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Cruel Enforcer: A Cougar Mafia Romance (Mafia Wars Book 3) by Maggie Cole
A tormented soul on the verge of breaking…
The night we met, I joked about being his cougar. He said it depended on how much I could handle. Nothing prepared me for how Sergey Ivanov turned my world upside down.
Borderline scandalous describes the things he introduces me to. Every limit I reach, he knows to back off or keep pushing. Each sinful touch is a catalyst for greedy desire I never knew existed within me.
Once I step into his world, it’s impossible to get out. There’s no retreating from him. It’s a magnetic pull swirling with pain and kindness unable to be defined.
The world views him as strong and intimidating. I see love and demons he never should have been exposed to but can’t escape. Even when he thinks it’s safe, it never really is.
He’s my cruel enforcer…
”Cruel Enforcer” is the jaw-dropping third installment of the “Mafia Wars” series. It’s an interconnecting, stand-alone Dark Mafia Romance, guaranteed to have an HEA.
Publication date 1/6/2021
OH MY GOD!! I’m warning you in advance… prepare to have tissues close to hand, and not just for tears! It’s hot, it’s sexy and it’s a rollercoaster of a ride. If you don’t finish it in one sitting I’m going be surprised, I couldn’t put the book down until the very last word was done! And even then I looked for more…..
Sergey is the youngest Ivanov brother, trained as a young man like his brothers to become killers, to be hired thugs!
Kora is an attorney, and a really one, she fights for those who can’t fight for themselves. She works hard, and she plays hard, but finding someone to keep up with her is proving difficult! Most men find her intimidating.
This series runs along the same time timeline, we just get to see it from different angles and from the different characters perspectives, but with each book, the story evolves and continues to thrill.
Quick update without spoiling it …. The brothers were blackmailed into becoming killers for a Russian mafia boss, but they’ve been making plans to become legit, they are intending to start a war between two mafia families, they know this is could be dangerous, it could backfire on the brothers. So they need to take small steps, with the intention of taking out both families. But Zamir (the man blackmailing them) isn’t going down without a fight!
Kora knows what she wants and goes after it. She’s such a strong character, her wit and sarcasm had me chuckling every time she showed up. Sergey had me wanting to climb into the book and comfort him, his story is probably the saddest in the book so far! He can’t help falling for the wrong women, and questions how a woman like Kora would ever look at him?! I loved the age gap reversal (she’s the older woman to his younger man) it made such a nice change for a cougar to be doing the chasing.
This series just keeps getting better. With each book we get more story unfolding. We get to witness how the brothers and cousins intend to take down the men that are trying to control their lives. It’s great to read about women who are in their mid/late thirties, instead of barely legal girls! Strong women, independent women who know their own minds. And these Russian men who might be killers, but have a code of honour, they don’t kill or intimidate women and children. They are hardened men, but will crumble for the right woman.
We have lots of action, we have kink, and we have misunderstandings and betrayal. Just when you think you know someone, they stab you in the back! And family doesn’t have to mean blood!
And now the agonising wait for book four begins!!!
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EXCERPT…… I’m about to respond to her when the woman next to me slides her hand on my thigh. Electricity races straight to my cock. I turn and remind myself to breathe.
She’s stunning. Her dark skin glows against the dim light in the car. Her hazel eyes pierce me. They swirl with confidence, but it’s different than Eloise’s. Hers has a warmth and coldness to them. It’s a polarity I’ve never seen before. Her lips are lush and pouty. I think of a dozen different things I want to do with her mouth.
She puts her face right next to mine. “You’re the youngest Ivanov brother?”
“Last time I checked.”
She looks me up and down, and a stirring in my belly ignites. She tousles the top of my hair. “So you’re a young silver fox?”
“Kora!” her blonde friend mutters.
I don’t respond. Out of all my brothers, I started getting gray hair the soonest. I only have a little mixing into my black locks. Maksim’s hair is the closest to mine out of all my brothers. Boris has only a few strands of silver. Dmitri shaves his head. When I made a comment about my hair, Maksim told me not to worry about it, claiming it’s made women even more attracted to him.
Kora ignores her friends and leans even closer. The scents of tequila and flowers mix in my nostrils and send heat down my spine. Her eyes focus on my lips then she slyly drills her eyes into mine. “What do you think of cougars?”
“Kora!” the woman reprimands again while putting her hand over her mouth and laughing.
I lick my lips, studying her, and she inches her hand closer to my groin. I reach for her hair. I almost groan at how soft it is with just a hint of coarseness to it. I twirl it tight around my fist. I grip her hand on my thigh, move it to her other hand and secure my fingers around her wrists. “It depends on what the cougar can handle.”
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