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Summary

Coming soon from USA Today best-selling author Jenika Snow is a brand-new full-length gritty Mafia romance that blurs the lines between right and wrong...and love and hate.

He didn’t have a heart...but he wanted hers.

All I knew about life was anger and violence. Pain and suffering. Kill or be killed.

I was a “fixer” for the Ruin - a syndicate for the Bratva, Cosa Nostra, Cartel, and any other organized crime faction that dealt in the darker, crueler aspects of humanity. I was a free agent who was called upon to do things weaker men didn’t have the stomach for. And when you surround yourself with death for long enough, soon you don’t remember what it felt like to be alive.

And then I saw her. She was a fragile little thing who tried to be strong. But I could tell she’d seen too much horror in the world, too much of the ugly within people. I should have stayed away. I’d only bring her further down into the darkness. But for the first time in my life, I felt a stirring in my chest, this protectiveness and possessiveness toward another living person. And it was painful. It made me feel alive.

Lina tried to hide how broken she was, but I was an old friend of being ruined. She held secrets I’d find out. Because for the first time in my miserable life, I wanted something for myself. I felt something more than apathy and indifference.

I wanted to possess the innocence she clung to. I wanted to break it open and consume it for myself. I could look into her too trusting blue eyes and knew I’d maim for her. I’d kill for her. And that became our truth when her past finally came back for her, when my present tried to destroy her.

They thought they could take the one thing - the only thing - I’d ever wanted for myself. They were wrong.

When I looked at her, I felt some of the monster that made me who I was retreat back to my black soul. He’d never leave...but he’d share the space.

For her.

A complete stand-alone novel in the Underworld Kings series.

©2021 Jenika Snow (P)2021 Jenika Snow

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  • Mo
  • 30-03-22

Arlo

This is the most erotic book I have listened to the man’s voice was electric

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WOW!!!!

No words to describe this book. I have enjoyed the story, Duet narration from JF Harding and Stella hunter was Superb. Jenika Snow is a new Aurthor for me but I will be looking for more of her books. Absolutely Brilliant!!!

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 08-10-21

AN UNDERWORLD BASTARD.. & MY PERSONAL KRYPTONITE

I wonder what it say about us fans of dark romances.. and even darker dangerous anti-heroes who make us swoon with their possessive natures as they burn the world down for the women they love? Well, whatever it says about me I am not ashamed.. oh no no no, I hold my head up high, I claim it and beg for more. I am also happy to see that, in this particular new intoxicating underworld, I am not alone in this guilty pleasure which is reassuring too. Because here is a cold-bloodied killer anti hero with a penetrating glare that makes strong men pee their pants - but I loved Arlo’s intensity, his passion for Galina and his dedication to keeping her safe.. well all that and the tattooed dark package he deliciously comes in 🤭☺️🤫. Galina is on the run from bad men who want to do very bad things to her thanks to her father’s debts and she’s been waitressing for two months.. which is where she catches the attention of a very.. very bad man. However, his soul calls to hers, his touch is electric, his possessive gazes smoulder, his sizzling kisses ignite a fire, his actions are protective and in his arms Galina feels safe.. and home. Unfortunately though, there are snakes who try to rip them apart.

Worth a credit? Yes I loved the book’s intensity as their delicious chemistry builds, bubbles and blows hot. I loved the suspense and danger that oozed and clung over Arlo’s life. I loved this new to me author’s damaged souls love story with its desperation, darkness and shining light of salvation. And I really loved the dual POV duet style narration by Stella Hunter and J.F. Harding who both fit the characters perfectly and brought this impressive story to life. This is my first Jenika Snow and, now her books are longer, it won’t be my last.

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  • Vicki
  • 13-10-21

Coldhearted Bastard – Love Arlo!

I love mafia romance and this one was so good. I really enjoyed this book. Galina/Lina was a very strong woman who was on the run. Arlo always came into the diner where she works. One night, a rowdy customer from the diner follows her when she leaves work and attacks her. She was able to fend him off with some pepper spray and a kick and she was able to get away. Arlo witnesses this and ends up causing severe damage to the man including cutting the hand off that touched and bruised Lina and sent a knife through his privates. Arlo makes her move into his beautiful apartment for her own safety. There is a crime boss who wants her in addition to the people she is running from. Arlo was rough and coldhearted when he had to be but Lina warmed his heart. He was great even though he is a killer. He was written in such a way that any woman would want him. I love how Arlo took care of everything so there was a very nice ending. Would like to catch up with them. I highly recommend it. J. F. Harding and Stella Hunter did a great job with the narration.

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  • Goldie Watson
  • 12-01-22

Couldn't stop reading/listening...

DIRTY SEXY COLD ROM-SUP THRILLER

So,So, SO INTENSE! I mean Geez! I could actually feel the DRAMA in the Story! I dared not assume what or how the story was going to end. I was truly Captured and drowning in it! Love between dark and light, good & evil. One man's item sold & another man most treasured precious thing in life!. Kinda slow burn but Wow!!! Watch out for the flames 💥
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I finally... ended up hold my chest tears/misty... LOL! Most Excellent Listen ⭐💖💋❤🍷ENJOY 😉 ~

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  • madmother
  • 02-01-22

Worth the credit or the $$!

I first read the kindle copy when it was released and loved the story. Arlo is a bad man, but the monster was slightly tamed by the love he had for Galina. The narrators were both very good and I loved the dis narration, it just brings the story to life.

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  • KRISTEN
  • 04-11-21

WOW

I loved every second of this book. What more could a girl want. I had butterfly.

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  • Rochelle
  • 29-10-21

Awesome

Part of the Underworld Kings series and can be read as a standalone and I loved it. This dark mafia romance will heat up your evening. If you don’t like filthy dirty men and the women who love them, then I would recommend not picking this up, but you would be missing a read of a lifetime. Loved Arlo and Lina. They meet when Lina is running from her dad’s decision to make her his debt payment. He is her savior even though he has his own dark past. Loved the chemistry between them. Great listen.

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  • FMSC
  • 28-10-21

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This was good not great. I had a hard time feeling a deep connection between them. the duet narration was great♡

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  • Latrecia Wheeler
  • 27-10-21

Not quite…

I don’t like to leave bad reviews but the story was lacking. It was borderline boring. Lena and Arlo were boring characters which made their story lackluster. The danger was boring not enough to remain the source of conflict for the entire book. I do like duel narration and wish more audibles were done this way.

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  • Aunt G
  • 05-10-21

Intense, Hot & Swoon Worthy

I really enjoyed this book. The story quickly captured my interest and held it firmly. I thought Arlo was 100% pure swoon worthy. On the surface he is all still waters, coldness, hardness, brutality and a laser focus that in no way prepares you for intensity of the desire that Lina inspires in him. And oh, that naughty, naughty mouth! WHEW! As for Galina, I liked her a lot. She was a spunky and scrappy. I do admit though that sometimes her actions could be frustrating and annoying. I could understand where it was all coming from though. But still, it was what it was. Together, these two were simply incendiary!! The burn might be slow but the flames are scorching hot!! A smartly crafted blend of raw emotions, drama, tension and danger was smoothly seductive and made a dark irresistible romance that I absolutely loved! Dual narration on this book, which I am always appreciative of. I found both voices quite pleasing and most importantly I felt they fit the characters well. The overall performance was excellent and really helped immerse me in this amazing story.

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  • Adrianne Warren
  • 21-09-22

Just No!

I am a big fan of J. F. Harding, but this was the worst book ever. There was no depth to the story. Nothing to keep your attention or on the edge of your seat.