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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.
From Russia With Fangs by Jacey Conrad, Gia Corona
Between her family’s drunken antics and vicious verbal attacks from her so-called friends, Irina Sudenko Volkov is having the worst night ever. And that’s before she’s widowed.
Volatile, cheating, no-good Sergei’s death-by-assassin unleashes chaos in the werewolf criminal underground. Irina's panicked Papa assigns Beta wolf Viktor Zhukovsky to Irina’s security detail until her husband’s killer is found. As Irina's world crumbles around her, the perfect princess mask falls away and Viktor meets the sharp, passionate woman underneath. Their initial chemistry gives way to a deeper attraction when Irina begins to see the decency underneath Viktor’s gruff, tattooed exterior, despite his insistence that it doesn't exist.
Their tendency to find themselves semi-nude and in enclosed spaces is a source of amusement to her sister, Galina, but each of them knows of the deadly consequences if their relationship is brought to light. Things get even more complicated when Papa Sudenko begins to match-make Irina and Andrey Lupesco, who also happens to be in a secret relationship with Galina. Family dinners are awkward. With danger closing in on all sides, Irina has to find her claws and learn to howl.
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I have the first three books in Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series and really liked them, but I lost track of her over the years and didn’t read anything else she wrote. Then, while perusing Facebook, I saw a post a friend shared about Harper’s new series, written under the name Jacey Conrad, so I jumped on the chance to read the first two.From Russia With Claws and From Russian With Fangs feature a Russian mafia werewolf family and the siblings Galina, Nikolai, Alexei and Irina. Told over the same time frame but from different perspectives both books deal primarily with the sisters. Galina is a bad-ass alpha who feels the time of men leading is over and is looking for a place to make her mark. Irina is used to being a bargaining chip and goes where the family tells her to. Both sisters end up being fiercely attracted to the wrong men, and these attractions could take down the whole family enterprise. Were these books deep and meaningful? No, but they were ridiculously fun. Fast paced and with a rich humor, the From Russia books were solid from beginning to end. The world built was very detailed as were the supporting characters. I particularly liked the brother Nik and would love to see his story next. Now I will throw out a content warning; these were chock full of descriptive sex and a M/M storyline. It doesn’t bother me at all, I expect my paranormal romances to be steamy, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. When all is said and done From Russia With Claws and From Russian With Fangs were both delightful and I hope number three in the series comes out quickly.
Favorite lines – (Claws) This was her family. Galina would do whatever she had to in order to see them all safe. Even if that meant killing her own brother to do so.
(Fangs) Considering her idiot husband’s well-known penchant for public scenes and over-the-top retribution, it would be quicker just to take a running start at a wood chipper in a desperate act of self-Fargo.
Biggest cliché – “No, no, I don’t like you. Let’s still do it, but that doesn’t mean I like you.”
Have you read From Russia With Claws or From Russia With Fangs or added them to your TBR?