Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Cover Photography: Wander Book Club Photography
~PRAISE FOR THE NOVEL~
“Holy Beast! What a read! One of the best reads of 2018!” – Donna
“Such a beautiful sadistic and vicious beast; how can someone so bad be so deliciously good?” – Clare H
“A swoon-worthy read that will blow you away,” – Linda
This book started out a bit rough. I didn’t like Gleb and Eva’s first encounter. Nor did I particularly like their reunion encounter. Plus, I am really not a fan of the secret baby plotline, but I can’t complain about that one too much since it is spelled out in the synopsis (lol). That said, it did get somewhat better as it went along. The writing was decent, albeit a bit repetitive at times. As well as having a bit too much inner thought ramblings. The pace was perfect. The plot was engaging although a tad light on mafia action until 70%. (I was expecting more). Last, it was all wrapped up in a couple of sweet epilogues.
GLEB…Gleb was alright I guess. I didn’t love him nor did I hate him. I think his character just felt a little flat to me. I was expecting a Russian mafia boss to have a little more grit. I actually found myself disappointed in the direction the book took in the end in regard to Gleb and his mafia connections. However, he was hot as f-ck in the bedroom. I loved his interactions with Kir, and he was all about Eva when they met up for the second time.
EVA…Eva was a bit MEH to me. First, I didn’t get why she hated Gleb in the first place. He didn’t force her to have sex with him. Nor was he irresponsible while having sex with her. It was an accidental pregnancy, and it takes two to tango. So yea, I didn’t quite get that whole “I hate him…he ruined my life” thing. On top of that, I just felt she wasn’t a good partner for a mafia boss. She was too weak and whiny in my opinion. Apart from the fact she was attractive and had his kid, I am not sure what Gleb saw in her. *shrug*
This book had a lot of secondary characters that added some extra depth to the overall story. None really stood out, but I was intrigued by Brash. We also get a tiny bit of the couple from BRUTE.
HIGH. This one has quite a few smokin’ got sex scenes in it. Gleb and Eva set my tablet on fire when they took to the sheets. Outside of the bedroom though, I struggled to feel a connection between them.
~ANGST LEVEL – SEXUAL HISTORIES~
LOW. I didn’t find this one angsty at all. It was very insta (once they meet again), and they pretty much stay a couple through the entirety of the book. Neither were virgins. The hero had sex with others during the two years between the one-night stand (a stretch…it was more like a ten-minute sex encounter in the back of his club) and when they meet again. That said, it is just implied. I don’t think it is ever mentioned in any detail (one sentence maybe??) The heroine remained celibate which usually has me wanting to throat punch someone, but her reasons for not having had sex were legit. So it didn’t bother me at all. There was also no OW or OM drama either.
~IN THE END~
Did I enjoy it? For the most part.
Was it perfect? It had a few issues that lowered my rating.
Would I recommend it? Yes. It wasn’t a bad book per se. It just had a few things that were issues for ME. I am just one opinion in a sea of options. So do read a few more reviews before making up your mind.
Who would enjoy this book? Pretty much everyone.