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HIM: She showed up in my dark world and pulled me into her light. And then she ran away. For six long years, she kept herself hidden from me. She is my wife. My siren. My everlasting obsession. Did she really think I would just let her go? Nyet. She belongs to me, and now that I have found her, I will make her pay for destroying me. HER: Hes the domineering monster I had HIM: She showed up in my dark world and pulled me into her light. And then she ran away. For six long years, she kept herself hidden from me. She is my wife. My siren. My everlasting obsession. Did she really think I would just let her go? Nyet. She belongs to me, and now that I have found her, I will make her pay for destroying me. HER: He’s the domineering monster I had to escape. The only place him and me work right is in bed. And now that he’s found me, he’s determined to take every scrap of dignity I have left. So why can’t I stop wanting him? Needing him? Aching for him? He’s my husband. My keeper. My Russian Beast. And I don’t have a chance in the world of getting out of our twisted relationship with my heart intact. READER BE WARNED, this is only for those who like their Russian alphas beyond rough and psycho sexy. Do not—I tell you, DO NOT one-click unless you can handle the smoking hot heat. This is Book 3 in the Ruthless Russians series. Meet all the Ruthless Russians: HER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE HER RUSSIAN SURRENDER HER RUSSIAN BEAST HER RUSSIAN BRUTE


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HIM: She showed up in my dark world and pulled me into her light. And then she ran away. For six long years, she kept herself hidden from me. She is my wife. My siren. My everlasting obsession. Did she really think I would just let her go? Nyet. She belongs to me, and now that I have found her, I will make her pay for destroying me. HER: Hes the domineering monster I had HIM: She showed up in my dark world and pulled me into her light. And then she ran away. For six long years, she kept herself hidden from me. She is my wife. My siren. My everlasting obsession. Did she really think I would just let her go? Nyet. She belongs to me, and now that I have found her, I will make her pay for destroying me. HER: He’s the domineering monster I had to escape. The only place him and me work right is in bed. And now that he’s found me, he’s determined to take every scrap of dignity I have left. So why can’t I stop wanting him? Needing him? Aching for him? He’s my husband. My keeper. My Russian Beast. And I don’t have a chance in the world of getting out of our twisted relationship with my heart intact. READER BE WARNED, this is only for those who like their Russian alphas beyond rough and psycho sexy. Do not—I tell you, DO NOT one-click unless you can handle the smoking hot heat. This is Book 3 in the Ruthless Russians series. Meet all the Ruthless Russians: HER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE HER RUSSIAN SURRENDER HER RUSSIAN BEAST HER RUSSIAN BRUTE

30 review for Her Russian Beast: 50 Loving States, New Mexico

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susiq

    I usually enjoy Theodora Taylor's novels. They are off the beaten path. You usually have heroine with some backbone and spunk. An alpha who's a mans man and women's man. This story had none of that. You have Bair who literally from the planet crazy. I know that people live a world of when my boyfriend is figuratively suffocating you that can be mistaken for love. In my world usually means you need Zantac and white coat that wraps around. He has "sex" with her in front of people. Totally I usually enjoy Theodora Taylor's novels. They are off the beaten path. You usually have heroine with some backbone and spunk. An alpha who's a mans man and women's man. This story had none of that. You have Bair who literally from the planet crazy. I know that people live a world of when my boyfriend is figuratively suffocating you that can be mistaken for love. In my world usually means you need Zantac and white coat that wraps around. He has "sex" with her in front of people. Totally disrespecting himself and her. Next is Thiel. She isn't off the hook. She is running way from guilty conscience and that how she & Bair hooked up. Thiel is your classic run away heroine, when she is pushed to her limit she runs instead of dealing with drama. She lets others deal with choices she had made. These are two characters who I don't understand why they are together. I feel they lacked chemistry. At the end of the day both characters needed therapy. The whole time I read book my inner Tamara Braxton and Cookie where yelling at characters. They wouldn't be quite and I knew this book and I weren't going to make it. This was a total miss for me. But if you enjoy crazy men and women who are treated like possession instead of people, this book may be for you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zandra

    Tapping out at 17% I can't do it. Life is too short to read bad books. Like, I just don't get what's going on here. The big premise is that this chick is stuck in Greece and works seedy jobs because her passport is stolen. I guess it never occurred to her or her secret billionaire, Neanderthal of a beau that she could just go to the American Embassy and get another one. Nothing in this story gelled for me. I really wanted to love the magical and mythical elements of the story, but the execution Tapping out at 17% I can't do it. Life is too short to read bad books. Like, I just don't get what's going on here. The big premise is that this chick is stuck in Greece and works seedy jobs because her passport is stolen. I guess it never occurred to her or her secret billionaire, Neanderthal of a beau that she could just go to the American Embassy and get another one. Nothing in this story gelled for me. I really wanted to love the magical and mythical elements of the story, but the execution is just terrible. So count me out. DNF for me. Ivan only handle one-dimensional and silly character but for so long.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dee's Reading Zone

    Have you ever pulled back the layers of an onion? Well, sometimes the pieces are easy to pull back while most of the time it difficult. Consequently in pulling back the pieces, most if not all will begin tearing up and eventually the crying starts. So was the case with Her Russian Beast for me because I really and truly cried for both protagonists in this story. H/h, Bair/ Boris/Borya aka Russian Beast and Sirena/Thel/Thelxiope aka Siren were very complex characters. He was a mean and flawed man Have you ever pulled back the layers of an onion? Well, sometimes the pieces are easy to pull back while most of the time it difficult. Consequently in pulling back the pieces, most if not all will begin tearing up and eventually the crying starts. So was the case with “Her Russian Beast” for me because I really and truly cried for both protagonists in this story. H/h, Bair/ Boris/Borya aka “Russian Beast” and Sirena/Thel/Thelxiope aka Siren were very complex characters. He was a mean and flawed man who was completely dark inside until he met his light, Sirena Gale. Their meeting was a divine meeting within itself but she never fear him like most did. Siren was born with an innate way of reading people and she could read him inside and out. She could calm him with her beautiful voice, sex, etc. Without her, he was darker, colder --- nothing and sought revenge when she decided to run away out the blue sky and even I as the reader didn’t really understand that move after all she put up with. But you discover what she was actually going through when she felt she had not choice but to run! Gone for years, he finds her due to her trying to pawn her expensive ring. But all the time she's gone from his life he grows his darkest (pitch black inside) and seek to only get her back with revenge due to some of the awful things Sirena wrote about him in her diary! It is hard trying not to give this story away but know there were two different yet very dysfunctional families in this crafty and worthwhile read. One with the Rustanov status/prominence and the other, working classed, eccentric but very loving people. All characters were flawed but I viewed them all as great works in progress by the end of the story. I loved how the two families came together for the Christmas holidays and to vicariously read of Sirena/Thel beat down of Bair's spoilt and damaged cousin, Ivan as well as Bair's big "change is good" makeover was a tearjerker for me! Do I recommend this book? Why yes because it made me think of how we all have baggage… some big, others small and most importantly, it was “so worth the read!” 4.5 Beasty and cave man stars ****.5

  4. 5 out of 5

    AvidReader

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a very long read. I rarely read books with more than 300-350 pages ,so decided to read the sample first ... and I was hooked. A very compelling, intense, fast paced book. Thel and Bair meets at an illegal fight ring where Bair is an undefeated champion , with darkness as long as Nile river. From the beginning itself Thel is somewhat a mystery to us and hero. They hooks up, he saves her by killing her boss and his goons, takes her with him. Here we see the other side of Bair, a wealthy This was a very long read. I rarely read books with more than 300-350 pages ,so decided to read the sample first ... and I was hooked. A very compelling, intense, fast paced book. Thel and Bair meets at an illegal fight ring where Bair is an undefeated champion , with darkness as long as Nile river. From the beginning itself Thel is somewhat a mystery to us and hero. They hooks up, he saves her by killing her boss and his goons, takes her with him. Here we see the other side of Bair, a wealthy Russian with mafia ties. He offers her to be his pet which an enamored Thel agrees, not knowing she will be never again free of him. She becomes his world and obsession. What I loved most about this book was Thel. I would say she is the HERO! She had so many complex layers. When things got uglier she had the guts to leave Hero. Not once but twice. she is loyal to the core. Especially about her family. I loved her family too. Here mother, crazy Marian is believed to be a psychic. Who converses with the spirit and gives her daughters advices. Which gave the story a nice quirk. But I didn’t particularly care about hero (he was more of an anti-hero in first half). I didn’t hate or dislike him neither did I love him. His reason for his behavior towards heroine wasn’t all that convincing. I also loved all the twists and turns this book took. I hated Alexei, hero’s brother. It was so astonishing to see him going a 360* in the half. But he somewhat redeems himself. It was gleeful to read the scene where heroine literally trashes hero’s bitch of cousin. Like I said she is bad ass. Both of them were faithful to each other from day 1. That will make 11 years of relationship. The Humiliating se* scene was the worst thing in this book according to me. Still hero apologizes for it later. Recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    I have to think about my star rating. Either a 3 or 4, not sure yet. Lots of feels about this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    DNF at 12% I couldn't go further with this ugly-feeling story. I read for enjoyment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    MsKingsPens

    3.5 stars... better than His Everlasting Love which I gave 3,lol. I liked how Alexei was used, Thel was entertaining even when she got way too Jerry Springer and I loved her relationship with Willa, there were moments where I felt like the leads worked really well together, and it made me want to read Ivan's book (hoping he gets a leading lady who is full of tough love and not one who spends 90% of the book as Celie from the Color Purple before the dinner of doom...). I didn't love this like I 3.5 stars... better than His Everlasting Love which I gave 3,lol. I liked how Alexei was used, Thel was entertaining even when she got way too Jerry Springer and I loved her relationship with Willa, there were moments where I felt like the leads worked really well together, and it made me want to read Ivan's book (hoping he gets a leading lady who is full of tough love and not one who spends 90% of the book as Celie from the Color Purple before the dinner of doom...). I didn't love this like I thought I would... the paranormal stuff did not work at all for me (Marian was just way too convenient), the sex scenes were supposed to be kinky/ raunchy but they became crude, repetitive and easy to skim, too many time jumps, and (my biggest issue) Sirena/Thel and Bair/Boris/Borya/Beast/Tom/Dick/Harry* were really inconsistent. I felt like their reactions -sometimes their interactions- in any given chapter were based entirely off of where Theodora Taylor wanted to take the plot. Too many things seemed like they didn't have to happen ( to say nothing of the vast majority of this book taking place everywhere but New Mexico) or they made little sense (Alexei's reasoning for looking for Thel was so much call back nonsense). Thel ran from emotional pillar to irrational post inside of a paragraph frequently and Bair was a three dimensional person for a few sentences every other chapter and in the end his issue was... convenient. Taylor did a better job of taking him from d-bag to grown man than in her recent work (I hate all of her "southern gentlemen" with a venomous passion) but I still felt like he was just a bunch of random "painful past" stories wrapped in a pretty package. This isn't to say that I hated it but... I think I will leave it for a few months and then read it again. Maybe I need to go in with less expectations and see if I can just enjoy it for what it was (fun, but convoluted). Getting Her Russian Surrender along with this book helped in the decision to give HRB another chance, so thanks for the bundle, TT! *I am joking but I think all of the names were supposed to symbolize them being different things to different people. If the characterization had been better this would have made more of an impact.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen's Bookshelf

    When I began reading this story I wasn't sure I was going to finish it, but I'm glad that I did. Ms Taylor has a way of making you root for a character that you otherwise wouldn't like. In the beginning I didn't like Beast at all. I was actually hoping that Sirena/Thel would wise up and leave him, but as I continued to read the story I had was cheering on the two tortured souls and hoping for a happily ever after for them. Ms Taylor penned a story of two damaged people who never forgave When I began reading this story I wasn't sure I was going to finish it, but I'm glad that I did. Ms Taylor has a way of making you root for a character that you otherwise wouldn't like. In the beginning I didn't like Beast at all. I was actually hoping that Sirena/Thel would wise up and leave him, but as I continued to read the story I had was cheering on the two tortured souls and hoping for a happily ever after for them. Ms Taylor penned a story of two damaged people who never forgave themselves so how could they see that they deserved better than just settling for anything that was just thrown their way. After getting past my dislike for Beast/Bair, I found myself hoping that these two would get their act together and figure out how they were much better together than they were apart. I loved seeing how these two grew and changed for the better and learned that they had to love and except themselves before they could ever truly love someone else. In the end I truly enjoyed this story and I'm glad that I gave it a chance and finished it. If I had not I feel like I would would have missed out on a great story. I give Her Russian Beast 4 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    2* I'm sorry but Bair/Beast is a fuck boy who did fuck shit to Sirena/Thel. Now I'm not some prude and can appreciate an asshole possessive H. But Bair went too far and his reasons just wasn't good enough for me. Had he did to me what he did to Sirena I would have his balls on my mantle!!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    I do not care for books where women are mistreated by the one who is supposed to love them. I was glad to see Alexie and his brood and the rest of the couples

  11. 5 out of 5

    Flip

    I liked it. It wasn't my all time favorite but still good job, I also had to look to google translate so I could pronounce some of these names gosh were the hard lol

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    F*CK THIS BOOK!!! Im a fan of Ms. Taylor but I will not accept rape and nor will I accept blaming the victim. Im highly disappointed that the author would spin rape to benefit the rapist and his family. This isnt the only book the author wrote where she spins rape to favor the rapist and blame the victim. I had to start off with that. This story is about Thel (Sirena) and Beast (Boris, Borya, Bair....etc 🙄). Thel is a runner. She runs from difficult life situations. She lost her passport in F*CK THIS BOOK!!! I’m a fan of Ms. Taylor but I will not accept rape and nor will I accept blaming the victim. I’m highly disappointed that the author would spin rape to benefit the rapist and his family. This isn’t the only book the author wrote where she spins rape to favor the rapist and blame the victim. I had to start off with that. This story is about Thel (Sirena) and Beast (Boris, Borya, Bair....etc 🙄). Thel is a runner. She runs from difficult life situations. She lost her passport in Greece 🇬🇷 and that’s how she meets Beast. Why she didn’t go to an embassy, I don’t know. Beast saves her from sex slavery and makes her his “pet”. From the start, their relationship is toxic. Both of them are running for their problems and because of that, they create more, severe, problems for themselves and their relationship. A major shift in the book for me is when Beast rapes her in front of his brother, Alexi and 2 other men. I don’t care if she was wet “like a fish” or it felt good. He humiliated her in front of others because another wanted her. I shook my head in disgust when I read that part of the book. Because of how she was treated, remember Thel is saved from almost being sold into sex slavery only to enter into a new sex slave agreement (pet), she runs away. Her reasoning for leaving Beast is extremely valid. Beast finds her later in life and he’s mad at her because he read her diary. He does not know the (major) reason why she left. He manipulates her career like a carat on a string to make her his “pet” again. F*CK THAT!! I’ll stay cleaning toilets than to be someone’s “pet”. When Beast told her “pets walk, bitches crawl”.....I almost threw my iPad overboard (I’m on a cruise). So skip a few chapters to where Thel’s at a point where she’s trying to decide her future and Alexi wants to talk to her. The entire time he’s having this conversation he’s victim blaming. I would have walked out of his office and told his wife, along with everyone else, that I was raped by Beast and Alexi watched my rape and just tried to blame me for Beast raping me. For Thel’s mother claiming to know everything because she can speak to spirits, she sure was fine that she was raped or she wasn’t told. I cannot, I’m good conscience, recommend this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    ARC Review: Whoa, what a ride! My hat is off to you Ms. Taylor for gracing us with another excellent book. I know Thel's story was going to be something else, especially when her mother knew what was coming. I LOVE Thel and Willa's mom, I hope to see her in future books. Thel was running away from the memory of her brother's death when she meets Beast better known as Biar Rustavon at an underground fight where she worked. At their meeting either was prepared for what was to happen next as she ARC Review: Whoa, what a ride! My hat is off to you Ms. Taylor for gracing us with another excellent book. I know Thel's story was going to be something else, especially when her mother knew what was coming. I LOVE Thel and Willa's mom, I hope to see her in future books. Thel was running away from the memory of her brother's death when she meets Beast better known as Biar Rustavon at an underground fight where she worked. At their meeting either was prepared for what was to happen next as she tried hard to keep him from another fight and he informed she had two choices. After informing him that she was not scared of him she chose the latter of the two. Beast intended to walk away from Sirena (Thel), he found that he could not. As she faced danger at the hands of her employer Beast comes to her rescue, he makes her an offer that she really should really refuse, to become his pet. Upon a medical discovery Sirena gives the men that watching her the slip and runs to her sister Willa. In this book we find out so much about not only Thel, we also learn a little more about Alexi. I would recommend this a great read to anyone. Can't wait to read Ivan's story. Again, I love how this author ties all of her characters together.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Miss D.

    I really enjoyed this story. After recently reading the prequel of sorts, "His Russian Christmas," I was totally looking forward to this story and it didn't disappoint at all. Bair and Thel are not an easygoing couple. The two have a lot of baggage, not to mention they bring out both the very best and very worst in each other. I appreciate how well the protagonists played off each other even when they didn't understand each other. There were moments where I wanted to smack them both - esp Bair - I really enjoyed this story. After recently reading the prequel of sorts, "His Russian Christmas," I was totally looking forward to this story and it didn't disappoint at all. Bair and Thel are not an easygoing couple. The two have a lot of baggage, not to mention they bring out both the very best and very worst in each other. I appreciate how well the protagonists played off each other even when they didn't understand each other. There were moments where I wanted to smack them both - esp Bair - but at the same time I could see how damaged they were and how much healing they needed. The journey to them healing as individuals and as a couple is rocky but believable as is their love for each other. Something else I also found entertaining is the appearance of several characters from the author's previous novels. I like how tied in they all are so when I see them pop up again, it's as if I'm catching up with an old friend and seeing how they are now. And there is comedy gold in a lot of those interactions. I totally recommend this novel and am now waiting impatiently for "Her Russian Brute" to be released in February 2016.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anino

    As a persnickety lover of Interracial Romance fiction, I enjoyed reading this book, but I wasn't entirely enamored with it. IMO, despite the fact that it had some moments of brilliance, I found that the book became weighed down with an excessive amount of pornalicious dialogue, and not to mention, it had some melodrama that occurred right before the epilogue. Despite those hiccups, IMO, this is a worthwhile book to get lost in for a about 3-4 hours straight. Giving this one: 3.5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy L Thompson

    Another Hit I love these stories and I can't give enough high 5's to them and the author. There were a few typo's , but I still gave it 5 stars. I also give the other (free) book in this edition a 5 star rating as well. Can't wait to read Ivan's story

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ren Thompson

    I have never read two more effed-up people before in my life. I don't get it. This was deliberate and cruel. Don't get me wrong, I love Ms. Taylor's writing, but I can't wrap my head around how this is even remotely romantic. I won't even give it a star rating, that's how much it disturbed me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donyae Coles

    This is the best of them. I'm working my way through the 50 loving states and this one was really a unique offering. That isn't to say this book didn't have it's problems. It very much did but there was something really spectacular about aspects of this that made me give it five star rating. All the books in this series are entertaining, this one had something else. This book is magic realism. Not a PNR. This place happens in the real world with a *touch* of magic found mainly in the character This is the best of them. I'm working my way through the 50 loving states and this one was really a unique offering. That isn't to say this book didn't have it's problems. It very much did but there was something really spectacular about aspects of this that made me give it five star rating. All the books in this series are entertaining, this one had something else. This book is magic realism. Not a PNR. This place happens in the real world with a *touch* of magic found mainly in the character of Miriam, Thel's mother. It's heavy handed as this is obviously not the author's forte but there are moments in this that are, inspired. Before I even get into it, this is a romance novel. I've read like ten of these at this point and Taylor knows her business. Just like all the books in her series there's a ton of over the top moments to keep you turning pages, and it's fun. There are also a ton of typos and grammatical mistakes because the author needs to either hire an editor or fire whoever she's working with and hire another one. The issue with the editing is something that really trips up this book, specifically. What hooked me in this book was the prologue. It's long, like 20% of the book but it's written like a fever dream and that's just not something you see in these books. It's written as Bair must have seen Thel, a moment of light in nothing but gritty, cold darkness. Is it perfect? No. Taylor doesn't have the skill to make that sing the way it should. Parts of it are simply off key. Specifically she doesn't quite hit the right notes when it comes to placing Thel in this. And this is a problem in the text. When you're in Bair's space you get a feeling for the messy horror of the world he lives in. But then when it's switched over to Thel a lot of that depth is lost and she reads as far more shallow. Which is a shame. This is a very dark story from the gate and it loses a lot when Taylor tries to stray from that and a lot of that due to the way that Thel is handled. Because she doesn't have the space to delve into her own emotions. Thel is broken but the most we get to see of that is her saying that she is broken and very little is done to dive into that reasoning and as a consequence, her actions in regards to Bair seem, incomprehensible. There is no reason why she should still be with this person. He was awful to her. If Taylor had spent more time building that interplay between the needy and being needed the reader would have been more drawn into this. I think one of the biggest misconceptions about this book is that they were toxic for each other which I don't think was necessarily true. I think what is really being lost (again due to the space given on the non-romance aspects of this book) is that ALEXEI was toxic. Both Bair and Thel were very emotionally and mentally fragile people but given time and space they, I think, could have found a dynamic that worked for them. Alexei from the gate sabotaged their relationship. He said things and did things that would ensure his brother, who struggled with mental health, would harm Thel in the ways he wished he could harm Eva. And this is VERY interesting. Alexei is the H from the first Russian Billionaires book where he is thoughtful and unable to be angry with Eva for even an extended time period because he's had years and years to get over his anger. The man we meet in that book is sweet and passionate. The man we meet in this book is an awful human being who does awful things. In his book it's glossed over what an animal he was, in this is put on full display. Bair listens to him because outside of his grandmother, who had a troubled relationship with, it's clear that Alexei is the only person that every showed him care and Alexei manipulates him to get his sort of revenge by proxy which ends in Bair losing Thel and generally staying in the darkness. Which is why when the Twins say "we want this girl to sing our song" he goes out of his way to get Bair to find his runaway wife. Because the Alexei at that point knows that what he did was horrible. He knows that he hurt that girl and he hurt his brother and he sees getting her the big part as a way to make up for it. He knows that at that point Bair is even, his mental health stuff is under control and he's thinking if I can find this happiness then maybe they can too. But this doesn't work because no one is on the same page. One thing I liked a lot about this book was that when Alexei tries to speak with Thel she tells him no and that she doesn't want to deal with him. Bair does the same. Which is awesome. Even though Alexei, in those moments, is correct and what he has to say really will make the situation better, the issue is that he at no point acknowledges the terrible things he did and attempt to regain their trust. Instead he just relies on his position as the elder brother to get his way and it just doesn't work with these people. I would have love if that was explored more. My biggest issue with this book is that poor Thel was gaslit in the whole second half of the book. She lived through some TRAUMATIC things. Really, truly terrible things. Her cancer is it's own terrible thing but before that, the things that Bair did, that Alexei did, that she endured, those were terrible things. And when she tries to sort of broach those subjects it's just sort brushed over like it wasn't a big deal. No one confronts anyone on that. No one calls Alexei out. No one engages her on this pain she carries around. No one tells Bair he needs to be accountable in a significant way for how he treated her. It's just this romance, "everyone is going to just be better now" thing that happens. And that sucks because that messy part of healing and growing would have been a compelling read. But even so I gave this book five stars. Because I'm rating it against the other books in this series and I think that this book could have been braver and better but for what it is, it's good. Really good. It could have been amazing though. If Taylor had concentrated less on fitting it into every slot of romance, if she hadn't been set on making Thel so over the top "strong Black woman", if she had spent more time in those quiet, intimate spaces that exist between two broken people just trying to press themselves and each other back together this book could have sang. So five stars for the beautiful book this could have been.

  19. 4 out of 5

    April

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Where do I begin? This novel was absolute trash. The characteristics of the "hero" were so appalling. He was not like able in the slightest. The heroine ran away from home for the dumbest reason, her passport got stolen...so she took up work in some grimy underground fighting rink; as if that was the logical step after having ones passport stolen. She supposedly didn't do well in school, yet she was the "nurse", puh-lease. She was just an overall imbecile. After she runs away from this man who Where do I begin? This novel was absolute trash. The characteristics of the "hero" were so appalling. He was not like able in the slightest. The heroine ran away from home for the dumbest reason, her passport got stolen...so she took up work in some grimy underground fighting rink; as if that was the logical step after having ones passport stolen. She supposedly didn't do well in school, yet she was the "nurse", puh-lease. She was just an overall imbecile. After she runs away from this man who she allows to keep her like a "pet", he spitefully blacklists her from getting any jobs in her preferred field, and once he finally finds her, and she goes with him, he has sex with her like some psycho and she allows the ish...like it's okay. I can go on and on but I'd rather not waste my time on this piece of human excrement. Can I sue the author for my wasted time? I really want those moments of my life back. On a separate note...the three previous Russian books were pretty good. This one is a waste of time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deena

    I can't say that I loved this book, but I liked it. I've only read one book by this author, and I didn't realize until the very end of this story, that that book was Alexie and Eva's story. There was a lot going on in this book. I really liked Sirena from the first moment that we meet her, and the same was true for her crazy family. Her mother was one of the strangest characters that I've seen in quite a while, but I liked her. She was too funny, and always on point. I liked Willa, too. But it I can't say that I loved this book, but I liked it. I've only read one book by this author, and I didn't realize until the very end of this story, that that book was Alexie and Eva's story. There was a lot going on in this book. I really liked Sirena from the first moment that we meet her, and the same was true for her crazy family. Her mother was one of the strangest characters that I've seen in quite a while, but I liked her. She was too funny, and always on point. I liked Willa, too. But it took me a minute to like Bair. I felt for him because of his upbringing, but some of the things that he did to Sirena were just...too much. It would have taken me a minute (well, a couple) to get over some of the stunts that he pulled. Things turned around though, once she explained why she left. We were good, then, lol. Absolutely loved the Christmas in Texas scenes, when everyone got together. So crazy and funny. And although I didn't love the book as much as a lot of other readers did, that ending had me downloading and immediately reading Her Russian Brute, so...yeah.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pearline

    I'm a huge fan of this author but I could not understand how they actually fell in love. I don't see it, the actual Russian is cruel and abusive to her most of the book and she doesn't actually find her strength to leave him until the end and then she still doesn't want to leave him. If I had a friend in this type of relationship I would beg her to run. It actually reminded me of the book Monster by Francine Phal the difference between the two books, is the how you can see how both characters I'm a huge fan of this author but I could not understand how they actually fell in love. I don't see it, the actual Russian is cruel and abusive to her most of the book and she doesn't actually find her strength to leave him until the end and then she still doesn't want to leave him. If I had a friend in this type of relationship I would beg her to run. It actually reminded me of the book Monster by Francine Phal the difference between the two books, is the how you can see how both characters change and become better people. You don't see that same character development with this book. This book is the story of Willa's sister from His Everlasting love which I thought was a very sweet book that shows you how the two characters fall in love and how their still connected. Hopefully the next book in the series is a lot better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ida Louise

    I was given an ARC for an honest review. Theodora Taylor once again worked her magic with the 50 Loving States Series, however this time we go beyond the states making this an international loving story. Thel/Sirena and Bair/Beast have a connection they can't deny. Each has darkness that only the other can help bring them to the light. Incredible weaving of that image on darkness into light throughout the story. I liked the bringing together of many characters from her other Loving States books. I was given an ARC for an honest review. Theodora Taylor once again worked her magic with the 50 Loving States Series, however this time we go beyond the states making this an international loving story. Thel/Sirena and Bair/Beast have a connection they can't deny. Each has darkness that only the other can help bring them to the light. Incredible weaving of that image on darkness into light throughout the story. I liked the bringing together of many characters from her other Loving States books. This made this story a homecoming in a sense. Leading to the theme of family and what one does or doesn't do for family being central to “Her Russian Beast. It is intense and a powerful love story. Gritty at times, but well written.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Garcia

    This one's a Beast This is a rollercoaster ride into a dark mind of the "Beast"...thanks to Sirena or Thel who endured more angst and pain than any other female characters in the 50 States series..she persevered through pain and suffering and then survived illness that could've ended her..it's so good..Ivan the terrible is next up in the Rustanov's saga...what's going on in Idaho

  24. 5 out of 5

    Read it first

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Bair and Thel start off dark and get darker before the weight is lifted. This was a hard story to read that kept two people in a abuser/abusive relationship. The redemption was a long time in coming, but written with the humanity of Bair in mind. I couldn't put it down, and breathed a sigh of relief when I got to the HEA.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I know for lots of ladies this one would be a hells no and it certainly has some triggering dark scenes but through it all the heroine Thel/Sirena just drew me in. I loved her strength, I loved her crazy family, I loved how she grew a backbone over the course of this 12 + year story developing from a naive and overwhelmed 20 year old self to a confident early 30s gal. I just loved everything about this chick and so stuck this dark ride out and really liked it in the end. I know for lots of ladies this one would be a “hell’s no” and it certainly has some triggering dark scenes but through it all the heroine Thel/Sirena just drew me in. I loved her strength, I loved her crazy family, I loved how she grew a backbone over the course of this 12 + year story developing from a naive and overwhelmed 20 year old self to a confident early 30s gal. I just loved everything about this chick and so stuck this dark ride out and really liked it in the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ayana

    3.5 star Re-read on 8/10/19 today is 2/19/20 The review below was written over 7 months ago. I did go back to re-listen to this book via audible. I'm not going to delete the old review below but i wanted to express myself better. I loved this book for its complexity but on the same hand hated it for it. THIS RELATIONSHIP WAS WARPED*! Bear was so dark and sometimes did things that i just didn't understand. I mean its your typical (not so typical*)toxic man meets beautiful singing woman. For the 3.5 star Re-read on 8/10/19 today is 2/19/20 The review below was written over 7 months ago. I did go back to re-listen to this book via audible. I'm not going to delete the old review below but i wanted to express myself better. I loved this book for its complexity but on the same hand hated it for it. THIS RELATIONSHIP WAS WARPED*! Bear was so dark and sometimes did things that i just didn't understand. I mean its your typical (not so typical*)toxic man meets beautiful singing woman. For the briefest of moments being with her and inside her made him feel okay. At one point he was well aware that he was addicted to her and tried a VERY HARSH method to get her out of his system. Of course it didn't work. He had ways of punishing that were almost unfathomably and felt dub-conish**, however he never beat her or laid a finger on her. he was very dangerous. You would think she was healthy mentally but she was not. So just imagine a rich,overbearing, controlling, and mentally ill man with a woman haunted by her own past and thinking she could change him. She literally accepted all his sh*t and took it in stride. Like trying to tame a wild BEAR*. This book has a lot of moving parts. It could have been easier to digest if not for so many dark things going on. They were like poison for each other. You cant look away though. The book is though provoking and well written though. The author is amazing. Sorry if the review is confusing. YOU JUST HAVE TO READ THE BOOK HONESTLY TO UNDERSTAND. I don't know where to start .. This book was brain explosion inducing! My first thought about this book is .. It's too much going on! I felt overloaded with ideas and themes that seemed to be a tad bit incomplete. the story was told forwards and then backwards ..which usually isn't that big of deal but coupled with the abundance of ideas presented in this book .. it was off beat. Now if your looking for straight up typical romance with a traditional plot . Look elsewhere. This book is quite dark and toxic with a little brightening towards the end. This was not PNR, but it had tiny themes of it. WHAT I JUST DIDN'T UNDERSTAND I didn't understand the purpose of Thel getting cancer.. it was so unexpected and kind of pointless in this book.. she had so many reasons to leave ..getting a lump in her breast should not have been the breaking point. He was demanding and insufferable at times ! Do not get me wrong a little possessiveness hits the spot for me in many romance and PNR, but that possessiveness usually stems from love that the two characters have .. not just a need to posses someone. After being apart for 6 years and fighting cancer you would think that there would be some changes in Thel that made her put her foot down.. but nope when he found her she fell right back to his same rhythm .. only at the end vowing to be Thel and not Serena... that name change was also off putting... As if the book wasn't hard enough to swallow she was named the main character a name that I'm sure all the other Goodreads reviewers are shortening to Thel ..because to spell and pronounce her full name would probably make a piece of your skull implode. She went on to introduce another tough name later at the ending of the book ( refraining from using spoilers)

  27. 5 out of 5

    M.J. Friday

    Bair and Sirena (Thelxiope or Thel) was not really a love story but a story of two broken people running to escape past tragedy and fiding peace and love in each other. They meet in Greece where Thel an aspiring opera singer, now going by the name Sirena , is a ring girl in the very dangerous underground fighting scene, meets Bair,a very brutal fighter who is known as "The Beast" due to his size and his violent fighting style. After a fight, Sirena is sent to calm the savage Beast and the two Bair and Sirena (Thelxiope or Thel) was not really a love story but a story of two broken people running to escape past tragedy and fiding peace and love in each other. They meet in Greece where Thel an aspiring opera singer, now going by the name Sirena , is a ring girl in the very dangerous underground fighting scene, meets Bair,a very brutal fighter who is known as "The Beast" due to his size and his violent fighting style. After a fight, Sirena is sent to calm the savage Beast and the two find themselves attracted to one another and It isn't long before the Beast decides he wants a "pet" and that pet is Sirena. Sirena agrees and soon they off to Germany. The Beast sends his Siren to school in Germany to hone her opera singing skills while he get his business degree. He gives her all that money can by but he is the Beast after all and finds pleasure in humiliating her especially in front of other men. Soon his treatment becomes too much and coupled that with bad news from the doctor and Sirena is off and running, but no one runs from the Beast, and he vows to find her and make her pay. well all I can say is this was a good book, not so much for the romance but for the story itself , which was quite unique and very interesting. Let me just 1st say, I did not like Bair one bit, he was cruel, mean, and just plain horrible. I did not believe he had any redeeming qualities, but as you continue to read the story the layers start to peel away and I found myself saying"he's ok", but he my least favorite so far. Thel was a lovely mess and I am so glad that we got to finally read her story. and my absolute favorite thing is seeing all the Rustanov clan along with Willa and Sawyer and Marian!. She made this book for me, the scene at dinner with families had me cracking up! She is truly a jem. All in all a good read more for the family than Thel and Bair for me, if you are a fan of the series you have to read this. It good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laverne Brewster

    2.00 Stars. I generally like this author's books; but, I did not like this story and one other that had supernatural, mystical and magical elements interwoven in the storyline. Sirena/Thel and Bair "The Beast" Rustanov are two emotionally dysfunctional people recking havoc on each other. Bair and Alexei are half-brothers...same father but Bair's mother was their father's "pet", a woman kept for sex and show. Bair's mother committed suicide when his father discarded her for another "pet" and Bair 2.00 Stars. I generally like this author's books; but, I did not like this story and one other that had supernatural, mystical and magical elements interwoven in the storyline. Sirena/Thel and Bair "The Beast" Rustanov are two emotionally dysfunctional people recking havoc on each other. Bair and Alexei are half-brothers...same father but Bair's mother was their father's "pet", a woman kept for sex and show. Bair's mother committed suicide when his father discarded her for another "pet" and Bair became a bitter angry orphan needing to inflict pain to offset his own pain. Bair/Beast is an undefeated mixed martial arts champion, financier and angry sadist. At times, Sirena/Thel is an operatic singer, at other times, she is a brawler and girl-Friday for an underground fight club, she is a cancer survivor; but most of all she is a vain enabling "pet" and receptacle for Beast's sociopathic behavior. When fortune telling and seeing and communicating with the dead is added to the crazy on-again/ off-again emotionally abusive relationship of Bair/Beast and Sirena/Thel, you've get a tiring wearisome read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    P.

    Bair and Theil are two tortured souls coming together to try and make a go of a relationship as best they knew how. Bair is an underground fighter and using fighting or f***ing as coping mechanisms to deal with life and the mental illness he suffers from. Theil is a budding opera singer suffeing from guilt over the death of her brother Trevor. She leaves her hicktown home of Greenlee, VA and winds up in an underground fight club in Greece where she meets the Beast. They enter into a relationship Bair and Theil are two tortured souls coming together to try and make a go of a relationship as best they knew how. Bair is an underground fighter and using fighting or f***ing as coping mechanisms to deal with life and the mental illness he suffers from. Theil is a budding opera singer suffeing from guilt over the death of her brother Trevor. She leaves her hicktown home of Greenlee, VA and winds up in an underground fight club in Greece where she meets the Beast. They enter into a relationship neither is ready for. Bair was never taught how to show love, he monetarily provides for Sirena (Theil) but constantly shows his love for her via humiliation. It didn't help that his half-brother, Alexi, was in his ear on how he should treat his pet. Sirena stays under Beast's (Bair's) control because she doesn't think she deserves better, he does provide for her and he is her way into the opera world. A health scare wakes Sirena up and realizes she has options. After five years she leaves the Beast. Six years later he finds her at her sister's wedding in Greenlee, VA and Act II begins.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natashia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok once I forced myself to get past the huge WTF when he decided he would have sex with her in front of strangers the story took a much better turn. HOWEVER I do not think the author had to go to the damn extreme. It's like we get it. He's damaged. She's damaged. And they are too young to deal with those issues and be in a relationship. I like that he was working so hard to change for her but it was so drastic from the young man he was 12 years earlier it was almost unbelievable. Glad they got Ok once I forced myself to get past the huge WTF when he decided he would have sex with her in front of strangers the story took a much better turn. HOWEVER I do not think the author had to go to the damn extreme. It's like we get it. He's damaged. She's damaged. And they are too young to deal with those issues and be in a relationship. I like that he was working so hard to change for her but it was so drastic from the young man he was 12 years earlier it was almost unbelievable. Glad they got their HEA.

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