Friday, July 10, 2020

Blog Tour ~ #REVIEW ~ Essence of Fear by Bethany-Kris


by Bethany-Kris 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.
He’s terrifying.
She’s terrified.
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.


Quietly powerful…

Where do I start talking about the incredible characters Viktoria and Pavel? Two damaged souls hiding from others, from life, from themselves. Vik portrayed herself as an icy queen while Pav didn’t want others to see him at all. The past that held so much pain held both of them back. From facing devastating truths to contemplating a happy future, they had to deal with that before anything else…

When the time came for both to come to terms with themselves, I was already clinging to them as each revelation brought even more violence… The hidden depths to these characters was astounding as the author peeled complex layer upon layer, exposing their inner thoughts, fears and hopes… The tight-wire of tension and emotion. The complicated balance of hate and love. Of sweetness and utter depravity. A romance like this shouldn’t work but it did so very well…

Hands down this was one of my favourite reads from this author – and that’s saying a lot because many were put immediately on the re-read shelf. Am I still squirmy during the dark, oh so real feeling moments? Abso-freaking-lutely. I don’t think that will ever change but it doesn’t keep me from going back again and again.

If you’ve never read this author, feel free to start with this stand-alone. And be prepared to go searching for lots 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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