Goodreads Rating: 4.35 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dark
Publication Date: February 23rd 2018
Publisher: Self published
I’m a good girl.
I live by a code that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned.
But Nikolai Kozlov re-writes my destiny with five simple words.
You belong to me now.
He’s Russian mafiya. A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he wants without a second thought.
And what he wanted was me.
He thinks he controls my fate, but what he doesn’t know is, sometimes it’s the good girls you have to watch out for.
I’m a dangerous man.
I live by a code. The Vory code. It is my duty to my family to protect the brotherhood. To destroy anyone who threatens what we stand for, including her.
She’s a dancer. A beautiful little doll. My prisoner, and my new favorite puppet. This mafia princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply collateral.
It’s a shame to destroy precious things.
But this is what bad men do.
Review also posted on Goodreads
“The thief stole my heart, only to hold it in the palm of his hand, extorting my affections when it suits him.”
I’ve been rooting for Nikolai and Tanaka on Ghost (Alexei & Talia’s story) and I have a wishful thinking they’ll have their own book. I’m unaware this series has been extended and I’m truly glad because it’s their story. 😭💗 I really like it despite of its gradual pace on the first 20-25%. It takes place from the events on Ghost but don’t worry guys, it can be read as a standalone.
Tanaka Valentini is a graceful and passionate dancer and mafia princess. Her dreams of being a dancer crashed because of her father’s debts on the Russian mafia. She was held captive by Nikolai Kozlov as a payment. Nikolai was nothing but harsh to her and I pity Tanaka here as she pays for her father’s sins. Despite of his cruelty, she remained kind and loyal to him. He may be flawed but she believes he’s a good man capable of love.
Nikolai’s mission was to find his biological mother. Dead or alive he’ll seek revenge to those who hurt her and the missing puzzle to this piece was Tanaka’s father, Manuel Valentini. He thinks that man was violent and abusive. What angers him more was the possibility of Tanaka being abused. She was innocent and genuine. She was a light to his darkness and he can’t help falling for her even if it makes him weak.
I really like their story but I’m slightly underwhelmed with it. I know Nikolai was concerned for Tanaka’s well being but there are moments he’s too forceful and rude. I want to smack him so bad, like dude give Tanaka a break and show some kindness. The epilogue was great and it’s nice to see the all characters from the previous books. 😍😍😍 I’m going to miss them all.