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Painted Scars

By: Neva Altaj
Narrated by: Gregory Salinas,Allyson Voller
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Nina

Charming, captivating, seductive—and a cold-blooded killer. I married the Pakhan of the Russian Bratva anyway. I had to, it was part of the deal.

Now, I’m faking marital bliss as I tremble with fear, and I cannot wait to be out of the clutches of this ruthless man.

Roman

I get anything I desire, and I want this perfectly imperfect little manipulator. The way she can deceive anyone into believing she’s crazy in love with me just makes me want her even more.

She doesn't know it yet, but I am not letting her go.

The deal is off.

©2022 Neva Altaj (P)2023 Podium Audio

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The story line is predictable, though written well enough with strong character foundations to keep you engaged for a easy to listen book.

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Narration with Russian accents - loved it

Looking at the synopsis for this book, I was curious how it would all come together. This is my first mafia book where the MMC has any perceived weakness (other than his love for the FMC) and it was well incorporated into the storyline.

The FMC was strong and no nonsense and when she gets into character, just a delight to read. The banter was so on point as well.

Of course, the ‘my wife’ trope was front and centre, and in particular, the words ‘Put your hands on my wife…and you’re losing them’ was a treat.

Overall, an enjoyable read. I gave this 3.5 stars. It was particularly spicy, but it didn’t detract from the story at all. What spice there was seemed appropriate.

I read on Kindle and listened on Audible. Russian accents were enjoyable to hear.

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  • Kirsten
  • 25-06-2023

Loved it 🥰

Thank God. I’ve listened to some terribly written stories lately (the last book had the author clearly trying to sell her other books and not focusing on the story at hand), so I am happy to have stumbled upon an author who can put together not only a well written love story, but solidly developed characters that you become invested it and want to root for. The h was unique, strong and had a mind of her own, without being too pushy. I really loved listening to her pov chapters and didn’t have the urge to ff thru any of them. Goals.
The H was equally as fantastic.
It was easy to follow the progression of their feelings and it made sense.
Narration was great. I have no complaints.
I will definitely be getting the rest of Neva Altaj’s audiobooks and the ones that aren’t available here will be going on my kindle.
Worth a credit/purchase for sure.

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  • 03-05-2023

…….. I really enjoyed this

Nina is a strong, determined, quirky artist and, at school, she used to take on different personas.. all strengths which’ll help when she becomes a bartered wife to the Pakhan in a six month deal because her father owes millions to the Russian Mafia. Roman is handsome but grumpy, he needs a wife to show his strength after a car bomb nearly killed him and left him struggling with an injured knee and wheelchair dependent but determined. Determined to a) walk again, b) find the traitor responsible.. and c) keep his wonderful new wife. They thought it’d be ‘separate rooms’ easy but neither one was prepared for the other.. or the chemistry, feisty banter and organic relationship growth that turned pretend kisses into real ones.

Worth a credit? Yes, there was a solid, enjoyable flow and growth to their very entertaining story with light humor, light drama, angst, stumbling blocks, tears and tension, sex, romance, swoons.. and so much more!! From their challenging first meet ‘n greet, to their happily ever afters, Gregory and Allyson did a great job with the dual POV storyline.. and I loved the sexy cover too 😜.

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  • DR
  • 04-10-2023

What?!!

This book is a joke. The reviews got to me and I was suffering a book hangover that featured Gregory as the MMC. This MMC is a pushover/joke. I don’t think there are many redeeming qualities here. It’s like listening to some high schoolers, college at best. This is not for grown ups. I’m asking for my credit back so I can listen to more mature characters.🤨

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-05-2023

Perfection!

Absolutely love the narrators for this book! They executed the book perfectly. I could not have picked a better voice for Roman

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  • Alyssa
  • 04-05-2023

More romance than Mafia

Typically I like my mafia romance books to have more of an encompassing feeling of the mafia world. However this book is really good for beginners with this romance. I think the story was really great and not too dramatic where it didn’t need to be. I noticed a lot of authors tend to blow up a certain reaction from their main character to put some distance between the two love interest before they ultimately reunite. Personally this one just didn’t have the dramatic feel, so I loved it!

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  • Amy M
  • 02-11-2023

Fabulou!!

This book was very well written, and the narrators were perfect for the parts! I can't wait for book 2!

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  • juno
  • 28-10-2023

Painted scars!

This series is addictive. I’ve started reading or listening to them out of order. This is okay. , the characters are intertwined. Listening on audible is new for me. I loved it. I am a very fluent reader and become annoyed if a book moves too slow. In my opinion, this was done to perfection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2023

Nice!!!

I loved it, it was such a nice story very refreshing and cool, I loved Nina and Roman

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  • grammie
  • 09-10-2023

LOVE BETWEEN TWO IS MEMORABLE

listened to this book 6-7 TIMES in two weeks. loved this series, Neva's books one of my favorite authors. will keep entire series available for repeat listening.

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  • Stacy
  • 05-10-2023

Wasn’t sure about a mafia romance

But I loved it. So addicting I’m glad I have credits saved up to burn through this series!😄

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  • Cobh
  • 19-10-2023

Absolutely brilliant

Totally loved this book. The storyline had me hooked right from the start. The narrators were perfect making the 🌶️🌶️🌶️ scenes even better. My new favourite author. Onto book 2 & 3.

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  • 24-07-2023

Loved this….

This book was great. I would of liked to see more of a fight, I feel like the leading lady gave in too quickly. A great performance.

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  • Babs
  • 29-05-2023

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Nina and Roman's love story! Starts as a marriage contract to clear Nina's Dad debt owed to the Pakhan. Nina is an artist, she's talented and beautiful. Roman is recovering from a car bomb attack. The story unfolds and the chemistry grows. I have never listened to or read a book by Neva and it won't be my last. The story is beautifully written with an element of charm. Both Roman and Nina are loveable characters and this just makes the story all the more sweeter. The steam is tastefully done, I do love a lot of steam but this one should quite the prudes.

The narrator were fantastic and made each character come to life.

This book is being added to my favorites.

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  • Sabrina
  • 19-05-2023

Stop what your doing and listen!

Ohhhhhh how I ran to download this and it sooooo did not disappoint xxxx
I’ll listen to this over and over !

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  • Vivian
  • 17-05-2023

Delightful

It was a great listen , easy to follow, no drugging words and thank God not too much graphics descriptions, loved loved Nina. Looking forward to Mikhail and Sergei story.

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