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A tormented soul on the verge of breaking...

The night we met, I joked about being his cougar. He said it depended on how much I could handle. Nothing prepared me for how Sergey Ivanov turned my world upside down. Borderline scandalous describes the things he introduces me to. Every limit I reach, he knows to back off or keep pushing. Each sinful touch is a catalyst for greedy desire I never knew existed within me. Once I step into his world, it’s impossible to get out. There’s no retreating from him. It’s a magnetic pull swirling with pain and kindness unable to be defined.

The world views him as strong and intimidating. I see love and demons he never should have been exposed to, but can’t escape. Even when he thinks it’s safe, it never really is. He’s my cruel enforcer....

Cruel Enforcer is the jaw-dropping third installment of the Mafia Wars series. It’s an interconnecting, stand-alone dark mafia romance, guaranteed to have an HEA.

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Brilliantly Captivating! Dark, Intense & Hot!

I am loving this series and I just can not get enough of those amazing Ivanov men, their women are pretty amazing too. Maggie Cole is a gifted author, I am enjoying her writing style, her descriptive details bring you into her characters minds, you get to see and feel everything they do, it is hard to not fall in love with them. This third book is Sergey Ivanov and Kora Kilborn, Sergey is the youngest of the Ivanov brothers and Kora is a kick ass divorce attorney, she friends with Aspen, his brother Maksim’s wife. I was happy to see Eloise go, she was Sergey’s poor excuse of a girlfriend and we finally get to see her true colors in this book. Kora captured Sergey’s attention, he was not sure about her at first, afraid she was another Eloise, but everything about her surprises him. Where she comes from, how she handles herself at her job and even how she loves to submit in the bedroom. Kora knows her take not names attitude scares men off and she was sure once Sergey saw her in action he would run too. But it only intrigued him more than he already was. The chemistry between these two was electric, she could take all he offered and then some. But could she take everything that comes with him and the world he lives in? The danger, the secrets and all the trouble. And Kora has some family issues of her own. The timelines in this book over lap with the previous book and we are given a different perspective of the events in these characters eyes. I highly recommend reading and/or listening to the books in order you will be familiar with all the major players in the series, as well as the ongoing power plays in the mafia world. Besides the first two books are awesome and not to be missed. This book is cleverly plotted and there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of drama, angst, twist & turns, thrilling suspense, heartfelt and emotional moments and some hot romance. Maggie Cole, thank you for another amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride. Thanks for that mind-blowing ending too, I am looking forward to what come next in this awesome series.

🎧📚🎧 And fabulous narration, Maggie Cole chose the perfect cast to bring her characters and story to life. Aaron Shedlock and Zara Eden are talented narrators and voice artists. They did an awesome job portraying the characters, giving each their own distinct voice and humanizing them with emotions. They grasp their character’s persona completely and play that role with perfection sounding believable and just as I pictured them to sound. Aaron Shedlock’s Sergey was amazing, a bad ass alpha but he also showed his tormented side. Zara Eden’s Kora was great too, strengths and all. Both were awesome performing the roles of the secondary characters as well. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧

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Amazing Dark Mafia Romance Series!!

This is the third book in the Mafia Wars Series, a Dark Mafia Romance. I love this Series!! Sergey and Kora's story is breathtaking, suspenseful, and captivating! Kora is lovely, strong, and independent. Sergey is ruthless, dark, and dominant. They are opposites attract, and they complement each other. They share a sizzling hot chemistry! The storyline is complex, and suspenseful, filled with secrets, and intrigue. Aaron Shedlock and Zara Eden did an outstanding job with the narration. They are perfect as Sergey and Kora. Looking forward to listen to Vicious Protector, the next book in the Series. I HIGHLY recommend this Series! #PinkFlamingoProductions #TheFlock #AudiobookObsession

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Cruel Enforcer

okay idk which Ivanov I want. lol this it just getting better and better. but that ending, are you freaking joking. no that can't happen to that Ivanov poor guy nooooo😔😔😥😢 . they all been through so much why can't they catch a small break.

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This series keeps getting better and better!

Each new edition to this series just makes me fall even more in love with the Ivanov's. Sergey was an incredible character and I loved seeing the slight reverse age gap with Kora being older. This book was absolutely everything you want in a mafia romance. The scenes were HOT and the tension mouthwatering. Loved every second of it. Can't wait for the next book!!
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Kora and Sergey are Hot Hot Hot

I love listening to audiobooks in my car to and from work. And most of the time they are steamy ones and this one is no exception! I had to turn the volume down multiple times when I was at red lights so the people next to me didn’t wonder what the heck I was listening to! Maggie Cole did this reverse age gap perfectly! I loved the story of Kora and Sergey! She is this fierce divorce lawyer and he is the youngest of the Ivanov’s who doesn’t take sh$* from anyone and I couldn’t get enough!

I am so glad that Aaron Shedlock and Zara Eden narrated this book! I love their voices together and Aaron’s voice is like caramel sliding down your ice cream cone! It was perfection! Maggie Cole did it again and I honestly cannot wait until the next book comes out July 1st! Girl you are batting 1000% in the audiobook world!

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Zara and Aaron are the perfect Kora and Sergey!

This book is absolutely amazing! It is one of my favorite in the series so far! I would highly recommend this to any and all who love a happily Ever After story!

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A Cougar and her Cub

Maggie Cole Mafia Wars series is getting better and better as it progresses. The drama, intensity, of the underworld works of the mafia is very descriptive . The Ivanov men are very protective of what's theirs, territory, friends, family and lovers.
Kora is a cougar, a piranha in and outside the courthouse. She's a strong, confident, a high profile divorce attorney who captured Sergey's attention.
Sergey is the Enforcer, a dominant male. He is her protector. She knows the gentle, loving side, no one sees.
Sergey and Kora are one hot, sexy couple. The intimate, hot sexy times between Kora and Sergey are spicy, burning hot. Just have a fan and a cold drink to cool down!🔥
This story is action packed. Full of drama, betrayal, a rollercoaster of emotions, and betrayal.
I listened to this on audio. Aaron Shedlock and Zara Eden are perfection . They both bring the intensity, the emotions, of each character.
A great performance. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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My favorite of series so far

This series is the first I've read/listened to by Maggie Cole. Oh my GOSH! The ending to this book! Wait, let me back up. I loved Kora and Sergey! Kora is so smart, strong, and tough in business. But she needs someone to love and dominate her in her personal life. Sergey was perfect for her. Their chemistry was hot! My heart bled for those two. I cried through the heartbreak and anguish in their lives. I couldn't pause this audiobook! This is definitely my favorite. Maybe because the other two set this one up. The storyline overlapped BROKEN FIGHTER, so we saw another view of some of the same storyline as before. These maybe best described as standalone romances with an overall cliffhanger lasting through the series? That's what I'm going with. So good. I absolutely can't wait for the next book.

Aaron Shedlock and Zara Eden are excellent narrators! Their performances were perfect! This book rolled like a movie in my head.

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Listen in private

Loved every word. Definitely a guilty pleasure. Great series that builds characters in each book. Sexy!!!

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This book will have you begging for more!

Sergey and Kora are explosive together! Two powerful personalities coming together…..This book has it all….fear, excitement, danger, suspense and best of all, arousal!

Aaron and Zara bring these characters to life perfectly!

This is book three of Maggie’s new Mafia Wars series! Let me tell you that these Ivanov’s are so possessive and yummy!!! Not only will you not be disappointed, you’ll be begging for more!

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 06-23-21

A great addition to the series.

I am seriously loving this series. Cruel Enforcer is every bit as brilliant as the previous books in this series.
It is great to see the relationship between Sergey and Kora develop and boy is this a steamy read! Kora is a fantastic character and it was great to know more about these characters.

The story has a lot of darkness, a lot of emotional issues that hit me right in the feels! A lot of things that have happened in the previous books come in to play in this one and it is explosive.

The narration is excellent with clear characters, great voice acting and excellent chemistry.

I cannot wait to listen to more of this series. Maggie Cole has developed a great series with an excellent range of characters.
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  • Gillek2
  • 06-19-21

Sergey and Kora!

Sergey is the youngest brother in a mafia family that was created out of need rather than want. He is a loyal brother who has overcome a difficult past and finds himself in a relationship with a woman where he wants her to be part of his life while she only wants him when it is convenient. He meets Kora because her best friend is involved with his brother and from their first meeting the sparks fly.

Kora is formidable and forceful both when it comes to her clients and her life but not her family. She doesn’t back down from anyone or anything which has made romance difficult in the past but not does Sergey accept her strengths, but he appreciates them as well.

The interactions between them are both humorous and hot. In Kora, Sergey has met his match as she challenges him like no other, but he is also determined to protect her. Individually Sergey and Kora are strong but together they become a formidable force that can overcome anything that life throws at them. The narration made a great story even better as it not only had you invested in the characters but brought out all the steam and suspense of the story as well.

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  • angeljoy
  • 06-15-21

Wow

Wow love to hear Aaron’s voice it makes zergei even hotter! Good read and romance!

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  • Megan Bell - The Flock🎧
  • 06-14-21

Mafia drama at it's finest!

I am a sucker for mafia books and all the drama that comes with them and these books are feeding my addiction so well!

The drama, the fighting, the war... I am HERE FOR IT!

I loved watching Sergey and Kora find their groove and watching them become who they are meant to be, but I hated the torment they went through. I know it was necessary and it made the book that much better but I wanted such happiness for them but then BAM... life.

Sergey was not what I was expecting but his hotness was off the charts. I also loved watching him battle his demons and watching him grow. He was already a man but he became a force to be reckoned with! I also loved the emotions he showed with Kora and the inner turmoil about it all.

Also, no spoilers but the "piranha" scene, I did NOT see that coming, I expected the brothers to come barging in or Sergey to find another way, I did not expect what happened and I loved it. I loved that Kora showed a little more of herself to Sergey at that point. She is truly made for him and all that comes with him and I was beaming with pride for her.

Aaron Shedlock and Zara Eden were amazing, they really gave this book life. I can't wait to hear more from them.

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  • Shy G.
  • 06-13-21

My Thoughts on Cruel Enforcer

Cruel Enforcer was everything I hoped for and more. And that ending was yet another shocking one but it left me excited for the next book. I loved Kora and Sergey. I loved their dynamic as a couple and the give and take in their relationship. He appreciated her strong alpha attitude and didn't try to change her. And I loved that she was this strong, confident, successful person in her professional life but she liked handing over the reigns a bit in her personal life. Particularly in the bedroom. The draw of that was very relatable to me. Plus I personally love a good interracial relationship.

The narration on this one was 5 stars in and of itself. Aaron Shedlock is a favorite of mine and he really showed his excellence with not only a great performance for the main character but several well done accents for secondary characters. Zara Eden was new to me but made a very good impression.

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  • kate grogan
  • 06-08-21

That Ending 🤯

Brilliant Audio... i love the russian accents.
Narrators made it sound realistic.

Ruthless Stranger (Maksim + Aspen) was my fave but Sergey and Koras story *sigh* sooooo good- definitely my fave.

Sergey and Koras chemistry was through the roof and the sex scenes- one word steamy!

I cant believe the ending.... i cant wait for the next installment!!!!!!!

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  • Cindy
  • 06-06-21

Dangerous!

This series just keeps getting better and better. I think Cruel Enforcer is my favorite so far. This is Sergey and Kora's story. It had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning until that heart-pounding ending. With an ending like that, I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you like dark mafia romance with lots of dangerous men, hot sex and unexpected twists and turns, then I would highly recommend Mafia Wars. Aaron Shedlock and Zara Eden both did an amazing job bringing this story to life.
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  • tenisha
  • 06-06-21

Great Listen

Sergey and Kora's story is a journey that you will never want to end. This book has it all, hot alpha hunk that will stop at nothing to protect his woman. Crazy family drama that will make you so mad and hot steamy scenes. Can't wait for the next one.
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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 06-04-21

Dark Mafia Romance

Cruel Enforcer by Maggie Cole is a dark mafia romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Aaron Shedlock and Zara Eden. This is the third book in the Mafia Wars series. The book can be read as a standalone but the stories are interconnected.

This is the third book of Maggie's that I have read and it definitely won't be my last. I loved the relationship between Sergey and Kora. The chemistry between them was off the charts. I really enjoyed getting both of their points of views throughout the book. It really brought the story to life.

I can't wait for the next book in the series Vicious Protector to be released on July 1, 2021.

Aaron and Zara did an amazing job on the narration. They both really know how to bring a story to life. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book if you love mafia romances, dark romances, or romantic suspense.


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  • PATRICIA
  • 06-04-21

Pink! Who would have thought?

Sometimes when a series continues, it drags and gets boring. Not Maggie Cole's Mafia Wars! This series just keeps getting better! We get to know the youngest of the Ivanov brothers, Sergey. As broken as his brother, he is the enforcer. Dangerous and dominant, you don't want him after you. When he meet Kora Kilborn, he realizes he has finally met his match. A force both in and out of the courtroom, she takes no prisoners and her aggressiveness does not put him off. This couple is electrifying. Sergey is not intimidated by Kora, and the more he gives her the more she is willing to take. But what is truly wonderful is the way he is able to show Kora more than his dominance. He is sweet and loving and she understands him. But it's not all about the two of them! We also get the danger and excitement of the garage, with Boris and Maksim. Bits surrounding the three are filled in and the story is heart breaking. These men don't sit idle though. They are making their future and it's there for the taking. I love how the three stories run simultaneously and we get bits and pieces of each. It's full of all the great suspense, amazing romance and leaves bread crumbs for the next book in the series! I can't wait!

Aaron Shedlock leads in the narration as Sergey. Not only does he bring the dominant alpha to life, but adds that broken vulnerability in giving Sergey incredible depth. Zara Eden comes in as Kora, the strong, aggressive woman that she is, and I adore her Russian accent! Memories of her Lana Sky performances which she nails! Together these two find the balance of this couple and create hours of wonderful entertainment for my ears.

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