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Coming soon from USA Today best-selling author Jenika Snow is a brand-new full-length gritty Mafia romance that blurs the lines between right and wrong...and love and hate.

He didn’t have a heart...but he wanted hers.

All I knew about life was anger and violence. Pain and suffering. Kill or be killed.

I was a “fixer” for the Ruin - a syndicate for the Bratva, Cosa Nostra, Cartel, and any other organized crime faction that dealt in the darker, crueler aspects of humanity. I was a free agent who was called upon to do things weaker men didn’t have the stomach for. And when you surround yourself with death for long enough, soon you don’t remember what it felt like to be alive.

And then I saw her. She was a fragile little thing who tried to be strong. But I could tell she’d seen too much horror in the world, too much of the ugly within people. I should have stayed away. I’d only bring her further down into the darkness. But for the first time in my life, I felt a stirring in my chest, this protectiveness and possessiveness toward another living person. And it was painful. It made me feel alive.

Lina tried to hide how broken she was, but I was an old friend of being ruined. She held secrets I’d find out. Because for the first time in my miserable life, I wanted something for myself. I felt something more than apathy and indifference.

I wanted to possess the innocence she clung to. I wanted to break it open and consume it for myself. I could look into her too trusting blue eyes and knew I’d maim for her. I’d kill for her. And that became our truth when her past finally came back for her, when my present tried to destroy her.

They thought they could take the one thing - the only thing - I’d ever wanted for myself. They were wrong.

When I looked at her, I felt some of the monster that made me who I was retreat back to my black soul. He’d never leave...but he’d share the space.

For her.

A complete stand-alone novel in the Underworld Kings series.

©2021 Jenika Snow (P)2021 Jenika Snow

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Coldhearted Bastard – Love Arlo!

I love mafia romance and this one was so good. I really enjoyed this book. Galina/Lina was a very strong woman who was on the run. Arlo always came into the diner where she works. One night, a rowdy customer from the diner follows her when she leaves work and attacks her. She was able to fend him off with some pepper spray and a kick and she was able to get away. Arlo witnesses this and ends up causing severe damage to the man including cutting the hand off that touched and bruised Lina and sent a knife through his privates. Arlo makes her move into his beautiful apartment for her own safety. There is a crime boss who wants her in addition to the people she is running from. Arlo was rough and coldhearted when he had to be but Lina warmed his heart. He was great even though he is a killer. He was written in such a way that any woman would want him. I love how Arlo took care of everything so there was a very nice ending. Would like to catch up with them. I highly recommend it. J. F. Harding and Stella Hunter did a great job with the narration.

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AN UNDERWORLD BASTARD.. & MY PERSONAL KRYPTONITE

I wonder what it say about us fans of dark romances.. and even darker dangerous anti-heroes who make us swoon with their possessive natures as they burn the world down for the women they love? Well, whatever it says about me I am not ashamed.. oh no no no, I hold my head up high, I claim it and beg for more. I am also happy to see that, in this particular new intoxicating underworld, I am not alone in this guilty pleasure which is reassuring too. Because here is a cold-bloodied killer anti hero with a penetrating glare that makes strong men pee their pants - but I loved Arlo’s intensity, his passion for Galina and his dedication to keeping her safe.. well all that and the tattooed dark package he deliciously comes in 🤭☺️🤫. Galina is on the run from bad men who want to do very bad things to her thanks to her father’s debts and she’s been waitressing for two months.. which is where she catches the attention of a very.. very bad man. However, his soul calls to hers, his touch is electric, his possessive gazes smoulder, his sizzling kisses ignite a fire, his actions are protective and in his arms Galina feels safe.. and home. Unfortunately though, there are snakes who try to rip them apart.

Worth a credit? Yes I loved the book’s intensity as their delicious chemistry builds, bubbles and blows hot. I loved the suspense and danger that oozed and clung over Arlo’s life. I loved this new to me author’s damaged souls love story with its desperation, darkness and shining light of salvation. And I really loved the dual POV duet style narration by Stella Hunter and J.F. Harding who both fit the characters perfectly and brought this impressive story to life. This is my first Jenika Snow and, now her books are longer, it won’t be my last.

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Intense, Hot & Swoon Worthy

I really enjoyed this book. The story quickly captured my interest and held it firmly. I thought Arlo was 100% pure swoon worthy. On the surface he is all still waters, coldness, hardness, brutality and a laser focus that in no way prepares you for intensity of the desire that Lina inspires in him. And oh, that naughty, naughty mouth! WHEW! As for Galina, I liked her a lot. She was a spunky and scrappy. I do admit though that sometimes her actions could be frustrating and annoying. I could understand where it was all coming from though. But still, it was what it was. Together, these two were simply incendiary!! The burn might be slow but the flames are scorching hot!! A smartly crafted blend of raw emotions, drama, tension and danger was smoothly seductive and made a dark irresistible romance that I absolutely loved! Dual narration on this book, which I am always appreciative of. I found both voices quite pleasing and most importantly I felt they fit the characters well. The overall performance was excellent and really helped immerse me in this amazing story.

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omg

that's what I gotta say. and that I ACTUALLY ENJOYED ITTTTT!!!!! I DIDNT THINK I WOULD BUT I DID.

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Just wow!!

I read the e-book before I listened to the audio book and I thought that the narration was perfect! I thought J.F. Harding and Stella Hunter did a fantastic job with the MCs and really gave this book life for me. The darkness of this book was really brought out in this audio book. I can't wait to find more books narrated by J.F. Harding and Stella Hunter because they great. I thought that this was a fantastic book. Arlo and Galina's story was gripping for me. This book was really hard for me to put down. I really enjoyed the suspense and little bit of darkness that this book had to offer. Galina had gone through a lot but at least she got a great HEA with Arlo. I can't wait to see what the rest of this series has in store for us. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it and Ms. Jenika as a great author.

I received a free audio copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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Intense mafia romance!

The narrators, J.F. Harding and Stella Hunter, were amazing, I totally loved how they portrayed the main characters. Especially J.F. with Arlo’s gritty voice and his Russian, enough to need a fan to cool me down.

Arlo has been tempted by Galina as no one else has. He wants to make her his but first he has to protect her from even badder men than him. Well, being in the mafia does that to you.

I loved the fact that she brings out the gentleness in him, that he is overcome with emotions just for her, she makes him see the world just a little bit different.

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story brought to another level

I read this book before listening and I have to say the audiobook brought this book to another level. I was very impressed with the narrators they brought this wonderful book to life for me . I am never disappointed with anything Jenika writes. If you enjoyed reading the book this is definitely worth the credit even if you didn't read it first . I will be listening to this one again.

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Dark and Twisted

Let me just say that Cold Hearted Bastard is dark, twisted, and edge of your seat captivating. Follow Arlo to the depths of hell for Lina. Strong innocent Lina is doing everything to just survive. Will Arlo be able to keep Lina. Grab this story and follow the twists and turns around every dangerous corner.

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Wow!!

Here’s a gritty story well told. It was engaging,exciting and above all sexy as hell!
I’m typically not a fan of mafia books ( I don’t like glorifying the stereotype, however this Hero and Heroine never sought to be stuck in this way of life. They only seek to find peace for some type of a life to flourish.
Be ready with your fans ladies and gents because this one’s coming in HOT!

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Pure magnificence

This is not your typical hearts and flowers story. But nonetheless the feelings between Galina and Arlo run deep from the very beginning. And the more they get to know each other and circumstances throw them together, the deeper those feelings are and the more in love you fall with their story. And I want to also give a shout to the narrators whom gave life to this story. I had already read the story, but listening was quite different. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.