Thursday, June 15, 2017

REVIEW: Torrid by Nikki Sloane





Title: Torrid
A Standalone Sordid Novel
Author: Nikki Sloane
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2017

OUR REVIEW:


Shel: After reading Sordid I knew that the latest novel in this series, Torrid, would be a novel that would challenge my sensibilities and that became very clear within the opening scenes. Both Vasilije and Oksana, our main characters, have a sharpened sense of retribution and justice and have no qualms using any means to do what they think is necessary. What makes this book different, in my mind, than Sordid is that they're essentially equal or partners in what they're doing, even if one of them doesn't always know that he's in an unspoken partnership for a large part of the novel.  That unstated partnership was something that I kept having to remind myself of whenever I wanted to be angry at Vasilijie; he was quite the brute and such an ass and he consistently tried to beat back his humanity so I had to remind myself that Oskana knew that this would be an almost impossible challenge  and yet she continued with her facade to try to make her plan work. Really, while Oskana was the more sympathetic of the two, and I totally got her fury and fear and hurt, both of these characters were so hard that there times when I felt like I could  only catch my breath when Sloane would allow them moments of humanity and kindness--I guess what I'm saying is that Vasilije and Oskana were hardcore...maybe anti-hereos would be the best way to describe them? At any rate, this novel had my pulse racing and the pages flying because I knew the other shoe had to drop and I had no idea when or how it would, though I had a feeling it was going to be intense when it did (and it was). 

Court: Girllll....I was so afraid of this one going in, it wasn't even funny. Shel had to hold my hand a bit but reassured me I would survive...I mean, we've read some crazy stuff and I really enjoy mafia novels a lot. Literally the world of possibilities of what could happen is endless, so that is a lot of it I think. I agree with Shel, and want to add thank you so much Nikki Sloane for giving us both characters point of view. I think it would be harder to really, really understand their motivations and hearts (or if they have any of either) without it and I think it helped make the story that much better. These characters are complicated, and their families are complicated and it's just ugh! But, the book is not, the writing is not...and I really enjoyed it. 

Shel: I hesitate to call anything at the end of the two novels in this series a happily ever after, because the world that Sloane has created is really not what you'd consider normal or happy, I think? But, I can say that I was very satisfied with how both Sordid and Torrid ended--where the characters ended up seemed exactly where they needed to be, though I can't help but worry about all of them (in my imaginary world where I keep them) and hope that the next novel in this series doesn't find them on the wrong side of a gun--Konstantine, where are you and what are you thinking...hmmm?


Court: Oh, I hadn't even thought that he would be next in our novel line up! Ack....it's going to be a wild rollercoaster ride with how things are left where things go next, and I cannot wait! This one really is full speed ahead/guns blazing from the very beginning, and if you're looking for something that challenges your reality, challenges your mind and really has you broadening your horizons this is the book for you! 

Shel: I haven't ventured into the dark side of romance in quite a while and this series has definitely kept my eye brows raised, my heart racing, and me constantly questioning what I thought about all the questionable actions. And while I definitely despise the actions of the characters, I couldn't seem to put either novel down and can't help but wonder if and where Nikki Sloane will take this series next.  Court: Lots of raised brows, and wows, and wtfs...but while you're right, Shel...wow it has been a while since we went over to the dark side...it was a fun foray back into it and I'm glad it was with Nikki Sloane at the helm.


Blurb

Vasilije Markovic is the prince of the Serbian mafia and one of the most powerful men in Chicago. His smile may be razor sharp, but he’s crueler than the devil.

I’m playing a dangerous game and betting my life I’m going to win. I pretend to be his pawn. I do as he says and move where he tells me, letting him think he’s in control as I position myself for revenge.

Every turn brings us closer. His grin doesn’t seem as evil when we’re alone. Behind closed doors, I welcome his unrelenting and vicious personality. He’s confessed all his secrets, but I’m holding one back and it’s a game changer.

If I survive the board, this pawn turns into a queen. I become the most powerful player and send all the other pieces running. To get what I want, I must make sacrifices, but am I willing to draw the line at him?








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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU






For a VERY limited time you receive a FREE copy of Sordid as a bonus novel with your purchase of Torrid






Author Bio

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is married and has two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn't be any happier.



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