Review 2 of 2
The man whom he’d watched for years, listened to, pined over, was the one man he’d fallen in love with.
This is my favourite book of the series so far. It’s even beaten ‘A Marked Man’ book 1 (but I would need to go back and read it again to make sure).
As I sat in the pub Sunday morning writing this, I realised my favourite stories from this series have been the assassin storylines without the Werewolf shifters. I’m not saying I dislike the shifter stories; it was just an observation that surprised me.
So, here we go, part 2.
Loved it! I stayed up late just to finish it. If you are familiar with my reviews, then you’ll know, if I cry at some point, then I enjoyed it. Well, I did. There is a sound balance of drama, violence and romance, which kept the narrative moving along, while keeping it both masculine and sexy.
Sex scenes, I tend not to like much and I cringe a lot (see past reviews and send the psychologist round). In truth, I really enjoyed reading the ones between Keegan and Vince! Oh, I can hear you all cheering (lol). I know exactly why I loved theses scenes. It was the build up, the passion and the want of the two characters. These two, desire each other on a level beyond just sex and that’s a difficult thing to get over to a reader. Vince and Keegan psychologically and physically make love and you believe it.
In all his years, no one had ever made love to him, not like this.
About 58% through, look out for the five words Keegan speaks to Vince. Usually, they would appear overly sentimental. but, I didn’t feel this at all. With these words you realise Keegan has become vulnerable to the killer, Vincent Markov.
Those five words slammed into his chest.
There is a fair bit of testosterone and action flying around giving a James Bond/Godfather vibe that resonates throughout. I like these moments, they help with the pacing of the story.
The author has really stepped up here and has given those that are familiar with the series, something that is still familiar, but a little different.
You continue to adore Keegan and it’s beyond words. You care about him. A one point Vince wants to send Keegan away for safety and you as the reader understand and feel the same way. You simply want Keegan safe.
Vince realises he feels a ‘strange sensation’ in his gut when he sees Keegan and visa versa. They can’t understand why, initially. They both get emotionally involved; not believing the other feels the same. Their defences are up and this is why the banter is so electric, but not over the top.
Stand out scenes for me, are when you see, just how deadly and violent Vincent Markov can be. You actually fear for Keegan and want him to run, but there is conflict for the reader because you want him to stay. This kept Vince both sexy and unnerving.
As a man reading this, I wanted to protect Keegan. It was ridiculous how I felt. I could understand all of Vince’s emotions in the second half.
He wanted this man, and not just for one or two nights. He wanted Keegan always.
Secondary characters like Vince’s son Nikolai were intriguing, and stood out with their distinct personalities. It would have been nice, to see more of Keira Ripley, Keegan’s mother as she had a lot of ‘bite’. Not so much Vince’s ex husband Andrei Panchenko, who was the least developed for me. What is going on with Andrei and Devin Lyons? They despise each other! They practically want to kill each other when they’re in the same room. I think, another story is being set up for these two, but here in Russian Prey, I couldn’t even visualise him. Not surprising, as Vince and Keegan quite rightly steal the show.
I can hear you all shouting “At what part did you get all tearful, you big sap Spencer?” Okay, I give in… It was Chapter 10 (but I did get a little emotional at other times. look out for Vince and Keegan at the hospital). Chapter 10, car Keys. That’s all I’m saying. Likewise, Vince in a tux. The older I get, the more crying I seem to do. But you know what? I don’t care.
I could read this story again, straight away, and that’s a first for me and should indicate that this is one book you need to read.