Lies of My Monster by Rina Kent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What an awesome cliffhanger!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 🙂😀🤩😍🥰
The heroine: Sasha – her entire extended family were massacred four years ago, except herself, her grandmother, her uncle Albert, her cousin Mike, and possibly her brother Anton. Since then Sasha has been hiding as a male soldier named Aleksander, until going to work for the Bratva in the US with her commander, Kirill. She suspected his father was the one who ordered her family slain and is out to prove it and get revenge.
The Hero: Kirill – he had a horrible childhood and broke free from his father when he joined the military in Russia, but has since come home to learn the family business and eventually take over for his father as one of the top leaders of the Russian Bratva. Kirill brought some of his closest men with him when he was in the military and they returned with him to the US along with Sasha, who is now one of his bodyguards.
The Story: The last book ended with a huge cliffhanger which changed everything between Sasha and Kirill. They both have family secrets that affect each other, but they aren’t about to bring those secrets to light without possibly endangering one or both of them. Though Kirill has to get to the bottom of what happened while they were in Russia.
I really enjoyed the fact that we get to know Kirill as a person in this book, in the first book we found out a little about his life before he joined the military, but in this book we learn so much more about his childhood, his family and his relationships with the people closest to him. The characters in this book are terrific, from Kirill’s messed up family to the other Bratva leaders, like Damien who loves going to war and sees it as his only form of entertainment.
I also love the fact that Yuri and Maksim are Sasha’s close friends and are always helping her out, despite the fact that they don’t know she is a woman. Like the first book, there were a few great scenes in this book that also took place in some of Rina Kent’s other books (Deception Trilogy, Throne Duet), but this time we saw those situations from a new perspective. I liked it quite a bit.
I have to say, that I have read most of Rina Kent’s books and I looked back at them recently and I have given all of them either 4 or 5 stars, most of them 5. I got to thinking, that maybe I am too biased and giving them a higher rating than I they deserve, but then I started reading this one an literally couldn’t put it down from start to finish.
Not only that, but I read a lot (upwards of 400 books a year) and I forget a lot of what I read, but I have never forgotten any of Rina’s books and I knew those scenes that appeared in other books right away when the same scenes were in this one. Rina Kent is one of my favorite authors and it always surprises me how I get so involved in these stories and just can’t get enough. This one certainly deserved 5 stars and I can’t wait for the next book. The cliffhanger at the end came out of nowhere and I am exited to see how it all plays out.
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