Book Review ~ How I See It: Her Russian Brute: 50 Loving States, Idaho ~ Theodora Taylor


28262887Another good book by Ms. Taylor. I received an advance review copy (ARC) for the honest review below.

Ivan, Ivan, Ivan…we last met Ivan in his cousin Boris’ story “Her Russian Beast: 50 Loving States, New Mexico.” He was not an endearing character in that story and Sirena Boris’ wife layed him out. In this story we learn the heartache that Ivan suffers at the loss of his family. This story has a “Beauty and the Beast” like quality to it, with Marisol being “Beauty” and Ivan “the Beast,” due to the scarring of his face from the bomb that killed his family.

Marisol is not without her own trouble and torment in the form of her abusive boyfriend Scott. We learn Marisol’s story when she tries to break it off with Scott and to say that he doesn’t take it well is putting it lightly. We Sola wakes up from Scott putting her to sleep, more like to TKO type she learns that her second father Brian is being held in a cage and she takes off to rescue him. As Sola takes Brian’s place to remain with Ivan she lets him know in no certain terms that she will not sleep with him, no nookie for the room she will be occupying in this house.

This book as a paranormal twist to it…when they started saying things like ‘during full moons’ there is a curfew enforced. We soon find out why and this has Ivan coming to Sola’s rescue, but also triggering Sola’s sleepwalking right into Ivan’s bed! Aww suki, suki now, Ivan thinking that Sola came to him of her own according decides to see what can they set on fire during the light of day only to learn that Sola is not aware of her late night actions!

Will beauty be able to tame her beast or will the real beast in Sola’s life find her? So it looks like Sola’s best friend will get her own story as well. I can’t wait to read that story, I wonder who he is. I love the way this author interlinks her characters.

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