New Release and My Review: Seducing the Badman by Hayley Faimain

New Release and My Review:  Seducing the Badman by Hayley FaimainSeducing the Badman Series: Russian Bratva #2
Genres: Dark, Mafia, Romance
Release Date: April 25th 2016
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Synopsis

Radimir Zalesky has only ever known darkness. His choices have always been simple--live or die. Saved by the Russian mob, he is now the embodiment of a Bratva solider. Yet, in spite of the cold, hard world in which he finds himself, he dreams of what he knows he does not deserve. Light.

Emiliya Chekova was born a printsessa, daughter to the infamous Ivan Chekov. Her life has been out of her hands for as long as she can remember, her only option to obey. When her father's betrayal to the Bratva ends in death, she is a possession passed on to another--now owned by a badman.

Resolute to submit to her fate, Emiliya endeavors to be the light Radimir craves--but his demons are not so easily seduced. Thrust into the heart of a dangerous world in which Radimir resides, Emiliya discovers the cost of love, learning just how far she's willing to go to keep it.

* Recommended for readers 18+ due to Sexual Content, Language, Violence and Sexual Abuse causing possible triggers.

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“It’s strange to feel fear and attraction all at the same time. I have only ever felt fear toward men, never attraction.”

Emiliya has lived through a terrifying situation. Within the opening pages of Seducing the Badman, we get to experience the repressive home within which she has lived and from which she has now be relieved. She has known cruelty, rejection, and pain. Now, she perceives uncertainty and confusion, being placed in the care of Radimir. Radimir was saved from living as an orphan when he was a young boy. Now, he is part of an organization that can make and break those who come in contact with it. He is a hard man, having been squashed by love in his life. We our thrust into the midst of the Russian Bratva waiting anxiously to see if these two characters can find peace and love in spite of their pasts.

Told in dual points of view, Seducing the Badman was a dark and demanding read that possessed my mind and attention. Throughout the story, I could feel my heart as it tore in two for Emiliya. Her hopes and dreams all crashing in an instant with words that cut like a knife. She was made vulnerable throughout the book, but remained one bad as heck female heroine that would allow no one to walk on her. She had backbone, pride, and grit, and she was the ultimate seductress. I could hear her accent and stress on words as she brought those around her to their knees. She made me proud! I also found an impressive liking toward Radimir. Although there were times when I became infuriated with him for not doing as I thought he should, he had redemptive qualities that overshadowed his few shortcomings; these characteristics magnified the realistic nature of who he had become.

I love when an author writes a part into a story that I never saw coming. These occurrences stand out and can make or break a story line. Author Hayley Faiman knows how to do bad. She wrote a scene I have always wanted to see in a book, and did it with such calculated strokes of the pen. It was perfection and added greater depth to the story, creating a great escape.

“We are Bratva. We are scared of no man, of no authority, and of no other group.”

4 Stars

About Hayley Faiman

32 years young... born and raised in California, did a stint in Oregon only to return to the Golden State. Lived that life a while until the Lone Star State called to us, Hill Country, Texas is where we call home, where our boots rest and loving that country life. Living the life with one bearded power pole climbing husband, two little boys that are full of energy and drive us crazy plus a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.

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