Review: Tempting the Badman (Russian Bratva #5) by Hayley Faiman

Posted February 17, 2017 by bookstobreathe in Book Review, New Release / 0 Comments

Review: Tempting the Badman (Russian Bratva #5) by Hayley FaimanTitle: Tempting the Badman
Author: Hayley Faiman
Series: Russian Bratva #5)
Published by Self-Published
Release Date January 12, 2017
Genres: Erotic Romance, Mafia/Cartel, Romantic Suspense
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At five years old, Inessa Kozlova is exposed to the dangerous power a badman wields. Now, twenty years later, she’s convinced that a badman is the last thing she wants in her bed. Strong, beautiful, and independent, she’s determined to live the life she wants on her own terms. Yet, from the moment she lays eyes on her Bratva lover, her heart demands otherwise.

Dominik Markov owes his life to the Bratva. Having grown up in prison, he associates his ties to the mafia with liberty. Embracing his freedom, he takes all that life has to offer—including all the women he can get. Known as the Bratva playboy, settling down is not his idea of happiness, and love is a mystery he wishes not to solve.

It doesn’t take long for Inessa to learn that the power of love is more dangerous than that of any man, and she’s no match against her feelings for Dominik. Yet, it’s Dominik who is brought to his knees—tempted by the only woman who has ever made him want more. Discovering that the cost of more is surrender, he must decide what kind of badman he really is—and if the woman who tempts his heart is worth it.

Title: Tempting the Badman

Series: Russian Bratva #5

Genre: Erotic Mafia Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs

Author: Hayley Faiman

Release Date: January 12, 2017

***Dominik & Inessa***

What Others Are Saying

“I want more!!! I NEED MORE!!! Ermagawd! Dominik is EPIC!”

~5 Star Goodreads Review by Expresso

“I am so engrossed in this series, and each volume just sucks me in further to the point that I want to go find a Badman of my own.”

~5 Star Goodreads Review by Crystal

“Absolutely loved this book… Keep them coming Hayley; you never disappoint.”

~5 Star Goodreads Review by Christina

My Review

I’ll be honest; when I started this series a few months back I had no clue what I was getting into. I’ve read many mafia related series before but it’s always hit or miss on just how authentic they will be. And for me, I need my mafia series to be dark and dirty and to leave nothing in the gray area. Well color me surprised when I discovered this author and this series was exactly what I had hoped for and so much more! It was a side to the mafia I had long hoped to read about but had never quite reached. And the best part is that even after five books, there are still many more coming in the future. I love when an author builds an excellent foundation that keeps you coming back for more. Not to mention I’m a huge re-reader so I got to experience my favorite characters all over again before starting this book.

Our two stars in this story aren’t in the previous books much at all. I can remember one scene that Inessa is in and maybe one or more that Dom is. I’m going to say straight up that I did NOT like Dom for most of this book. Yes there were points where I got where he was coming from, but he was still a pompous ass hat and so overbearing. I loved how independent and self sufficient Inessa was and the more he broke that from her character, the more furious I became. Don’t get me wrong; when they worked, when all the walls broke down, I absolutely adored them together. Their connection was palpable and the sexual chemistry clouded the sunniest of rooms. The steamy scenes were off the chart! But I just got so mad at his obvious hypocrisy and wanted to smack him multiple times throughout the story. He was just so heavy handed that at times I struggled to connect with him.

But like I stated earlier; I didn’t hate him the entire time. When they worked, it overshadowed any bad that came before it. I love when characters truly connect and heal each other and these two had that in spades. There was an undeniable connection and Faiman brought that out on the pages beautifully. This series will always remain one of my top favorite mafia ones and I cannot wait to revisit these characters again in future installments. Eagerly awaiting!


Owned by the Badman

(Russian Bratva #1)

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***Maxim & Haleigh***

Haleigh knows nothing of love. Raised to be no more than the ballerina her mother could never be, she eats, sleeps, and breathes dance. Then, when she is blindsided by the news that her parents have arranged for her to be married, she does as she has always done—exactly as she is told. However, despite the fact that the man she is to call her husband is a complete stranger, Haleigh cannot help but hope that maybe, just maybe, she will finally get the chance to know love.

Maxim is not a good man. His strength is foreboding and his handsome features are merely a distraction for the dangerous person that lies beneath. When he collects a debt by way of a beautiful, ballerina bride, he relishes in the fact that he owns something so pure, so innocent—so undeniably his. Yet, Haleigh is better than he ever expected, and it is not long before his ownership begins to turn into something much, much more.

But when the darkness of Maxim’s past comes back to haunt him, the illusion of love’s safety is shattered. Maxim’s demons seek to destroy everything he holds dear. Suddenly, being owned by the badman is worse than Haleigh imagined. In order to protect her, Maxim has to decide just how bad he can be, and if letting go is the best choice.


Seducing the Badman

(Russian Bratva #2)

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***Radimir & Emiliya***

Radimir Zalesky has only ever known darkness. His choices have always been simple–live or die. Saved by the Russian mob, he is now the embodiment of a Bratva solider. Yet, in spite of the cold, hard world in which he finds himself, he dreams of what he knows he does not deserve. Light.

Emiliya Chekova was born a printsessa, daughter to the infamous Ivan Chekov. Her life has been out of her hands for as long as she can remember, her only option to obey. When her father’s betrayal to the Bratva ends in death, she is a possession passed on to another–now owned by a badman.

Resolute to submit to her fate, Emiliya endeavors to be the light Radimir craves–but his demons are not so easily seduced. Thrust into the heart of a dangerous world in which Radimir resides, Emiliya discovers the cost of love, learning just how far she’s willing to go to keep it.


Dancing for the Badman

(Russian Bratva #3)

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***Kirill & Tatyana***

A lifetime ago, Kirill Baryshev was a man in love. Born and raised to embody what it means to be a Russian soldier—hard, cold, and ruthless—she was the one person he trusted with his heart. She was his gold. She was his treasure. And then she was gone. Her death, coupled with the death of their unborn child, was an act of betrayal. She took herself away from him after learning who he really was. A badman. A Bratva man.

A decade ago, Tatyana Orlova was a young woman who knew her future—and he was unbearably handsome. But when the FBI knocked on her door, warning her that her future was a dangerous man with ties to the Russian mafia, her fear rewrote her future in seconds. Pregnant and alone, she fled, the heartache of her decision something she knew she would carry with her always. Raising a daughter on her own, working the pole night after night, was far from a dream come true. Her life was about survival. Her hope was lost in reality—until her past darkened her door.

Lies. Regret. Fear. Anger. It all rises to the surface when the truth is revealed and Kirill and Tatyana are reunited. One federal agent’s obsession leads the fated lovers back together. But the love they once shared was shattered years ago, and the pain that accompanied that loss may not ever be overcome. Tatyana will endure Kirill’s cruel treatment toward her for the sake of their daughter, but the love she harbors for him is not lost. His presence makes her hope. His presence makes her dream. Maybe, just maybe, she can dance her way back into her badman’s heart.


Living for the Badman

(Russian Bratva #4)

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***Yakov & Ashley***

Ashley Riggs’ life was forever changed when she was only seventeen years old. Thrust into a world of darkness, scarred at the hands of many, and left abandoned in a cage, her hope is found in the man who rescues her from the clutches of hell. Day by day, he breathes life into her, and her heart becomes his. But when she longs for more, her savior turns his back on her, insistent that he cannot give her what she wants.

Yakov Chekov is certain that evil runs in his veins. Direct descendant of the late Ivan Chekov—the poison that infected the Russian Bratva in ways that cannot be forgiven, and the father he murdered in the name of justice—Yakov fears he cannot love as a man should. Yet, try as he might, pushing away his sweet girl, in order to protect her from himself, proves to be impossible.

When neither time, nor distance, can eradicate the love they harbor for one another, they must both ask themselves what it is they truly want—and what, as well as who, they are willing to sacrifice to be together. Yet, through it all, Ashley knows one thing for sure. Her heart is tethered to one man—one badman who makes life worth living.

About Hayley Faiman

32 years young… born and raised in California, did a stint in Oregon only to return to the Golden State. Lived that life a while until the Lone Star State called to us, Hill Country, Texas is where we call home, where our boots rest and loving that country life. Living the life with one bearded power pole climbing husband, two little boys that are full of energy and drive us crazy plus a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.

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