Thursday, 15 June 2017

Review: Torrid by Nikki Sloane

*****5 STARS*****

I have a bit of a love affair with every Nikki Sloane book I read and I am especially fond of her forays into the dark. After reading Sordid, I was really anxious for Vasilije's story. In Torrid we get to spend an entire book learning more about this complicated and interesting character.

Vasilije Markovic is the second in line in the Serbian Mafia. He is the exact kind of anti-hero I love. He can be cold and cruel and can make you uncomfortable, but he has a charisma to him that draws you right in. I was half-way in love with him from meeting him in Sordid so I was right on board with him in Torrid.

Oksana was the perfect female lead for him. She is strong, knows how to play the game and has a darkness to her that is a perfect match for someone like Vasilije. She has a well thought out plan and is prepared to do what is needed and make sacrifices to ensure its success. At first she thinks nothing of manipulating Vasilije for her needs, but as time goes on, she finds herself drawn to him in ways she never imagines she would be.

At first, Vasilije see Oksana as a simple plaything. He is used to getting what he wants, people included. Once he has Oksana, her darkness beneath the surface calls to her. Both characters find themselves in a bit over their head. Vasilije is the one always in charge and controlling the game, but for the first time, he may be the one to be played with. Oksana is not afraid to do what is necessary to meet her goals, but she may finally have something she is not willing to risk sacrificing.

I enjoyed this story tremendously! Vasilije and Oksana were compelling and complicated characters that both had a dark side to their personalities that called to each other. The sex scenes were extremely hot and the suspense of the game Oksana was playing behind the scenes really added to the story and had me anxious to see what the fallout would ultimately be. I feel like every time Sloane writes a new tale she lays on the magic that launches that story right to the top of my favorites list and Torrid is no exception! 

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 

Vasilije Markovic is the prince of the Serbian mafia and one of the most powerful men in Chicago. His smile may be razor sharp, but he’s crueler than the devil.

I’m playing a dangerous game and betting my life I’m going to win. I pretend to be his pawn. I do as he says and move where he tells me, letting him think he’s in control as I position myself for revenge. 

Every turn brings us closer. His grin doesn’t seem as evil when we’re alone. Behind closed doors, I welcome his unrelenting and vicious personality. He’s confessed all his secrets, but I’m holding one back and it’s a game changer.

If I survive the board, this pawn turns into a queen. I become the most powerful player and send all the other pieces running. To get what I want, I must make sacrifices, but am I willing to draw the line at him?

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