When I was five years old, my father was tortured, branded with the letter ‘Z’, then beaten and left for dead. The grueling punishment for his crime was a reminder to all others who dared threaten the Russian’s reign.
I was the young girl left behind. A living piece of the traitorous puzzle the Russian leader tried so diligently to ignore.
Until I grew up. No longer could he deny how much my existence had always been intertwined with his. And in order to survive the life I was thrown into, I was forced to learn my place inside of it.
Vlad Zalesky was a tyrant to the lost.
I hated him.
He was a terror of mass destruction.
I was afraid of him.
He was a tormentor of the weak.
But not far beneath the venomous man’s outward indifference was something else.
Vlad Zalesky carried secrets of unrestrained burden. I wanted to know those secrets.
And because of my decisions, someone in our family had to pay.
Due to content, this book should be read only by those over the age of 18.
So this is one of those hard reviews to write. I love dark romances and I love mafia romances as well so I should have absolutely loved Empires and Kings but in reality this was not the case. There was a lot going on in this book and I think that was the problem because it caused it to be long and drawn out and it was a bit all over the place for me. Vlad and Klara’s relationship felt forced, and while I am usually all for an asshole Hero in a book he just wasn’t one that I could love. Klara was weak and at times I don’t want to say that she was dumb so let’s go with naïve to the point that I wanted to slap her silly and teach her things, what those things would be are too many to even list.
I wanted so much more from this book, not length but development and a more well thought out storyline. The author also leaves the ending open as to there will be a second book, and if there is I hope it is better thought out than this one was because too much going on ruined it for me.