Saturday, April 11, 2015

Review: Secrets (Russkaya Mafiya/Oath Keepers MC #1)

Secrets (Russkaya Mafia/Oath Keepers #1) by Sapphire Knight

Publisher: Sapphire Knight, 2015
151 pages, kindle edition
Sourced: Purchased through Amazon
Release Date: March 11 2015
Genre: New Adult, College, Abuse, Romance, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Running scared, I’m forced to start completely over. I escape to Tennessee where no one knows who I am. I try to blend in and decide that a huge University will be the easiest way.
Tainted, scared and alone, will he find me? Will he hurt me again?
I have a secret you see. I need a savior, someone who can help me be free.
I never expected to meet Tate Masterson.
Strong, sexy and stubborn; with his alluring hazel eyes, tattoos and Russian accent.
I never had a chance; he took one look at me and decided I was his.
Tate has a secret too; the Russkaya Mafiya is in his blood.
His secret could help save me, but will Tate embrace it or destroy us?

My Review:
Mafia stories have suddenly become 1 of my favs, I have taken a liking to this story with its gritty and raw outline that carries an unyielding and addictive romance in the undercurrent. Secrets caught my eye, Sapphire Knight creates a story that definitely captures this sort of lethal and intense experience. But I was a little discouraged by a few aspects of this story, Emily is a recovering victim, she has also been through a bloody living hell.

Her intrusive nature is to be expected and I feel that the development of the characters shows her still being a little naïve. From the start there are triggers present that I noticed leaving me and second guessing the integrity of her character, a man like Tate with his alpha hotness would be throwing some major red flags for someone with such a past. Now I am not the one to say that it is not possible for such a romance, but you are really guaranteed a lot more than a fraction of encounters here. Also along the same line I was exceptionally confused to see Emily passively disregards the first couple presents left by her ex. Now I would have to understand maybe her desire to have it be nothing and trying to convince herself that she is over analyzing, but to outright not even question the coincidence of such items seems undeveloped. I felt this was very imperceptive of the character, and not likely to be very realistic in such a scenario.

This alone sets the tone for the remainder of the story. I really feel that Secrets carried so much potential and I continued to push through hoping this would be a rocky start that offered a hidden gem in the end. In general this really is a great start to a story, but it causes some huge mistrust for the validity of the characters. The author is carrying around an abundance of talent and it shines through these pages and tells me this is new. I have my fingers crossed hoping to see more from this author that will allow her to work some of the issues that can only be learned, I excited to read the next novel in the stories.

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Author Bio:

I'm the Author of Secrets, Exposed, and currently working on book three- Relinquish. My books all reflect on what I love to read myself.
I'm a Texas girl who is crazy about football. I have always had a knack for writing, whether it is poems or stories. I originally studied psychology and that has only added to my passion for writing. I have two boys and have been married for ten years. When I'm not busy writing, I'm busy playing with my three Doberman Pinschers. I loves to donate to help animals and watch a good action movie.

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