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The Born Bratva legacy continues. 

Glazov remains obsessed with his Ptichka in this dark, twisted romance of unconventional love. His children have only served to bring out his dangerous nature as he continues to fight to remain on top as the feared Pakhan.  

"Daddy! Daddy!" I have faced every terror known to man. Every blood-curdling scream for mercy only sent me deeper into my dark state of being. Their agonized screams never moved me to feel pity, nor have they ever struck fear in my heart. This, though... this was different. The cry of a child, terrified and begging for a father who could no longer help him, raised my hackles for the first time in my screwed-up life.  

Somehow, I know that breaking through the barriers of fire and smoke and saving this boy will avenge me, and I will finally find the redemption I so desperately need.  

As if they have been summoned from the very portals of hell, flames are licking at us from every angle, but I will never forgive myself if I leave this boy to be swallowed up by the inferno.  

A wooden beam crashes down beside me and pulls me back into the moment. Quickly, I bend over and lift the child from a pile of soot-blackened debris to heave him over my shoulder.  

Once the boy is secure in my arms, I turn and immediately run toward the door. With every step, my lungs scream for the life-giving fresh air that looks so close, yet feels so far away. The boy's tiny fingers grip me tightly; one hand is hanging onto my leather gun holster, and the other is wrapped in the fabric of my shirt. When I dressed this morning, I certainly never anticipated this could be the day I die.

The fire has burned through the walls in places, and sunlight beckons me through the cracks. The entire building threatens to cave in on us before we have the opportunity to crash through the door separating life from death.

I will not die today. I plow through the wooden door, instinctively knowing the handle is far too hot to be touched.

Yafon waits just outside the door, and I toss the child into his outstretched arms right before I fall to my knees, struggling to gulp down the fresh air that now surrounds me.

I gained a son today, and though he was not born of my loins, he will be raised Bratva with my last name. I now have three children, two sons and a daughter, to carry on the legacy of their father, Glazov. 

©2015 Suzanne Steele (P)2018 Suzanne Steele

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A Hot And Steamy Read

I have to start off this review by letting you know that the main character is a man who knows what he wants from his wife. He's also a man who rules his business with an iron fist. This story is an interesting mix of his need for his wife and doing his daily business. Neither Glazov nor his wife seem to be tiring of each other even having been together for so many years. With them still so in to each other made it hard to believe they had grown children.

As this story continues on I felt that I was missing how the husband and wife got to this point. i was alright with not having listened to the first book in order to enjoy this one. But I think to get a full grasp on the type of relationship they have, I will need to go back and either read or listen to Glazov.

Just like the people in the Bratva, these people do what has to be done to stay on top. But they are also family. Suspicion is part of their life and the women show how it affects their lives as well as the men's. The language is very raw, expressive, and graphic - and so is the physical aspect of Glazov and Kathleen's relationship. There are secondary characters but felt their story gets lost as the matriarch's story always seems front and center.

When I think of Glazov, and all the people in his world, I think of a man with an accent. Mr. Valor does a good job with keeping me both entertained and intrigued. I didn't mind the fact that he doesn't attempt to read this with an accent because we still get the feeling as to how a man in a Bratva acts toward his family and the people he does business with.

Ms. Steele does a good job in creating a story that gives me a look into a Bratva family. Having the story done in the first person gives us more of a sense on what they're thinking as well as what they're doing. For those that don't like anything hardcore you might want to stay away from this series. I actually tried to write this review as I was re-listening to sections of the book but found it became impossible. With how graphic a lot of these scenes are, they pulled my attention away. This is not a story where the reader can fill in the blanks - you know exactly what is going on at all times. So some of you need to think of your comfort zone before picking this up. I, however, am ready to see more of what this family is all about.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.