• Terrible Beauty

  • Molotov Betrothal, Book 1
  • By: Anna Zaires
  • Narrated by: C. J. Bloom
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A family contract. A dark bargain. No escape.

Eleven years ago, I met him. A year later, I was betrothed to him. Now he’s come to claim me, slaughtering anyone standing in his way.

My husband-to-be is a monster from a family as ruthless and powerful as mine, a man who deals in violence and destruction...a man terrifyingly like my father. For more than a decade, he’s stalked me, shadowing my life.

I fear him. I hate him. Worst of all, I want him.

My name is Alina Molotova, and Alexei Leonov is a fate I can’t escape.

©2022 Anna Zaires (P)2022 Anna Zaires

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Just wow🔥💥☄️🔥

Anna Zaires has done it again. She never disappoint
This book is just wow 🤩 I. I can’t wait for the next one.

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A dark and oh so sensual listen!

It feels like I’ve been waiting for Alina & Alexei’s story for a long time and it’s definitely worth the wait. I love their story. It’s dark but oh so sensual. Told in alternating timelines between the past and present, we get their story from the beginning and can see how the past catches up to the future.

CJ Bloom did a wonderful job narrating this book solo. Her tone and pacing was easy to listen to and each of the main characters’ voices were distinct enough that I didn’t have any problems following who was speaking.

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Dark, intense, suspenseful, and steamy

Audiobook: Narrator - C.J. Bloom

I always enjoy Ms. Bloom. Her voice pulled me into the story and her performance kept me engaged. She made these characters come alive.

This was a dark and intense journey filled with suspense as the heroine’s family promises her to a rival family’s son. The perfect mafia princess set up and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next with each turn of the page.

Alina might have been a “princess” but her hopes and dreams were far from the life her family lived. I loved the real her as well as what she does to relax when needed. She was a bit unique in that regard. As things began to take a darker turn in her life, I felt her anxiety and her struggle. Holy heck, this author knows how to frame the darkness without pushing things too far.

Things were told completely in the heroine’s point of view so it left me guessing as to what Alexei’s true intentions, his thoughts, and his ultimate goal and the reason behind it, was. His character was shrouded in mystery and definitely hidden in the shadows. When he finally shared a bit of his side, I was thunderstruck by it all. Definitely worth reading just to get to that point!

This is a bit of a slow burn but the chemistry between this hero and heroine is undeniable throughout the story. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a little darkness with their romance. You’re going to love Alexei!

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Don’t read if you don’t like flashbacks and cliffhangers

The story has potential to be explosive once the second part is released. Narration was great, a dual POV would have been better. The book is 80% flashback which is lazy writing in my opinion but I’m probably still going to get the second one to see what happens. If l could go back I’d just wait for the whole thing to come out as this one isn’t as good as the other story about the brother. Not worth the credit but not horrible either.

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Not sure how to feel!

On the one hand, Anna’s writing is fabulous, as always! And CJ Bloom always wows with her narration.

That said, I’m not a huge fan of the back and forth between then and now with the chapters. I understand why she did this, however, and we definitely have a much better understanding of Alina and Alexi’s long and complex relationship.

I also don’t like that we are really only a few days past where the Molotov Obsession ended. I really wanted to be further along in the timeline. I understand that there is a lot of story to tell with these characters, but now I have to wait for the next book(s) to see how it all plays out.

With all that in mind, YES it’s worth a credit and I CANNOT WAIT for the next installment!

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Twisted Dark Romance

Alina and Alexei have won my heart! Wow! Their story was a page turner and I couldn’t put it down! Their twisted romance was intense. The back and forth between the past and present really helped set up why Alina ran away and hid with Nikolai. Alina’s fear of ending up in a toxic obsessive marriage like her parent’s marriage was so strong it caused her severe anxiety. Alexei was completely obsessed with Alina from the first moment he saw her so he pushed his way into her life and tortured her with his intense stalker tendencies. Alexei and Alina gave me Twist Me vibes. CJ Bloom solo narrates this story as Alina Molotova. She does a great job bringing Alina to life. CJ Bloom captures Alina’s fear, anxiety and slowing growing infatuation with Alexei, even though she denies it. I absolutely loved this story and I can’t wait to find out what happens next with their twisted dark romance.

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4 You Are Mine STARS

I couldn’t wait to get this story since I listened to the Molotov duet! I desperately need the next book because after that ending I need to know what is going to happen! It’s got a j/p anti hero and touch her and I’ll unalive you vibes which I absolutely love. The only reason it’s not 5 stars is because it alternates from past to present and for me it took me out of the story trying to keep track of the dates.

Narration was great and every character had their own unique voice.

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Just okay

I honestly think Terrible Beauty read like a prequel. I was hoping it would pick up from where Alina was taken and move forward, but instead had a lot of past and present. I love C.J. as the narrator but I’m hoping AZ makes it a dual narration for book 2 or whatever she has planned for Alina’s story.

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Backstory

I love how we get the backstory regarding the Alina betrothed to Alexei. Her inner struggles with feelings more evident in the audio. It her POV come to life. Loved it.

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No HEA. Hope there will be a sequel.

Very rushed ending. Not an HEA as both characters did not seem happy at all. Let's hope there will be a sequel since there were so many loose ends. :(

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  • hayho
  • 10-02-22

Nailing biting stuff

I’ve been waiting ages for this book to come out. I finally get Alina and Alexei’s story. I now understand why Alina is the way she is. This is a wonderful book. The tension builds with every word, every chapter. By the end of the book I’m on the edge of my seat. My heart aches for Alina and everything that she goes through in this book. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out how Alexei is going to redeem himself.

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  • 09-30-22

ok

if you read this before nikoli story I guess it gives you the run down but I wanted more straight away as I kinda knew what was happening. I preferred his story as I find Alina a tragic for a mafia girl but it was OK

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  • 09-29-22

Mostly enjoyed it

Great story and fantastic narration but the repeated mention of headaches was really tiresome. After the, what felt like, 50th headache description I nearly gave up. It felt like ‘padding’ and didn’t really add much to the story. If Alina didn’t get headaches this audio book would be two hours shorter!!

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