I waited so long for Nikolai’s book, and it was definitely worth the wait! This was much darker than I was expecting, which is a good thing although it wasn’t as dark as Ghost. This story tied in with Ghost since Nikolai and Alexei are brothers. Some scenes overlapped although it’s not necessary to read Ghost to understand what is going on.
I wasn’t expecting to like Tanaka at first. Her obsession with ballet didn’t endear me to her. As her story unfolded the reasons for her obsession made me like her very much. She had serious emotional issues. I love the way Tanaka’s issues are depicted. It takes therapy and lots of work for her to improve, but she still has setbacks, major ones. Unlike many romances, love does not magically make her issues go away. It’s very realistic. Although there isn’t a chance in hell I’d ever develop the same issues as her, it was easy to relate to her situation.
Nikolai was an ass sometimes. There were reasons for it. He was in a tenuous situation in the mafiya. Despite his high ranking in the mafiya, he had many things working against him. Not being the top dog meant he still had to do what his boss ordered even when it goes against what he desperately wants to do. His relationships with his father and brother were not on good terms. He never really knew if he could trust them or not. Most of his actions were understandable and forgivable, but there were times where I wished he treated Tanaka better. On top of everything else, he had a personal vendetta against those he believed hurt his mother.
I am not sure if this is the final book in the series or not. I hope it’s not but am afraid it is since all of the main mafia men have had their stories told unless I’m forgetting somebody. This is the best mafia series ever! I’d love to read about other characters from this world even if they are not closely connected to any of the main characters so far.
Thank you so much to the author for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!!
Rating: 4.5 stars