New Release and My Review: Owned by the Badman by Hayley Faiman

New Release and My Review:  Owned by the Badman by Hayley FaimanOwned by the Badman by Hayley Faiman
Series: Russian Bratva #1
Genres: Mafia, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
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Haleigh knows nothing of love. Raised to be no more than the ballerina her mother could never be, she eats, sleeps, and breathes dance. Then, when she is blindsided by the news that her parents have arranged for her to be married, she does as she has always done—exactly as she is told. However, despite the fact that the man she is to call her husband is a complete stranger, Haleigh cannot help but hope that maybe, just maybe, she will finally get the chance to know love.

Maxim is not a good man. His strength is foreboding and his handsome features are merely a distraction for the dangerous person that lies beneath. When he collects a debt by way of a beautiful, ballerina bride, he relishes in the fact that he owns something so pure, so innocent—so undeniably his. Yet, Haleigh is better than he ever expected, and it is not long before his ownership begins to turn into something much, much more.

But when the darkness of Maxim’s past comes back to haunt him, the illusion of love’s safety is shattered. Maxim’s demons seek to destroy everything he holds dear. Suddenly, being owned by the badman is worse than Haleigh imagined. In order to protect her, Maxim has to decide just how bad he can be, and if letting go is the best choice.

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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

My Review

Owned by the Badman is book one in the Russian Bratva series by Author Hayley Faiman. It is a dark, Russian mafia romance.

“I have never had good. I have never had sweet. I have never had soft in my life.”

Maxim Lasovska is second in command of a sector of the Russian mafia. Because of this, he has always been alone and needed no one.  Haleigh is a ballerina. She dreams of a day that her life will be better and she will be loved. Her parents come upon hard times and she is therefore betrothed to a stranger, Maxim. When someone who doesn’t need love is placed with someone who craves it, the outcome will be life-altering.

“A woman, soft and gentle like her, could make a saint turn to sinning.”

Told in dual points of view, Owned by the Badman had a different flavor and feel to it than other mafia reads. In my mind, I knew that Maxim was bad and had done horrific things, but I couldn’t help but fall for him. To Haleigh, he was kind and respectful, with an underlying bad-boy feel.  The storyline had several twists and turns, some predictable, but some that I never saw coming. They were points in the story in which I felt the characters’ immaturity with love and ideas had to be told to the reader instead of us being able to infer them given the storyline and character feelings. However, as a whole, I enjoyed this book and look forward to more in this series.


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3.5 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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