Surprisingly good, decidedly dark, refreshingly romantic. The Russian mafia and violence go hand in hand. However, this book is not just about violence. There’s plenty, even gratuitously graphic, but that’s not the only story here. Sergei is part of the Bratva. Mafia is a mild word for him. Violence isn’t just a part of him, it’s his life. But this is a love story like no other. The chemistry between Zoey and Sergei is off the charts. The writer has the perfect balance between these two aspects of the story. Romance offset the violence and vice versa. That said, this book does not have the lovey dovey kind of romance. It’s a darker romance. Short read but well worth the time. I had no choice but to pulled into this story. I was a willing prisoner to witness Zoey and Sergei’s story. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to warn Zoey that this was likely a very bad mistake but I couldn’t, obviously, but at the same time, I had to see how the author played out their story. How could there be a happily ever after? It seemed impossible. Something else I liked about this is that it has a little bit of a mystery/suspense aspect. It kept me one my toes. An easy recommend. A wonderful read.
The Bratva, 1
After running from an abusive relationship, Zoey tries to regain control of her life in a new town. She begins to find reasons to move forward, but Zoey can't ignore her arousal for a dark and mysterious man—one that is clearly dangerous.
The moment Sergei sees Zoey, he wants her. She's vulnerable and timid, but she has a strength behind her eyes. Zoey's a fighter, a warrior, and he wants her for more than just a night in his bed. But how will she react when she finds out he’s part of the Bratva—the Russian Mafia?
Zoey knows who and what Sergei is, and even though she should be terrified, she can’t help but be drawn to him. It isn’t until her past comes back to haunt her that she truly sees the type of man Sergei is, and the lengths he’ll go to protect her.
“You feel so fucking good pressed against me, Zoey.”
She could only moan in agreement.
Sergei delved his tongue between her lips, and she greedily accepted the kiss. He smelled good, like cologne and a hint of spicy cinnamon. The way he slid his hand down her cheek, over her throat, and around to the nape of her neck had everything in her turning to mush. He curled his fingers around the back of her neck, pulled her head closer to him, and really devoured her mouth then.
He grunted. “So. Fucking. Good.”
One second they were kissing, and the next she felt the chill of the air move along her exposed mouth as he stepped away. He was breathing hard, his massive chest rising up and down as he stared at her.
Zoey brought one finger to her lips and lightly laid it on her bottom one, feeling the flesh tingle where Sergei had just been fucking her.
And that’s exactly what he’d been doing to her mouth. Fucking it.
Before she knew what in the hell was going on, he had his chest pressed to hers again. “I wanted to go slow, to take my time with you, but fuck, I can’t, Zoey.” He gently pushed her against the side of the house again and pressed his mouth over hers once more, this time with abandon, heat, and determination.
It was a pleasure so intense she couldn’t even contemplate how the sex would be with him. And she wanted to have sex with him right now, right here.
Tilting his head to the side and pushing his tongue back into her mouth, he fucked her there. Sergei moved his tongue in and out, ran it along the interior, and groaned deeply. Vibrations from his chest went straight into her body.
“Tell me you want more,” he said harshly against her mouth.
“I want more,” she said without thinking, without worrying about anything else.
He ran his tongue over her bottom lip before sliding it gently against the seam of her mouth, urging her to open for him again. Zoey couldn’t deny him. She didn’t want to. Opening her mouth and accepting him in was just the tip of what she wanted to do with him. And when his tongue ran along hers she greedily sucked on his.
He growled—actually growled.
So many other sensations and emotions filled her. Sergei was thrusting against her belly in steady movements, pressing his hard dick into her, and making her pussy clench with the need for something thick, big. The rhythm of his rock hard dick rubbing against her made Zoey thrust her chest against his, wanting to feel every hard part of him on her body. Even through his slacks she felt the length of his dick.
He was huge.
Sergei is cryptic and not much of a talker. He prefers to sit back and observe and then decide what to do. With Zoey those ingrained behaviors go out the window the minute he sees her. There is some instalove and undeniable attraction that moves things along, but I was totally on board with the warp speed of their relationship. Zoey is introverted, shy and cautious for a good reason. Sergei comes on strong but not creepy and the damsel in her responds to the prince signals he's sending. She's not naive about who and what he is and accepts him, warts and all. I liked that. Some major creepy moments in this book that might affect some who've had similar life experiences. I hope there is a book about Zoey's sister and their boss; definite story there. Very whirlwind and erotically romantic story that I inhaled quickly due to it's shortness but definitely an enjoyable read in the author's signature style.
I love mobster romance and this story feed my obsession about it. Sergei practically is everything I imagine mobster should be. Sexy, dark, dangerous, loyal. Also a safe haven for one lucky girl. I liked Zoey. Loved that she finally found strength in herself to leave abuse behind. But after she mentioned that she learned something about self defence, I hoped more kicking a$$ from her, when past come for her. Though Sergei took care of it pretty good. Really loved that part. Hope the next book about some characters, that got my attention, will come soon.
Absolutely loved this book!! Sexy, passionate and a hot Russian alpha what else could you want!! Zoey a woman with an abusive ex finally escaped and starts her life over. Sergei sets his eyes and her and wants her. He will protect her no matter what!!
I really enjoyed this book. The hard Mafia man falling for the scared girl. It had everything in it that I enjoy.
Oh, I just love mafia men. So sexy!! After living in hell with her abusive ex, Zoey is finally getting her life back. Sergei has come to America to finish off a job. While visiting Yvgeny's club he see's the beautiful Zoey. Yvgeny warns Sergei off Zoey saying she is off limits but Sergei doesn't care, he wants her. When Zoey first meets Sergei it's instant attraction. Will Zoey give Sergei a chance and live her life, finally? What will happen when Zoey's past comes back? Read this book and find out!! <3
Yummy Alpha, hot mobster, sexy thug, yes please. If you love the fierce protector who will do anything that os needed to protect woman then this book is for you. Jenika Snow does a great job weaving the sexy and protective alpha into her stories. Mob romances are my absolute favorite and I'm looking forward to more from Jenika Snow.
Another hot and steamy book from Jenika. It is an instant love at first sight with a hard core mafia alpha male and a innocent but strong woman... get your fan ready for what's between the sheets.
I loved this one a lot. Can't wait for more from this series. Jenika Snow hit this one out of the ball park for me. Major hot alpha males and great story enjoy reading I did.
This my first book with this type of alpha.It won't be my last.Please continue this series want to see Alexis and her alpha Russian get to together. This author never disappoints.mimi
Wonderful quick read. You could feel the connection between the h/H. I really liked the story. My only complaint is I wanted more!!! I didn't want it to end. Hopefully there will be a sequel and we get the sisters story and know how zoey and Sergei are doing. :-)
OMG !!! WOW !!! Where do I begin! I feel that this is the perfect platform to start a new series based on the 10 men around the table, and definitely hope that Alexa and Yvengy have their story told that is a must! However, this story, oh my! For starters look at the cover RAWR !!!! And the story is even better! We have Zoey a woman struggling in an abusive relationship who desperately needs to be free. When she finally makes a break for it the last thing she thinks she needs is another man in her life. But then she meets Sergei. Who is no ordinary man oh no siree he is part of the Russian Mafia, The Bratva and has a very strong opinion about how women should be treated and what should happen to those who treat them any differently! Sergei is totally swoon worthy in and out of his suit! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book, my only complaint is that I did not want it to end and it did lol! I could of read more of these characters together they were explosive and I really hope that there are more to go with this book in the future and that we perhaps see some more of Sergei and Zoey again. This book is filled with drama, passion (scorching hot as ever!!!) and love (such beautiful tenderness and care), yes it does move at a fast pace but that just adds to the wonder that makes this book so good. Definitely will be re reading this one in the future and strongly recommend you give it a try too. You will not be disappointed. Great job Jenika another triumph I think!!! Happy Reading!
Zoey has been physically and mentally abused by her jerk of a boyfriend long enough. She hits him over the head with a iron rod and runs for her life. When she ends up at her sisters, her sisters boss takes her under his wing and helps protect her. Little does she know he is part of the Russian mafia. Sergei comes to America to take care of a job and ends up in the bar where Zoey is working. He instantly wants her and despite some warnings, goes after her. This was sort of an instant attraction story but that's okay because I could easily understand the attraction between. The book is a hot and sexy story. When Zoey's old boyfriend comes after her, will Sergei make it to her in time to save her? Get the book and find out!! I'm hoping that we get to read a story about Alexa and her boss soon!!!
Another great story from Jenika! Love those dark sexy Russian guys!! Loved how Sergei protected Zoey and fell for her so fast and so deeply. I hope to find out her sister Alexa's story too. Great story.
It was an enjoyable journey to see how these two peoples lives connected and the insta-attraction between them. Sergei is hot and I loved him from the start. Zoey. Gosh my heart goes to her for what she went through with the anise her ex dishes out. Together they are great.
Love this! Brought it and read it in one sitting. This is about Zoey who has suffered physical abuse at the hands of her ex boyfriend! After making her escape to her sister Alexa, she starts a new life and and a new job in a new town where she meets Sergei who is visiting from Russia, but the moment their eyes meet their fate was sealed. Loved this book from start to finish and hopefully we will get to see if her sister Alexa will get her HEA with Yvgeny!.