Bratva life is simple.
You steal from the brotherhood, you pay with your life.
But the thief is a woman, and she’s too beautiful to die.
My wedding band will be her collar.
Our vows will be her shackles.
She will be my captive bride.
The Bratva’s Bride focuses on Larissa, who fearing for her identical twin sister’s (Calina) life, takes Calina’s place in a mental institution upon discovering she’s stolen money from the Bratva and now they’re coming for her.
This is the second book in the Wicked Doms series and can be read as a standalone. The story started off really exciting and the overall premise is intriguing; however, I found the last third of the book to feel a little scattered and rushed.
There is also less mafia-specific plot than I expected with the focus being primarily on the bdsm in Larissa and Demyan’s budding relationship. Personally, I didn’t find that to be a dealbreaker as I still enjoyed the story; but it was definitely something I noticed as I kept waiting for something Bratva-related to occur and when it did, it was wrapped up quickly.
While I didn’t have an issue with the characters, I also didn’t connect to them very much. Larissa’s best quality is her loyalty to her last living relative, Calina, which was something that I did admire a lot. As for Demyan, I like that he tries to put Larissa first when he realises he’s in the wrong, but otherwise I think his whole personality and ‘scary’ factor relies too heavily on his bdsm discipline actions more than anything.
Overall, it was a decent read and I would still be interested in seeing how the rest of the series plays out. Especially if the other books go into more detail regarding their brotherhood.
Please note: At the time of writing this review, The Bratva’s Bride is currently FREE on Amazon AU & Amazon US.