Boss found out the engagement was cancelled so the family pushed Adelaide to take her place. Andrei has been watching her for years he just didn't want to ruin her life her innocence, because he is dangerous. Andrei is a Brigadier and the only one that sees him for who he is, but he is still a killer. Adelaide has been pushed aside, forgotten and hated by her family, she gets blamed for everything and when her life is in danger someone is trying to kill her. They eventually felt the heat between them and Andrei is trying to give her everything she wants, and lots more after what she had endured all her life.

Absolutely Amazing and Addictive Read
Written by Jean-R on 7th Apr 2023

This is book two in The Volkov Bratva series and it is Andrei and Adelaide’s story. When Adelaide’s sister Bethany who was due to marry Andrei does something the wedding is called off and then Adelaide is told that she would take her sisters place and marry Andrei instead and now she was in a loveless marriage with no way out. Andrei didn’t want to marry Bethany as she is cruel, manipulative, nasty and evil person so when he is released from marry her and ends up marrying her sister Adelaide instead he was glad as now the plans that they put in place can go ahead. Wow what a book and I couldn’t put it down as the characters and storyline pulled me in and just wouldn’t let me go as it was so addictive and had me completely hooked right from the first page and the twists and turns along the way had you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat wondering what the outcome would be for them all. I definitely recommend that you read this book and you will not be disappointed and I can’t wait to read more books in the future.

I Love a Good Mafia Romance
Written by Jilllovesbooks on 7th Apr 2023

This is Sam at her best. I love Sam's tortured hero and heroine. This was a hard to put down storyline. It was so frustrating at parts with the heroine being a virgin and naive about her husband's lifestyle/ job. Then she developed a mind and opinion of her own and the story got very interesting. Please give us more from this world Sam.

Marrying the Right Sister
Written by BLT on 7th Apr 2023

What a great read. I really enjoy a good mafia read and this one checked all the boxes for me. This book is full of betrayal, deceit, secrets, loyalty, and so much more. Be ready for the toller coaster ride that will have your head spinning.

Dark mafia romance
Written by mibookobsession on 7th Apr 2023

Adelaide was the unwanted daughter, criticized and alone while her sister could do no wrong. Bethany is chosen to marry Anrdrei Belov, but after she angers the pakhan Adelaide becomes the substitute. It's not easy marrying into the Bratva, especially knowing she was still the unwanted second choice sister and Andrei keeps her locked away in his penthouse to keep her safe. All his life, people have turned on him and Andrei learned to trust noone. When his pakhan orders him to marry and sue children within two years he has to follow orders. From the first, he knows his shy virginal bride is unhappy but there's no divorce in the Bratva. And with all his enemies he's afraid to let her leave the penthouse. How's he supposed to have children when he refuses to be touched and his bride cowers at the sight of him? For being such a hard, stern man, Andrei had to have a lot of patience to deal with Adelaide. She puts herself down constantly and is always asking if he's cheating on her. I loved how Andrei's character changed through the book as he grew comfortable enough to show her his softer side. I received a free copy of this book via Evernight and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Written by Dawn R on 7th Apr 2023

If you enjoy Mafia and women with curves then this is your next read. The story line pulled me in from the beginning. I enjoyed it.

Intense Read
Written by DidiF on 7th Apr 2023

An intense dark gritty read about a young naive women thrust into the Bratva mafia world through an arranged marriage. Plot filled with fear, violence, self doubt, trust issues, murder, emotional intensity, family dynamics, heartbreak, steam, realization and love. HEA

Out of love
Written by Redfaeryrose on 7th Apr 2023

This may be the longest book I've read from this author and it took me up to the wee hours of the morning to read this. I couldn't put it down.

Written by ANG27 on 7th Apr 2023

This was a good read. This style of story may not be for everyone but I found it to be enjoyable. Well written.

Andrei and Adelaide
Written by S. Hansen on 7th Apr 2023

I loved A Sense of Duty Book 2 of Volkov Bratva. This story gave me so many emotions. I loved Adelaide and Andrei. Her sister and parents were just so horrible to her. I loved that that had a prior history she didn’t remember but he did. It was a little dark in places which you would expect from a Bratva book. I actually like the main boss Ivan. The best part of this story is just the relationship between Andrei and Adelaide, watching their love grow. I was rooting for them. I would definitely recommend this book. Now I need to go back and read book 1. I’m looking forward to more in the series.

Written by Ann L on 7th Apr 2023

Omg, this story really had me captivated from the start, typical Bratva Mafia but written so well I was like in a pantomime, will he, won't he, has he hasn't he? You get the picture.

Absolutely 5 stars of awesome reading pleasure
Written by Nicole P on 7th Apr 2023

Sam Crescent you have definitely delivered a 5 star read with Andrei & Adelaide's story. There was something about their story that had me hooked right form the start. Maybe it was the combination of dark romance & suspense that had me not putting the book down until I had finished. If you are a lover of bratva romance then I highly recommend giving this book a read. She was forced into the marriage at the start but how will their story end?

Andrei's Wife
Written by Maleficent on 7th Apr 2023

One minute her sister was engaged to Andrei Belov, the next she is walking down the aisle where is waiting to be her husband. She was basically sold by her parents, her husband seems to hate her. On top of that her sister tells her a lie about her husband that she believes. Her husband does not like her seeing her friends, she is never alone. Andrei does not believe his wife was made for this life, she is too sweet. Adelaide has neve been an important part of her family, they were money concerned with her evil sister. When her life is in danger, Andrei will burn down the world to find the culprit. Looking forward to Ivan's other match making efforts.

Written by DawnB5993v on 7th Apr 2023

This is the 2nd book in the Volkov Bratva series featuring the action-packed romance between Andrei and Adelaide full of drama, suspense and betrayal. This book is riveting it really captures your attention from the first page as you keep turning the pages to see what's going to happen next with Andrei and Adelaide. Sam Crescent really did a fantastic job writing this book and I'm looking forward to seeing where we go next. I would definitely recommend reading this book.

Andrei and Adelaide
Written by Kimmijane on 7th Apr 2023

This book is so good! I couldn’t put it down. Adelaide is sweet and kind and Andrei a a protective alpha! If you love Bratva Romances than you’ll love this book. I know I did!

Don't miss out on this book
Written by Brooke T on 7th Apr 2023

I'm totally obsessed with Sam Crescent!!!! A Sense of Duty was an amazing ride. I love the characters she created. Each character has depth, growth, and were complex. I loved the world of the mafia that she created too. the way she goes into just the right amount of detail will grab you and pull you into the story. I loved that it was packed with action, spice, and mystery. It's the perfect mix for an enticing and exciting read. I couldn't put it down until I was at the end of the book. Adelaide was the epitome of a good girl. She did everything to make her family happy but always missed the mark in their eyes. My heart hurt for her, but she was strong, stubborn, and not a meek person. She loved herself and that was all that she needed. Andrei was tall, dark, broody, and possessive. He was patient, caring, and a total teddy bear, but he hid all that well from Adelaide and almost everyone else. the angst, push, and pull that Adelaide and Andrei experienced with each other was nail-biting and spicy. I absolutely loved this book. It ticked all the boxes that I like in books. If you enjoy authors like Anna Zaires you will enjoy Sam Crescent!!!

A Sense of Duty
Written by Kim W on 7th Apr 2023

A Sense of Duty by Sam Crescent is a good, and enjoyable romantic suspense read that is action pack. The story has a great story line. The characters are great, and they have great chemistry. This story has many twists and turns that will keep you reading until the very last page.

Andreì and Adelaide— amazing story
Written by Maggi on 7th Apr 2023

This had a well written storyline and plot. The further into the story you get, the characters are very likable and captivating. Adelaide has been down trodden by her older sister and her parents. Ivan volkov had arranged for Andreì to marry Bethany, but due to her lack of morals and sexual exploits she was bypassed and then Adelaide was selected. Both andreí and Adelaide had suffered in the past by cruel parents, but Andreí’s father had one goal and that was to get rid of him. A can’t put it down book.

Healing Each Other
Written by De'Anna on 7th Apr 2023

Part of the Volkov Bratva series hang on and buckle up this is a wild ride, dangerous men, alpha’s personified, possessive, oh, gorgeous, brooding all the makings of a story consisting with three D’s (dark, delicious, and dirty) ?. There will be suspense, betrayal, death, darkness, secrets reveled, violence, hope, forgiveness, and maybe even love (ALL THINGS TO EXPECT FROM THE MAFIA WORLD). By the time you’ve figured out who is who and what is what, you’re already hooked, and you may as well give up the fight and prepare yourself for an all-nighter! CAN’T SAY YOU WEREN’T WARNED!!!!!. Adelaide is a sweetheart who has been beaten down by her family because of her curves living with a beautiful sister (on the outside only) the abuse she has endure at their hands and then married off to a monster of a man or so she thought. Andrei sexy as all get out ruthless, very deadly but his childhood was that of horror how he survived it to even become an adult is beyond me but he survived to become one of the most feared men and now married unsure of but knows she is his responsibility and he will protect her no matter what never imagining it would change his path. Once she got out of her head or should I say got her family out of her head and he got out of his own head did they both realize the attraction brewing between them but when her sister comes in throwing accusation sending her right back to square one forcing his hand in admitting he loved her and realizing love isn’t a weakness it is his strength especially when they come after her will she tell him the truth about her family, will she tell the truth about her sister, will he take out who is after his girl, can they find their way around the brokenness enough to heal, and can they find the peace and the happiness they both deserve?

The story is a fast-paced and sizzling romance
Written by l belcher on 7th Apr 2023

The story seemed so familiar but was still quite good. The story is a fast-paced and sizzling romance. Good characters.

Must Read
Written by Danee on 7th Apr 2023

This is the second part of the Volkov Bratva series. It doesn't matter which book or series you read by Sam Crescent they are all good and I have read many of them. This story is full of suspense, drama, action, betrayal and a little bit of violence and a lot of steam. I could barely put the book down and read it in one go. This book is highly recommended.

loved it
Written by hgrainger88 on 7th Apr 2023

A great story a good plot and the chemistry between Adelaide and Andrei strong even though she is afraid at first A great page turner filled with twists. loved it

Written by KMH Romancessessed Reviews on 7th Apr 2023

I had to go back and read the first book before I tucked into this! I happily fell back into this series. I loved the two main characters in this book and I loved the tension between them! I couldn't get enough of the 'what will happen next' vibes that you felt all the way through the book, giving you an even more satisfied feeling as you finished each chapter. I love how good this author is at writing raw and gritty storyline with such good characters that you can't help but obsess over! I cannot wait to read more... this author is a firm favourite!

A Sense Of Duty
Written by Loubie73 on 7th Apr 2023

This series is fast becoming one of my all time favourites by Sam. I love that it’s a big book and not over in 30 minutes with practically no content. No this book has everything you could want in a mafia/Bratva style book. It’s got emotionally stunted male characters who are incredibly complex and the brilliant female characters who are the only ones that can deal with them. I loved Adelaide and absolutely loathed her family with a passion. Her parents aren’t really mentioned that much but dear god! Her sister Bethany! Wow! Andrei might have had difficulty expressing himself but when you find out his history with Adelaide! I loved that. I really want to see what happens with Ivan and I hope he gets his own book. I have many questions now that I’m hoping will get answered in future books. Can’t wait for the next one.

A deliciously dark mafia romance must read!
Written by Rowena on 7th Apr 2023

A deliciously dark mafia romance must read! Book 2 of the Volvos Bratva will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. Andrei finds himself married to Adelaide who happens to be his ex-fiancée sister. While they both didn’t have a choice, it starts for an awkward marriage but as secrets and twist comes to life so does their relationship. What happens next was an exciting thrill of a ride filled with danger, suspense and a glorious heat level that will have you cheering for their forever. This series is so addicting and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series that doesn’t disappoint.

A Sense Of Duty
Written by Stacii on 7th Apr 2023

Adelaide and Andrei’s story has them marrying but not for love but because her sister was supposed to marry him. But these two are so good together. She sees him and helps open him up to what happened to him as a child. These two have to overcome a lot.

A Sense of Duty
Written by TracyaH1976 on 7th Apr 2023

A Sense of Duty Book 2 of Volkov Bratva Sam Crescent The story and characters, Adelaide and Andrei, are wonderfully written. I really enjoyed this story. The chemistry, angst, and journey. Great read.

Exciting Volkov Bratva 2nd book
Written by kdavis on 7th Apr 2023

I really enjoyed this book. The series is fantastic and well written. Adelaide was a BBW, criticized and her sister Bethany was the one that was the favorite daughter. Adelaide is now the second choice to marry Andrei who's Bratva. I love how Andrei keeps keeps Adelaide in his penthouse to keep her safe. There was so much tension between the main characters and it was beautiful how they learned to trust and love each other. There is so much more to this story but you need to read it and find it for yourself. Great story was exciting and I highly recommend it!

Written by Irene T on 7th Apr 2023

This is the second book in the Volkov Bratva series. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. This is a story about the patience the H has in dealing with his new bride the h. Read to find out what happens.

A sense of duty
Written by Nate on 7th Apr 2023

She was never supposed to marry Andrei Belov. He was meant to marry her beautiful sister. But she did something very wrong to have the man in charge of the Volkov Bratva change his mind. She's trapped and alone in a loveless marriage. No one cares, not even her parents. They have what they want. Andrei doesn’t like it when she has friends. Or when others take care of her. He claims not to have slept with her sister, but Bethany is still around to cause trouble, make her doubt. An intriguing, heartfelt story. I loved it. And am voluntarily leaving my review.

Great read
Written by Kwallywoman on 7th Apr 2023

Adelaide was scared. She was forced to marry Andrei. She had been told horrible things about him by her sister. Her sister wasn't a good person either. She didn't know how she was going to be able to live. She just wanted it all to go back to the way it was. Great read.

This book was everything!
Written by Cynthia G on 27th Mar 2023

Thank you netgalley for the eARC. This book was everything! I haven’t even read book one but i don’t thinki need to…. This was so exciting!! I felt for adelaide but i was so happy to see her become her own woman. With a strong man beside her! Isn’t that what we all want?

Read it today
Written by Desiree E on 27th Mar 2023

Love me a good mafia story and this one did not disappoint. I was hooked from the cover and from the first page. this was a good one. Yeah. Read it today.

Five stars in my book!!
Written by Kristi D on 27th Mar 2023

Sam Crescent knocked it out of the park again. Another great story for the Volkov Bratva. Andrew and Adelaide’s story from start to finish was one of the best Mafia reads I have enjoyed in a long time. Five stars in my book!!

I gave this 5 stars as I believe this book deserves them
Written by Jane H on 27th Mar 2023

Adelaide and Andrei, a fabulous story that has so many twists, lots of emotion and a beautifully sweet epilogue. Adelaide is in an arranged marriage to Andrei. She starts off quite afraid of him, not because of his actions, but because her sister has filled her with lies about him. Time passes, violence (not between the lead characters), trust issues, passion and revenge are just SOME of what makes up this story. Oh, and some great supporting characters too, particularly Andrei’s boss. I gave this 5 stars as I believe this book deserves them

ARC Review of A Sense of Duty by Sam Crescent
Written by The Dragon Den Book Blog on 27th Mar 2023

An arranged marriage in a world of blood loyalties and dark deals turns a powerful man on his head as he is now linked to a woman who is bringing out his softer side and craving for more. Adelaide was no supposed to marry the fearsome Andrei. She was the curvy sister - undesirable unlike Bethany - as she has been told her entire life. However, one screw up has left her taking her sister's place as wife to one of the city's most fearsome brigaides. She has to give him a child on top of that ASAP! Andrei is not thrilled with the marriage, believing his wife to be not prepared for this world. Yet, she is stronger than she looks and has more heart than her family. She pushes him, she questions him, she does not back down...he finds that both irritating and attractive. Women are weakness. Love is weakness. But in all this gunfire and death attempts, he's wanting her as his and more. I am not one for mafia style romance however I very much enjoyed this. Andrei's boss Ivan is a real treat, mischevious and manipulative but friendly and you can somehow trust him in despite all that. Adelaide's family is just plain nasty! Andrei's past really sticks to him however I love the moment when he doesn't realise he is starting to break down his walls for Adeliade.

I really enjoyed this story between Andrei and Adelaide!
Written by CARMELLA S on 27th Mar 2023

I really enjoyed this story between Andrei and Adelaide! Andrei is Russian Bratva and his Pahkan has decided it is time he married. At first he is to marry Bethany and then his Pahkan decides it will not be Bethany but her sister Adelaide. Adelaide grew up in this life so when her father tells her of the marriage, she accepts it. She is very afraid of Andrei. She has heard of his reputation plus lies that came out of her jealous sister's mouth. Andrei and Adelaide marry. Knowing she is a virgin, Andrei does not push her but does try to entice her. They do finally consummate the marriage. Being protectve, Andrei doesn't really want her out but eventually gives in with her having a guard. Then the danger intervenes. Someone wants to take over the territory and violence begins. Can Andrei keep Adelaide safe from the enemy? Will they ever discuss the feeling that have developed between the two? I really loved their story! Andrei fought for his life since he was a child. He faced death many times and came out as a strong man. Adelaide was a "forgotten child". There was nothing she could do to gain any approval from her family. She is a lovely and kind young woman and deserved so much more love than she received from her family, Since I enjoyed this story so much, I am going to go back and read the first book! There were some very interesting other characters in this book, namely Ivan (Andrei's Pahkan) and Nathan. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Dark, mysterious, sexy, and intriguing!
Written by KReads Books on 27th Mar 2023

Dark, mysterious, sexy, and intriguing! New genre and author for me but was pleasantly surprised! Would recommend for readers who are in need of something new and unlike other romances on the market! Mafia romance that isn’t too morbid!

Written by Allison V on 27th Mar 2023

Wow, what a deliciously steamy novel to read on a cold winter weekend! Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the early read.

Good mafia romance
Written by Gloria W on 27th Mar 2023

Andrei Belov was suppose to marry Bethany but at the last minute his Bratva boss chooses her sister Adelaide instead. Adelaide has always been made to fell inferior to her sister but Andrei likes her better. So when Adelaide's life is threatened Andrei will do what he does best. Find the person responsible and kill them. Good mafia romance.

A Sense of Duty
Written by Sissy H on 27th Mar 2023

A Sense of Duty by Sam Crescent is the Second book in the Volkov Bratva Series. This is the story of Adelaide and Andrei. Andrei who is a Russian Bratva around 40 years old has been informed he is to marry by Ivan Volkov who is the head of the Volkov Bratva. Andrei was to marry Bethany but she lost favor and they turned to her sister Adelaide to marry him. Which starts their story. I really enjoyed this book and I hope to read more from this author.

Well hot damn!
Written by Celeste H on 27th Mar 2023

Well hot damn! This was dark but then not…. It was super sexy hot with a great storyline, well written characters and I ate up the pages! I absolutely loved it, it hints a darker but doesn’t fully go there, which is absolutely perfect for me. Honestly I am wowed by every book I read by SC and I look forward to the next book in this series.

Definitely recommend
Written by Michelle C on 27th Mar 2023

I’m a big fan of this authors MC books so when I spotted this mafia story I wanted to see her spin on this trope. She did not disappoint. I loved the hero and how he’s only gentle with the heroine. Plenty of action, some angst and a great cast of supporting characters. I’m definitely going to read book one & hoping there’s a book for the boss coming soon. Definitely recommend.

Ohhh wow! Loved loved loved!
Written by Regina K on 27th Mar 2023

Ohhh wow! Loved loved loved! When Adelaide is forced to take her sisters place in marriage to Andrei, she’s terrified! Her sister informed of Andries love for blood. He’s a member of the Bartva. Lots of action and suspense . I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own

Looking forward to where Ms. Crescent will take us next
Written by titania w on 27th Mar 2023

Andrei has one boss and when he tells you to get married...you get married. Adelaide is the unwanted child but when her sister screws up she gains a husband in her place. Now can she move past her fears and see the man she married? A Sense of Duty is second in Sam Crescent'sVolkov Bratva series. I enjoyed getting to know Andrei better. We got a glimpse of him and now Ms. Crescent allows us to see the man behind the legend. Adelaide had to grow on me. She had a backbone but it took a bit for her to find it. She has very little self esteem and she is constantly fighting to believe in herself and Andrei. But once she accepts not only her lot in life but the man she married Adelaide blossoms. I enjoyed seeing Andrei and Adelaide learn to trust in each other and am looking forward to where Ms. Crescent will take us next.

This is really a good book and a quick read
Written by Pat L on 27th Mar 2023

I found this to be a good book. Andre is forced to marry Adelaide who is already having poor self-esteem from her parents and from her older sister. She thought he was supposed to marry her that is the older sister but there was a change so now she marries Andre. Though through most of the book she is fighting with herself and with him as well. You do get to see the change in both characters. You also have a lot of action going on as someone is trying to kill her and then him as well. This is really a good book and a quick read. Good characters.

I had a great time with this book !
Written by Eria SB on 27th Mar 2023

Adelaide was never supposed to marry Andrei Belov, he was meant to marry her awful sister , or was he ? This is the story of Adelaide, our virgin hero and her mafia husband Andrei. I really enjoyed both the main and the secondary characters, Sam if you see this , please i need more information on Ivan (an older age couple mafia book maybe).... . I had a great time with this book !

Duty, honor, obedience
Written by Eva H on 27th Mar 2023

I liked the plot, the writing style and the characters. It's rare that I like both main characters from the start, but Andrei and Adelaide are an exception. Both are exposed to a situation from which they cannot escape. But in the end it was exactly what they both needed. I liked that Adelaide takes the severity out of Andrei's life. For him it is a good balance to the constant violence. And he gets something of his own worth fighting for. Ivan Volkov is a very interesting character. Frighteningly efficient and creative when it comes to asserting one's interests. His other brigadiers will have to be on their guard in the future as well; especially if he plans to continue his dynasty. Duty, honor, obedience. I'm excited to see how that plays out in the next book.

This book hits so many tropes that I love
Written by Sinead H on 27th Mar 2023

This book hits so many tropes that I love. Arranged mafia marriage, second choice sister (without making it icky) and even a grandfatherly figure masterfully arranging love matches for the people in his life. I loved Adelaide she was this kind and innocent women in her terrible family but she didn't feel too "practically perfect in everyway"

I so recommend this authors books
Written by tracy r on 27th Mar 2023

I very much enjoyed this book .Adelaide is a dissapontment to her parents they favour there other daughter Bethany who is vile and a cruel person and Bethany has been chosen to marry Andrei but then every thing changes Adelaide is to marry him. he is part of Volkov Bratva. Adelaide is so gentle and a kind person. but Andrei is sort of cruel to her but then he sees the person that she is and he has a little secret but someone wants her dead I so recommend this authors books will it be a happy ending

Loved Andrei and Adelaide
Written by Jill G on 27th Mar 2023

Things and people are not always as they seem and this story is full of contradictions. Adelaide is forced into a marriage with Andrei and it is here that the author shows that love can touch just about anyone, even those in the bratva. The story is action packed and part of that is the violence that surrounds Andrei. I also like how Adelaide seems to have a calming effect on him. There is never a dull moment in this story even if some of it is pitted with violence. I enjoyed the story and especially liked our H/h worked through their issues and eventually got their happy ending. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and are voluntarily leaving a review.

Love this world!
Written by Mreads90 on 27th Mar 2023

I love this world that Sam has created! It feels like I have been waiting forever for this book and it was worth the wait! This one was such a fantastic read!

Enjoyed it
Written by Amanda1444 on 27th Mar 2023

I have loved all of Sam Crescent’s work so far and this story was no different. This is a mafia arranged marriage between 40 year old Andrei and 21 year old Adelaide. Adelaide wasn’t originally meant to marry into the mafia but her sister Bethany upset the wrong person leaving the black sheep of the family who by all means is far too innocent.

A Sense of Duty by Sam Crescent
Written by Spender of Money on 27th Mar 2023

I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for more Volkov Bravata series since about half way thru Second Best. Sam Crescent can write ‘flawed’ characters so well; makes these characters somehow relatable. I mean how can I possibly relate to the bravata world, let alone what these characters do or have been thru? Yet here I am… eagerly awaiting MORE VOLKOV! I adore how these characters aren’t a-typical ‘romance novel’ characters. Rather, humans making the best and in some cases thriving in this violent and morally questionable world. Kudos! Cannot wait for more!

A Sense of Duty by Sam Crescent
Written by Spender of Money on 27th Mar 2023

I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for more Volkov Bravata series since about half way thru Second Best. Sam Crescent can write ‘flawed’ characters so well; makes these characters somehow relatable. I mean how can I possibly relate to the bravata world, let alone what these characters do or have been thru? Yet here I am… eagerly awaiting MORE VOLKOV! I adore how these characters aren’t a-typical ‘romance novel’ characters. Rather, humans making the best and in some cases thriving in this violent and morally questionable world. Kudos! Cannot wait for more!

This book is so amazing and action packed full of action
Written by JudyCh on 27th Mar 2023

This book has so much going on and a sweet innocent girl and a rough man but he loves her and is very patient with her but her conniving sister she is a different story and someone is out to get them, she lost her baby and almost died and I want revenge for her and him so the ending was perfect, I loved how we got pieces of other characters in this book for the other books, I could not put this book down.

Love this series so much.
Written by Mary S on 27th Mar 2023

Love reading Andrei and Adelaide story so much. Since the first time I read Second Best I was looking forward for more, and I sure was not disappointed when Andrei and Adelaide story came to be. Love the Volkov Bratva series so much and I’m hoping we get more soon.

Married to the Mafia
Written by Laura S. on 27th Mar 2023

Sam Crescent does it again with this gritty, hard core, take no prisoners story of marriage. Adelaide was always second best; scorned and mistreated by her parents and beautiful older sister. Adelaide doesn't care so much anymore though, as long as she is free to do as she pleases. All that ends when she is given away in marriage to Andrei of the Volkov Bratva. Although she knows about the mafia, to have to live with it is something different. You will stay engrossed with the story as it unfolds and find yourself hanging on to the pages as the action, betrayals and connections keep you engaged to the very end. This will be put in your "to be read again" pile for sure!

Hard man
Written by RahiaLeight on 27th Mar 2023

Sometimes it's difficult to tell how these men will soften...or if they will. It took Andrei a long time, but I think it took Adelaide even longer. Old wounds on both sides built walls that held them back, even though they were both feeling the same thing. Trauma brought them out of their shells to right where they should have been, much sooner IMHO. Great read!

Solid Bratva story
Written by Brooke H on 27th Mar 2023

This book begins with an arranged marriage that wasn't supposed to happen. Andrei was supposed to marry Bethany, the more beautiful (in her own mind) sister. Instead he is forced to marry Adelaide, the plus sized, quirky, scared of heights sister. I immediately loved Adelaide. She was her own person and loved who she was. Andrei was harder to get a read on at first but soon it became apparent that he's a good man who needed a push towards what he really wanted. His Pakhan, Ivan, gave him that push when he swapped brides. This book has all the typical good Bratva shenanigans in it. Enemies to lovers, forced marriage, betrayal, hitmen, hostile takeovers... all the good stuff. The prologue catches your attention and then the story keeps you hooked. This was the first book I've read by this author and now I want to read Aurora and Slavik's story.

Andrei and Adelaide
Written by Bobcat on 27th Mar 2023

I am really loving this new Volkov Bratva series. A Sense Of Duty is the second book and the story of Adelaide and Andrei. Adelaide was substituted as a bride for Andrei when her sister messed up. Always hidden away because her family was ashamed of her, now she is the reason they are able to keep a deal with the Bratva. Both Andrei and Adelaide are damaged souls and have been abused by family. They had met before under different circumstances and an obsession began. Looking forward for the next story. ?

5 Star!!
Written by Amy J on 27th Mar 2023

Loved reading A Sense of Duty. I was hooked with the first book and I couldn’t wait for this book to come out and I wasn’t disappointed because it was awesome!!!

Good book
Written by Jedi on 27th Mar 2023

This is the second book in the series and centres around Andrei Belov and his new bride Adelaide. Adelaide’s sister was the intended bride, but she did something to anger the Pakhan Ivan so Adelaide the younger sister living in the shadows takes her place. Adelaide is unprepared for the life in the Bratva and being married and has lots to learn before she is accepted. I liked Andrei’s character, although portrayed as deadly, his character was interesting and didn’t disappoint. I found Ivan kind of creepy, for a Pakhan he had power, did a lot of everything but nothing and just gave off bad vibes always hanging around. Hoping there is more books to come.

A Great Read that I was not Expecting!
Written by Red18 on 27th Mar 2023

One of my favourite tropes is a mafia romance. I thought this one might be a little washed out focused solely on the s*x and romance but I was pleasantly surprised! This book had a great storyline. There was a lot of danger suspense, and political drama which gave the book some “meat the the bones” of the story. I love a good arranged married and a possessive, growly, alpha male that treats his wife like gold. There is something about the “touch her and die” mentality that gets my temperature rising every time. Andrew has his stupid moments when dealing with his wife but realistically what man doesn’t lol. Adelaide was such a sweet likeable character. I thought she was a great match for Andrew. Great HEA. I have kindle unlimited but I might consider paying $7 for the next book I liked it that much.

A great Bratva novel
Written by Sarah ES on 27th Mar 2023

So far this is the best Bratva novel I have read!! There are so many twists and turns, so many surprises that I never saw coming it was so hard to put down. Talk about a page turner!! The world building and the depths of every character in this book is done very well. The steam between Adelaide and Andrei was phenomenal. I look forward to reading more novels in this series because of how well it was written and the utter unpredictability of the book!!

Great story
Written by KreggySue on 27th Mar 2023

Sam Crescent has delivered a wonderful Bratva story, that reveals secrets and machinations as it goes. Adelaide is Bethany's younger sister and the two couldn't be more different. Adelaide is sweet and Bethany is nasty, manipulative, and downright evil. Andrei is a brigadier in the Bratva and is meant to marry Bethany, who he loathes. This book is the story of how everything unfolds

Pretty good book!
Written by Jamee h on 27th Mar 2023

This is Josie and Elijah’s story! Not wanting to give any of the details away from the book. Both characters have a great chemistry and it’s a Great storyline. I would recommend reading this.

Next book in the Volkov Bratva.
Written by ObsessiveReader on 27th Mar 2023

Next book in the Volkov Bratva. Ivan Volkov seems intent on marrying off his men. Originally Andrei was to marry Adelaide's sister, Bethany but was switched out for Adelaide. Bethany's transgressions are brought up in the first book. Adelaide is a sweet woman who her family has verbally abused for years. She isn't meant for the lifestyle but is exactly who Andrei needs. Andre isn't a soft man, however, Adelaide is definitely his weakness. I enjoy Sam Crescent's longer bratva books. It allows you time to really sink into the story and enjoy it.

A Sense of Duty
Written by Chanika T on 27th Mar 2023

I am totally into this series each one just gets better but the one I and looking for Ivan that is going to be epic.

Andrei and Adelaide
Written by rainereads on 27th Mar 2023

I absolutely adored these two. Andrei and Adelaide have a unique relationship that I enjoyed seeing bloom. This book did make me cry on more then one occasion which is rare.

Andrei and Adelaide
Written by rainereads on 27th Mar 2023

I absolutely adored these two. Andrei and Adelaide have a unique relationship that I enjoyed seeing bloom. This book did make me cry on more then one occasion which is rare.

Written by Amd2662 on 27th Mar 2023

Andrei/Adelaide. Volkov Bratva/Neglected daughter. Arranged marriage. Broken first engagement to sister. Attraction. Taboo. Virgin. Consensual. Affection. Acceptance. Contract hit. Violence. Dangerous. Kidnappings. Threats. Murder. Attempted murder. Attempted coup. Assaulted. Action packed. Wonderful characters and endearing story. Love. HEA. Fun read.

Russian mob
Written by Shortbec on 27th Mar 2023

Adelaide has been 2nd if not the forgotten sister. So when her older sister messes up and she has to marry Andrei, she knows it's only because it's her duty. Andrei has always done what the Bratva boss Ivan has told him so when was told to marry he did even when the changed his fiancé. After the wedding Adelaide is put up in his penthouse away from everyone. She is afraid of heights and can only get so close to the windows, she is so bored that she feels like she will go crazy. Then one day Andrei makes her ab offer one kiss and she can have anything she wants. But when they kiss a fire ignites within Adelaide. But then trouble comes Adelaide is the one injured. Andrei will get revenge and paint the town red if he has to in order to put the ones who hurt Adelaide in the ground. Andrei's territory is being challenged by not only an MC but one of their own.

well written, I felt I was right there with them
Written by memes on 27th Mar 2023

This story is the second in the Volkov bratva series, although you do not need to read that story in order to enjoy this one, but it would give you more background info. I read the first book in the series and loved it, so I was anxious to read the next one and it did not dissappoint! This story has it all, there was humor, hot scenes, action and violence as well as drama and tears, there's even a little intrigue and plot twist. Andrei nor Adelaide planned on marrying the other, but that's what happens. Once married their relationship is definately not smooth sailing. The family drama and rivals of the bratva don't make things easy with them trying to get to know each other. Andrei is arrogant and thinks its his way or no way, I liked how he softened toward Adelaide and wanted to spoil her and basically make her life a happy one. Adelaide is so kind and tender hearted its no wonder Andrei wants to protect her from anything upsetting or harmful. I enjoyed the action and intrigue that kept things moving along in the story. It was funny how Ivan would flirt or just be nice to the ladies and it would rile the men up. It helped add some humor and also prod Andrei along. The story was well written and I felt as if I was right there with the characters, teary eyed at the horrid events and happy at the triumphant ones.

Written by Sua on 27th Mar 2023

I definitely dived into this book loving the feels both of these characters were giving off. To see how they were thrown into a marriage and progressing in their relationship, made me glued to how things would change for their future.

Written by Andrea R on 27th Mar 2023

I love how this book comes full circle. I mean from indifferent hero to devoted husband who figures out how important his wife is. This has that suspense factor in it that the author always can deliver. I love how there is so much action and just the whole story keeps you tied up. I love how this author writes the bratva subject and even though they are a ruthless bunch they just make you fall in love with them.

Loved it
Written by RhondaVB on 27th Mar 2023

When her sister does something wrong, Adelaide is destined to marry Andrei instead. Both of these characters have had such a rough life and even though this is an arranged marriage, you can tell there is a spark there between them! I was all in with this story. It had all the things that I love about Sam Crescent's writing! The betrayal, the mystery, the sheer sexiness kept me turning the pages. When Adelaide is taken, it's up to Andrei and the rest of the Bratva team to save her. It's so good!!!

Dark mafia
Written by Michele77 on 27th Mar 2023

This story is the second in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone without too much trouble. This story focuses on Andrei, a bravata brigadier, and is arranged marriage to Adelaide. This story is dark and does contain lots of violence, multiple times directed at the FL, but not by the ML.

Duty, trust, and love
Written by Bookbunny on 27th Mar 2023

Andrei Belov was doing what Ivan wanted to strengthen the Volkov Bratva even more. Adelaide wasn’t supposed to be the bride. Her sister Bethany was. But Ivan changed all that. Ade is innocent and doesn’t want to be in this world of violence. But she will learn, even if Andrei has to break her. I have to say I wasn’t too happy with Andrei. He was harsh with her from the start. Not even talking with her. What happiness was she to have if he was going to isolate her and be cold? Aurora would be able to help navigate the life as well as show her kindness. Andrei certainly didn’t take the time to know his new bride. Regardless of Ivan’s plan, he could have at least learned about her favorite foods, interests. Nope, he was being a big jerk. I loved the lady from Adelaide’s past. She was always kind and gave her excellent advice. It took one moment in time to actually wake Andrei up. There is a lot of going on. I have to say some of it was a shock. Andrei and Adelaide are a perfect match. Ivan was right. They are both broken in their own way and need each other to not only heal but to move forward and find happiness and trust. I am looking forward to finding out what will happen with Ive and Lottie. THAT is an interesting combination. Ivan is always being sneaky. I like it.

Andrei, bratva brigadier and Adelaide, the ugly sister ... his gift
Written by Kindle Distracted on 27th Mar 2023

Beautiful Bethany was meant to marry the older bratva man in exchange for maintaining the family's wealth and status. Adelaide knew her older sister had messed up somehow but it was the younger, unloved daughter who had to pay the price. A forced marriage to a her sister's ex. Intense feelings, dark machinations, betrayal, greed, torture, loyalty and sacrifice are featured but at heart it is a story of two unloved people getting to keep their one. The cast is soap opera worthy, but the story enjoyable....The sweet, innocent, ignored daughter bringing the big, bad, experienced tough guy to his knees. I had not read the first in the series but felt more curious about it than disadvantaged.

A Sense of Duty
Written by BrightJacks on 27th Mar 2023

I Really enjoyed Andrei especially after he started to believe they could have a relationship. The storyline was intriguing. The problem i had was with Adelaide self-confidence; I don't think we went a single chapter without her bring up cheating and Bethany. The story was still good but it could have been shortened but cutting some of Adelaide's repetitive monolog.

Arranged Marriage Mafia
Written by Michelle E on 27th Mar 2023

Another great book in this series and can be read as a standalone. Andrei was supposed to marry Adelaide's sister, Bethany. After a situation, Adeline was chosen for her place in an arranged marriage. Adeline is unsure if she can trust Andrei and fears him and he does not want to scare her. A dark romance with violence, drama, and outside interference to test their relationship. Book with plenty of steam, action and drama to hold my attention. Duel point of view.

The Bratva wife
Written by Susan_C on 27th Mar 2023

Andrei Belov was suppose to marry Adelaide’s sister Bethany. However the perfect daughter (not so perfect) messed up and Adelaide is forced to marry Andrei by her parents for money and power. Adelaide does not know the Bratva life so while trying to learn that she is also trying to find a compromise with her husband. Her sister is a B@tch and is doing what she has always done to her sister. Even with all the danger in the Bratva life Adelaide and Andrei with the nudging of Ivan find their way. This was a good read. Interconnected with the other stories but a stand alone can be read alone.

Great story
Written by PHOENIX96 on 27th Mar 2023

Adelaide wasn't supposed to marry Andrei, her sister Bethany was, but after some revelations, Adelaide is chosen in her place. Andrei is a man feared by many, including his new wife, though he doesnt show it, he doesnt want her to fear him, especially when he needs to fufil his pakhan Ivans plans. But as Adelaide and Andrei get closer, others plan to tear them apart. Well written steamy, desires, drama, action and more the characters and story develop and hold your attention through out. A great addition to the series

Sam Crescent never disappoints!
Written by Savannah1321 on 27th Mar 2023

Sam Crescent is one of my go to authors for mafia romance. They always have just enough steamy moments and action and even some drama. There’s nothing different with this one. I really enjoyed Andrei’s character. He was all man and wasn’t ashamed to be it even if he was a little broken. Adelaide’s character was a little different for me. I didn’t take an instant liking to her. She annoyed me and there were many times I wanted to either smack her or throw my iPad across the room. Towards the end, she did grow and become a more likable character for me. Even though, both of these characters were the main focus, Ivan stole my favorite spot. His character was serious, but funny…He was the one responsible for these two being together and he was like a mafia Cupid. It was awesome. My favorite moment though was when it was explained when Andrei and Adelaide actually met first. It made my heart swoon. Another mafia book hit out of the ball park!

Mafia Romance
Written by C Smith on 27th Mar 2023

H is engaged to marry h sister. At the minute it is changed to marry h. The h's family is unkind to h. OW drama by sister, but no cheating.