ESSENCE OF FEAR
A Boykov Bratva Novel
Publication Date: June 22, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone
The allure of fear is learning to love it.
Viktoria Boykov has heard it all—cold they call her. The spoiled bratva princess. She knows very well what people say when her back is turned. She doesn’t mind; let them talk. It’s better for people to assume what they want about her than for them to know the truth … until him.
Pavel Kotov knows what people say—death they call him. The Boykov dog. He’s heard all the whispers locked away in the cells of the Compound. As the reaper for the bratva, his life owned by someone else, he knows what they say doesn’t matter. His life has never mattered … until her.
Viktoria only wants to keep running from her past. Pavel doesn’t have a life to run from. Freedom is the one thing they both crave—for entirely different reasons. But this life is vicious, and scars like the ones they wear will never fade.
Together, they could have everything.
Or are they just pawns to a bigger game?
Note: Essence of Fear is a Boykov Bratva standalone.
Fabulous Bratva romance with a deliciously scary couple. I love Viktoria’s love story! As the cold biatch Boykov sister to the reining heirs, Konstantin and Kolya, she’s always ready with her cutting words and icy stare. But a horrific event has rocked her world and she’s lost herself. Leave it to the Reaper to bring her back. Pavel aka the Reaper has always been an intriguing, elusive character with his secret life and horrendous duties for the Boykov Bravta. How did he end up in charge of the Compound’s Hell reserved for the enemies and betrayers of the Boykovs? His story is heartbreaking. Both he and Vik are broken by the Bratva but by different circumstances. Curious that it’s by the same person. Vik’s father, the evil Vadim. I love his new reality as the story starts and his ending was perfect. The romance between Pav and Vik is just wonderful. Pavel is so strong and loves all her broken and vicious parts. Nobody but Pav could put up with her as she fights to regain herself. She pushes everyone away even her brothers. Pav finds the softer side of Vik and when their relationship turns from sexy to something more I was swooning. They both deserve some happiness. But an old foe is on the loose and after Vik. Pav will do anything to protect her and keep her safe. It’s a race to find the enemy before the Boykovs are crippled, their empire destroyed and loved ones lost. But never under estimated the cunning Kon. Speaking of Kon. When did he get married? To an Italian no less. I want his story! I loved the glimpses into Kolya and Maya’s life. I was all in with this group of brutal Russians. This author has given us a thrilling Russian Bratva series with spectacular characters. The Russians are muscled, brute force and super scary. They certainly don’t has the sophistication of Bethany-Kris’ Italian mafia. The writing was as powerful as always and the romance was beyond beautiful with the intriguing Pavel and the ice princess, Viktoria. I want more!
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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