Format: Audiobook, eBook
From Russia With Claws by Jacey Conrad, Gia Corona
Narrator: Natasha Volkov
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Date Read: August 2015
Genre: PNR, Romance
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!
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Series: From Russia #1
Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.00
Character Rating: 3.00
Audio Rating: RETURNED (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: I really wanted to love From Russia with Claws by Jacey Conrad but it had too many elements that I just don’t prefer: outlaws (mafia in this case), angst (tons), and millionaire sex type (I don’t really know what to call this trend–lifestyles of the rich with unlimited bonking time?).
Overall Thoughts: Here is why I think 80% of people I know will love it: It reads like the really popular erotica businessman and/or biker OC but insert werewolves. Seriously this stuff is popular and is so many people’s candy right now. I wish I loved it but alas I just don’t. The writing was supberb (aka the 2.50) and I even liked most of the characters (the brother, sister, bodyguards). It just wasn’t my cup of tea but I would recommend this to tons of people. I have! My mom read it and LOVED it. You can’t help what you like!
Narrated By Natasha Volkov / Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Here is where I am going to differ from most of the audio reviews I have seen. I know who half of Jacey Conrad is and I don’t think her normal narrator would have been proper for this one. I would have probably gone with a Cris Dukehart or Johanna Parker type of voice. The problem with Natasha was she sounded way to girlie for the male voices (I had to return the audio when she said his voice was sexy and then talked in it–NO NO NO not sexy at all) AND she made a 25 year old college “trying to take over the pack” graduate sound like a flitty high school graduate. The audio just didn’t work for me on any level.
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