Sergei Orlov has lived a life of dark corruption. Denying himself any bit of normalcy and happiness as a way to protect his family—of blood or Bratva. He’s seen as a savior to his men, living in darkness behind closed doors.
Raisa was a girl sold into a life of sexual servitude. Memories of her life before—forgotten. She aspires to be cherished by a man who will forever keep her as his own, never to be sold, abused, or traded again.
A favor asked, turns into something else, something unquestionably beautiful. Sergei cannot deny that Raisa stirs something inside of him. Something that he has never felt before.
One fractured savior. One shattered soul. When the two collide, their lives take on new meaning.
So this review is bittersweet for me to write. Collard By The Badman is the final book in the Russian Bratva series and while I enjoyed it, for some reason I didn’t love it as much as I did the previous books. Maybe it is because I never wanted this series to end or maybe it is because I just didn’t feel the connection between Sergei and Raisa as strongly as I wanted to. All of these books are dark and deal with situations that could be triggers for some readers but I have loved this series so much and for me not to absolutely love this one is in a sense breaking my heart.
The circumstances that bring Raisa under Sergei’s ownership where horrible and my heart broke for her. While a tough Master, Sergei wasn’t as horrible as he could have been to his slave. I guess I wanted to feel more between them than I did. The drama and suspense where a good addition to the story but not enough to have me loving it like I have the previous books.
While Collared By The Badman may not have been my favorite of the series I am still sad that the series is ending. I think a total series reread is in the future.
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