by London Miller
Publication Date: June 18, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mafia, Organized Crime, Romance
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They met under summer showers …
Vera Markovic only wanted a vacation away from New York where everyone knows her as a Russian Mafiya printsessa of the Markovic Bratva. She didn’t expect to find something worth remembering. And definitely not a man like Alfie Shelby.
They fell in love when the leaves changed colors …
As New York City’s notorious fixer, Alfie Shelby always gets what he wants—and when he sets his eyes on Vera, he’ll do anything to keep her … even if she’s not sure she wants to be kept.
And they nearly lost it all when the snow started to fall …
She wants nothing to do with a gangster. A life of crime is all he knows. But neither can deny what they have, even when forces beyond their control try to keep them apart.
This was so different to your typical 'mafia' romance and definitely in a good way
I absolutely adore London Miller's Wild Bunch and Den of Mercenaries books, so that alone was enough to stir my interest in this book. I didn't realised it was about some of the side characters from her Volkov Bratva books, and do wonder if reading them first would have enhanced my enjoyment of this. There were a few times in this story where I felt as though I had missed some information, though I did read an arc so it may simply have been that the editing had not been completed yet.
Vera is a mafia printsessa who wants nothing to do with the life, even though her father doesn't respect this. On a last minute get-away break she meets Alfie, a sexy businessman, or so she believes. Whilst she knows nothing about him, her surname tells Alfie everything he needs to know about her......and the fact that she should really be off limits to him. Back in New York, Vera never expects to hear from Alfie again, not once suspecting that not only does he live in the same city, but he moves in the same circles as her family.
I really liked Vera and Alfie, they both felt very natural, real and very believable characters. I totally bought into their relationship and the chemistry between them is undeniable. One of the unusual aspects of this book that I really liked were the scenes that had been included solely for the purpose of demonstrating to us, and convincing us of, their growing connection to each other. There were some ups and downs and plenty of spanners in the works along the way, though overall this was a fairly angst free, as well as quite a light read.
I read an arc, so I can't say if the published version is the same, but I did really struggle with the time line throughout. On quite a number of occasions I had to flick back to try and work out how long a time had elapsed between different scenes or different parts of the story. The information seemed to be conflicting at times.
The story has some really good, and unexpected, twists and turns. It had more of a contemporary romance feel to it than mafia or romantic suspense, though that should not be taken as a criticism. This is still a well written, overall easy to read and enjoyable story. It does have some violent scenes, though fairly mild given the mafia setting of the story. There are also a couple of fairly steamy scenes between Vera and Alfie, though these were both tasteful and felt a very organic part of the story.
ABOUT LONDON MILLER
With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.
She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.