Book Review: Her Ruthless Russian by Leslie North

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book review, romance, contemporary romance novelI usually like Leslie North’s books. They are perfect contemporary short novels, to read when you want to escape, and don’t think about the real world. She builds worlds you can get lost in, and her characters have depth and charisma.

Not with Her Ruthless Russian. I am not sure what happened, but this novel felt nothing but rushed, the plot squeezed together as if exploring it in more details was too hard, or too time-consuming. The characters were wooden, and not relatable at all even the family dynamic that Leslie tried to create with the Karev family, fell flat.

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I also do not understand how a woman who has ties to the mafia can be friends with a lady from the FBI – mind you, this is not a business relationship, but a true friendship. Would have not any sensible agent talked her out of any relationship, with someone with that caliber, just to keep her safe? I am not going to say more about this because it would spoil the plot completely, but even the conclusion did not make too much sense.

Usually, Leslie ties up every novel within any series, so that it works as a stand-alone book. This book gave me a feel of being unfinished. If you want to read a Leslie North book, check out her novel The Sheikh’s Christmas Present which I recently reviewed. It was adorable, so it the entire series!

I hope that the Author will be back in top form with her next novel. Her Ruthless Russian is available on Amazon.

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Book rating:

2 out of 5 stars

Book Details:

Title: Her Ruthless Russian
Author: Leslie North
Publisher: City Owl Press
Genre: Romance, General Fiction (adult)
Publication Date: December, 28th, 2016

Book Summary:

Born into a Russian Mafia family, Vlad Karev is no stranger to violence…but this time it’s personal. Someone has murdered his father and Vlad can’t rest until he finds the killer. When the trail leads to an art gallery, Vlad wants to dig deeper, but he needs help from the owner’s daughter. The pretty redhead is far too innocent for a man like Vlad, but he’ll do what it takes to get the information he needs. His obligations are to the family, even if that means using the fiery woman.

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Madison O’Connor works hard to keep her family’s gallery going, although secretly she has little interest in art. But when she discovers her father’s been laundering money for the Russian Mafia, she’ll do everything she can to keep him out of jail. She hates to lie, but she has a plan…seduce the Russian bad boy to learn the mob’s secrets. Never mind his dangerous exterior or icy blue eyes, Madison’s going to get her family free of the mob, even if she has to use Vlad Karev to do it.

As the killer gets closer, so do Vlad and Madison. But is their connection just the means to an end, or could their romance be real?


Happy Reading!




  1. Oh bum. It’s unfortunate that this one isn’t as enjoyable as her other works. It happens. An author’s body of work inevitable will include something that, while is still her writing, just doesn’t seem to work. I hope you pick up another enjoyable book by Leslie North soon. Happy reading.

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      I am sure, she will be up to her best form in the next book – this is the first one of hers, I did not like, so the chances are pretty good. Blessings!

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