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Colors of Crime: The Complete Series by Sophie Lark

Blurb: The Colors of Crime Boxset includes 8 stories: Emerald, Snow, Ink, Ash, Sapphire, Black, Violet and Crimson. It would be crazy to put the blurb for each separate book, so just know that this is a Russian mafia series with some dark themes such as, guns, beheading, death, kidnapping, slavery (not sexual), etc.

Review: It took me a little while to pick up this book because I wasn't quite in the mood for damsels in distress & big bad Russian mafia men with piss poor attitudes. I should have picked it up sooner though because somehow Lark managed to write big bad Russian mafia softies who love their women, most of whom are also bad ass women (one of them is a freaking spy).

At first I thought Lark's concise way of writing was a bit jarring, but the more I read the more I fell in love with her no nonsense style. These stories are short (not novella length but shorter than your average romance novel) and to the point, meaning that we get all the good stuff and none of the filler. There's lots of sex, all of it consensual (though some of the women aren't exactly there against their will to start). There's lots of external drama too, but for the most part the drama tends to be non-relationship based, firmly centered around other mafias or other bad guys.

Mafia romances aren't my typical go-to as far as romance novels go, but I absolutely love romance involving big powerful, take no shits men and the women who bring them to their knees, so this entire series was right up my alley. I enjoyed every couple and the stories were different enough that I didn't feel like I was reading eight of the same book right in a row. Tons of different story plots here.

I won't write a break down of each book because I don't have time for that and why both when I liked them all, but I will say that there were some I absolutely salivated over and others that were entertaining but not favorites. In the end though, this was an awesome series that I read over three nights and it definitely got me out of my reading slump. The perfect book to read if you only have an hour before bed and want to go to sleep on time... of course, I read three one night, three another night, and two the final night which meant that I was still up past my bed time. Oh well, I'll keep trying to be more responsible.


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