This short novella is an excellent prequel leading to the next book, which I can’t wait to start! This book was a great length to set the scene for the coming books. It introduced the main characters, gave a backstory, provided some foreshadowing that perhaps something isn’t as it seems with Andrius, and ended on an exciting cliffhanger. I am falling all over myself to get to the next book! I love dark mafia romances- gah! Recommended!
I love this whole series. Just love it. I was skeptical when I saw the length of this book as I usually find books under 200 pages to feel rushed and underdeveloped, but somehow this one didn’t suffer that fate. Maybe it was because the world and secondary characters were already established? Who knows. In any case, it worked. I felt for Ivy in the beginning when she was so afraid of everything, of everyone. I felt for her when she and Conor couldn’t get on the same page, and he was breaking her heart. I felt for how cheap it made her feel the first time he took her back to the club. He made so many mistakes with her, but eventually he figured it out. I LOVED Archer, and the interactions built around him. I won’t say any more than that. I am so very sad to have reached the end of this series that I love so much, but the word in the author’s reader group is that she is working on a book about Booker and Storm (cameos from earlier in this series), so maybe we will get lucky and see glimpses of our favorite Irish and Russian baddies with hearts of gold. I sure hope so. ❤ Recommended, as always!
I just love this series. Not sure what else to say. And this book in particular drove me crazy. I spent the majority of the book feeling like Nikolai could just go to hell, and he didn’t deserve Tanaka. I wanted her to run away and go be free, and leave him to his own miserable existence. But, I’m mean like that. I’m still not convinced that he deserved Tanaka, but in that world he wouldn’t actually have HAD to try at all. So I suppose the fact that he did is something, even if my mean self doesn’t think it was quite good enough. But, overall, I just love the hell out of this series! I am so very sad that there is only one more book. Why, A. Zavarelli! What about Mischa? What about Booker and the mysterious Storm? We need more Boston Underworld! Recommended!
What can I say? Another winner from this author! I’ve been tearing through this series. I thought this book started a little slower than the others, and it took me a few chapters to get into it. Luckily it isn’t the first in the series so I knew the goodness was a comin’. I loved the dynamic between Rory and Scarlett. As badass as he is, he has no idea what to do with Scarlett’s unpredictable behavior and volatile mood swings. But I loved that he tried so hard to figure it out. To be there for her in a way that no one else ever had in her entire life. I also loved the antagonists. I loved that there were several of them, and loved how terrifying the main villain (Alexander) proved to be. I enjoyed the mysterious latecomer to the party as well. I am looking forward to finding out more about him, and seeing if he accomplishes in future books what he set out to do in this one. I was on the edge of my seat blowing through this book, just as I’m sure I will be for the next two books. Winner winner, chicken dinner. Recommended!
Wow, what a ride! This story had suspense, mystery, personal growth, and heartbreaking moments. Alexei and Talia are both broken people who have been mistreated by their families, and betrayed by nearly everyone who ever got close to them. It makes for an interesting dynamic. Alexei brings Talia into his home under the belief that he will not/cannot ever love her, a belief which he shares with Talia, much to her dismay. I really liked the backstories of why the characters are they way that they are. They are sad, no doubt, but they felt thought out. I loved the character of Magda. She gave Talia an anchor, a safe place when things between her and Alexei weren’t going very well. She was the mother figure Talia never had. And she was the same for Alexei. Franco was an excellent character as well. He was one of the only people that Alexei trusted, and he looked out for Alexei time and again. I also enjoyed the overlap with the previous books both in stories as well as characters. I am really loving this series, and am so glad to have discovered it! Can’t wait for the next one!
Thank god this is a series of six books because I sure can’t get enough of these sexy, swaggerific Irish men. This book had not only suspense and maddening misunderstandings (❤), but even made me laugh out loud until my eyes watered. I don’t believe that has happened to me before with a romance novel. It’s the scene where they need tape. That’s all you’re getting out of me- you’ll have to read it yourself. Loved Ronan and Sasha together. Both are so damaged in their own ways that it just… kind of works, somehow. They understand each other (eventually). Their own damage probably works in their relationship’s favor in that capacity. It gave the story some tug-at-your-heart moments that I don’t recall experiencing in the first book. And I like that when the books in a series are quite different. Overall another great read from this author, and I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series. Recommended!
Started a bit slow, but then… wow!h I struggled to get through the prologue and first couple of chapters (inner dialogue: keep going- the reviews are good!) and MAN, am I glad I did. Once this book got going it rode along on greased rails- couldn’t put it down! Suspense, mystery, super hot sexy times, a take-no-prisoners heroine, a hot hero that had me picturing Colin Farrell circa 2003 (as in his S.W.A.T. days). ALL the… cold showers. All in all, although skeptical about it in the very beginning, by the end I was obsessed with this story and these characters. Five enthusiastic stars- can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Recommended!
Holy wow- I did NOT see that twist coming. And let me tell you- I ALWAYS see them coming. So bravo, Lisa Suzanne- you got me! This was my first read from this author, but I definitely see myself reading the other books from these characters. I’m glad I went into this book blind so there would be no chance of guessing the twist. I still can’t get it over it- very rarely do I not see a twist coming a mile away. It was heartbreaking to read about the feelings Brody and Zoey were experiencing while they were apart. I definitely wanted to shake them both. “You both care about each other, fools! Fix your lives!” But I digress… I really liked not only the main characters, but the supporting characters as well. On second thought, maybe not Jessa. She isn’t particularly likable. But, that was the point of her character. She wasn’t meant to be likable. So again, bravo! There were a couple of spots I thought lagged a little, but overall the book kept the story moving, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. Mid-book I honestly wasn’t sure who Zoey would end up with at the end- it could have gone in a number of directions from there. I am happy about the way it all shook out, and so thankful that I won this ARC and found this author!
I love this series, but this book seemed- watered down. The story dragged in places, and I agree that switching between 1st person and 3rd person, combined with the grammatical errors, was distracting. It took me out of the story. I think this could’ve been much better with some editing, maybe another element of conflict. Perhaps a discovery that the whole betrayal had been orchestrated by Anastasia in order to steal Cosimo due to some deep jealousy/feeling of rivalry? Or maybe Growl hadn’t known who his father was until it was revealed toward the middle or the end of the story? There were some tethers of additional layers, but I felt like they could have been explored a little further. Still love the series, and still going to read the final book along with the spinoff series.
This book does a great job of building frustration- at Dean, at Rosie’s parents, at Rosie herself, at Dean’s parents… if I were a person who yelled at books, I would have been yelling at this book. Additionally, there is a part in the book that is… let’s call it a misunderstanding. And it had me ON FIRE until it got resolved. On FIRE, I say. But, everything in the book got resolved by the end. Thank goodness. Overall, a really good read. Not my favorite book from L.J. Shen, but honestly ALL of her books that I’ve read thus far have been good. Recommended, as always!