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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Angela Hayes

Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7)Trey: European Redemption by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Trey: European Redemption is the seventh book in the Russian Mob Chronicles by Shandi Boyes. This book is definitely one of Shandi Boyes’ more disturbing stories. The story both unsettled and intrigued me at the same time. There were parts that made me incredibly uncomfortable with what was playing out and times I really wanted to close the book and walk away. I cannot honestly say that it is my favourite story of hers- but it definitely stirred quite a lot of reactions from me- tossing my emotions around like they were nothing but a rag doll. So, I do have to give her props for that.
This book has played on my mind a lot since I finished reading it, and has had me mulling over how I was going to review it- let alone rate it. But I think a story that can evoke so much from the reader, really does deserve some recognition. I love dark and disturbing stories- normally the darker the better. I like to have my mind twisted and my emotions toyed with. This story isn’t as dark as some that I have read and enjoyed- but there is something about it that left me uncomfortable and a little distressed. I took about eight pages of notes while reading this book- which is double what I normally do.
There are so many triggers in this book- so be warned! This is NOT a light and fluffy read. If you are looking for hearts and flowers, unicorns and rainbows- then this is definitely NOT the book for you. This story is NOT for the faint of heart. It is NOT a romance in the true sense of the word. So, let me make it clear- this is a Russian Mob/Mafia romance- with graphic violence, drug use/abuse/addiction, sex trafficking/exploitation/rape, violence towards women, swearing, brutality, torture, guns, blood, gore, and more. Trey is a dangerous unhinged Alpha Male I would class as an anti-hero, and I really wasn’t sure I was going to like him in the beginning with all his hard partying, manwhore, deadly ways. And poor Kristina has been so brutalized, held captive for years in the sex trafficking industry, so used and abused- my heart broke (and ached) for her and what she had been through- but I also admired the strength it took to get through all that without completely losing her mind. They are both damaged and broken- but form an intense connection despite it all. Will they be able to lead each other out of the darkness? You will need to read the story if you want to find out.
This is told from a duel/alternating POV- which really allows the reader to get a full perspective of what is going on and what is going through the characters minds as the story plays out. I appreciated getting such a rounded perspective of the story. There are a few flashbacks which help to build the backstory, as well as adding to the character depth and development.
There are a few issues that I found with this book that I don’t normally find or have with Shandi Boyes books- editing issues, and storyline issues. Then there were sentences/paragraphs with double spaces between words, while the rest of the book had a single space between words. Happy to say that these issues didn’t detract from my overall reading experience.
There is a nice surprise at the end of the book in the form of a sequel (novella) which is free to download (through the link supplied at the end)- which gives us more of Trey and Kristina’s story and answers some questions we may have initially been left with.
I debated what rating to award this book given that it disturbed me so much and really did make me so uncomfortable- which is really hard to do given that I love dark reads- so I came to the conclusion that the book deserved the 5 stars just for that reason alone.

Thank you, Shandi Boyes.

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Lyndsey Fairley

Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7)Trey: European Redemption by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fair warning, this book is dark, has triggers but oh my goodness is it so good! It can be read as a standalone but if you want a bit on some characters, read Nikolai’s books.
Trey & K, whew where do you even start with them? K is the leading woman you wish for in books like these, she is so strong, resilient and just a tough leading lady.
I’m not giving much away here as its best to read it, but if you are offended by curse words, mafia business etc, this isn’t for you but if it is, then grab this book, heck grab all the books by this author you won’t be disappointed.

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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Jana Teppih

Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7)Trey: European Redemption by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trey: European Redemption is the seventh book in Shandi Boyes’ Russian Mob Chronicles Series. It is a dark dark story that blows your mind! You can read it as a standalone but I promise you that you will want to know more about the people you come across in the story so prepare, you will need to tackle six more books once you have finished Trey.
In this amazing story we meet Trey and Kristina aka K. Shandi has once more woven a story that makes you part of the very fabric of it and it will haunt you for a long time to come. The journey that the both have been on for years, it leaves you broken and to find a way out to some sort of sanity … it is remarkable.
I can imagine some saying that this book is too graphic, too detailed but when I think of the horrors of human trafficking, I don’t think that anything can be too much as we need to be reminded over and over again what it does to our fellow humans so that we are vigilant and step up when needed. I am grateful to Shandi that she does not shy away to tackle something so dark that one could easily lost their way so I want to leave you with what Trey says to K to bring her back from the darkness she has gotten lost in : “The dark won’t last forever. Even on the blackest nights, stars still shine through. Let me be that star for you, Duchess. Let me guide you out of the dark.”

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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Melissa Agena

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The only word I can say on this is WOW! Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes was intense! Trey is book 7, so I do recommend reading the others first but you don’t have to. You can read this as a standalone novel. Trey is a part of the mafia world. So needless to say that he has demons and is quite broken in his own right. Kristina, who was a part of the sex trafficking world has demons of her own and is also a bit broken. Trey sees that in her and understands her kind of hurt. This book is very raw and dark. The sex scenes are quite explosive. It is a very in your face kind of book. Like I said before it is quite intense, which will have you turning pages continuously. For me, it was so very good! I have no problem recommending this book to someone who likes gritty and dangerous books. This book will suck you in and become intoxicating. I truly hope there are more to this series and can’t wait to read more!

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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Erica Fish

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is a dark romance and can trigger some bad feelings. The story has sex-trafficking in the story line. Shandi Boyes attention to detail that this warning needs to be made. The characters are complex, and what they go through is character building. The struggles they go through kept me reading to the very end. Kristina is the young lady who was taken for a royal-blooded aristocrat who had to have her. He sexually assaulted her for six years and she did not have that in her heart, but she did show the abuse physically. That is until Trey comes along. Trey has the self esteem level as Kristina. Will Trey rescue Kristina and will Kristina rescue Trey right back? You will have to read the story to find out what happens to Trey and Kristina.

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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Debi Kircher

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes

5 Stars

So I totally messed up reading this book, I only read the very first Nikolai then jumped into this one…For me this was a big mistake. I was so confused trying to remember things and could tell there was so much that happened in between…but in true Shandi fashion she made it to where I’d get over those moments and then couldn’t put the book down. Shandi Boyes is in a class of her own, her talent is unmatched in these types of books. I will remedy my situation and have all of these books read in order very soon!

The action, the suspense, the emotion, the danger, the never knowing what’s going to happen next made this book completely amazing. There were parts that were seriously hard to read, but it’s a dark mafia romance..that kind of comes with the territory.

I’m completely amazed at how this author can continue to release all of these books in all different series and each one feels completely new. Her stories are never predictable and I love that. I loved K and Trey, I loved their sweet sides and their not so sweet sides, and how they bridged the communication gap they had.

I totally loved this book and in my opinion even though it can be read I suppose as a stand alone I truly believe they all need to be read in order.

Thank you Shandi Boyes for yet another awesome story!

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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Heather Lovelace

Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7)Trey: European Redemption by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m never quite prepared for the rollercoaster I embark upon when I pick up a book from Boyes. But it is the best kind of thrill ride. Twists and turns and moments that take your breath away. I’ve read a few other books from this series and have greater desire to reread those books as well as pick up the rest. Boyes is a gifted writer, one that captures intense moments that grip you and leave you glued to your chair. I loved every suspense filled moment and that there is a fantastic romantic storyline tying it together. Fantastic!

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Katie Matthews

Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7)Trey: European Redemption by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

It’s been a while since I picked up a book by Ms Boyes so when I saw this one I thought I need my mob fix so I dived right in and wow what a book it was! Not that I expected anything less from one of my favourite authors but this was honestly a fantastic read – action from beginning to end and amazing characters that drag you along for the ride! I think I have to say this book might not be for everybody but I was completely sucked into Trey’s story. Apart from Trey – a love to hate character maybe, I have to say Kristina was one brilliant female lead! She had this strength and confidence about her that I absolutely loved especially considering what she had been through! Trey was a pretty complex character but I loved getting to know him more and I loved the two of them together!
If you’re looking for a darker read then this book will be 100% for you! I loved every second of it and I can’t wait for more!!

@katiem
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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Liz Vrchota

Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7)Trey: European Redemption by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won’t lie, I get excited when I see there is a new Russian Mob Chronicles book from Shandi Boyes. When I found out we were getting Trey’s book it was even sweeter of a deal. I loved him and the tidbits we got in Nikolai’s story so I knew this was gonna be one I was going to adore. I was not for one moment disappointed! I would recommend that you read the other books in the series before diving into this one. You will understand the world a bit better for sure that Trey is a part of.

When Trey meets Kristinia he is immediately drawn to her and consumed really by her. Trey is known for his protective personality and would do anything to protect the ones he loves and now Kristina is apart of that category. She has had one hell of a past six years as she was trafficked in the sex-trafficking trade, something that is an extremely difficult topic to tackle anytime but especially in the world we are currently living. I love how Shandi Boyes doesn’t shy away from the dark sides of this life and keeps things raw and gritty the whole time. I would say if you don’t like or enjoy dark romance maybe keep that in mind before picking this one up. I can’t wait to see what comes next from Boyes!

Review by @lizaileen
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Trey: European Redemption (Russian Mob Chronicles Book 7) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Karyn Taylor

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trey is the 7th book in the Russian Mob Chronicles by Shandi Boyes. Some of the books in this series can be read as a standalone and this is one of those. I had previously read some, but not all, of the books in this series and did not feel that I was missing any relevant information to allow me to understand and enjoy this book.
I first became a fan of Shandi Boyes when I read the Enigma Series as I loved the gritty characters and storylines that she writes and this book is exactly that. The storyline is dark and gritty and the characters are equally hard and gritty. K has to be one of the gutsiest and determined heroines I’ve ever read. When you read just how much she has gone through in her life, you can’t help but be amazed by her grit and determination. I also adored Trey. He may be a ruthless killer but K brings out a whole different side of him no one has ever seen and he never knew he was capable of.
This book is filled with so much danger and intrigue. You are pulled in from the very first page and this book just does not let you go. ‘Page turner’ does not do it justice. I did not want to put this book down, it was so good.

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