VLAD by K. Webster & Ker Dukey
Publication Date: February 26, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark, Mafia, Romance
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.
I play my games thinking several moves ahead.
Power. Power. Power.
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.
~ABOUT K. WEBSTER~
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.
Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.
~ABOUT KER DUKEY~
My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.
I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up.
My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.
When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.
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So I have to admit I struggled a little with how to rate this one. The writing was f-cking fantastic. The pace was perfect. The plot was super engaging and had me turning the pages like a madwoman. Alas, the “romance” aspect just fell short for me. First, I LOATHE (HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER) sibling sharing so the minute I realized where this was heading I was disappointed. Now one could say I should have figured that out from the blurb, but the “hero” is basically (HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER) engaged to the heroine’s sister for almost the entire book. They kiss. He touches her (no sex). They all live in the same house. Since I am not a fan of that type of setup it was just a bit too much for me. On top of that, and maybe because of that, I struggled with the pairing of Vlad and Irina. It felt like it took forever for them to actually get together and I would have liked a bit more time with them as a couple without the engagement between them. But like I said, apart from the less than stellar “romance” aspect this book was fantastic and set up the series extremely well.
VLAD…what can I say about this character? I liked him for the most part. He was hot as f-ck. He was ruthless. He was dangerous. He was f-cked up in the head. He was rapey. All that said, I didn’t 100% love him until very near the end. I struggled with him being OK (HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER) marrying Diana but keeping Irina as a side piece. I wanted him to man up and put an end to things and go after what(who) he really wanted. He doesn’t do anything until his hand is forced.
IRINA…I liked her character for the most part. She started off seeming to be this meek little virgin and then turned into this kinky little nympho basically overnight. But OK, I went with it. It also bothered me that she seemed perfectly OK with (HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER) sleeping with her sister’s fiancée behind her back. Now I get Diana had her own little dalliance going on, but still, it all didn’t sit right with me. I feel like I am being picky about this issue and I am really not trying to be. I know this is a “dark romance” and I generally go into those in a different mindset, but ugh, the setup just bothered me a lot. C’est la vie.
There was an EXCELLENT array of secondary characters in this one. So many families and people that it did become a bit confusing at times. WAY too many people with names and last names that started with “V” (lol). But these authors do include a nice list of who all the characters are at the start of the book. I am certainly looking forward to reading about a lot of these guys. And even though I did not like the “engagement” setup with Diana I LOVED her character and I cannot wait to see her wreak vengeance on everyone.
Fairly High. The sex scenes were smokin’ and the frequency felt right for the story. There was a lot of rapey sex (dubious consent) in this one. Choking. The couple had amazing on page chemistry as well.
Medium. “I” didn’t find this one particularly angsty. Technically there WAS (HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER) cheating as Vlad IS engaged to Diana (Irina’s sister) for almost the entire book and he starts a sexual relationship with Irina while still engaged. That said, Diana was also cheating so I imagine most folks won’t be bothered by that. There is one OW sex scene near the beginning a threesome, but Vlad basically just observes. Other than that there was no OW or OM drama.
Overall, I enjoyed it A LOT. I adore the pairing of these two authors and again with this book we have another fantastic read. That said, the whole engaged to the sister (HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER) Irina and Vlad sleeping together while he is engaged to Diana. lowered what could have been a 5-Star read for me to a 4- Star one. Still, a very respectable rating in my opinion and I am sure I will be in the minority in regard to the issues I had, but sometimes things just bother you. What can you do? *shrug* That said, yours truly is still going to give this one two solid thumbs up and I CANNOT wait to see what these authors have up their sleeves with VEN in book two.