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American tennis player Carter Cook is being held prisoner by the Russian mafia... Carter is the obsession of mob boss Vladimir Ivanov, a man she once loved. Now a mafia war has erupted on his home turf, and Vladimir’s enemies have put a bounty on her head to force him to surrender. If she is captured, his rivals will deliver a deadly ultimatum—his life in exchange for hers. American tennis player Carter Cook is being held prisoner by the Russian mafia... Carter is the obsession of mob boss Vladimir Ivanov, a man she once loved. Now a mafia war has erupted on his home turf, and Vladimir’s enemies have put a bounty on her head to force him to surrender. If she is captured, his rivals will deliver a deadly ultimatum—his life in exchange for hers. The price for Carter’s freedom is Vladimir’s blood. Vladimir holds ultimate power as godfather of the Ivanov Bratva… He spent five years in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who rules his crew with an iron fist. But his enemies have discovered his only weakness—Carter. Vladimir knows if she stays in his world, he is handing her a death sentence, so he vows to get her home and never interfere in her life again. Giving up the woman he loves is the only way to protect her from the bad guys—including himself. Vladimir’s rivals have a different plan for the ill-fated couple… Some punishments are worse than death, and the head of the Ovechkin Bratva will go to any length to seek vengeance and inflict maximum suffering on Vladimir. Carter may be Vladimir’s weakness, but she is also his only hope for survival. When the boss of the Ovechkin family threatens the man she loves, she must fight for Vladimir’s freedom before their rivals can deliver the fatal blow. Love is blind—but it could also be deadly.


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American tennis player Carter Cook is being held prisoner by the Russian mafia... Carter is the obsession of mob boss Vladimir Ivanov, a man she once loved. Now a mafia war has erupted on his home turf, and Vladimir’s enemies have put a bounty on her head to force him to surrender. If she is captured, his rivals will deliver a deadly ultimatum—his life in exchange for hers. American tennis player Carter Cook is being held prisoner by the Russian mafia... Carter is the obsession of mob boss Vladimir Ivanov, a man she once loved. Now a mafia war has erupted on his home turf, and Vladimir’s enemies have put a bounty on her head to force him to surrender. If she is captured, his rivals will deliver a deadly ultimatum—his life in exchange for hers. The price for Carter’s freedom is Vladimir’s blood. Vladimir holds ultimate power as godfather of the Ivanov Bratva… He spent five years in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who rules his crew with an iron fist. But his enemies have discovered his only weakness—Carter. Vladimir knows if she stays in his world, he is handing her a death sentence, so he vows to get her home and never interfere in her life again. Giving up the woman he loves is the only way to protect her from the bad guys—including himself. Vladimir’s rivals have a different plan for the ill-fated couple… Some punishments are worse than death, and the head of the Ovechkin Bratva will go to any length to seek vengeance and inflict maximum suffering on Vladimir. Carter may be Vladimir’s weakness, but she is also his only hope for survival. When the boss of the Ovechkin family threatens the man she loves, she must fight for Vladimir’s freedom before their rivals can deliver the fatal blow. Love is blind—but it could also be deadly.

30 review for Prisoner

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁

    ***** 4.5 Stars ***** Cannot be read as a standalone This was so good. I think this was better than the first book. There's more action, romance, and suspense. I finished this is one day... again. Even though Vladimir and Boris left for Russia, they aren't finished with Carter. Someone wants to hurt Vladimir, and they plan on hurting the one thing he loves. To keep Carter safe, Boris kidnaps her and takes her to Russia. Held as a prisoner, Carter finds ways to cope with her situation. She's stuck ***** 4.5 Stars ***** Cannot be read as a standalone This was so good. I think this was better than the first book. There's more action, romance, and suspense. I finished this is one day... again. Even though Vladimir and Boris left for Russia, they aren't finished with Carter. Someone wants to hurt Vladimir, and they plan on hurting the one thing he loves. To keep Carter safe, Boris kidnaps her and takes her to Russia. Held as a prisoner, Carter finds ways to cope with her situation. She's stuck with her strong and silent bodyguard, but he becomes a good friend in her confinement. Vladimir doesn't want to get more involved in Carter's life. He just wants her to be safe. Because of his shameful actions in the previous book, he is a different man. Total transformation. We meet his family and see his interactions with the children. My heart melted in various parts of the story. But sometimes I just wanted to poke him to get him agitated. What? His anger is sometimes a turn on. Everything about this story was perfect. As soon as I finished this book, I looked to see when the 3rd book would be released. I couldn't find any information.... So I guess I'll just go cry in a corner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Naksed

    In Prisoner, the second volume of Kat Shehata's chilling Russian bratva trilogy, Russian Tattoos, we leave the unpredictable, extremely dark and depressing, savage rendition of the real dangers involved when you dance with the devil that was depicted in Volume One of the series, Obsession, and enter a more predictable, conventional, romantic suspense blueprint. This is not to say that I did not enjoy Prisoner, only that it did not have the punch-in-the-gut shock factor of its predecessor. The sto In Prisoner, the second volume of Kat Shehata's chilling Russian bratva trilogy, Russian Tattoos, we leave the unpredictable, extremely dark and depressing, savage rendition of the real dangers involved when you dance with the devil that was depicted in Volume One of the series, Obsession, and enter a more predictable, conventional, romantic suspense blueprint. This is not to say that I did not enjoy Prisoner, only that it did not have the punch-in-the-gut shock factor of its predecessor. The story picks up ten weeks after the conclusion of Obsession and quickly moves the action from the U.S. to Russia. We are now in the pakhan (mob boss)'s territory and in the midst of a gang war to boot. I really enjoyed once again the authentic feel of the writing. The setting, from a rustic villa in the countryside that seems frozen in time back to the Czarist years, to an extremely corrupt, sophisticated, urban city where various mob families rule with blood-soaked fists, were extremely well-rendered. I thought the abrupt personality transplant of the villainous protagonist from Obsession into a more conventional romantic hero in Prisoner not to be super believable and somewhat of a disappointment. The villain role is now shifted to a rival gang leader whose Eurotrash persona might be annoying but certainly not ominous the way that the protagonist and his henchmen were in the preceding volume. The plot twists and turns were fast-paced and exciting but on the whole, predictable. Ends in another cliffhanger. I would for sure like to see the resolution of the story and I will patiently bide my time until it is published.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Expresso

    Ermagad!! What a friggin adrenaline rush! I can honestly say this sequel does justice to this series. It's not often a sequel can be better than the first book, but Kat nailed it with this release. Prisoner resumes at the exact place Obsession ended, Carter's kidnapping! As soon as she enters Russia, it's a plethora of attempted murder, kidnapping, murder, family drama....and the list goes on! Carter entered Russia as a naive American college girl but she left as a hardened woman. Vladimir, Carte Ermagad!! What a friggin adrenaline rush! I can honestly say this sequel does justice to this series. It's not often a sequel can be better than the first book, but Kat nailed it with this release. Prisoner resumes at the exact place Obsession ended, Carter's kidnapping! As soon as she enters Russia, it's a plethora of attempted murder, kidnapping, murder, family drama....and the list goes on! Carter entered Russia as a naive American college girl but she left as a hardened woman. Vladimir, Carter's kidnapper and soul mate, is at the center of this clusterf*ck. He's obsessed with her and it's no surprise. The things he did in the first book were extreme to say the least. However, the things Vladimir and Boris concoct in this installment make book one's antics seem like child's play! If you're looking for an edgy, dark, completely different take on the Bratva, Russian Mafia, then jackpot! This story is such an adrenaline rush that as a reader you have to force yourself to take deep breaths. Before diving in this story, you must read the first book, Russian Tattoo Prisoner, or it won't flow and have that "wow wtf just happened" factor! Just remember loving a Russian mobster and being loved by a Russian mobster is a who new ballgame! 5 stars!

  4. 4 out of 5

    RoRo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Why you ask? Why did I read second book since I hated the first? Well my friend said please and that it gets better. Do not fret, I borrowed this and didn't pay for this sh*t storm. So even though our heroine sees signs she is being followed, she tells no one and goes about her new life with Patchouli smelling, bracelet making boyfriend (what.an.upgrade) One example,two bulky guards with gloves on their hands arrive to take her and her equally f*cked up friend Kim to airport. Of course they are k Why you ask? Why did I read second book since I hated the first? Well my friend said please and that it gets better. Do not fret, I borrowed this and didn't pay for this sh*t storm. So even though our heroine sees signs she is being followed, she tells no one and goes about her new life with Patchouli smelling, bracelet making boyfriend (what.an.upgrade) One example,two bulky guards with gloves on their hands arrive to take her and her equally f*cked up friend Kim to airport. Of course they are kidnapped and drugged only for Carter to go into hiding for her 'safety' against the new Russian villain Maksim. Carter gets this books version of 'Ryan' and he is her bodyguard Dimitri. He is the ONLY character I have liked in this series and he should have been her love interest. This book would have been more interesting if Dimitri fought through the ranks and dethroned Vladimir (killed him :) of course) to end up with Carter and get their hea. But alas we continue on with Vladimir apparently too drunk to realize he bitch slapped and threw his fiancé to the wolves in book 1. I kid you not, he apparently had no memory of how awful he was (LeMotherf*ckingSigh) and now he doesn't drink at all. Great! Now that makes up for being in the Russian mob and STILL letting Boris torture Carter. Worst of this, Carter does not say 'Pussy' or any word form for Vagina. She address her precious virginal slit as 'down there' and I realized that this happened in book 1 too. But the f*cken gem of this is that the Pakhan uses the word 'pizda' which I'm assuming is the Russian translation for pussy. Now I have no problem with this, except my younger cousin has a lisp and when he says 'pizza' it sounds Exactly like 'pizda'. Of course I end up laughing hysterically every time I read the word. It was the only highlight ;) BTW we finally get sex here and it's so boring and Carter asks for reassurance after. Ugh these f*ckwads get their hea.

  5. 4 out of 5

    AnessaRenee Reviews

    Ahhhh! There's a third book. No! This book was truly phenomenal. I felt it was a little more intriguing than the first book. I powered through this story because it had my full attention. I love how the story develops between Vladimir and Carter. Carter is truly one bad heroine and I love everything she stands for. Going from the troubled yet spoiled 19 year old to being thrown into a world she never knew anything about. Her loyalty is heartbreaking and truly inspiring. I cried, yelled, screamed Ahhhh! There's a third book. No! This book was truly phenomenal. I felt it was a little more intriguing than the first book. I powered through this story because it had my full attention. I love how the story develops between Vladimir and Carter. Carter is truly one bad heroine and I love everything she stands for. Going from the troubled yet spoiled 19 year old to being thrown into a world she never knew anything about. Her loyalty is heartbreaking and truly inspiring. I cried, yelled, screamed and laughed during this book. The character development of all the characters was beautiful and captivating. This book had so many different emotions that you get loss in the story. It does end with a cliffhanger and I'm so anxious for the third book. I truly love everything about the first two books and need more. If you like dark romance, thrilling questions and so much you must read this trilogy. * Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood *

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paganalexandria

    I'm tapping out with book #2. This heroines puts the Stupid in TSTL for sure. Might be in my top five of dumbest heroines that an author is trying to convince me is smart. Despite that glaring problem, the rest of the story was fairly enjoyable, and action packed. Hate I'll never know how it ends though. I'm tapping out with book #2. This heroines puts the Stupid in TSTL for sure. Might be in my top five of dumbest heroines that an author is trying to convince me is smart. Despite that glaring problem, the rest of the story was fairly enjoyable, and action packed. Hate I'll never know how it ends though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aղցela W.

    This was book 2 in the "Russian Tattoos" series Prisoner. Carter Cook has lived with all the abused that was inflicted on her by Boris and Vladimir Ivanov. Carter is the obsession of mob boss Vladimir, a man she once loved. Now a mafia war has erupted on his home turf, and Vladimir’s enemies have put a bounty on her head to force him to surrender. This book opened with Carter living with her friend Kiki in her own apartment she begins dating a guy she met in the park and she and Kiki are goi This was book 2 in the "Russian Tattoos" series Prisoner. Carter Cook has lived with all the abused that was inflicted on her by Boris and Vladimir Ivanov. Carter is the obsession of mob boss Vladimir, a man she once loved. Now a mafia war has erupted on his home turf, and Vladimir’s enemies have put a bounty on her head to force him to surrender. This book opened with Carter living with her friend Kiki in her own apartment she begins dating a guy she met in the park and she and Kiki are going on spring break until she is kidnapped and taken to Russia. Boris has her kidnapped because of a mafia war and the Ovechkin Bratva will do anything to get to Vladimir. Boris is doing all he can to keep her save but, Carter needs to learn to keep her mouth shut at times and listen we also meet her new bodyguard Dmitry who is a young member of the Ivanov Bratva he is a boxer with two little sisters after she recovers from a head injury he teaches her how to defend herself. I really liked this book although when two guys attack the safe house she is in while one guy is fighting Dmitry she gets the other guys gun and she refuses to shot him she did hold they off until Boris shows up and shoots them both. When Boris takes her to see Vladimir she is angry at him and she has every right to be he hurt her and had his thugs hurt her also turns out Vladimir get mean when he drinks so he stopped. This book had a few surprises in it like instead of a fake wedding they get married for real. I didn't like how the women of the family treated Carter and Boris wife Anya tries to hit her she fails and gets hurt and ends up in the hospital the book also had a big surprise. This was a really good read this book was well written like the first book with no errors in grammar or spelling. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Live to fight another day.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lydia H

    HEA READERS!! OMG! THIS. BOOK. Seriously addictive. Kat Shehata will be the death of me! If I loved book one, this book had in a complete AWE the entire time. There's more angst, action, drama, and holy hot scenes, Batman! Kat Shehata has nailed it once again!!! I can't stress this enough. AMAZING. Ahh! From the writing style to the characters to the page-turning plot, everything about this book screams MUST-READ! Vladimir....Oh, Vladimir!!! There were a few times while reading where I didn't real HEA READERS!! OMG! THIS. BOOK. Seriously addictive. Kat Shehata will be the death of me! If I loved book one, this book had in a complete AWE the entire time. There's more angst, action, drama, and holy hot scenes, Batman! Kat Shehata has nailed it once again!!! I can't stress this enough. AMAZING. Ahh! From the writing style to the characters to the page-turning plot, everything about this book screams MUST-READ! Vladimir....Oh, Vladimir!!! There were a few times while reading where I didn't realize I'd been holding my breath until the scenes were over and I could semi-relax! Yes, I would relax for a teeny, tiny bit since there was always something happening! I found myself waiting for "the other shoe to drop" constantly. My nerves were at an all-time high because I wanted Vladimir and Carter to be okay, to be HAPPY, yet I knew that when dealing with the Russian Mafia, things were NOT as they seemed. Now, that's all I'm going to say because really, this is a book you need to experience. Before you read Russian Tattoos PRISONER, you NEED to read book one: Russian Tattoos OBSESSION. There are NOT standalone novels. Friendly tip: be sure to have this sequel handy when you finish book one and once you finish THIS ONE, be ready to stalk the author. :) FIVE STARS! Reviewed for HEA Bookshelf.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Bratva thriller.... Prisoner starts where obsession ends…as the action moves to Vladimir’s homeland where a war is brewing between rival bratva families….this is much more of a thriller than the first book in the series and the action is much faster paced…..when I reviewed the first book I identified the dichotomy in my opinion between my overall enjoyment and my frustration at the inconsistency with the plot and the characters…. my feelings have continued in a similar vein …… I have to say that C Bratva thriller.... Prisoner starts where obsession ends…as the action moves to Vladimir’s homeland where a war is brewing between rival bratva families….this is much more of a thriller than the first book in the series and the action is much faster paced…..when I reviewed the first book I identified the dichotomy in my opinion between my overall enjoyment and my frustration at the inconsistency with the plot and the characters…. my feelings have continued in a similar vein …… I have to say that Carter and Vladimir, the two protagonists, are more predictable in their actions and interactions and whilst Carter continues to behave recklessly at times as the story progresses she seems calmer and develops a more measured approach to the violent world she has become embroiled in…the author is really very skilled at creating diverse and complex characters and against my better judgment I really loved Vladimir’s close family…they are brutal and deadly but they also possess a strong bond of love and loyalty.. This really was a gripping read and although I still have my reservations this series continues to captivate my imagination….I am now invested in the lives of Carter and Vladimir and excited to see where this convoluted plot will take them and their comrades in the final instalment of the series..This book was reviewed for Summer's Eve Reads...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Johnnie-Marie Howard

    Just when I thought my book hangover was over, I was wrong on so much of that. This author really got me hooked on Mafia stories, and now every other one I read its just not the same. I loved this story, love how it pretty much started where it left off only so much better. The characters stayed the same, somehow they just grew and in this story you grew with them. Your attention is held right from the start. I loved it. I had a very hard time putting it down and knowing that the end was near ju Just when I thought my book hangover was over, I was wrong on so much of that. This author really got me hooked on Mafia stories, and now every other one I read its just not the same. I loved this story, love how it pretty much started where it left off only so much better. The characters stayed the same, somehow they just grew and in this story you grew with them. Your attention is held right from the start. I loved it. I had a very hard time putting it down and knowing that the end was near just broke my damn heart every page was something new and exciting that I couldn't help but turn the page. You couldn't help but feel what the characters were feeling all of them, and you couldn't help but get lost in there mind. This is one Mafia romance story you don't want to miss out on. It's one of a kind that's for sure. #MUSTREAD!!!! ***I received this ARC for free in exchange for my honest thoughts***

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

    5 Stars from Brianna! Edgy. Sexy. Suspenseful. Intense. Dark(ish). Kat Shehata has an explosive, heart pounding series out that will leave you on the edge of your seat...gripping the pages...and gasping for air. I'm not sure how I've missed this author in the past but you can be sure she's on my radar now. The Russian Tattoos trilogy has quickly become an addiction of mine I do not want to shake. Addicting. Captivating. Intriguing. Mysterious. Gritty. Raw. These three books following Carter and Vl 5 Stars from Brianna! Edgy. Sexy. Suspenseful. Intense. Dark(ish). Kat Shehata has an explosive, heart pounding series out that will leave you on the edge of your seat...gripping the pages...and gasping for air. I'm not sure how I've missed this author in the past but you can be sure she's on my radar now. The Russian Tattoos trilogy has quickly become an addiction of mine I do not want to shake. Addicting. Captivating. Intriguing. Mysterious. Gritty. Raw. These three books following Carter and Vladimir were simply brilliant and I could not get enough of them and their twisted journey. And yes I know, while I'm not a huge lover of the angstier, darker storylines... something about these books just drew me in and before I knew it, I was three books deep. Get ready for your new obsession... Sexier. Angstier. More intense. More twisted. If you were barely hanging on by the end of the first book then get ready for this... you'll never be the same again. Diving right into book two on the heels of that bone chilling ending in Obsession, Prisoner throws us back into Carter and Vladimir's lives, and the mess that has become it. So many ups, downs, twists, turns, and jaw dropping moments ahead for these two. Honestly their journey is riddled with so many questions but their love is completely undeniable. Vladimir really has started to win me over in Prisoner. They way Carter owns his heart, despite it all including himself... swoon to the max. And Carter, man she makes me want to throttle her at times her alas I'm still rooting for these two. The push...pull... their happy ending has got to be epic. On to the final book in this series! If you have a secret addiction to mafia romances like myself then Kat Shehata is definitely a go to read! I recommend this book and series! Review Post >> https://reneeentress.blogspot.com/201...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deb Carroll

    3.5 stars. I read book 1, which you have to read in order to get what is happening in book 2. I was hoping that we would see a stronger and better Carter. While she seems to have gotten a little better she is still not a very strong character. She is kidnapped and taken to Russia because there is a bounty on her head that has been placed there by Vladimir's enemies. Didn't his enemies get the memo? He beat her and turned one of his men loose on her and then ordered something horrific to be done 3.5 stars. I read book 1, which you have to read in order to get what is happening in book 2. I was hoping that we would see a stronger and better Carter. While she seems to have gotten a little better she is still not a very strong character. She is kidnapped and taken to Russia because there is a bounty on her head that has been placed there by Vladimir's enemies. Didn't his enemies get the memo? He beat her and turned one of his men loose on her and then ordered something horrific to be done to her at the hands of Boris. He was drunk when these things happened but still... But this is a story and so I understand where the author is coming from. I was hoping that she would be learning some serious kick a*s moves and really becoming a bad as*, but she still seemed weak to me. Vladimir got better and he stopped drinking which is a real plus so maybe he won't beat on her anymore. I like the story but I would love for these characters to be stronger and I would love to see them have more chemistry. Warning this 2nd book does end in a cliff hanger.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather Pollock

    #review @KatShehata Russian Tattoos: Prisoner (Russian Tattoos #2) QueenZany 4.5 Star Review Russian Tattoos: Prisoner (Russian Tattoos #2) by Kat Shehata Wow!!! So much angst, intense, dark and twisted. With some crazy ass turns. That had me holding on my seat for dear life. Plus I do love those love hate relationships. It only makes the story steamier!!! But to see the love that these two characters have is beautiful. Can I just drool over Vladimir? Well yes I’m a mafia whore!!! I love my Russian #review @KatShehata Russian Tattoos: Prisoner (Russian Tattoos #2) QueenZany 4.5 Star Review Russian Tattoos: Prisoner (Russian Tattoos #2) by Kat Shehata Wow!!! So much angst, intense, dark and twisted. With some crazy ass turns. That had me holding on my seat for dear life. Plus I do love those love hate relationships. It only makes the story steamier!!! But to see the love that these two characters have is beautiful. Can I just drool over Vladimir? Well yes I’m a mafia whore!!! I love my Russian Alpha Man!!! Now that was better than the first book!!! The story seemed to be more complex and steady. Grrr now I have to wait for book 3!!!! Arc was provided in exchange for an honest review! https://plus.google.com/+heatherpollo...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Wow, just Wow! This is the sequel to Russian Tattoos: Obsession. Newsflash, this one is just as good. This book was beyond words. Everything you will think you know in the beginning, be prepared because it may or may not be what you think. I loved seeing Vladimir with Carter, where you saw his human, compassionate side, not just the ruthlessness you would expect from the leader of the Bratva. I was glad things with Dmitri were handled the way they were. Damn, there are so many things I want to s Wow, just Wow! This is the sequel to Russian Tattoos: Obsession. Newsflash, this one is just as good. This book was beyond words. Everything you will think you know in the beginning, be prepared because it may or may not be what you think. I loved seeing Vladimir with Carter, where you saw his human, compassionate side, not just the ruthlessness you would expect from the leader of the Bratva. I was glad things with Dmitri were handled the way they were. Damn, there are so many things I want to say about how amazing this story is, but I don’t want to give it away. All I will definitely say is read Obsession so you know what is going on, but definitely add it to your To Be Read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lin ( Nerdy Bookworm)

    I'm guessing this is the second book of this series; however, it stated the book is a stand alone. I noticed once again Carter is weak and an airhead character because if a man releases his own henchmen on her to do what they want and She's suppose to still love him then forget it! The story wasn't what I expected reading the blurb with a pure lack in the sex scene along with another cliffhanger leading to book three! I'm guessing this is the second book of this series; however, it stated the book is a stand alone. I noticed once again Carter is weak and an airhead character because if a man releases his own henchmen on her to do what they want and She's suppose to still love him then forget it! The story wasn't what I expected reading the blurb with a pure lack in the sex scene along with another cliffhanger leading to book three!

  16. 5 out of 5

    NC Reader

    SON OF A B*TCH!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    What Can I say but O M G!!!!! Where is the next book in this series, I need it right now. Not later but right now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rechtien

    Dumbass Will there ever co!me a time when Carter listens to her own intuition? Every time this dumbass girl goes again her first thought she ends up in serious trouble. This book has more ups and downs than any amusement park ever dreamed of having. Nothing is ever easy for Vladimir and Carter. I can't say much more with giving everything away so I won't go further. Vladimir continually tells Carter she is his reason for breathing, that might be true, seems for a crime boss he should able to prot Dumbass Will there ever co!me a time when Carter listens to her own intuition? Every time this dumbass girl goes again her first thought she ends up in serious trouble. This book has more ups and downs than any amusement park ever dreamed of having. Nothing is ever easy for Vladimir and Carter. I can't say much more with giving everything away so I won't go further. Vladimir continually tells Carter she is his reason for breathing, that might be true, seems for a crime boss he should able to protect himself and his family. To my disappointment the sex scenes haven't gotten much better. Her sex is still described as "down there", Vladimir's is still his penis...not exactly what I think of for a sexy sex book. Hopefully, the third book will start to slow the emotional and physical roller coaster down. I like the drama but, this one might have a bit much. For all my complaining, I do love the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Mcclain

    Better than the first Well, this story was better. Carter is still immature and Vladimir needs counseling for his alcohol abuse. But, they forgive and forget the past and can't fight the pull that they have for each other. Vladimir becomes so wimpy for Carter and Carter...well she just keeps annoying me. Again, how are they so in love with each other? I did like how the story shifted to Russia and Dimitri was a sweetheart. He was my favorite in this story. Boris can take a backseat now. Although Better than the first Well, this story was better. Carter is still immature and Vladimir needs counseling for his alcohol abuse. But, they forgive and forget the past and can't fight the pull that they have for each other. Vladimir becomes so wimpy for Carter and Carter...well she just keeps annoying me. Again, how are they so in love with each other? I did like how the story shifted to Russia and Dimitri was a sweetheart. He was my favorite in this story. Boris can take a backseat now. Although Vladimir is whipped, he does make great Husband material...minus the whole Russia mob thing. The writing is good and keeps you interested. Mild action but it secures its place in the mafia genre. Still, I just don't like Carter. Lol I'm curious as to how this series ends.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Grant

    Did somebody say television series? Love me some Russian mafia books and this one does not disappoint. This story flowed so smoothly I felt like I was watching a television series. It had kidnapping, strong family values, revelations, understanding, acceptance, love making and so much more. The characters were all like able and you are given the history of there backgrounds as well. Which in turn made the story very engaging and easy to follow. As a person who reads a lot of mafia novels I must s Did somebody say television series? Love me some Russian mafia books and this one does not disappoint. This story flowed so smoothly I felt like I was watching a television series. It had kidnapping, strong family values, revelations, understanding, acceptance, love making and so much more. The characters were all like able and you are given the history of there backgrounds as well. Which in turn made the story very engaging and easy to follow. As a person who reads a lot of mafia novels I must say this is one of my favorites. And to also give me chapters to read on the next installment of the story just sucked me into purchasing the next book. Yes it was that good and the author was smart to put it at the end. So TBC. Happy Reading

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy_Read to My Heart's Content

    I received this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I didn't really know what to expect when it came to Prisoner. I thought maybe I could read book 2, even though I hadn't picked up book 1, Obsession. That is a no no! You must read book 1 before you read book 2!!! Which is probably a big fat "duh" for most people but I am weird. So I did read book 1 and it pushed my emotions to the wall. There are some things in it that just screamed at me "NOOOOO!" But there were other parts of it that I re I received this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I didn't really know what to expect when it came to Prisoner. I thought maybe I could read book 2, even though I hadn't picked up book 1, Obsession. That is a no no! You must read book 1 before you read book 2!!! Which is probably a big fat "duh" for most people but I am weird. So I did read book 1 and it pushed my emotions to the wall. There are some things in it that just screamed at me "NOOOOO!" But there were other parts of it that I really liked. Of course, you have to understand that Russian Tattoos isn't your typical romance. I think the author was intending it to be more of a dark romance/BDSM type deal. Without the leather whips and playtoys. It is also not marketed towards Young Adult (hell no) and has some definite erotic scenes in the storyline. So when you look at those factors, then it is a little bit easier to get past the rough treatment of Carter. But not completely. Honestly, I didn't know if I was going to love it or hate it until I realized that is what really great writing is. The ability to push me to such extremes and wreck my emotions so harshly. I was crying with both books. I may not agree with everything that happens to Carter because of Vladimir and his goons but I don't think the author does either. Or at least, everything isn't going to be sunshine and roses when you are dealing with the Russian Mafia. I believe that is what the author is trying to convey to us, as well as the fact that love is blind. Love doesn't see the dangers, just what the heart wants. And for Carter, she wants Vladimir even when she knows he may not be the knight in shining armor she expected. The plot was amazing and I loved the details Shehata went to to make it feel like we were a part of the Russian mafia scene. It is gritty and she doesn't romanticize it as much as you would expect in a romance book. She shows us the dirty behind the scenes side of it, and through this, we also get to see the lesser of the two evils. The characters are a mixed blessing to me. I like Carter's spunk but couldn't stand her immaturity when it came to her life. I kept having to go back and check to make sure she was in college, instead of high school the way she acted most of the time. Besides her immaturity, I did see some similarities of myself in her. Especially, the low self-esteem. That was a major point with me as I was hoping she would stand up for herself more while I knew I have some of the same issues she deals with too. Vladimir is the "sexy Russian" we all dream about at night. Actually, when I pictured Vladimir, Illya from the movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. would pop into my head. Of course, that isn't a bad thing at all. I love that character! Vladimir has a very pronounced dark side to him being the pakhan of his family in the Russian mafia. I liked the bad boy type he played but he became very scary when he drank. And vodka is a major object in his Russia. There is definitely issues there besides the fact he is the leader of his bratva in major crime. Then there is Boris. Ah, Boris. I have this love/hate relationship with Boris. As I read through with Boris, I kept reminding myself that he was raised in a completely different environment than what anyone in America was used to. Am I condoning him for some of his treatment of Carter? No way. But I am trying to understand from his viewpoint. He is loyal to a T. Family is everything to him. His family, though. I think he admires Carter but thinks she is too naive and immature for her own good. No argument there. And Boris believes in the using the belt. Very much. But again, we need to remember that Russia is a completely different environment than where Carter grew up. Later, we understand how this "iron fist" attitude comes to help everyone in the family and how Boris isn't the only one who relies on it. In Prisoner, we get meet other characters that are important to the story, but I feel these three characters are the ones you will interact with the most. Although, I do love me some Dimitri, the sisters, and Pasha. There really isn't a good vs bad guy here. There are just different degrees of bad guys. And the really really bad guy is the "douche bag" who we all want to sucker punch. I also really appreciate the research that was done into the Russian mafia, the Russian culture, and the language to give us a well-rounded book that seemed to be very in the know of its characters and backgrounds. In fact, I would love to read more about Russia from a historical standpoint because it does have a beautiful side to it too. And I loved the language so much! Da! All in all, I was torn between loving this book and despising the treatment of Carter. I loved the plot, some of the characters, and the descriptions of the Russian dealings. I enjoyed the banter Carter put out but at the same time, I still think she needs to learn when to let it go. There is also a lot of dark moments in the both books. It makes for some major suspense but at the same time, some may have gone a little too far. It's all in the reader's point of view. I give Russian Tattoos : Prisoner four hearts. I loved it more than the first book and I feel like we really get a more in-depth look into Vladimir and Boris. And Carter finally gets some growing up out of the way. Oh and there is a huge cliffhanger at the end of both books. I am talking "holding on by one finger" type cliffhanger. So if you're not a cliffhanger type person you may want to think hard about reading it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Epically good! This is the second book in the Russian Tattoos series by Kat Shehata. Buckle up and prepare yourself for an epic ride. Each book gets more intense, and takes you on so many emotional twist and turns. I can't wait to get my hands on Criminal. This is definitely becoming my favorite dark series of 2017. Vladimir and Carter's chemistry is intense and passionate, for lack of better words. It's a deep all consuming love that you as the reader will feel in your bones. I couldn't get eno Epically good! This is the second book in the Russian Tattoos series by Kat Shehata. Buckle up and prepare yourself for an epic ride. Each book gets more intense, and takes you on so many emotional twist and turns. I can't wait to get my hands on Criminal. This is definitely becoming my favorite dark series of 2017. Vladimir and Carter's chemistry is intense and passionate, for lack of better words. It's a deep all consuming love that you as the reader will feel in your bones. I couldn't get enough. Prisoner leaves you wanting more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    April

    4 Stars I like these. They are fast paced without a lot of fluff. Which I genuinely enjoy, I hate when writers take 3 pages to describe a house to me. I know at times it's a necessary evil, but this book manages without well. It keeps you wondering and while there is a bit of unbelievable it doesn't become eye rolling ridiculous. It keeps you on your toes while trying to figure out how these two will find their happily ever after. 4 Stars I like these. They are fast paced without a lot of fluff. Which I genuinely enjoy, I hate when writers take 3 pages to describe a house to me. I know at times it's a necessary evil, but this book manages without well. It keeps you wondering and while there is a bit of unbelievable it doesn't become eye rolling ridiculous. It keeps you on your toes while trying to figure out how these two will find their happily ever after.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I was on the fence about reading book two, but the way book one ended I just had to give it a shot. It was much better than book one! You see a different side of Vladimir, much to my relief. I did not like him in book one at all. You really see how much he loves Carter and how much he wants to protect her. He has a soft side, but he is still very much the pakhan! The chemistry and passion is almost palpable. I really enjoyed book two! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tori - Novel Life

    Compared to the first book in this series, so far this is my favorite. I like it because of the dynamics or this story. I love a strong leader, but for Vladimir to walk away from being the Pakhan was kind of upsetting. I loved that he would give that up for Carter, but at the same time you owe your life to the Bratva.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mar-Mar bookaholic

    Speechless! So damn intense I chew most of my fingernales off. Talk about pressure. I love how Carter grows and matures and finds her own footing but still staying that plotting awesome competitive person. Their sexual energy was good but kind of waited something dunno like damn my ovaries just brust but the story is too good so I forgive it :D

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Talavera

    Not a very good start and by start I mean first half of the book. The first half drug on a bit and took me chewing through to get to the good part. Last half of the book was fantastic love the way the book ended and I bought the third one right after to find out what happened.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Lucas

    My nerves stayed on edge! They just cant seem to catch a break. Their love is so different and she has ALOT to forgive. She truly loves him even with what he did her. Most would call her stupid, I call her determined in who she knows is under all that callous.

  29. 5 out of 5

    EVELYN ANN

    This is getting too good!?! 😲👏😱 Man! What an ending! This is just crazy. Non-stop action, drama, and violence up the wahzoo! Couldn't put the book down! On to the next! #HappyReading ❤ This is getting too good!?! 😲👏😱 Man! What an ending! This is just crazy. Non-stop action, drama, and violence up the wahzoo! Couldn't put the book down! On to the next! #HappyReading ❤

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liz Gavin

    4 **** Hot Russian hunk meets stubborn American beauty I like bad boy romances as much as the next girl. I've got a soft spot for those men who look tough-as-nail on the outside to hide their caring and loving core. In that aspect, Vladimir is a prime specimen because only Carter has access to his fun-loving and carefree side. However, I draw a line at criminals. No matter how you try to spin it, murderers are criminals so I've got a problem with storylines that mystify the Mafia. To quote Carte 4 **** Hot Russian hunk meets stubborn American beauty I like bad boy romances as much as the next girl. I've got a soft spot for those men who look tough-as-nail on the outside to hide their caring and loving core. In that aspect, Vladimir is a prime specimen because only Carter has access to his fun-loving and carefree side. However, I draw a line at criminals. No matter how you try to spin it, murderers are criminals so I've got a problem with storylines that mystify the Mafia. To quote Carter, the road that got Vladimir and her together “was wrought with landmines, deceit, and fear”, often times in a quite literal way. Growing up in Brazil where organized crime is a plague that destabilizes its society, I can't endorse part of the storyline of Russian Tattoos: Prisoner because I don’t think organized crime makes a fitting background for a romance trilogy. However, that’s my pet peeve so I urge potential readers to make their own judgment about the book, especially if you like Mafia romances. As for my review, I did knock off one star and, even though the Mafia issue bothered me taking away a chunk of my enjoyment, it wasn’t the reason for the four stars rating. Other aspects of the book were key to my evaluation. Russian Tattoos: Prisoner is book 2 in a trilogy and it’s not a standalone as it takes off exactly where book one had finished. That meant I felt lost in the first couple of chapters but was able to deduce the background story out of the bits the author provides either as flashbacks or in the dialogues between Carter and Boris. Reading the blurb for book 1: Obsession helped me put together other missing pieces. So I’d say it’s possible to start the trilogy with the second installment; although I’m considering reading the first one just to get more of Carter and Vladimir while skipping the mafia stuff. LOL There are many positives to Russian Tattoos: Prisoner. Characters development is one of them. I like it when characters are presented under one light – favorable or not – and the reader gradually discovers other facets. Kat Shehata is able to do that even with characters whose background stories and personalities have been explored in the first installment of the trilogy without making it redundant to those who have read Obsession; at the same time as she doesn’t leave readers high and dry who, like me, haven’t it. Personal growth as well as the ability to learn from one’s mistakes and evolve are also indicators of good character development. I’m not saying all the characters go through that evolving process though. Certainly not some key ones who seem so set in their ways I wanted to scream. For instance, I wish I could smack Carter hard frequently and had to remind myself she’s only nineteen. As for Vladimir, I’ll just say that for a genius, he can be very obtuse. But, he did learn from past mistakes that he made in book one. He’s trying to avoid them and be a better man. His weakness, in my opinion, is planning. Boy, does he come up with some darn, stupid ideas! LOL The secondary characters are very well fleshed out and you’ve got all kinds of them: the ultimate vicious villain, the cute kids, the antagonizing family members alongside the loyal ones. My favorites: Dmitri and Pasha. Regarding plot and narrative style, Kat Shehata builds suspense that puts the readers at the edge of the seat with quite a few twists and turns, which aren’t totally unexpected, but make sense and engage readers. Because I don’t write spoilers, I’ll be vague in my examples here. There’s a little reverse Romeo & Juliet thing going that was well executed by the author, except for a tiny glitch: If I were planning on killing someone, I'd be very suspicious if they dropped dead without me having planned their execution. The explanation presented after the fact convinced me initially, but the subsequent actions of those involved were so contradictory I remained unimpressed. Again, I apologize for the cryptic comments. Another positive is the quality of the narrative where people’s feelings and reactions are concerned. The story is told exclusively in first-person from Carter’s POV, which could make readers feel they were getting a biased, one-sided version of facts. However, it’s so skillfully written that we have a pretty good idea of other people’s feelings. That’s especially true about Vladimir, mainly in their sex scenes. Talking of which, I always leave my favorite part for last. As an avid reader and writer of erotic fiction, I’m a specialist on the topic. This couple sizzles! Their chemistry is amazing and their love scenes are elaborate yet realistic and extremely well-written. Even the Russian cultural aspect of valuing Carter’s virginity makes sense in the story. By the way, her being a virgin isn’t a spoiler if you’ve read the first book; and she mentions it in the first or second page of this second book. At the same time, expect romantic exchanges such as Carter saying, "Losing you is my worst nightmare", to which Vladimir replies, "You're the reason I breathe, angel". Isn’t he swoon-worthy? LOL It can't get much better than that.

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