By: Sapphire Knight
Series: Russkaya Mafiya
My Copy: Ebook for Honest Review
Running scared, I’m forced to start completely over. I escape to Tennessee where no one knows who I am. I try to blend in and decide that a huge University will be the easiest way.
Tainted, scared and alone, will he find me? Will he hurt me again?
I have a secret you see. I need a savior, someone who can help me be free.
I never expected to meet Tate Masterson.
Strong, sexy and stubborn; with his alluring hazel eyes, tattoos and Russian accent.
I never had a chance; he took one look at me and decided I was his.
Tate has a secret too; the Russkaya Mafiya is in his blood.
His secret could help save me, but will Tate embrace it or destroy us?
Mafia stories are my favorite! I have taken quite a liking to these types of stories with their gritty and raw outline that carries an unyielding and addictive romance in the undercurrent. Secrets caught my eye, because this was a Russian Mafia story that was a unique addition to the many Mafia story lines I have experienced. Sapphire Knight creates a story that definitely captures this sort of lethal and intense experience, but I was a little discouraged by a few aspects this story. Emily is a recovering victim; she has honesty been through a living hell, and I can relate and understand any reluctance in her personality. Her inquisitive nature is to be expected, but I feel that the development of these characters shows her still being very naive. From the start there are triggers present that I noticed leaving me second guessing the credibility of her character. A man like Tate with his alphaisms would be throwing some major red flags for someone with such a past. Now I am not one to say that it is not possible for such a romance, but you are guaranteed a lot more friction than I encountered here. Along this same line I was exceptionally confused to see Emily passively disregards the first couple presents left by her ex. Now I would have understood maybe her desire to have it be nothing, and trying to convince herself that she is over analyzing, but to out right not even question the coincidence of such items seems undeveloped. I felt this was very imperceptive of the character, and not likely to be very realistic in such a scenario. This alone sets the tone for the remainder of the story. I really feel that Secrets carried so much potential, and I continued to pushed through hoping this would be a rocky start that offered a hidden gem in the end. In general this really is a great start to a story, but it causes some huge mistrust for the validity of the characters. I believe this story worked more thoroughly could definitely prove to be a five star read. This author is carrying around an abundance of talent, and it shines through these pages and tells me this is new. I am absolutely hoping to see more from this author that will allow her to work some of the issues that can only be learned. I will absolutely be on board to review more from her, because I know excellence is hiding just under the surface, and I want to see it blossom.