REVIEW: Betrothed to the Badman by Hayley Faiman

Love and passion….4.5 stars..

I have not read any books by this author before and have clearly missed a treat since this is the eighth book in this series…. fortunately it was not necessary to read the previous stories to understand the plot but I suspect the same characters feature throughout the course of the series and for that reason alone I wish I had started from the beginning …

The writing is fluent and expressive..and the world in which the characters interact feels realistic….the two main characters enter into a marriage contract for the sake of peace between their two families… Timofei comes from the brutal Bratva world he is rich and powerful and his moral compass is way off and in truth he really has few redeeming qualities but he does try to be better for his new wife and this is book world so for that alone he is irresistible…. Devyn is an Irish Mobster’s daughter a beautiful and smart young woman; I loved how her strength of character grows through the book as both she and Timofei are forced to deal with the machinations of those who purport to be their friends and family…. I was also thankful that neither of the protagonists, who were virtual strangers to each other, immediately fell in love…their relationship felt more genuine as a result…

I really liked the inclusion of the Marriage Contract at the beginning of the book…this was a clever addition which negated the need for long explanations regarding the nature of their union ; in addition there was a summary of the Bratva Structure which again prevented narrative being spent on clarification of the characters roles and responsibilities…..

Within these pages is a story of betrayal, revenge, loyalty and honour intertwined with an imperfect but touching romance full of passion and love…… This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads

~Sheena (4/5)

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