Thursday, March 8, 2018

Vlad by Ker Dukey & K. Webster Blog Tour

The Vasiliev name is a powerful one.
We rule with an iron fist and we do it well.
Being the eldest, I am Father’s best hope at keeping us at the top of the food chain.

Everything I do has purpose.
Everything I do has reason.
Until her.

I play my games thinking several moves ahead.
Power. Power. Power.
Until her.

The next move requires I marry and soon.
This will strengthen us and secure our position.
But I am not to marry her.

I am to wed the eldest Volkov.
Problem is, her younger sister is the one who awakens my dead heart.
It is her I want in my bed and by my side forever.
Her. Her. Her.

In this game, though, it’s not about what I want.
But maybe it can be about what she wants.

I am Vlad.
Vile. Vicious. Villainous. Vasiliev.
And I will win eventually.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Well, Double K (Ker Dukey and K. Webster) has done it again. When this one came across the list of the review group I'm in, I didn't even read the blurb because I knew I wanted to read this one.

Vlad is the eldest son of the number one mob family, he takes after his father in every way. He has a set of twin siblings, Vika and Viktor. Vlad knows what needs to be done to run the family business and he will do anything to protect that family.

Irina and her sister, Diana, have been running the family vodka business as long as they can remember. When Diana's father sets her up to marry Vlad, she only agrees to the arrangement if he accepts to let Irina come too. Irina can't believe Diana has agreed to this, but she will not let anyone tell her she has to marry someone she doesn't love. Things happen between Diana & Vlad and Irina &Vlad that will leave you with your mind spinning.

This story is dark, sexy, exciting, intense, and will leave you breathless. It has alpha males and strong females and you will not want to put it down once you start reading. I highly recommend this book, but only if you love to read dark stories. I can't wait to see what book two brings.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Trigger warnings: Click HERE to see Mary Jo’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

This book is not for the faint of heart. If you want a book that tests your boundaries as a reader, then open it and hold on tight.

Vlad's family runs the "V Games" which is sort of like The Hunger Games without all the niceties. During the last games, Vlad lost his brother due to the machinations of their sister, Vika. Vlad is no longer playing nice, not that he ever was, and now he's on a mission to make those responsible for his brother's death pay and pay dearly.

What he doesn't expect is Irina, his fiancée’s younger sister. She has interested him since he first met her as a child and that attraction has only gotten stronger. She's smart, funny, and for some reason, hides in the shadows.

When Diana's (the fiancée) secret is revealed, life becomes both easier and harder for Vlad and Irina, but their commitment to each other is rock solid.

I can't wait for book two.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

Vlad is part of the mob. There is no other family than his mob family. His family is used to ruling with an iron fist and also getting what they want, no matter what it is. Vlad is in charge of the "V Games" and this is where he and his brothers, as well as other mob families, prove their worth – prove their family's worth.

Diana comes from another mob family. She knows her duty and does what is to be expected. However, she also loves her sister, Irina, and will do whatever she can to protect Irina's future. Vlad and Diana have been matched for a while. However, when things really come to head, neither Diana nor Vlad are prepared.

There are some major twists in this story and this is a darker story than what you might think from the blurb. It's not for the faint of heart and you must know going in, there is quite a lot of violence and betrayal.

Once you get through this book, you'll be left breathless and wanting more. I can't wait for book two.

Vlad is the first installment in the V Games series. I devoured this book. I couldn't get enough of the character this duo created.

The Games – the backbone of the first families. It weeds the weak from the strong, the men from the boys. The outcome determines who rules within their world.

"When you're a Vasiliev, you don't enter the world with potential to be great, you are great."

Vlad is the oldest son of the Vasiliev family, a first family. Certain things are expected of him. He will one day run the family, so who he is married to is very important and already planned. It's all about who will stand with him in power while bringing something worthwhile into the family.

Irina Volkov is also part of the first family but is the second daughter. In this world, women are born to be married off for as much as they can get. Irina has always had a crush on Vlad, an unrequited crush. Vlad and Diana, Irina's older sister, are to be married. Be the next power couple. They are friends, but no love is between them. Irina's heart breaks knowing Diana will be with Vlad. Diana makes a deal with Vlad – she'll marry him, but Irina is to move in with them and never be forced to marry someone. She'll marry for love. Irina's heart doesn't know if she can watch Vlad day to day without it killing her. Vlad's quiet obsession of Irina could become more than he can handle.

The suspense, the sex, the underhanded backstabbing... I couldn't get enough. I loved what this duo put together. These characters, they're dark and mysterious, sexy and cunning, and oh so intriguing. I can't wait to get more of this world.

3.25 Stars
I know I'm among the minority, but I will say I normally LOVE anything written by both of these authors, not so much with Vlad.

The set up for this book was perfect. We have the Russian Mafia families outlined in the beginning of the book so we can keep up with who is who. Vlad is part of the first family, the strongest, the vicious Vasiliev. The V Games are their form of entertainment, and they are brutal.

Vlad just didn't appeal to me. The entire story revolves around his betrothal to Diana Volkov (of a different first family). Friends their whole lives, this isn't a terrible thing... except if they want to marry for love. Irina Volkov (little sister to Diana) is used to living in her sister's shadow, but she wants so much more.

I don't want to give anything away, the story itself is very complicated – many characters are introduced, and situations are being set up. My issue was the characters. I didn't like Vlad until the end. I couldn't empathize with Irina. I just didn't feel anything for them. I wanted to, I really did.

Some stories just don't appeal to everyone. This was it for me.
I will say, I REALLY want to read the next one – I NEED TO KNOW what happens!

Ker Dukey

My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up. My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

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K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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