By Alexis Abbott
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
She’s terrified of me. She should be.
I’m no saint, but apparently even killers have limits. When the Bratva hired me as security for the night, I didn’t know it was a flesh trade. I could have kept my cool, done my job, but then I saw her. Pure as a lily, dressed in skimpy lingerie, and being auctioned off to the foulest men in Brighton Beach.
I’m not used to this white knight sh*t, but I did what I had to do. I outbid those pieces of trash and bought myself a bride.
What the hell do I do with a sweet, subservient woman who’s been trained to obey her husband? I can think of some things my baser instincts want me to do… But when she submits to me, I’m going to be the man that deserves it, not just the one she owes it to. So I’m going to make her life better. I’m going to make her want me just as bad as I want her.
And at night, when my new princess is slumbering, I’m going to make every one of those pimps pay in blood.
This is a well-written book, even though it didn’t necessarily read easily to me. I could envision Andrei speaking in his native accent – it almost read in a choppy and direct approach. The first four or five chapters are heavy on the character development for the two primary characters, Andrei and Cassie, but without it, I doubt the reader would have the full thrust of motivations and history for these two individually and eventually as a couple/family. (I would, however, have liked to have seen something earlier on about why Cassie’s parents sold her – to pay off his debts – which Andrei mentioned later in the book, but one could have missed that.) Even though there are age and cultural differences (in more ways than one), Abbott makes these differences work for these two characters as their relationship evolves. Both have endured tremendous loss and together what do they have to lose? Andrei has an innate protective nature, as evidenced with his treatment of Cassie, Sophia and her mother, and even some of the hits he’s been assigned to. Regardless if the premise was believable in entirety or not, the way their relationship evolved into real love, respect and friendship was gratifying. Andrei treated Cassie like a princess – he was tender and loving and respectful in his way – and his reaction upon learning that Cassie was pregnant was sigh-worthy. The epilogue is rewarding for the reader because it delves deeper and goes beyond what one would glean simply from reading the final chapter.
The “huh?” part?
Lucky for Cassie, she was a great shot (left with a revolver in the warehouse/safe house) because if not Andrei might have arrived just a few seconds too late to save her.
Andrei’s reaction when Cassie announced she was pregnant.
Yes, this was a little different approach to romance, but there were elements that made it a rewarding read.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on April 28, 2016.