on October 20, 2015
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Pretty things aren't meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I'm her nightmare.
I'm her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn't remember me.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury--I can't.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.
I really enjoyed this spin off from the Eagle Elite series and a look into the Russian side of the Mafia. I loved the connection between Nik and Maya and there was an element of mystery that kept me on my toes throughout my read. It was also great seeing characters of the Eagle Elite series again too 🙂
There were some things didn’t work for me which is why the rating is the way that it is. Without giving away too much of the story, I will say that forgiveness is earned and you have to work hard to get it. While I enjoyed learning how these character’s history intersected, I wanted the characters to work for the forgiveness, to earn it because for me, it was almost too quick for something that was HUGE in this relationship. I also wanted there to be more explanations and more reasonings for certain things. I think that when children of mafia leaders are raised in this life, that some things are not so surprising to them because this is a hard life to be in. They know what’s going down behind the scenes so I think they understand that not everything is legal and right. I know I am being vague and I am purposely being so because even though some small things didn’t work for me, the story as a whole was really gripping and darker than anything I have ever read from Rachel before. The characters were really well crafted and mature and I really enjoyed reading Rip and getting lost within the pages.
Rip is sexy and exciting and all in all, this was a great introduction to a new series that I look forward to reading more of!
“You,” I said simply. “It all leads to you. Everything. And I think, for now…” I leaned up, brushing my lips across his. “That’s all that matters.”
“And if I’m the key to both your survival and your destruction, what then?”
“You mean what if your water is poison?” I asked.
He didn’t answer.
“Then I want to drink.”
There were two seconds.
Two brief moments in time.
When I felt my heart race and wondered if it matched his as Nikolai took a steadying breath… then swallowed hard.
One beat against my chest, and his lips were touching mine.
Two beats as my heart picked up speed, and I could feel the heat of his mouth as he slid his tongue across my lower lip.
I moaned in response, reaching around his neck, grasping fistfuls of his hair and tugging as his body moved against mine. Without breaking the kiss, Nikolai found the hem of my cotton T-shirt, lifted it and pulled it over my head, our mouths parting for seconds before, with a sizzle of heat, they met again, and again. Each time our lips grazed it felt new, and yet familiar, like we’d shared hundreds of kisses, thousands of embraces.
He leaned back and helped me to a sitting position, his muscles flexing from holding his own weight. Moonlight shone across the planes of his firm chest. Something about Nikolai’s masculine beauty was lethal, so dangerous that my heart raced even harder. He frowned, pressing his palm to my chest as if trying to calm me down.
I wasn’t safe.
Not in his arms.