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Born into a Russian Mafia family, Vlad Karev is no stranger to violence...but this time it's personal. Someone has murdered his father and Vlad can't rest until he finds the killer. When the trail leads to an art gallery, Vlad wants to dig deeper, but he needs help from the owner's daughter. The pretty redhead is far too innocent for a man like Vlad, but he'll do what it takes to get the information he needs. His obligations are to the family, even if that means using the fiery woman.

Madison O'Connor works hard to keep her family's gallery going, although secretly she has little interest in art. But when she discovers her father's been laundering money for the Russian Mafia, she'll do everything she can to keep him out of jail. She hates to lie, but she has a plan...seduce the Russian bad boy to learn the mob's secrets. Never mind his dangerous exterior or icy blue eyes, Madison's going to get her family free of the mob, even if she has to use Vlad Karev to do it. As the killer gets closer, so do Vlad and Madison. But is their connection just the means to an end, or could their romance be real?

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Great Start to New Series

It is always a pleasure to listen to anything written by Leslie North. This was a great beginning to a new series. It was probably one of my favorite books written by her.

Narration brought the story to life. D. C. Cole did a great job narrating this story.

The characters were interesting and captivating. The story is fairly short but it was perfect. The story was well written and the characters well developed. The conclusion was really good. No cliffhangers. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."


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Volume 1

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It is at least interesting and was able to finish listening to the audiobook.<br/><br/>I received a free copy in return for a review.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Quick Listen

This is my first Leslie North book. This book comes in a little under 4 hours and is a quick entertaining listen. DC Cole, of course, is the perfect voice for this. What can he not do? Wonderful narration!

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My Favorite Book by Leslie North

I loved this book! The Russian Mafia romance genre is a favorite of mine. Leslie North wrote an excellent short story and D.C. Cole did an awesome performance. This book has romance, suspense, and action all in one. Vlad and Madison are the couple focused in this book. It is a standalone listen, yet part of a series. I can't wait to hear more of the Karev brothers. This is my favorite book to date that I have listened to by Leslie North. I hope that D.C. Cole performs the other books in the series.

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Perfect!

Loved the storyline, loved the narration! Leslie North has all it takes to write a hot romance and D.C. Cole has the voice to make it perfect.

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Stunningly sexy!!

Vlad and Maddie are a volatile combination. I thought so the first time I read their intriguing journey to love and find that more evident after listening to D.C. Cole's surprisingly stunning delivery. From alpha to flirty, this narrator gave a powerful performance to enigmatic characters. Her Ruthless Russian is a perfect metaphor for love. It comes out of nowhere like a thief in the night, but the impact stays with you for the rest of your life. From beginning to end, Ms. North has done it again. Delivered a stunning story of passion that ravishes the heart and leaves me craving more.

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DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING RUTHLESS OR DARK MAFIA...

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I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.<br/><br/>Madison now runs her family's art gallery and finds out her father used Mafia funding so the gallery is obligated to launder money. She hopes to find useful information to trade for releasing the family's obligation. Vlad is the youngest son of the murdered Karev Boss. His goal is to find the killer so he's investigating everyone, including Maddie.<br/><br/>There's nothing ruthless in Vlad's actions. He threatens and implies. There are several situations that cause him to question Maddie's innocence but he is quick to believe her after no more than an argument (or very hot sex). He's very loyal to the family business initially but changes his tune at the end.<br/><br/>My review isn't based on whether it's ruthless enough, but on whether it's entertaining. I know it's hard to fit a complete story in 3-1/2 hours, but there could have been more grit substituted for some of the sap. It's okay that Vlad isn't ruthless if only I could have seen him bad-ass. I settled for hot and sexy, though!<br/><br/>DC Cole took the book up a notch. He can pull off sexy AND bad-ass just with his voice. His name makes it an automatic listen.<br/><br/>Thumbs Up, but let's get a bit harder next time.

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Worth Listening To More Than Once.

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Would you listen to Her Ruthless Russian again? Why?<br/>As my headline indicates, I would listen to this again. Our narrator does a great job of bringing this book to life. He had me so sucked into the story that I hated having to turn the car off.<br/><br/>What did you like best about this story?<br/>I loved the tension that I could feeling coming through my car speakers. Both characters feel that they are right about the other but that doesn't stop other feelings from coming to the forefront. It mixes well with the mystery and suspense that surrounds Vlad's family. A great thing about listening to a story is that you get a different perspective about the characters.<br/><br/>Have you listened to any of D. C. Cole’s other performances before? How does this one compare?<br/>I have listened to one other of Mr. Cole's performances. It's hard to compare the two since the stories are different. Plus I don't feel that it's fair to either author to make any comparisons. The better question would be if I would listen to him again and that answer would be yes. He makes any commute so much more pleasurable and helps you get lost into the story he is telling.<br/><br/>Any additional comments?<br/>This was a great way to start this series. I was a little disappointed that I couldn't see that there's another audiobook for the Karev Brothers but that won't stop me from seeing what these brothers have in store for me. Maybe by the time I get some more books read Maxim's story will be out than I have two books to enjoy during my commute. Also love me some romance when it's mixed with mystery and suspense in any form. Great job by both the author and the narrator.<br/><br/>I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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Swoony!!!

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This was my first book by Leslie North and I can't wait to read more by her!!! This was a fairly short story but Ms. North packs so much into this book from the mystery of Vlad's father's death to the smouldering chemistry between Vlad and Maddie. I was so immersed in this story that it was over way too soon!!!! The narrative was flawless and fast paced! I can't wait to read more in this series ! Maybe about Vlad's brothers!! I do love myself a hot and sexy Russian!!!<br/><br/>I am a huge fan of DC Cole's narration and I melted into a puddle with his mafiaso voice!!!! Such a thrill to listen to him!!<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author

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Great narrative!

I've got a thing for anything Russian. Just throwing it out there. This was a semi-quick listen. I've had the chance to listen to another of Leslie North's work and I really like her style of writing and story-telling. It's a complete contrast to Leslie's WIRED, which follows a football player. She has a different approach with this book and I stuck through wanting to know more about the characters and the story. Really great and would listen to it more than once.

D.C. Cole is a new narrator to me. I cannot compare his narrative to anyone else. He definitely has brought something completely new to what I know in audio books. I have to say his voice was well matched Vlad. He read with a deep, monotone (I think that's the right description, don't hold me to it) and it made my toes curl. Just saying.

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