Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: Empires and Kings by A.C. Bextor

Publication Date:  1/31/2017
Series: Mafia #1
Rating: 5 STARS!


I was known as the traitor's daughter.
When I was five years old, my father was tortured, branded with the letter 'Z', then beaten and left for dead. The grueling punishment for his crime was a reminder to all others who dared threaten the Russian's reign.

I was the young girl left behind. A living piece of the traitorous puzzle the Russian leader tried so diligently to ignore.

Until I grew up. No longer could he deny how much my existence had always been intertwined with his. And in order to survive the life I was thrown into, I was forced to learn my place inside of it.

Vlad Zalesky was a tyrant to the lost.
I hated him.

He was a terror of mass destruction.
I was afraid of him.

He was a tormentor of the weak.
I only wanted to hide from him.

But not far beneath the venomous man's outward indifference was something else.

Vlad Zalesky carried secrets of unrestrained burden. I wanted to know those secrets.

And because of the decisions I made, someone in our family had to pay.

This book. Just. WOW!

It's been nearly two weeks since I finished Empires and Kings and I am still speechless. Bextor has always had a talent of writing the dark and gritty side of the world with beautiful romance intertwined, but this book is by far her best yet.  I say yet because there's more to this story coming 

*I'm looking at you, A.C.*

Empires and Kings is a much farther fall into the underbelly of modern society, the mafia.  The group of families, men, women, and even children that we see portrayed in movies, but are in fact very much real.  Bextor dives in head first and weaves this spellbinding tale of love, loss, and temptation.  Vlad was menacing and scary to Kiara's blood stained innocence.  It's not your run of the mill romance, and I think that's why I liked it so much. There was nothing sweet except the revenge in this book.  The violence, the domination, and the fear was off the charts, but that only compounded my love more for this story.  

Reading it, I felt swept away into a dark world that eerily felt like I didn't belong in as I sped through the chapters.  There's just something about this story that I can't explain as it still gnaws at me weeks later.  I know one thing for sure. This book is amazing and should be a staple in any dark romance lovers TBR pile. 

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