Bend For Him by B.B. Hamel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
The Hero is a bit rough around the Edges!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤
The setting: Philadelphia
The Hero: Leonid – He and his crew want to take over the city and make it a better place, but first they have to take apart the Volkov crime syndicate. Leo is part of a new kind of Gangster which is a brotherhood of sorts but of people from different families having the same way of thinking. Leo was not in the original group of guys so he got some heat for that, but the leader Hedeon saw something in Leo and brought him in.
The heroine: Robin Volkov – her uncle Maksim is the head of the Volkov family. She was always treated poorly because she is considered a half-breed. Meaning her mother was British while everyone else in the family was full blooded Russian.
The Love Story: Robin lived with her cousin Vlas who was Maksim’s son. Vlas was a drunk and a drug addict, so she was a babysitter of sorts. Robin was home when Leo and his partner broke in and murdered Vlas in order to start a war with the Volkov’s. Leo decided to keep Robin alive in case she had information that could help them.
Leonid is a different kind of gangster than we usually see in Romance novels. He is not in charge of the crew, he is not a millionaire or billionaire, though he does seem to have enough money that he doesn’t worry about an extended stay at a posh hotel. Leo never graduated high school, though he has quite a bit of street smarts. He is thoughtful and plans out each step and researches his jobs before going out and getting into something he might not be prepared for.
I actually liked that he was a bit rough around the edges and not the standard billionaire or Mafia don that is usually in romance novels. He was totally hot and I liked the way he treated Robin. There were a few quite steamy scenes. He knows when to be rough and when to be gentle. He was protective of her as well. Very good book overall, I just wish there was a bit more background information.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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