Friday, July 10, 2020

Diane's Review ~ Essence of Fear by Bethany-Kris

Essence of Fear: Boykov BratvaEssence of Fear: Boykov Bratva by Bethany-Kris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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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 seem 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…

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