Wow. I really had no idea how Kresley Cole would go from her Immortals After Dark series to some contemporary/erotic/suspense/romance. And let me tell you, I was blown away. I feel completely blindsided.
The story starts out as a typical young innocent miss meets big ole bruiser bad boy. But this is only surface level in this somewhat unconventional story. Natalie is an ordinary American girl, raised by her adoptive parents in the Midwest and is now using the reliable work ethics that her farmgirl upbringing taught her in order to work three jobs and finish up her degree. When her attempts to track down her Russian birth parents ends up at a dead end, she resolves to try again later.
Only...it seems her inquiries did not go unnoticed, and Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan shows up searching for her.
Before she knows it, she is whisked away to a world of opulence and utter indulgence, but her small town roots hold her fast. And while Natalie is fascinated with Sevastyan and she KNOWS he desires her as well, their lives can't seem to mesh. Sevastyan is an enforcer in the Russian mafia, he's huge and tattooed and everyone seems to fear him. Except for Natalie. His passions are intense and verge on scary, but no one has ever excited her nearly so much as he has.
I'm giggling like a teenager right now, because I am BEYOND READY for the next installment. I can't wait to get more of Sevasyan, the sexy beast of a man. He loves to be bossy in the bedroom, but he has some gentle in his soul and let me tell you, he is exactly the kind of book boyfriend I can fall in love with.
Natalie is quite the likeable heroine. She's a bit bowled over by the raw sexuality that Sevastyan exudes, and she quickly discovers her own desires once she comes into close contact with her new Russian obsession. (Let's not kid ourselves, the girl wants Sevastyan badly). She's along for this crazy ride, finding out a lot more about herself than she bargained for.
** This is part one of what I believe will be a three part series. I wouldn't lump it with the serial novels though. The starting price is only $1.99 for 150 pages so if the next two follow suit, it'll be somewhere around six bucks for 450 pages. That's a good deal from this author. And yes...this has a cliffhanger! Y'all know how I hate those cliffies but each installment is only a month away, so again it skirts the issues I have with both serials and cliffhangers. I'm okay with both aspect in this case.
Anyone who loves an alpha. loves a gamma, anyone ready for a different spin on erotic romance; who craves some danger along with some tenderness...read this book! This is a book about a couple not meant for each other except in their hearts. It's about the Russian mafia and opulence that few get to experience. It's a complete escape that makes me want to jump inside the pages and live it up! Five big stars from me!!!!!!!!
ARC provided by publisher for review