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Crooks & Kings (The Wild Bunch Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
Mariya Kuznetsov was a girl with secrets.
Christophe 'Fang' Lupei was a man with demons.
For her, it was supposed to be a way out from beneath the hands of a man who wanted her dead.
For him, it was supposed to be a job to make amends for a past wrong.
A bratva princess running from her past. A Romanian bank robber seeking atonement.
They were never meant to fall in love.
- ASIN : B06XFQWZFX
- Publisher : LM Books, LLC (20 March 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3494 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1544746156
- Best Sellers Rank: 474,015 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“If they want to play a game of crooks and kings, I’ll happily show them how it’s done.”
I do love a Mafia romance and while our hero in this book is not Mafia, the heroine definitely is. London Miller creates a world where black meets black, while our hero is not Mafia he and his brothers are considerably worse, a Robin Hood of sorts who are hired to give retribution where it is warranted. No innocents are harmed, this was the bad getting their just desserts.
Mariya has run from her past and is now in hiding, if found she will be killed…by her husband. An arranged marriage that she never wanted, ordered by her grandfather who was the head of the Russian Bratva in Chicago. A vile husband who would do anything to get ahead, even if that meant hurting his wife, both physically and emotionally, a man with no scruples whatsoever, you get in his way, you die, even if you are family. Mariya saw her escape and took it, along with vital information for insurance, would this be an insurance she needed to cash in?
“…is that supposed to matter to me? Husbands die every day.”
Christophe is a man drowning in grief and the bottom of a bottle. Our Romanian orphan is a man that you cannot help but fall in love with even if he is a man of few words, his actions more than make up for them. When not inebriated the real Christophe tries in vain to break through, but being in his line of work, he keeps his cards close to his chest. Two neighbours, a barwoman and patron, a confidante. Their two paths keep crossing and sometimes a shoulder is all you need, a friendship is born, a romance ignited, but at what cost?
“You don’t celebrate what you lost, you celebrate what they left behind.”
This book has something for everyone, tragic back stories that gave rise to two characters that you cannot help but get attached to. Strangers, to friends, to more, and while this was no hearts and flowers romance, this was the kind of romance I would expect from two people from their walks of life. The steam factor was fabulous and the action was where this book excelled. Brooding mercenaries, a band of brothers, where no man is ever left behind. A bond so strong it could never be broken.
“We met her Russian…he was a c***.”
With some fantastic, intriguing side characters I am hoping that this is the first of many instalments for “The Wild Bunch.” I understand that Nix, their handler is in the “Den of Mercenaries” series, this has now been added to my TBR too. Bring it on London Miller.
“I don’t want you to only want me because you lost her…I want you to want me because it’s me.”
Except for the unnecessary flashbacks/recounting of the hero’s sad childhood at a deranged orphanage, as usual, I really enjoyed this author’s mafioso telling writing style. It’s a personal preference, because I simply thought we could have just been told point blank a brief summary about it and how he met his current posse of friends/co-workers. It was a really bad place...enough said. We'd get the gist of it. Getting the nitty gritty of it didn’t particularly bond me more to him or their characters. In fact, I skimmed over it, because I just didn’t need to go there. I'm squeamish about any thoughts of children in that kind of scenario.
In this case, the mob aspect all originated from the heroine’s side. I loved how Fang, the hero, easily shifted into an unstoppable, unshakable, protective mode when it came to helping the heroine. His whole team was pretty awesome in that regard. They were like a well oiled good guy, mercenary machine.
Yeah, he is still in love with his dead girlfriend or was it wife? Hmm, I don’t remember which. Anyway, the heroine was bringing him back out of the depths of deep, dark depression and despair, so I just accepted that for what it was. It all happened five months earlier, so I gave the guy a break.
There are appearances and character development of some of the hero’s buddies who are going to be featured in future books. In fact, the next book, Shadows and Silence, stars the absolute silent partner, Tecut, (literally the guy does not speak) and Winter, the 13 year younger hacker, who has the hots for him and vice versa. He’s caveman protective of Winter, won’t let a single negative word or gesture be made regarding her. I just had a hard time picturing the lengthy conversations that seemed to be going on with him, because, again, he didn’t speak nor could write all those words down without it being awkward/time consuming. There wasn't mention of sign language, which would have been cool and definitely would have filled in that plot hole. I just had to roll with it, folks, and pretend I didn’t notice.
I hope Winter’s character has a more mature vibe next go around. She came across too young for Tecut, IMHO.
Book 3, Saints and Thieves, is a no go for me. It’s a MMF main couple theme so not a troupe I prefer in my romantic reads. I am very appreciative of it being clearly noted in the book description.
(These comments are based on Kindle Unlimited version. I actually previously purchased this book, as well. This is not a detailed ARC review.)