Sizzling Hot, with a great big finish!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The Hero(s): Kyle Hunter – Kyle was brought in to the Bratva though nobody really knew much about his background. He was a Hitman and very good at his job. Though seven years ago he disappeared without a word. Now he is back and claiming to be the son of one of the 4 Kings of the vory. The son that was kidnapped at age 5 and never seen again until now.
The heroine: Rai (Raina Sokolov) – She is the Grand-daughter of the former Bratva’s Pakhan, and now the Grand-niece of the current one. She wants more power herself but the Bratva is a man’s world and they don’t allow women. Though in the time since Kyle left and her Babushka died, she has gained a bit of her own power.
The Love Story: When Kyle left seven years ago it nearly broke Rai and she has become a different person since then. She is upset when the Bratva takes Kyle back so easily after he basically left them. Nobody leaves the mafia. In order to save her innocent niece from an arranged marriage, Ria takes her place, but when she agreed, she had no idea the groom would be Kyle.
This is a dark mafia romance where the bride is stuck in an arranged marriage against her will. The groom has a very shady past and she doesn’t trust him at all. The fact that she knew him well in the past, trusted him and was attracted to him before he left and broke her heart, makes her that much more acrimonious. Though Kyle wants his new wife, it seems he might just be toying with Rai while having another agenda completely.
The arranged mafia marriage is a trope used often in dark romance, but it is one I continue to like. However, the misogynistic mafia world is often hard to take, but I genuinely liked Rai and Kyle. Though some of the things Kyle did weren’t great. Especially getting crazy jealous when she even talked to another guy. It is one thing in a book to show jealousy but another to tell a woman she can’t even talk to another guy when she isn’t flirting with the guy(s).
This book has tie in’s to some other of Rina’s books, though I won’t go into which ones since that may be a spoiler, but I enjoyed that since I have read all her books. The ending of course was a Cliffhanger since this is book one of a Duet, but it was definitely Spectacular!!!