I’ll be honest, I’ve devoured the audio versions in the Half Moon Hollow series from Molly Harper, and she is back writing under the pseudonym of Jacey Conrad and pairing with author Gia Corona to bring another set of quirky, snarky and funny creatures to my eyes.
From Russia with Claws
I didn’t want to go into the second title in this series without the background, and I am oh so glad I grabbed this title. When you add in the troika of werewolves, crime syndicates and family interference this Russian influenced story goes down as smooth as iced vodka leaving you with a pleasant glow.
Galina Sudenko is an alpha female: sharp of wit and tongue, determined and decisive, and wholly unwilling to take a quiet backseat to her brother while he runs the family business into the ground. Oh – the family business? They are mobsters, Russian mobsters with all that it may entail. A cousin’s wedding brings Galina face to face with a competing group’s alpha: the Romany Alpha Andrey. And what a face (and body) he has, and his desires to reclaim a shipment interfered with by Galina’s brother in law Sergei is only put off by the electric connection between he and Galina, and oh yeah – her brother in law turning up dead.
There was a bit of time needed to get into the flow of this one, learning the characters and discovering their personalities. With a solid mix of humor (perhaps not as frequent or pointed as I initially expected) Russian idioms, words and the old school patriarchal feel of the family that Galina is trying to maneuver around, the story keeps opening up new and fresh scenarios while we wander through the dark underground of Seattle.
Both Andrey and Galina are adorable, along with her sister Irina, father, and Konstantin and Nick. Alexei and his changes and arrogance, Sergei and his deadly dealings, and Maksim are all on the ‘dislike’ side of the teeter totter for me, and deserve a dip in the Volga. Add in a touch of heat, a truly clever mystery, just enough annoying family to completely empathize with Galina and this story just flies by.
I purchased a copy of the title for my own library, and have reviewed with no expectations of compensation.
All conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: From Russia With Claws
Author: Jacey Conrad, Gia Corona
Series: From Russia #1
Also in this series: From Russia With Fangs
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Published by: Omnific Publishing
Published on: 18 August 2015
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 32 minutes
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When Alpha female Galina Sudenko agreed to attend her distant cousin’s birthday party, she wasn’t counting on meeting the devastatingly handsome and powerful Rom Alpha, Andrey Lupesco, or having her sexy times with him interrupted by the murder of her idiot brother-in-law, Sergei. But such is life when your father is one of the most powerful werewolves within Seattle’s supernatural Russian organized crime syndicate.
Not content with being just a pretty face and good breeding stock, Galina sets out to make her mark within the family. But in doing so, she runs afoul of her eldest brother, Alexei, the heir apparent to the family dynasty. He has no intention of ceding his position without a fight.
Andrey and Galina’s burgeoning romance is threatened when she discovers that before his death, Irina’s husband, Sergei, hijacked Andrey’s shipment of the werewolf drug, Bullet, a synthetic drug that gives the supernatural creatures a cocaine-like high. Sergei’s theft means that Andrey had a reason to have Sergei killed, leaving Galina to decide whether to risk trusting Andrey even as her feelings for him deepen.
As her brother Alexei’s behavior becomes more erratic, Galina must find the missing shipment, prove to her family that she’ll be a capable leader, and decide whether her lover Andrey can be trusted before she can hope to challenge her brother for his position as head of the family.
A tale of sexy werewolves, forbidden love, family power struggles, and danger closing in, Gia Corona and Jacey Conrad's From Russia With Claws will leave you howling for more!