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REVIEW: Criminal by Kat Shehata

Thrilling climax..

This final book in this series is without doubt also the best…the action starts where the last book concluded and the thrills and spills continue throughout….the premise of the series continues to be exciting and I love the balance of light and dark in the plot with humour and camaraderie as well as the brutality and ruthlessness of the Bratva world in which the action takes place..

Carter’s and Vladimir’s characters have grown….their relationship continues to be complex but much more believable as they battle together against a deadly enemy…the subsidiary characters are also well developed…in particular there is a special place in my heart for Boris,Vladimir’s trusted advisor…despite the fact that his previous behaviour was unconscionable…he epitomises the values of his family of strength and loyalty with a good helping of tough love…

As this entertaining trilogy comes to a thrilling climax I can honestly say that, although I may have had my reservations with the previous books, I have become addicted to the lives and loves within this gripping series and as I finally say goodbye to Carter and Vladimir I am honestly sad that the journey is over…..This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads…

~Sheena (4/5)

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REVIEW: Prisoner by Kat Shehata

Bratva thriller….

Prisoner starts where obsession ends…as the action moves to Vladimir’s homeland where a war is brewing between rival bratva families….this is much more of a thriller than the first book in the series and the action is much faster paced…..when I reviewed the first book I identified the dichotomy in my opinion between my overall enjoyment and my frustration at the inconsistency with the plot and the characters…. my feelings have continued in a similar vein ……

I have to say that Carter and Vladimir, the two protagonists, are more predictable in their actions and interactions and whilst Carter continues to behave recklessly at times as the story progresses she seems calmer and develops a more measured approach to the violent world she has become embroiled in…the author is really very skilled at creating diverse and complex characters and against my better judgment I really loved Vladimir’s close family…they are brutal and deadly but they also possess a strong bond of love and loyalty..

This really was a gripping read and although I still have my reservations this series continues to captivate my imagination….I am now invested in the lives of Carter and Vladimir and excited to see where this convoluted plot will take them and their comrades in the final instalment of the series..This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads…

~Sheena (4/5)

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REVIEW: Obsession by Kat Shehata

Mixed review…

I am not sure how to review this book I can honestly say I have never read a book before that I found so enjoyable but at the same time struggled with large sections of the plot as well as the characters…

Mafia/Bratva romance is one of my go to genres and I really loved the premise of this story..Carter is a sassy, gifted tennis player.. and Vladimir is the intimidating boss of her Father….their relationship from the start is complex housed in a web of deceit and secrets as gradually she is drawn into his Bratva world…

This book was well written and there was an underlying atmosphere of menace and sexual undercurrent which held my attention throughout.. the characters individually were interesting and well described with an enigmatic hero and a strong willed, rather naive, heroine however the behaviour of both the two main characters and Boris, Vladimir’s ‘advisor/enforcer’ was inconsistent; so much so, in fact, that at times it seemed like there were six main characters; Boris acted like an avuncular babysitter and then like an abusive thug; Carter became objectionable and reckless and the sophisticated Vladimir was attentive and sweet until he wasn’t…none of these personality switches were believable and in the end the relationship between Carter and Vladimir did not feel genuine….

There is plenty of welcome humour in addition to the drama; I loved the scene early on with the dart tag game…in contrast however there were also some very sinister and dark scenes which did not sit comfortably with the overall feel of the book…I love dark stories but on this occasion the change seemed too extreme…not only the characters and the atmosphere of the book but also the plot itself had a number of inconsistencies including subsidiary potential love entanglements who appeared to be important elements in the story and then disappeared almost as quickly as they arrived…

Now here is the thing despite all my concerns I really was gripped by this story… there were holes and at times I felt frustrated by the characters but nevertheless as the book progressed I became more and more intrigued and as the final page turned I immediately picked up book number 2 to delve into the next episode…..This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads…

~Sheena (3/5)